Sunday, 30 November 2008

I'm home.

Ireland was awesome. Foals were awesome in Dublin. Foals are awesome dudes. Belfast university area is awesome. Irish Guinness is awesome, Dublin is mega-awesome. I'm tired.

Promo video for 'Rabid Electronics' by the_Network from the new split with Throats!



I have no idea who did this, but the footage is taken from their uk tour with Take a worm for a walk week, which ended last week...if you missed it, you are a PRICK.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

I'm in Dublin.

So since Tuesday night i've been in Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland Ireland (Southern? Eire?). In 48 hours. Yes.

The reason for this is that I picked up the_Network from Newport on Tuesday night from the final gig of their tour with the lovely boys in Take a worm for a walk week, I dropped them off at heathrow at like 2am, got home for about 3am, slept a bit, then got a coach the following morning to Sheffield, got in a van from there and drove Rolo Tomassi to Carlisle, stayed in a Travelodge there, got up at 6am today and drove to the ferry port in Cairnryan, then got a ferry to Larne, then drove down to Dublin.

I'm now sat backstage at the Ambassador in Dublin, I can hear Faols playing downstairs in this big, ornate theatre. Rolo Tomassi supported tonight in front of 1400 people and reception seemed awesome, with me and Roadie/Merch bitch Tom Saunders sat on the side of the stage for Rolos.

good times, low battery on this computer. More updates soon!

x

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

I'm in Gloucestershire.

Bit of a whirlwind at the moment. Saturday was Genghis Tron, Rolo Tomassi, Behold The Arctopus, Take a Worm For a Walk Week @ The Underworld. Unfortunately the_Network had to pull out of this show due to Tim (drums) having kidney problems. It was an awesome (somewhat drunken) show.

Sunday was the_Network, Take A Worm, Hang the Bastard and No Dice @ Brixton Windmill. Whether it was the atrocious weather, Cloak/Dagger and Napalm Death playing elsewhere or the fact that we suck - this gig was badly attended. SHAME ON YOU! No Dice are fucking awesome. Get into them. the_Network and Take A Worm stayed at my place and more beer was drunk. The bands left by 9am due to local parking shitty rules. Oh well.

Last night I drove to Gloucestershire (i'm at my parents house) and am picking up the_Network from Newport tonight. Take a Worm are going straight back to Glasgow and the_Network need to get back to Heathrow. I'm the solution it seems. Tomorrow I go to Sheffield, pick up Rolo Tomassi, then go to a travelodge in Carlisle, then get a ferry to Ireland on Thursday morning. Shows with Foals in Dublin and Belfast. Should be a blast.

Phew! Pretty busy stuff. I'll try and do a some on-the-road updates when out with Rolos/Foals.

Finally, here are some pics (from Japan) of the Japanese 'Happy Holy Roar 1.1' compilation cd that came out in Japan on Wednesday 19th November on Fantome Records -

Saturday, 22 November 2008

WOW HOLY ROAR FINALLY HAS A NEW FLYER!

Expect to see these in your packages and and gigs soon....






(We are also making new Tote Bags - black with a new design - too!)

Friday, 21 November 2008

yoyoyoyoyoyoyooyoyoyoyoyoyoyooyoy

Spank Rock is awesome.

Anyway, totally general post. If you dont ever go on the Holy Roar Big Cartel Shop thingy, then you can at least check out some photos that me and 'business partner' Ellen did today during our 'working' lunch on the Holy Roar Flickr. There's pictures of the Holy Roar t-shirts, Throats t-shirts, the new Happy Holy Roar 2 Tape and other stuff. It looks cool and Ellen made me too many beverages (Tea, Coffee and Orange juice within an hour!) and cheese on toast. Punk or what?

Elsewhere this week an employee of Primary Talent took me to a medical museum that had diseased penises in jars, giants skeletons, cut-open pregnant rats and elephantitis feet. It was interesting. On the same day I had a chicken burger, held together by a cocktail stick. This cocktail stick obviously made a hole in the burger bun. When i took a bite, the cheese was so hot, (it was of a liquid-esque consistency) it squirted through the hole in the bun and went up my nose and I now have a burnt nostril. No joke. Ridiculous.

Key listening -

the_Network - New Album (still on tour in the uk! check the fuckin link!)
Mew - And the glass handed kites
The Bronx - III

Monday, 17 November 2008

Razorlight and Throats....

.....so Throats (and the_Network) played at Beyond Retro, off Brick Lane, London on Saturday.

