Well, Steve seems to have survived thus far on his final excursion to USA, hence the band can start kicking ass again on his return. We get rolling at The Tarn Inn, Yeadon on Friday 6th May. Get ya buts down there, coz we gonna rock the place.
Front-man Tim is gonna celebrate his birthday with a gig at The Original Oak, Headingley on Saturday 14th May. We envisage a night of hard drinking, immature, silly antics plus a little music, as we do get paid to entertain. Yes,The Despoilers signature style.
Finally O'Neills Bar Leeds Friday 20th May. Always a great night.
Hey everybody! We have the new CD in our hot sweaty hands, ready to ship out! If you'd like a copy, please just purchase one from our store - thanks! Keep an eye out for new merch - girls shirts, guys shirts, and hats, too!
Big Life are a British melodic hard rock band, with an album due out next month. They provide the latest Track Of The Day. Check out all Tracks Of The Day here.
Big Life are Steve Newman (guitar/vocals/keyboards), Mark Thompson-Smith (vocals) and Rob McEwan (drums). Between them, these talents have played with the likes of Praying Mantis, The Sweet, Steve Overland, Grand Illusion and David Rosenthal.
Newman has forged a firm reputation in his own right during recent years, touring and recording under the name of Newman. Now, this trio are determined to bring their on mark to the world of AOR., proving a British heartbeart to what is a global sound.
Their self-titled, debut album is released by AOR Heaven on May 2, with plans for live performances soon.
Now you can download the song Dying Day (the album’s opener) for free right here.
Al Pitcher is a New-Zealand born, London-originating-from Sweden resident, and more importantly, a professional humourist. Having won more comedy awards than most people could even conceive of, he’s increasingly becoming an international success, beloved everywhere he goes. Despite this, however, he’s still remarkably grounded (and just plain nice), as you can see from this interview, in which we talk about roots, first times, and reaching goals.
The Humourdor: How did you get started in comedy?
Al Pitcher: I came over to London from New Zealand, I had no ambition to get into comedy at all, I went to an open mike night in North London and it blew me away, it had about 47 acts on, I didn’t know this scene existed. I thought Bill Cosby and Billy Connolly were the only comedians in the world. it was a massive moment.
H: What was your first gig like?
AP: After seeing that first comedy night, I thought I would love to give it a crack, again with no expectations. I booked a 5 minute spot at the Purple Turtle Bar in Islington, London. I was so nervous, the actual date of the gig was 6 months after the booking, so there was a massive internal build up. I turned up for the 8pm start, at 5 pm, I sat in a little park, for 3 hours, almost suicidal with fear. I considered leaving about 12 times. I went in all naive and smiley, I was just pointed to a corner to wait, the audience was a bit pissed, I got up, no laughs at all, nothing, just a few awkward murmurs. The stage was a door on some beer crates, I went to reach for the microphone stand and I slipped, nearly sliding off the horizontal door, big laugh, well 8 people laughed. I felt like a superstar, I forgot all about the preceding 4 minutes of silence. In my head I had smashed the gig with slapstick. I was on the underground afterwards looking people in the eyes and pleading “ask me what I did tonight, ask me”.
H: How would you describe your particular brand of comedy to someone who had never heard of you?
AP: I try to make every show a special moment, I always work with interaction from the audience. I cringe when comics slam hecklers; I think its funnier to work with them. I hope if someone comes to see me,its unique to that room, that night and that audience …oh and funny.
H: How has your act developed since you first started?
AP: I didn’t improvise at all when I started, it was a monologue style of comedy. I think I found my voice when I forgot about trying to be a comedian and just getting up there and trying to be myself more (not totally, that would be dull). I tried character comedy as well: I did a Steve Irwin style character for 6 months, it was horrific. It was a lecture about crocodiles coming through the London underground and killing people. Comics loved it- audiences did not . My girlfriend at the time who is now my wife brought her 5 best friends from her homeland Sweden to a show once, they saw me to utter silence, wrestling a blow up crocodile accompanied to Ricky Martins Livin’ la Vida Loca. Mate that was a low point.
H: How do you come up with new material?
AP: I used to try and write every day, because that’s what you are told and expected to do, but I don’t really do that any more. I find that if you try to do fun things, keep your mind alert and get out of the house you can then go onstage and talk about your day. I now do a show called the Al Pitcher: Picture Show(see what I’ve done there) where I go into the city of the place I’m playing during the day, take photos and then do the show about those pictures that night, using a projector. This has been a massive breakthrough for me: as well as a number of awards (which was a boost), its really helped my improvising style and has proven a great way of garnering more material.
H: Is there anything a comedian shouldn’t joke about?
AP: I think its easy to be negative on most subjects, the majority of the so called “edgy comics” have about 5 topics: cancer, rape, paedophiles, abortion and racism. They seem to pick from these, like a smorgasbord of shock. The audience are sometimes shocked, but after 20 minutes of the same joke (but with different variations), I just zone out. One hack line is to ask “what do you want? Politics or Filth?” The audience are always persuaded to want filth. One day I just hope the audience shout out politics. Personally, I really love seeing a positive comic; a storyteller or a creative comedian who doesn’t rely on the 5 so called taboo subjects.
