Thursday, 26 November 2009
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
We were meant to be doing a kick-ass tour with Youves starting the day after, but the Friday was cancelled. Bad Start. Then we headed to Middlesborough for a gig on the Saturday, but didn't really consider it being Halloween and everyone being more interested in Zombies than music, so we played to a drunken swarm of frankensteins and ill looking nurses (or something like that). Youves were awesome and we were treated to a load of toast back at the house we were stopping at (See - good blog!! *read on everyone else that wasn't there..).
We hit the road at 9.30am and finally arrived at the next destination, Bournemouth, yes the other end of the country, at about 6pm. Unfortunately the audience consisted of as many people as the drive consisted of hours. Not the greatest reception considering the drive!
Cambridge was fun, and Youves totally owned it. Liverppol was cancelled too, and now we just wait til next weeks London show.
It's a real shame cos Youves have been bloody awesome and it's been dick-tastic hanging out with them, but I'm sure we'll get to do it again sometime soon.
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
We're been as busy as ever since our return home, back swimming the streams of the river of shit that I like to call the British motorway systems, doing what we do best, jump, strike note, shout, jump some more, vomit! Anyone for a Danish?
The pleasure has been all ours, although unfortunately having a couple of dates cancelled on such short notice due to ferry cancellations (as Mimas would say, Fuckers!), this put a slight damper on the tour as we were excited to be spending the whole week together but i guess its only left us wanting more. We still managed to make the most of this one though, ok so we still had to venture home most nights, believe me we did not want to but anyone that knows us, knows that’s how we're obligated to function.
So we managed the following . . .
9th Oct - Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
10th Oct - Royal Park Cellars, Leeds
12th Oct - City Screen Basement Bar, York
13th Oct - The Red House, Sheffield
14th Oct - The Flapper, Birmingham - cancelled
15th Oct - Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham - cancelled
Four dates, not as many as we liked but something’s you just can't help. We absolutely love those Danish prince's Mimas, I strongly recommend that you jump to the opportunity to see them live, unfortunately it will have to be next time they are in the UK as if your reading this now then you've gone and missed it. These 'death-indie' wonders will have you singing along in no time and if you want to sing along you can and not feel ridicules because chances are most people there will be singing too.
we've known Mimas for quite a while now and have had the pleasure of playing with them several times before across the British underground, I think its time we worm our way over to demark and start a super group with these boys, imagine the chaos.
More on our agenda are these two events thats will see us through to the end of October,
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Since being here we`ve realised a few things;
1) We are very tall.
2) Rich DEFINATELY does not like japanese food.
3) All you can drink kareoke is the greatest concept of the eastern world.
4) We owe zankyo records a beer.
Now with an 18 hour journey back to the uk we have some great memories and some great new friends and fans of the band, we`ve shared sweat, spit and sushi with what feels like half of japan, we were lucky enough to play all our shows with a great swedish band called scraps of tape and were taken care of like we were westlife (without the fat one) by a great tour manager/friend called juinki .
Anyway gotta go I`ve saved just enough money to pay for around 6 hours in the massage chair at the airport so hopefully after that they`ll have to pour me onto the plane like a curly soup.
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Tonight we played the most intimate show of them and it was amazing!! We had the pleasure of sharing of playing with our swedish friends Scraps of Tape check them out here and we also played with some other brillaint bands from across the globe, including the japanese wonders Cinema Staff who are lovely lovely boys.
We are so happy to be part of the Zankyo family and are having the best time of our lives. Jpan rock.
We`ll try and shed some more light on things tomorrow or soon at least.
luv to our families and friends x x
Monday, 21 September 2009
Last night was awesome, amazing crowd (lots of them!!) and amazing bands. One of japans biggest rock bands 9mm parabellum bullet plyed and scraps of tape were bloody awesome.
Check SOTs blog for better updates than ours www.sottourdiray.blogspot.com
second tokyo gig tonight
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Japan so far has been more than amazing, despite a thirty hour trip to get to osaka, we were welcomed with open arms and everyone is awesome, especially our new best friend and most excellent tour manager Junki - he rocks.
Zankyo Records are amazingly organised and we have had everything sorted for us so well.
