Thursday, 27 September 2007

Playlist...

Maths
Throats
Upsilon Acrux
Himsa
Meneguar
Every Time I Die
GTUK

Holland

Last weekend I went to Holland. This is my account of the trip -

We all gathered at mine and Ellens flat (Ellen acommpanied/tour-managed the trip). We got to West Norwood train station to find trains fucked. After going to clapham instead we got to Gatwick. The flight was uneventful, but i had my susual 'will i die this time?' thought, as I always do with planes.

We got the metro to central amsterdam, and walked to our Hostel, which was above a pub called 'Durty Nellys' which was just outside the red light district. The handle broke on my suitcase, so it was fucking painful carrying it (for the whole trip). Our room was clean and ok and included breakfast, so we couldnt compain too much.

We went out, looked at some shops (awesome clothes shop and a record store which had 'oh wow!' by CPWK) amongst them. We then stopped and had dinner - which was shit to be honest. Then we found ana amazing pub that had really nice strong begian/dutch beers. Got a bit merry. Then went across the road to a coffee shop and ate a hash muffin and helped smoke a joint. Then walked around the red-light district and porn shops and looked at sluts. Then went back to durty nellys and had a pint of guinness. I was totally fucked, but felt ok. Went to bed, and had a shit nights sleep due to bells, thirst, noise, chris talking in his sleep etc etc.

Left our bags at durty nellys and went exploring the next day as we had all the day to kill in amssterdam. I guess we got quite bored due to lack of spending money, and we were knackered. Went to another coffee shop which had fit waitresses and had hash chocolate cake. I thought this did NOTHING. Ellen got a bit giggly though.

Picked up pour bags and went and got the metro to the venue. Met GTUK, Antitainment (who we were playing with) and Johan and Hannah for the first time. Soundchecked and then went upstairs for an awesome veg meal. Then all hell broke lose. Well - in my head at least! When we started eating, i literally could not stop laughing at everything, no matter how unfunny. Everyone seemed silent, but i was crying rivers of tears. I tried to go downstairs to compose myself, but the stairs were like an accordian stretching out in front of me and i took ages to get down the stairs! All the way through the gig then I was a state, not really talking, whitey-ing out, played shitly too! People were tryign to talk to me and i couldnt speak. Dont do drugs kids.

Afterwards we stayed with Johan and Hannah in their studio, which was a big room - it was odd, but cool. We had breakfast the following morning outside, which was nice too. I also met LAMB here. He is my friend. We then all went on the train to Rotterdam. We checked into our hotel, which was nice, then went to the venue. The venue was awesome - had a record store, mini-cinema, bar and venue. We all got to order a pizza each for dinner, had a fridge full of wine/beer/soft drinks, then played the gig with Toxic Lipstick and Germlin. This gig was way better than the night before.

Got up the next day, had breakfast int he hotel, then got the train to Tilburg. Tilburg is awesome - a small city with loads of small neat shops. ZXZW (the festival) was spread across 12-or-so venues throughout the day. I watched - a short set by Monotonix (awesome, nuts), Meneguar (awesome), Charlie Adler (not so great), Get Hustle (not my thing), Germlin (cool), Grinding Halt (awesome doom/screamo), Black Haven (ok), the locust (cool).

We played at 9pm to a really good, enthusiastic crowd, we had great sound and played amazingly. We then sold ALL of our cds and tapes and all adult size tshirts. A bit of a success.

The food at zxzw was nice too (ribs, chicken, veg etc), and we had a shared dressign room with unlimited beer (sweet).

We then stayed with a chap called Louis who was 37, had an amazing retro styled house, a pretty 21 yr old girlfriend (go louis!), an awesome wet-floor shower, awesome old records, and an awesome old car. He fed us and gave us drinks and the next day drove us to the train station in his old car blasting 'ace of spades' by motorhead. Awesome.

The got back to amsterdam airport and had a million hours to kill. So we ate and drank shit. Then there was a minor security alert, but we were only delayed by 30 mins really, then we flew back to london. Coming back was depressing.

