I am giving away 2, 1 hour drum lessons for free next month at my ‘drumming marathon’ charity gig. For your chance to win all you have to do is come along to the show on 27th March at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar and take part in the extreme charity quiz. There will also be a whole host of other prizes including, a pair of cinema tickets to The Duke of York, Troll’s Pantry burger vouchers, GBK food vouchers, PizzaFace pizza vouchers, a bottle of Kraken rum plus many more exciting prizes. Plus I will be performing with 3 of my bands, Derelicts, Louis Romegoux & Millou, and SEERS, and all the proceeds go to HIV and sexual health charity The Terrence Higgins Trust aiding raising money for my London Marathon 2014 run.
In order to run the London Marathon for The Terrence Higgins Trust I need to raise £1,750. For this reason I have decided to put on a ‘Drumming Marathon’ gig. I will be behind the kit all evening performing with 3 of my original bands;
Derelicts + Louis Romégoux & Milou + SEERS.
In between the live bands there will be an EXTREME quiz with exciting prizes from Pizza Face, Duke of York’s cinema tickets, assorted t-shirts and many more prizes to be announced!
Entry is £5, quiz is £1 and ALL proceeds go to my charity.
If you would like to sponsor me directly you can do so through my virgin money giving page here:-
So 2011 has been a busy year, the busiest yet for me! Therefore I thought I would have a review of my year with music and try to remember what I have been up to…
Sunless ’97: 6
Mean Poppa Lean: 7
Mechanical Bride: 23
Holy Vessels: 2
Saint: 44 (Functions)
Caroline Buckley: 1
All shows: 83 (4 Tours, 2 UK, 2 European).
Supported, Friendly Fires, Yuck, Toro Y Moi, Kwes, Summer Camp, Smoke Fairies, The Heart and the Hand, Liam Finn, Dry the River, Graham Coxon.
Standout venues visited: The Garage, ULU, St. Giles Church, London, Flèche D’or, La Boule Noir, Paris, Le Cargo, Caen.
2 Albums: Mechanical Bride – Living With Ants, Mean Poppa Lean – Live on Twelve Legs.
1 EP: Sunless ’97 – Making Waves.
3 Singles: Mechanical Bride – Colour of Fire / Young Gold / To the Fight.
2 Radio sessions: Radio 1 Huw Stephens session, Selector Radio session.
Radio Plays: Radio 1, Radio 2, 6 Music, XFM, Selector Radio in over 29 territories.
1 Album recording session, Holy Vessels.
1 Endorsement deal, C&C Custom Drums.
4 Auditions, Left 1 band, joined 2, currently playing with 4, Sunless ’97, Holy Vessels, Mechanical Bride & Saint.
That just about wraps up my year, I’m hoping 2012 has more to give, looking forward to next year and implementing some new years resoultions, I already have a few that I have started early, cause I want a head start!
Merry Crimbus and a Happy Neu Year to all! X
Had a great show at the Garage in London last night with Sunless ’97, supporting Toro Y Moi, from the US. It was a sold out show, and surprisingly it was 3/4 full when we went on first so we played to a big audience (which was nice). However I spent the trip up and back studying the Prof sound’s drum tuning bible, & decided to implement the bible in day 4.
I began at the beginning and took just 1 tom, my 13″, as it tells to concentrate on 1 small first to start to learn how to tune, and not to get this confused with tuning the whole kit. This involves, removing all the heads, eliminating and lug or shell buzz, seating the heads, then experimenting with pitches of the drum, and also results and what they mean. (This is all explained more clearly and in detail, under the section ” Tuning and Seating the Heads, All Drums” onwards).
From this research I learned that I used to just strive to get the pitches on the top head in tune with each other and think this is the drum tuned, so why doesn’t it sound good? Seems stupid but obvious now, so you need to get the top head in tune with it’s self and also the bottom head, and then experiment with taking the whole pitches of each head up and down. Also I found that the bottom head really is the note and how much sustain is gained and the top head is more of the attack.
I also repeated this sequence for my bass drum, seating the head properly then lowering to a desired pitch. Bass drum is much more difficult to hear the different pitches at the lugs, but easier to get an overall sound, right heads help, as a powerstroke on my kick works like a dream, while a pinstripe sounds like tripe.
Tomorrow I will focus on the first tom again, and have a go at my second snare, taking her apart and starting from scratch.
Yesterday I completed my first Radio 1 live session at Maida Vale. We recorded 4 tracks from the Sunless 97 ‘Making Waves’ EP released this week, and they will all be aired on the Huw Stephens show in early January next year. This month has also seen us support the amazing Kwes. and next week our last show of the year with Toro Y Moi at the Garage, 7.12.11.
I have also been working with Brighton band Holy Vessels and recorded an album with them, for release next year. December sees us play two showcase gigs, December 13th @ The Blind Tiger, Brighton, & December 18th @ The Old Queens Head, London.
Sunless 97 release Making Waves EP on the 21st November and we are playing an EP Launch show ‘Heaven’s Gate 4 Hale-Bopp’ on friday 25th November at a secret location in London Kensal Rise W10 (location will be emailed on ticket purchase) tickets are £6 via http://www.musicglue.com/sunless97
Steamin’ Jack Shankly
& Abeano DJs
9pm – 4am
You can Preorder the Making Waves EP here: http://abeano.bigcartel.com/product/sunless-97-making-waves-ep-4-tracks
Also today Fearne Cotton played out Illuminations on radio 1, and you can hear another track from ‘Making Waves’ here:
Tomorrow I travel to Caen in France and then onto Paris on Saturday with Mechanical Bride to play Festival Les Inrocks. This French festival takes place across the country in multiple venues, and we will have the pleasure of supporting Friendly Fires at Cargo in Caen (Nov 3rd), and Yuck at Le Boule Noir in Paris (Nov 5th).
More info here:
It’s been a busy few weeks, firstly Living with Ants is up for a Schmercury award, best folk album of 2011 up against Fleet Foxes and the such like…
Plus a UK Mechanical Bride tour coming up in October, and european dates in November.
Joined up with London based band Sunless ’97, rehearsing for Live, tours planned.
Recorded an album with Brighton band, Holy Vessels in Oxford with producer Iain Harvie (Del Amitri).
Plus loads of functions and drum lessons, woooo busy is good!
I am currently in York with Mechanical Bride halfway through a UK tour supporting the Smoke Fairies. Here is the list of dates we are doing..
12 – BRIGHTON – Great Escape Festival (Prince Albert)
14 – CLITHEROE – The Grand At Clitheroe (w/Smoke Fairies)
15 – HEBDEN BRIDGE – The Trades Club (w/Smoke Fairies)
16 – EDINBURGH – Cabaret Voltaire (w/Smoke Fairies)
18 – YORK – The Duchess (w/Smoke Fairies)
20 – LONDON – ULU (w/Smoke Fairies)