Friday, January 29, 2010

Green Park Taven - 28/01/10

This was the first of 8 dates over the next 10 days, and where better to play it than what is (more or less) a home town gig at a venue that knows how to look after their bands properly and ensure a really enjoyable night.
The Green Park Tavern has developed into one of those rare venues that actually have a passion for music and are trying to bring better known bands into town along with promoting local talent along the way.
George Knight - once again opened the night. He's a solo singer/songwriter. He's very good, great voice and seems to get better each time i've seen him..he's got a growing fanbase too, so worth keeping an eye on i think.
Mo (the owner of the GPT) booked a band called 'The Ginger Cravings' - unfortunately they dont have any recordings yet as theyve only recently formed so I didnt know what to expect....but man...theyre good. Its hard to explain what this 3 piece sound like...and i wouldnt want to do them the injustice of attempting it...but they were amazingly tight for only their second show. Changes in tempo here there and everywhere, quiet/loud/loud/quiet. They certainly need to get some recordings done soon...its the sort of band that our European label Denovali would love i think. Swingfest '10 perhaps?...maybe theyd need to change the name first ...? ;-)
Anyway...Blueneck then played a longer set than we've been playing recently...which was really nice for a change...most of the shows over the next few days 'should' be longer sets i think.
We've re-introduced a Moog Prodigy to the set up which i think adds a bit of bottom end at times and overall just improves things on an atmospheric level and Rich has been adding some really nice parts to some of the songs....I think thats one of the more enjoyable things over the past few rehearsals, playing around with the current songs for the live shows.
Anyhow...we played a mix of material from both The Fallen Host and Scars of the personally really enjoying playing Ub2 again at the minute....A few glitches here and there throughout the set...but overall it was good fun...and a really nice responsive crowd with some good old fashioned somerset banter!
London next....playing with a couple of bands im really looking forward to watching....hopefully see some of you there.

Weaving Spiders Come Not Here

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

just a distant hum

Busy week this week. Seems we've left certain things like travel arrangements, for next weeks short tour, to the last minute. I guess its kind of the blueneck way.
Its also been an expensive week...buying band equipment in particular. A delay pedal for the moog (which we're re-introducing to live shows), numerous other effects pedals, leads and also the jack socket on my guitar went in for a all adds up....put on top of that tickets for 'the end of the road' festival, alcoholic faith mission, los campesinos and a silver mt. zion, and january is proving to be a wallet melter so to speak.

so the video for lilitu has finally made it out for you all to view online...hopefully youre liking went through a number of storyboard changes until everyone was happy with it....Myspace are showing it exclusively all this week...its a shame they were (or maybe STILL are) under the impression its actually called lulitu..and not lilitu....i looked up results...if anyone can shed any light on the meaning of lulitu then id be interested to know!

we've finalised the designs for some extra merchandise too....this will be available from Feb 2nd onwards at all of the shows next week...if there is stock left then obviosuly it'll be in the online store...the design is based on a screenshot from the video. but yeah...hoodies, t-shirts, bags and a few ltd edition screen printed posters are going to be available.

We've also been discussing dates for further tours this looks quite likely that later in the year we'll be re-visiting mainland europe and taking in germany, france, holland, spain and portugal along with the UK. THis should all be confirmed really soon. We'll now be concentrating on summer dates and finalsing plans for these...we're looking further afield for these dates.

so yeah...the tour essentially starts tomorrow in the UK...we're playing at a great venue in Bath called the Green Park Tavern. These guys are one of the rare places in the UK that actually take care of the bands and ensure that its a great looking forward to playing there again and seeing a few familiar old faces.
We then play in London which was a hastily put together date with a lot of help from Marcio (thanks)...but im also looking forward to this as we're playing with a couple of really great bands...Khuda and The Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster - its such a bonus when you get to play with bands youre looking forward to watching.
Then its onwards to france and germany....reuniting with one of my favourite bands that we played with last year Sankt otten...check these guys can find them via the denovali records website.
Its my birthday whilst we're hoping to celebrate with a drink or 2. Ben P tells me i dont have to do any work that day other than playing a show...i'll be holding him to that.

so maybe see some of you over the next week or so....if not...maybe check back to the blog where we intend to run a tour diary as such...and we'll also be putting together a few video clips from the trip.