The guitarist from Razorlight was there and bought the new Throats/the_Network split from me after their performance.

FUCKING BELIEVE.

(Props to art-king Simon Moody for pointing this out to me and providing evidence)

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

More artwork and packaging....

I finally (courtesy of Ellen) have a picture of the Ergon Carousel packaging. Also below is the artwork for the upcoming 'Happy Holy Roar Volume 2' tape - out for Christmas.





Pics of Devil Sold His Soul/Tortuga split 7" coming soon.....

Monday, 3 November 2008

JAPAN AND HOLY ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Before I explode with excitement, i'd first like to say that I saw Throats in Kingston last night. It is now simply fact that no-one else is as good as Throats full stop. Secondly if you haven't preordered their new split with (fellow destruction Kings) the_Network then you are clearly an absolute pansy, bed-wedding dickhead with no taste. It's the best Holy Roar release since the Phoenix Bodies album. FACT.

Anyway - todays sweet news is that Holy Roar has raised a huge deathly claw out of the UK and descended upon our eastern cousins in Japan! This translates as - we now in the beginning stages of an agreement with Fantome Records in Japan. The first release will be a compilation cd entitled 'Happy Holy Roar 1.1' on November 19th which, as the more astute of you have probably realised, is an update of the compilation tape we put out last Christmas. It has an updated tracklisting and modified artwork courtesy of the ever-awesome Dan Reeves. Here are some exclusive images (click the first image for tracklisting) -





We are hoping to get some of these in stock on import. So keep your eyes peeled for that. We will of course keep you informed with all other Japanese releases undertaken - there will hopefully be exclusive editions/releases coming up.....check out the Fantome Records website for more information.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

This week has been pretty cool.

I'll be honest - i'm not that often prone to bouts of unbridled enthusiasm, but this week has been more than a bit fun. It has been, admittedly, largely due to being paid for my services last week (no - not like that, thank you), so perhaps right now i'm inclined to disagree with the mantle that 'money does not equal happiness'. I'd also like to point out that I am still quite stupid for spending money that simply made my overdraft look slightly less worrisome. Alas - this is my approach to money generally.

Anyway, it started off with a DJ set at the Old Blue Last in Shoreditch, London on Monday night. The Ghost Frequency and Televised Crimewave played to a packed room and I showered their eardrums with the likes of Paul Simon, Set Your Goals, Prince, Slipknot, Chromatics covering Kate Bush and masses of other awful music. Delightful.

Tuesday I ventured up to the Buffalo Bar in Islington to see Pulled Apart By Horses. Had drinks and food with the band and Ellen Holy Roar prior to the gig too, which was wicked. It snowed alot and was cold, and, the pub we were in, The Famous Cocks fittingly managed to play 'Let it snow' just as it started to cane it down. It goes without say that Pulled Apart By Horses were fabulous live, and I indulged in the Buffalo Bars chocolate cake vodka. Yum.

On Thursday I went to the Good Ship in Kilburn to see This Town Needs Guns and Brontide. I always forget how much of a trip this feels on the jubilee line, but luckily I had Mark Throats to keep me company. Two other awful bands played, but luckily Brontide were absolutely storming. It was also really nice to see all the Brontide lot, artist extraordinaire Simon Moody, The TTNG boys and a few other nice faces.

Friday I met up for a couple of lunchtime drinks with Darren Taylor of Rocksound, went to Rough Trade East, went to Oxford circus, got drinks with another friend, then met up with socialite Alice Thomas, ex-November Coming Fire George and ex-Murder of Rosa Luxemburg Steve (+gf) for dinner at Pizza Express. I was already a bit tipsy by this point. We then all went to see Doomriders, which was fun, and good to chat to Tortuga and a few other people.

Woke up late Saturday, and drove to Dulwich Village with my housemate Ben Stop Scratching and his lovely girlfriend Cassie (who, weirdly, has just been sampled as the chorus for a new Hawnay Troof song!). We had a sweet, lazy pub lunch (Steak and mushroom sandwich, mulled wine, sticky toffee pudding and Americano coffee) followed by a trip to a nice little deli.

Good times.

Playlist, purchases and things I have acquired -

Krallice - s/t
Gang Gang Dance - Saint Dymphna
Friendly Fires - s/t
Steve Moore - 2003 demo+bonus track
Maruta - In Narcosis
Beneath the Massacre - Dystopia
Pig Destroyer - Natasha
Wetnurse - Invisible City
The Bronx - III
Tortuga - Kings of Albany
Pulled Apart By Horses - Meat Balloon 7"+cd