AWESOME TRIP. AWESOME PEOPLE. AWESOME BANDS. AWESOME.

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

i dont love the drugs...

CPWK played Oxford on saturday. It was some kind of extreme rave. Lots of Pillheads and weird girls. We chased promoters around the venue to ensure we got paid. Got home at 4am. Interesting, but not the most enjoyable thing ever. A bit scary. Fear of the unknown i guess. No-one was nasty or rude though, apart from bouncers.

This weekend CPWK are in holland for gigs in amsterdam, rotterdam and ZXZW fest in tilburg. Rolo Tomassi are playing Truck Fest. Awesome.

There will be alot of updates on holy roar myspace/website over next few weeks - rolo cd reissue, cpwk - populuxxe album, holy roar unisex tote bags, 2/3 new releases for 2008 and more. hopefully 2 digital releases and one cd/digital release.

i havent been to holland since i was 5/6 so im pretty excited.

blog update from cpwk - http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=10268189 - lots of news there.

The new Upsilon Acrux album is awesome.

Friday, 14 September 2007

bristol, brighton, oxford....

So last few days CPWK have played Brighton and Bristol. Brighton was with Rolo Tomassi, whilst Bristol was with The Locust. It took me 4 hours to get to Brighton because of traffic, which was soul-destroying. The show was good though, with kids going crazy. The Locust crowd were somewhat more reserved (apart from Bristol 'legend' Big Jeff who went nuts) but we sold alot of stuff, so we obviously did something right. It was a much more reserved gig than Brighton for me too as I had a very short lead. Oh well.

Playing some kind of crazy rave tomorrow in Oxford - apparently CPWK did quite a few of these gigs before I joined, but it will be my first experience of this type of thing.

Had lunch with Peter W today which was nice. More rolo stuff talked about etc and plans made.

New Throats song is amazing.

Holy Roar tote bags are in production.

I have skittles flavoured vodka. Cool.

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Road Warrior

Since I last posted I have driven to the border of Wales and back, driven to Reading and back. This is the extent of me driving so far. Doing ok I think. Apart from not knowing how to turn rear windscreen wiper off at one point, oops.

So apart from travels to my parents house with Larry in tow to pick up car, we played in Luton on Friday night which was cool and got treated really well. Rolos + Oli Narcosis (who is driving them) stayed with me and ellen that night. Woke up on saturday and went and played Notting Hill Arts Club, again with Rolos, this was an awesome gig, so much energy. And Les Savy Fav turned up! Sunday we played Rapturefest in Reading which wasnt very well attended, and the PA was shit, but we did a ridiculous set and Rolos owned. Throats were awesome too - check them out.

Rolo Tomassi and Cutting Pink were played back to back on radio 1 rock show last night - http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/rockshow/ (sept 11)

Cutting Pink are also all over rocksound this month - go check it out.

Gigs for me on wed/thurs/sat this week, then holland next week for ZXZW etc! Woo!

Thursday, 6 September 2007

im glad to be of a generation...

....where people actually bought music. Packaging and sound quality is so much better in PHYSICAL releases.

I, frankly, despise kids who think its ok to put albums by independent labels and artists on their blogs for full download. HAVE SOME RESPECT OR DO YOUR HOMEWORK YOU LITTLE DICKS.

Wednesday, 5 September 2007

zoom zip bruuum

Got my iMac back from repair. Seems to be working fine - bought some extra ram for it too so should work a bit better. Also they installed latest operating system on it - so i now have all the latest versions of all standard software which i could not have got before - result!

Just took ellens citroen for a quick spin in anticipation of driving to my parents tomorrow, where i shall pick up The Beast and drive back Friday morning. Scary/cool stuff! The citroen is a bit rubbish to be honest. Glad we are getting The Beast.

No other major news - some touring and a secret gig shaping up for CPWK, and a live review for rolos/cpwk in Luton on friday for kerrang (with photo(s)!).

