The sound you will hear can be broadly characterised as Easy Listening for People in Difficult Times. It all began when I realised that there were plenty of ageing people who, like me, maybe in their younger days, might have been punks, or skins, or mods or grebo's or rude boys or part of some other youth tribe, or not even, and now, their dotage approaching, here they are, still wanting new music, but probably preferring it vaguely familiar, still wanting to hear music that spoke directly to them, but spoken a little more slowly and quietly, a little more toe-tapping and less ass-shaking. Who was gonna making that sound? The first thing I wrote, on a rainy day, in a caravan in the Malvern's, was A Song For Older Skins.
There was music and then a plan to write and release a new easy listening 'single' each month throughout 2018. Each fairly obviously informed by the musical greats like Harry J & The AllStars, Jackie Mittoo & Timmy Thomas, the Clash, all old men are allowed to like something about the Clash a friend once told me. Jonathan Richman and Lauryn Hill, all the music imbued, absorbed into the blood over decades, but this particular paean affected, and tired out, burnt out. A working class bedroom revolution for early retirement set.
And then after that we'll see.
2018 saw the release of A Song For Older Skins, in January, in February, It's Been A Long Shift and towards the end of March, Remember Anton From the Factory, He Was Alright. The height of the summer saw the release of When I Open My Mouth I Wish the Sound of Someone Great Came Out.
In 2019, I began working with independent film maker, Lewis Tulpa. His first two videos for There Was No One Else I Could Tell and his super noir-ish film for Sunset Conversation, Early in the A.M. both brilliantly conceived and written by him, contrast starkly. Entertaining.
Frisky (September), What Mods and Skins Mean to the Minecraft Kids (November) will probably complete the musical output for this year.
A Song For Damian Marquez The Tailor was the first single of 2020 and featured a video by Lewis Tulpa. I am thinking about a full length collection, or some EPs, incorporating a few new tunes I have been working on with the guitarist Sonny Pine, one I really love is called L.A. Proved Too Much For This Man.
A collection of short stories, Sextet - Six Stories About Motoring Nowhere, could finally be ready in 2020.
I have an interest in hiding out. I occasionally contribute to music, arts and pop culture fanzine, outsideleft.com (my contributions can be found here) and they in turn say they will write something in return. I'm waiting.