Here’s a sneaky peak at one of the songs off our forthcoming album “Blood & Sand”
Here’s a sneaky peak at one of the songs off our forthcoming album “Blood & Sand”
We just finished the album, Yay! I haven’t updated the blog in ages so here goes…….. The Iron Chic tour was a treat. We had the pleasure of spending some quality time with our Long Island brethren and hopefully it … Continue reading
Good morning lads and lasses, apologies for the gap between updates but we’ve been so busy we just haven’t had the time!
So what have we been up to…..
Well in December we played the St. Pauli match in Leeds which was very fun, but we ate too much delicious vegano cake and felt a bit sick. Then we all had a lovely holiday and made loads of new years resolutions we had every intention of keeping.
January. Er, well we only played one gig, but we were at that time trying to; Give up smoking, go to the gym, get organised, tame the bugle (what ever that is), fit in fitness, spend more time with the family, eat healthy, stop drinking, get out of debt and learn something new each day…..
…..February, we drank London. And now you’re up to date.
We also released a record on new label Everything Sucks Music and have almost finished writing an album. See we have been busy!
Oh yeah and we made a video…..
I will attempt to be more on the ball writing up dates in the next few months, in the meantime thank you to everyone who came to the gigs at the Black Heart and Astbury Castle, Oliver and Its not OK, Dave and Everything Sucks Music and can someone in Camden bring me a cigar cutter for next time.
A big thank you to everyone who came to the Beer launch on Friday night. We had a wonderful time, the beer was great and it was a really nice atmosphere. I hope that this will not be the last time we see local breweries and DIY bands working together in such a way.
Mofest was great on Saturday, I think honourable mentions must be given to the Northeast contingent (Farman, Glass Avalanche and Lessons) for being the drunkest most fun/scary men alive. Always nice to see Kev Fenton as well, a true gent.
Sunday was nice too!! Lloyd took us to a nice old pub called Pivni, and we had a nice time with Fellow Project and Marine Electric. Both amazing bands who everyone should take time to check out. Also Tia makes ace recycled bags and wallets http://www.vayabags.com/ Go look and buy, Christmas is coming.
Righto, this weekend was gonna be our last for the year, but we have been asked to play in Leeds on the 9th December for the St. Pauli match. So you have one last chance to see us before 2013, how exciting!
We added an extra date, Daz! “Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaggggghhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!”
So we are safely back home after our US tour. I think an update is a bit overdue so here you go.
America was fantastic, we landed in JFK and were immediately greeted by the ‘Dead Broke’ welcome wagon. A night of craft beer and t shirt printing commenced. After a brief trip to Brooklyn to go guitar shopping we were all set. The immense Joe Salgado of Pretty Bullshit was our driver/carer/tour guide/drinking partner, and we will forever love him for that.
I’ll try and write a full tour diary and get it online soon, but for now lets just say we had an amazing time and met some amazing new friends as well as getting to spend time with some old ones. We also swam in the sea, thank you Matt and Shelley.
Big thanks yous have to be given to the following people; Joe Salgado, Mike Bruno, Gin Hicks, Pat Schramm and all at the Dead Broke House! Andy & Dave from Warm
Needles, BOSMA! Mike and all at the Wallride house (Except the beer thieves), Rocky at StreetSounds NYC, The really nice lads at the Lab, The good people of the Soapbox, Matt and Shelley for the one of the nicest days on tour we have ever had, Davey and Kelsey, the people at the Wonder root and interesting locals we met but could not understand, Transistions, Grams place, Tony and all at fest 11, the nice man we met in the car park, the vietnam vets who were crazy, the man who tried to sell me a stun gun, all the bands we played with; Smith Street band, Fellow Project, WarXGames, The Jons, One Win Choice, Astpai, Cigarette Crossfire, Shores, Iron Chic, Horace Pinker, Great Cynics, Caves, and the pigs in Pure Graft (I guess).
Wait I forgot someone, IGGY!!!!!!!!!
Anyway, tonight we launch our very own beer, The Bear Trade USA Porter. The gig is at the Free Trade Inn, Newcastle. Its free entry and we will be joined by the fabulous Helen Chambers. As an extra special treat the skillful Kat Yates has baked a mountain of vegan cupcakes which will be available while stocks last. Cake, beer and music, you can’t really say fairer than that. If you don’t come your a fucking pig.
Don’t be a pig be a bear.
OK pigs, here you go…
Fri 19/10 O’Briens Ale House, Coram, NY
Sat 20/10 The Wallride House, Westminster, MD
Sun 21/10 The Laboratory Arlington, VA
Mon 22/10 The Soapbox Wilmington, NC
Tue 23/10 WonderRoot Community Center, Atlanta, GA
Wed 24/10 Transitions, Tampa, FL
Thu 25/10 PreFest@1982 (night do), Gainesville, FL
Fri 26/10 Fest Gainesville, FL
Sat 27/10 Fest Gainesville, FL
Most dates with Aussie Drogos, The Smith Street Band.