OSAKA Club Quattro
The venue is in the middle of the centre on the top floor of a shopping centre, and is well cool. We joined a load of other Zankyo bands and were lcky enough to play to a packed out 600 audience - it was jaw droppping.
NAGOYA - Club Quattro
Another brilliant venue and again at the top of a shopping centre. The crowd were amazing and it`s crazy how they respond to us. We`ve even been signing tee shirts and stuff haha. We found a feature in a Japanese magazine on us and a sick band from Sweden Scraps Of Tape, who we have been sharing our bus with, they are excelellent guys and bloody brilliant band too.
Headlining both nights has been te, who are well worth checking out.
We`re playing one of Tokyo`s top venues tomorrow, along with a load of awesome bands and are really excited.
This trip so far has been nothing short of amazing, and hopefully will carry on that way.
We`ll get some pics and videos online when we can...promise
For now - Sayanora!!!!
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
We’ll be over there for a week, playing four shows, in Osaka, Nagoya and two in Tokyo, as part of Zankyo Records Annual Festival.
We’re going over there to promote the release of our album over there (album consisting of tracks of both UK released EPs) via the mighty Zankyo Records, home to 65 Days of Static and Youth Movies amongst numerous awesome Japanese bands too.
We’ll be flying out on 17th September and then get to play these awesome gigs:
19.09 - Osaka Shinsaibashi CLUB QUATTRO
20.09 - Nagoya CLUB QUATTRO
21.09 - Tokyo Shibuya O-EAST & DUO MUSIC EXCHANGE
22.09 - SHIBUYA O-NEST
We get a nice day of sightseeing at the end before heading home back to reality.
We’ll hopefully be keeping our blog page updated with photos and stories of our weird and wonderful experiences
Friday, 17 July 2009
Monday, 29 June 2009
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Still we haven'tt bothered trying to sum up Ireland, but we'll get round to that another day, in the meantime though...
We're off to Serafina Studios to record a new track, which we will be releasing on 10" vinyl alongside tracks from The Tupolev Ghost, Brontide and Holy State, courtesy of BSM and Holy Roar Records.
That will be out at the start of August. And yes, we're very excited to do avinyl, nevermind alongside such good bands.
So this leads on nicely to us doing some shows in August with Brontide. Nearly all of the dates are booked now and are on our myspace page www.weareshapes.com
BSM Summer Collection
Big Scary Monsters have a sexy new compilation coming out next month, which you can see full details of on www.bsmrocks.com. There's some awesome stuff on there, and we've got a track and the Trampled By A Horse video too. Go have a mooooooch
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
If anyone reading this (does anyone read this...?) is in Ireland and lives near/in Dublin, Cork or Derry, then come to one of the bloody gigs you beautiful Irelander!!!
Guiness Guiness Guiness!
Friday, 15 May 2009
Tonight we’re off to Camden to play The Purple Turtle with HORSE the band, Blakfish, The JCQ and a few more – apparently it’s gonna be busy busy, and we’re being filmed too, which you’ll be able to see sometime soon.
Tomorrow (Sat) we’re playing the BSM showcase at The Grreat Escape Festival. It’s free entry at The Hobgoblin, from 3pm til 8pm. We’ll be joined by Mutiny on the Bounty, Crown on the rats orchestra, blakfish and This Town Needs Guns. This will be awesome!
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Saturday we were meant to play a house show but didn't and sat in the botanical gardens and got drunk instead.
Friday, 8 May 2009
We played at a cool bar in the centre of Nottingham called The Chameleon Arts Cafe, pretty sweet, like a massive old student house almost, but without the smell of piss.
Talons were missing two members, but still rocked the shiznit, Thew JCQ were utterly mental as usual, even though Maude managed to get stranded in Manchester and had only walked into the venue about 5mins before they played.
Our set was a fuckin nightmare!! Bass problems seemed to get the better of us, so the bass got smashed up in different ways during different parts of the set! Oh well, shit happens.
This weekend we have Huddersfields tonight, then probably be playing a house party in Manchester on Saturday and then in Sheffield on Sunday. We've been travelling home every night so far to go to work, but not the weekend so partying is well in order!!!!!