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Exciting year ahead....

Well, 2009 came and went in a flash so I think i'd best hold on tight this year and enjoy the ride and consume all the good things that will happen personally and 'Bluenecky' in 2010!

I'm STILL quite chilled about the prospect of being a dad in March. I guess at the moment the soon to be little bundle of joy is happy and content with his or hers mother so i'm kind of waiting with expectation - until the contractions start (yipes!)- but yeah looking forward to the day arriving and spending a few months with new arrival until i return and catch up with the world outside of dirty nappies and sick on my shoulder ;)

But anyway, i'm sure 2010 will hold many more gifts in store, new recordings, house warmings, tours, romantic meals (because and because not of the tours), baby sitting, building relationships and having some fun!

Take care


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I cant think of a title as this is about nothing inparticular...consider this the title.

Well the album finally gets its UK release on February 8th. Seems to have taken an age...especially as its been available throughout Europe...Once again...apologies ...but you never know - we might just back it up with something else new a LOT sooner than it took to produce album number 2...

So...whats been going on since the European release of The Fallen Host? Well we played a handful of shows (nowhere near as many as we'd have liked), including the Denovali Swingfest 2009. This took place in Essen...was a really great event and an amazing line up of bands. I particularly enjoyed Sankt Otten (who we'll be playing with again in February) and Fall of Efra.
Regards to Blueneck sets - i think each show we did seemed to be littered with technical issues, equipment not working and more often than not (in my case at least) leads falling out of guitars!...we've been working hard to rectify these problems for the upcoming short tour in February.

The shows we did last year were mainly consisting of tracks from the Fallen Host with a couple of older tracks (Oig and Le:465) getting a run out. This month we've been rehearsing and playing around with a wider range of songs...I think the tour in February willconsist of a balance between tracks from Scars of the Midwest and The Fallen Host....Its actually been really enjoyable playing tracks such as Ub2, amoc and Judas! Judas! again...Once again we've tried making Epiphany work....its just not quite right....we've decided we just need an extra drummer!..we'll continue trying to nail this one as we've actually only ever played this live once...

So after the tour in February whats happening? Well Johnny is about to become a he's going to be taking a break for a couple of the meantime we'll be back in the studio awaiting johnny's return. Then its back to touring. Theres a big emnphasis on playing shows for blueneck in is actually already underway and we'll be confirming some dates pretty soon. We'll be covering more areas this time around, quite possibly some that are further hopefully we'll get to visit some new places and meet new people. Obviously as soon as dates for tours are confirmed we'll begin to announce them on the website. THere should be a 'Touring' section added real soon...

We'll try and update this blog section at least once a if you have any questions or want to know specific info then just let us know....maybe post on the forum (i'll start a topic inviting questions) or just contact us through the website.

I think ive waffled on enough now....

Take care


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Get a FREE download of Lilitu!

You can now get your grubby little mits on a FREE download of Lilitu over at now - all you need to do is sign up and you'll get the link....

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Year, New Stuff


New year - and I hope we won't ignore the blog as much as we have recently... hehe.

The album finally gets its UK release on 8th Feb - so keep your eyes peeled. There's a free download of Lilitu to whet your appetite on the new look website, so head over and grab it. There will be a video to follow, which we'll update you about sometime soon.

For those of you in Europe, we'll be doing some dates in early Feb so check the website or MySpace for details.

We're pretty snowed in here in the UK so we've not been able to rehearse... so we'll have to work hard to be ready for the shows, but it'll fall into place I'm sure.... at least we've been able to build the obligatory snowmen, igloos etc....