So I know this a bit late, but what the hell.
We had a totally amazing time in September, we are all still a bit weary this is possibly why it has taken so long to write this update. The other reason could be that I am a massive nonce. I’m going with the latter.
So massive thanks has to be given to our good friends; Jan Matthias, Latterman, Caves, Blacklist Royals and Rad Medicine.Not forgetting Tim and El for an outstanding day in Southsea.
Gateshead: Fantastic to see Inxsane, this band are amazing. Pure Graft were late.
Sheffield: We missed Inxsane, we were late, Pure Graft were great.
Cambridge: See below post. anyway It was mint.
Southsea: Southsea fest was loads of fun, what I can remember of it. Highlights for the day had to be Helen and El of course, Above them, Great Cynics and Muncie Girls. They closed the bar early because the bands were too drunk and Lloyd had to hide me fro the police when they came to check it out. Thats what you get when you make the rider bottles of wine.
Hipflask; Jura,Talisker,Red Stagg
Kingston: We got to the venue early and met a guy called Sebastian who had traveled from Switzerland just for the gig! We took him under our wing and had walked down to see the VRGNS matinée gig, a total Sunday treat. So after we headed back to the Peel. The gig was sweet, it was a great to see Jan and Latterman after so long. The Peel looks weird now they have painted it all white, but the sound man was a dude and we had loads of fun. Afterwards we stopped with the crazy man Matt White, he has too much technology in his house, most of which we couldn’t work. All we wanted to do was watch the news!
Hipflask; Jura,Talisker,Red Stagg, Jura Superstition
Birmingham: The birth place of heavy metal, allegedly. We thought this was gonna be a bit of a quiet one, so we decided to drink as much cheap cider as could get from the sweary ghost behind the bar. Actually the gig was totally mint, it was very hot and sweaty and afterwards we watched Back to the future! Gear!
In the morning we went for breakfast with caves and had a game of trivial pursuit (kids edition), it was a landslide victory by Caves over Bear Trade and for the record, Callum. Eric Clapton is not famous for playing the drums.
Hipflask; Jura,Red Stagg
Leeds: We got to Leeds about 1pm, and did the only thing we know how to do. Also there was a totally excellent games room at the Brudenell, we played what was possibly the longest darts match in history and the quickest game of kicker ever. Bromley for the cup!
The rider was a fridge full of Orangeboom, so everyone was in high spirits. The gig was good too.
Hipflask; Jura,Talisker,Red Stagg, Snow Goose
Bristol: So we had some canny scran in York then headed back down south, this was the last gig with Latterman and Caves, it was another great night and we all wished that we had at least one more night. there was a lot of love and hip flasks were passed round frequently. Then we met Timmy. Charmita!
Hipflask; Jura,Red Stagg, Snow Goose
Exeter: So we said goodbye to Latterman and Caves and set off for Exeter. We decided to stop off in Weston-Super-Mare for a picnic and play on the pier. Good picnic, we were the youngest people there by about 50 years.
Anyway tonight we were heading to the Cavern to play with Blacklist Royals, its always nice to go to the Cavern, you know you’ll get well fed and the sound will be awesome. Thanks to Jon for running out and buying me and Peter some Linda mac sausages. Gear!
‘The Royals’ as they insisted we called them were top lads, and a great band. The gig was good and we even got a chance to see some of Exeter’s local talent. We stopped in Exmouth with Lloyd’s parents. They live right by the sea so we took some booze down to the beach, it was very dark and you couldn’t see well enough to look for fire wood. We all fell asleep on the beach for a while, then Peter realised that it was September and probably not the best idea, so we got up and went back to Lloyd’s parents.
Hipflask; Jura, Red Stagg, Makers Mark
Swansea: So what should have been a 2 hour drive became almost a 5 hour drive because of 3 lots of rush hour traffic and a crash. Great job!
We arrive outside Mozarts, tonight is a special night because Pugs is doing his first stand up gig. I don’t know what was more funny, his jokes or him trying not to throw up in between. Either way it was good. A local band played called the boneless ones, they were mint and I hope we get to see them again.
So the rest is pretty hazy, I know that Pugs, me and Dave started a street gang and I remember eating a pizza. Can’t remember the name of the gang, but it was tough.
In the morning Pugs and Jamie took us to a little cafe along the Mumbles so we could have chips by the beach. It was a pretty awesome ending to the week and set us up for the drive home.
Hipflask; Red Stagg, Makers Mark
York: We were all back at work today, so today was very hard. We were excited to be meeting up with the Blacklist Royals again though, so this got us through. Tonight cider was our business and business was good, at least it seemed that way. On the way home we nearly got washed away by the rain, but Peter was a legend and got us all home in one piece.
The next day all of the north-east was pretty much under water, I think god was angry that our tour had finished.
Hip flask; empty.