Some Electric Picnic pics

Playing Electric Picnic was definitely on the 'bucket list' for me so I'm really pleased that I got to do that as part of Five Grand Stereo recently. A few pics below - thanks to Ciara McSmalla and Daniel Singleton for taking them.

 Picture by Ciara McSmalla

Picture by Ciara McSmalla

 Picture by Ciara McSmalla

Picture by Ciara McSmalla

 Picture by Daniel Singleton

Picture by Daniel Singleton

 Picture by Daniel Singleton

Picture by Daniel Singleton

Aaaaah. It's the Bee Gees. Being murdered.

Had band members Michael Kirkland and Ben Woollacott round to do some recording yesterday. We had a lot of fun putting down three part harmonies on a few tracks for the new album. I guess we thought we were being the Beatles on 'Because' or The Beach Boys on 'Pet Sounds' but listening back like we were being more like the Bee Gees really, only sans medallions and sexy outfits and being murdered.

You can watch the quite amusing results here. First you hear the ungodly sound of us singing alone at the start of the video, and then at the end you'll get to hear the track with all our ahem, bits put together.

Saxophones in the studio

A lot of instruments, including some fairly obscure ones, have ended up on my recordings. But one instrument that hasn't (somewhat surprisingly) is the saxophone. So imagine my delight when it turns out that my good friend and fellow Hackney-ite Michael Kirkland turns out to be a very soulful sax player. Had to have him round to blow some notes all over some of my new stuff.

Do take a listen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9SgzrQUW_M (or if you're via player below).