Well there haven't been any updates because there isn't really any news... Our summer festival tour was incredibly busy but worth it for all the amazing experiences. We played our biggest gigs so far at Summer Sonic Festival in Japan, Osaka was a 35,000 capacity baseball stadium and Tokyo was about 40,000 and guess what? They were full! We met lots of lovely people and are looking forward to returning to Japan as soon as possible.
Three triumphant sets at the Reading, TDK. and Leeds festivals concluded our live commitments for the summer. And since then we've had a bit of time off to relax and regenerate.
I've been doing a bit of writing, a little songwriting and have had a few nice walks accross the South Downs and picked some blackberries (yum) and next week I am off to the short story festival at Charleston (the home and country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group).
So basically we've just been having a mellow time before getting back to work again at the end of September when we shall be honing all the songs we've written for the second album (from the sounds of things so far, the best description is perhaps that the dark songs will be darker than before and the pop songs will be poppier).
At the moment no live dates are confirmed, but we should be doing some in this country (and maybe abroad...) before the end of the year and when we do the set will have changed radically.
So while we "wait for things to be confirmed" and enjoy the onset of Autumn here's some stuff to be getting on with:
At the last minute we were asked to DJ for a while in the guest area at the Reading Festival, here's what I played:
Gang Of Four - At Home He's A Tourist (Others Additive Free Mix)
Mansun - Take It Easy Chicken
Duran Duran - Electric Barbarella
Teardrop Explodes - Ha Ha I'm Drowning
Primal Scream - Swastika Eyes
Bloc Party - This Modern Love
David Devant And His Spirit Wife - Holiday On Ice
Gang Of Four's new album "Return The Gift" will feature the near 5 minute floorfiller remix of At Home He's A Tourist that I did with Martin and James. It is released on 19th Sept and can be pre-ordered from Amazon here
Some of our set from the Lowlands Festival in Belgium was recorded in glorious lo-fi and can be heard here - also features the first taster of our new material with a song called Probate/13 Years.
We have a meeting with our manager on Monday so keep checking back after that because I may be able to announce some new live dates.
Ernest Hemingway - The First Forty-Nine Stories
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm (Remixed)