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Posted: May 25, 2011 in Gigging
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Whoop Whoop,
We’re expanding out of north London. We’re going to be playing in Hoxton and in Shoreditch in July.

More details soon

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Hi everyone,
It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and a lot has happened in the meantime.

If you’ve being following, you’ll know already that we’ve recorded our debut E.P. “Modern Reality” and now, this is available as a free download from our Facebook page.

We’ve also managed to realise a teenage ambition of mine. I was a proper indie-kid when I was younger. I got really into bands like Veruca Salt, Supergrass and Radiohead and every single Wednesday, I devotedly make my way down to my local newsagents newsagents in Hull and buy copies of both the NME and the now defunct Melody Maker to find out what Brett Anderson, Louise Wener (how fit was she?!) and all were up to.

There was obviously a “scene” centred round Camden and the places that I can remember being mentioned all the time were The Good Mixer pub and The Dublin Castle gig venue. I thought if I could ever be in a band that played at the Dublin castle, then I’d be soooooo cool.

Well, my friends I’ve done it now.

On Fri 13th May 2011, Alchemy opened the night at the Dublin castle and we had a great time. We got a pretty good response too and believe me, there was plenty of drunken dancing at the aftershow party too. I don’t really feel that I’m any cooler now than I was as a teenager, but still it’s a great thing to say we’ve done.

Last night, we played another show at The Purple Turltle in Camden. Again, another great gig venue and another great night. There was grooving a plenty and I think I even spotted a bit of line dancing at one point! This gig was part of the Surface Festival and I’m happy to say that we’ve qualified for the next round which will be at the O2 Academy, Islington!

It’s amazing to think that we’ve gone from playing our first shambolic gig above a pub to playing the fucking O2 Academy in less that a year! When I think back to that first gig I actually feel upset. I feel I should apologise to everyone who came to see us – we were so cringeworthingly bad it was unbelievable. I suppose it was a stepping stone and everyone has to start somewhere right?

What’s nice is that we’ve done it without any hype or media attention at all. There’s been no press, no radio, it’s all been by word of mouth and things are definitely looking rosy for us.

In addition to all that, we’re playing another great gig in about 3 weeks at Monto Water Rats who contacted us a few weeks ago. We’ll be really pumped for that one. We’ll have new songs and are going to put on an amazing show. If you’re free, come down – it’ll be great to see you there.

Taj

Busy bees

Posted: April 19, 2011 in Gigging, Recording, Song Writing

Since my last blog, we’ve recorded our debut EP, we’ve played a great gig at 229 The Venue in London and written a couple of songs.

Not bad eh?

Word of Mouth

Posted: February 9, 2011 in Gigging

Last night I went to a gig called WordOfMouth which was a poetry rehearsal night at Favela Chic in Shoreditch. It’s the first time I’ve been to such a thing and was expecting some good things.

I was suitably impressed. The host was a guy called Curious who kicked off the show with a bit of beat boxing and the n introduced the first poet of the night – AngrySam. He did half a dozen or so poems, taking us on a journey through relationships, from getting together to the breakup to the ex (You’re A Bastard). Then there was AnnaLe who had her own funky, unique twist on everyday things.

What I particularly like about going to this sort of thing is seeing people finding a way to express themselves; to be creative and then have the balls to get up and show what they’ve created to a bunch of strangers. And some of it was really good too!

Obviously, writing lyrics and writing poetry have a lot in common but I don’t think they’re the same. The main difference being that with poetry, you’re not constrained to the beat and have more freedom to mess around with the cadence and the tempo of your words. Lyrics are obviously more rhythmic, but that has it’s pros too. When I’m writing a flow, I love messing around with the rhythm of the words. Going on the beat, then off the beat and then back onto it again, like on My Love and Mea Culpa.

I’m going to keep an eye out for Word of Mouth and other poetry readings. Last night gave me a taste and I’d quite like to go again.

Thoughts on our Camden Rock gig

Posted: January 15, 2011 in Gigging

Last night, we played a gig at Camden Rock and we loved it.

I’d like to say a massive thank-you to all the people who came out to see us. It means a hell of a lot to us that people make the effort.

We tried switching a couple of things around. For example, Ellen took over the lead vocals on “Someone to Blame” and I’m really pleased about how we’re developing as a band.

I don’t think that we’re perfect. There’s still scope for us to improve our live performance and get “tighter” – but all in all in was a great evening. We certainly had a lot of fun and I think the crowd did too. We had a few technical problems but I’m pleased that we didn’t let the issues get to us and were able to carry on and still play a blistering set.

I have to say that playing live gives you such a buzz – it’s a combination of nerves, excitement and just pure joy. Just after coming off stage you feel amazing – I love it.

Anyway, we’re going to meet up as a band again in the next few days to decide what we want to do next. We’re playing a gig on March 27th as part of the Surface Unsigned Festival, but I think we’re all very keen to go into the studio and record some songs before then.

We’ll keep you posted

Set List

Welcome

Better Days

Someone To Blame

My Love

Mea Culpa

Modern Reality

My Love (live) – video

Posted: January 15, 2011 in Gigging, Video

So, since this is a music blog, I thought I’d post something about what we actually sound like. Here’s a video of us performing “My Love” at our very first gig.

Pleasantly surprised

Posted: January 13, 2011 in Gigging
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One of the things that I find most frustrating about gigging is trying to sort our equipment. Usually when we play live, we’ll play a “gig night” with two or three other bands or artists. Each band will have their own guitar amps or drums or whatever, so it’s often a good idea to get in contact with the other bands before the gig
to sort out exactly which equipment the bands can share (if any).

Our gig last week at Native Tongue was a bit of an exception. The venue supplied all the drums, and amplifiers and it was great. All we did was turn up, plug in our instruments and played

What normally happens is you send an email to the other bands on the bill sayting something like “Looking forward to the gig. What equipment is everyone going to bring? We’ve go guitar amp/bass amp/whatever.”
And usually, you hear absolutely nothing from them – zip – and it’s so annoying because you’re never sure if you’re actually going to have enough equipment to play your set

So, we’re playing tonight at Camden Rock and I sent out the usual email and I actually got a response. One of the other bands was actually helpful and friendly, told us what they had and what they’d like us to bring!

I was very pleasantly surprised!

I’m really looking forward to tonight, we should be better than ever.

Camden Rock. 18 Kentish Town Road, London

Onstage at 9pm