Oh - and the Rolo tomassi reissue arrived today - they look fucking swish. So much better than the (admittedly quite cool) original version. Will be available from us/shops Oct 1st.

Looking into getting some Holy Roar merch on the go soon too.....

I think coca cola gives me headaches? Im not very good with sugary drinks, despite how much i like them.

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

oh oh oh!

I'm fucking LOVING pop-punk!

And Ellen is home in a few hours!

And I should be picking my car up on Thursday! Roadtrip stylee with Larry!

And gigs this weekend should be amazing! And hanging out with good friends!

And I just had coffee and it always makes me posi!

Happy Times!

Oorutaichi

I went to the Brixton Windmill last night to see Oorutaichi. There was fuck all people there really, maybe 20 max, as there is a tube strike. Having said that i'm not sure there would have been loads more people anyway.

I didn't mind going on my own as Mark from Elastic Artists, Tom Ravenscroft/Hermeet and Angus were all there. So chatted to them. Mainly Mark and his lady tbh. Mark is totally safe.

First on were The Fourers, a band CPWK played with in Manchester for a channel 4 gig. They are very tight, and nice enough, but very very pedestrian indie. When their bassist came up to me prior to them playing and said hello, I had one of those 'where the hell do I know you from?' moments.

Second on were Asakodo Teliverek. I thought they were rubbish. Japanese woman on vocals? Check. Twee costumes? Check. It was like CPWK if we were a joke lame ironic pile of indie twee nonsense. Annoying.

Thankfully Oorutaichi cheered me up. Had a (broken english)chat with him - he was very nice and gave me a copy of his latest album. He also patted me very very close to my bottom several times, which was interesting. Anyway, his performance was great, he really gets into it and clearly loves his music loads. Its really hard to describe his sound, so just go to his Myspace (linked above).

Go and see him -

Sept 5th - Bodhi Gallery, London
Sept 6th - Luminaire, London
Sept 7th - underground @ kenneys, Dublin

He did actually want to tour the UK, so its great to see the people of the rest of the nation taking a chance/being a bit forward thinking musically!

Monday, 3 September 2007

APC and a messageboard....

....so the Rolo Tomassi reissue was supposed to be re-delivered today, but APC fucked it up! I asked for redelivery today, yet they tried to deliver last thursday. One of them fucked up becasue i expressly asked for monday. So now i have to pay £5 for them to redeliver again! £5 for their fuck up! They guy on the phone was a twat, unhelpful and arrogant. It was like he thought all his colleagues could not make mistakes. Dick.

Secondly - i absolutely LOVE being criticsed by elitists on messageboards for liking some bands that have actually sold some records! Not! I give up.

So I just went for a run to destress on all this. And because I feel well fat. Gotta ring up about car insurance now.......fun!

Sunday, 2 September 2007

Questions.

1. I want to get 'FDHC' (Forest of Dean Hardcore) tattoed on me somewhere. So where should i get it? Inside of wrist? What style writing/anything on it/around it? Who wants to pay for it?

2. I havent shaved my face for weeks. Shall I keep growing it and see how big i can get it?

3. I eally want a good pair of New Balance.

prince/car....



That's what the car I got on the weekend looks like. Thats not my actual car, just the closest image i could find online. I gots me a VW Golf 1.9 Diesel TDI. Sweet. It was brutal. Just gotta drive Ellen's car down there to exchange/pick up the new beauty. Hopefull will do that this week/next week.

Saw Prince last night with Eddy CPWK, his lady Alys and (Leisuresuit) Larry. He opened with '1999' and the actual show was amazing. The stage was 'in-the-round' in the centre of the arena, and was in the shape of his logo. On the downside there was no red corvette, rasberry berret, when doves cry (although he played a clip of it as a medley) or i would die 4 u. Gutted. So it was like maybe 8/10???

CPWK got played here last week, which is pretty cool - http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/rorymcconnell/index.shtml

CPWK should, fingers crossed, also be doing a video v soon.