Thursday, 7 May 2009
Talons opened up with strings a plenty and riffs galore, they're playin Nottingham with us tonight to, check em out myspaz/gotalons..
Blakfish literally tore the place apart (as usual) and we had a pretty good set, completed by Mule Fish joining us for the extra added vocals at the end of You Butcher. We fuckin loved it.
Huw Stephens played Trampled By A Horse last night on his Radio 1 show, which is cool. You can hear it at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/huwstephens/ and please feel free to email him and tell him to play the damn thing again sometime soon!
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Twas a great night and a brilliant start to the tour and glad to have so many people out to celebrate the release of 'The Pasture, The Oil' which is out now so go buy one damn you!
Manchester tonight @ Kro Bar. Yes.
Friday, 17 April 2009
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
We're booking a tour to back the release of our first record for BSM.We'll be looking to play through the majority of May with our mates in The JCQ.
SHAPES (BSM) www.weareshapes.com
Rockmidgets ones to watch, Noisy Birmingham 3 piece with raw and loud live show on tour to promote new EP 'The Pasture, The Oil' released through Big Scary Monsters on May 4th.
New Punktastic review - http://www.punktastic.com/reviews/3215
"fidgety bass, off-kilter screams and quite literally tearing the roof off the place to get their point across. Well, quite literally, almost." - New Noise Live Review
"a band that move walls and smash windows with their live sound" - Push To Fire
"Ones to watch" - Subba Cultcha
The James Clever Quintet www.myspace.com/thejcq
Topped for big things in 09, Party Rock And Roll to smash your car up to. Releasing first EP (finally) and packing an energetic live show to envy many.
"Madness meets Blood Brothers in Hell" Eyan - Rig Up Explosive
"Takin a kick in the nuts while havin your gooch tongued by Kerry Katona." Lewis - Colour
Taking bookings through May 09, so please get in touch if you want us in your town - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates so far:
Mon 4th - The Flapper, Birmingham
Tues 5th- Kro Bar, Manchester
Wed 6th –Old Blue Last, London
Thurs 7th – Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham
Sat 9th - Fighting Cocks, Kingston
Thurs 14th –Fat Fox, Portsmouth
Fri 15th Purple Turtle, Camden (Hot Damn night)
Sat 16th –The Great Escape Festival
Thurs 21st –Engine Rooms, Brighton (Hot Damn night)
Any dates you can offer - please get in touch
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Friday, 13 March 2009
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Monday, 16 February 2009
I (Gavin) ended up helping difuse a heated moment at a party on Saturday and consequently spent the night in A&E receiving 6 stitches to my hand, after slicing open the part between my thumb and finger. Luckily there should be no more long-term damage, but was told it will be couple of months before I'll be playing drums again. It goes without saying that I'm Really Pissed Off!!
Good News however....
We can today announce the awesome news that we have signed to our favourite UK label 'Big Scary Monsters'. We're massively excited to be joining the bsm family, which is most definitely the best label for us to be working with.
We'll be putting our new record out through bsm in May - woohoo!!
Hopefully I'll have my hand back in action ready for the release tour in May (fingers crossed). In the meantime our good friend Wiz from Blakfish will be filling in on drums when possible. The cuirrent tour weith Munroe Effect will continue from Wednesday with Wiz playing, so check dates on our page for info.
Thanks for all the kind words so far x
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
Friday, 6 February 2009
Tour starts next week - SCHAWEEEET!
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Friday, 23 January 2009
Big up to Sam Lambert for the lovely artwork.
We're hoping to get some new tees in time for the tour. We're all out of the White Shapes face tees so the sexy mind of Mr Gordo is pencilling some stuff together for a new design.
We're tracking vocals and little touches today, we'll try and get some videos up asap..
Thursday, 22 January 2009
We have a little guest in the studio today adding some awesome extras, which you'll see in one of the vids
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Sunday, 18 January 2009
Friday, 16 January 2009
Keep an eye on the blog, as we'll be posting vids and stuff up whilst recording.
Thursday, 15 January 2009
Das Kapital 1867.
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
We're heading down to the coast on Saturday to start laying down 6 new tracks - weehee excited!!!
Keep an eye on this blog as we'll be putting videos of the recording up on here.