Sunday, 31 July 2016

More Gigs....

I'll be at the HOPE and ANCHOR, ISLINGTON on Saturday 6th August where indie popsters THE BITTER SPRINGS play a rare London date with the controversial folk-punk outfit THE LONG DECLINE. The critically acclaimed Springs have recently released their tenth album and will be playing a selection of songs from their back catalogue as well as debuting some new material with their new line-up. First onstage will be the fantastic THE LONG DECLINE who should be on fine form as they are celebrating the birthday of their singer/frontman (Kenny Wisdom) on the night. It promises to be unmissable. Tickets £7.00 on the door.

On Saturday 13th August I'll be playing guitar for Serious Chord Squad on The Ricky Tick Stage about 7:30pm. should be a great gig. I'm going to get down there early to soak in the atmosphere. come along and see us for some great Mod and Soul tunes.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Hangover Square Re-released

Cherry Red Records have now re-released the debut album by The Caretaker Race entitled Hangover Square. The Album was produced by Smiths/Blur producer Stephen Street. It was originally released in 1991 on The Foundation Label. 

The Foundation Label was set up by Stephen Street who produced albums by Smiths, Blur and The Cranberries. Other acts on The Foundation label were Bradford and Spin (who later became Gene).

I played guitar on this album and it was recorded at The Greenhouse Studios in Old Street, London. The same studio where The House of Love recorded their debut album. While we were recording Pop Will Eat Itself were in the studio upstairs so I got to meet them a few times. 

The album was mixed at Island Records Studios over in Chiswick over a 5 day period and was released around September 1991 and got to number 37 in the independent charts.

You can listen to samples of the tracks on the following link

Monday, 25 July 2016

New Acoustic Guitar

I've now added another acoustic guitar to the collection. What you can see here is an Epiphone J15LH, an aquisition from Ebay so it wasn't too expensive. It plays really nice and has a big sound and a nice action. An LR Baggs M80 pickup was added by me as I want to use it live at some point in the future. To add it I had to drill a 12mm hole where the strap holder was. Luckily I got it right first time and didn't make a mess. The M80 is quite a powerful pickup. I had to purchase it from an American ebay seller as they sell them much cheaper than in the UK.