H: Is Comedy Art?
AP: In the right hands it can be, I find some comics try to do anti-comedy to make their stuff more artistic. Comedy has to be careful though as it really is a big old business now. I’m not jumping on the bandwagon I hope , but I live in Sweden and I’m looking from afar , So much stand up on TV , then those comedians after a 5 minute spot on a show go out on tour . So many tour shows and the comedy club experience will get squeezed out , this is the bread and butter of comedy and gets audiences loving the genre. Its now a real career comedy, comics don’t look at Edinburgh or working all the clubs they look at a TV presenting or a TV spot as the way through . I say fuck all that , do it for the love of it and see what happens , its a great life as a comic, too much ambition destroys it in my eyes.
H:Are there any comedians/writers/TV shows you’re particularly fond of, or feel are under-appreciated?
AP: Phil Kay is my favourite comic in the world, he tries to create every time he is onstage. I’ve seen him die and die, but I’ve also seen him set up the greatest scenarios and improvise the greatest comedy nuggets. Daniel Kitson is someone I know well and I can only admire him. He really is one of the best and his career choices have to be applauded. The guy had his show in Edinburgh at 10 am, he’s either struggling with sleep or he knows just how good he is to do that and still get an audience.
I spoke about Shock comedy. I think in the right hands it can be great, Stewart Lee can do that to me, a punchline from nowhere.
H:Who makes you laugh?
AP: I’ve just become a Dad. Its blown me away and I have laughed like I’ve never laughed before. He’s going to speak Swedish in a few years- that could make the relationship a tad tense, when I’m shouting “speak English for gods sake”.
H:If you weren’t in comedy, what would you be doing?
AP: I used to write radio ads, I didn’t really like it that much. I discovered pretty early on that it was quantity rather that quality that they wanted. I used to write the ads and the client would bully me and say “No, I don’t want the professional voice person voicing it , I will do it myself”. It was horrific, the campaign would be a disaster and nobody really pointed the finger at the butcher who screamed and improvised his own ad about pork chops, they would say to me, “WHY didn’t the voice-over guy do it?!”
H:Are there any upcoming projects you could tell us about?
AP: I’m living in Sweden and doing loads of things here. I have a big tour planned for here next year, it will be exciting. I hope to come over to the UK and continue to do picture shows but I’m just so busy in Sweden now. I’ve also visited Australia and NZ loads so I must go back there. There’s also a book of my picture show coming out next year, I will send The Humordor a copy when its done (Ed-we thought about editing out this last line but we’d like to make it clear we are always open to free gifts).
H: Do you have a career goal that you are yet to reach?
AP: No, mate, I really cant believe I do this. Any comedian who says that comedy is hard work is having a laugh. I’ve worked on building sites, I’ve even worked in a bottle factory; standing there, making sure the bottles were full enough. I came back on the Monday, they said nobody ever returned to the job on a Monday. Comedy is a brilliant life, I’m still waiting for the tap on the shoulder to tell me “it’s all a scam, you’re not funny at all, Pitcher”.
Im in sweden and Im enjoying seeing the reaction of the Swedes to the Sunshine , it seems like you have to take your clothes off at the earliest opportunity . I have shows all over Europe coming soon , im heading to Estonia in June , a show in Turkey in August . I am going to take my Picture Show to Southend and Sheffield in the UK ( its the S tour ). I will also have more news soon regarding a big tour next year in Sverige and some cool people helping me do all this , so please come back or
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Saturday Night April 30th at 10:15pm PST WORLDWIDE, King Mike V will be horror hosting a screening of "Bloodsucking Freaks" on Cultradioagogo.com along with King Mike V Radio Show Co-hosts Chuck U. Farlie nd J.D. Presented by King Mike V TV for Cult Radio A Go Go, and will be uncensored and uncut in MST3K style with movie commentary by King Mike V, Chuck U. Farlie, and J.D....TUNE IN!!!
First off, we want to thank all the good people who turned out for us this past weekend in Pleasanton and in Nicasio (our best turnout yet for an evening show at Rancho) It just keeps getting better and better!
Today is the big dress rehearsal for the tallent show! It's tomorrow at 7!!! I am so excited because I am playing a song by a wonderful artist. JJ Heller!!! The song is called what love really means, and I just love the song! So anyway, that's what I will be doing for the next couple of days, and I will try to post some pics tomorrow or Friday. Also, I am going to start looking for a place to play sometime. I just need to get all the gear and everything, so it will probably be at my church or something if I can. Just for the fun of it. Ok, well bye!!!
I'll be going live once more at www.davemagario.com. But this time it will be a celebration of the last month of fingernail-biting, knee-bouncing, nerve-destroying anticipation! As I type this, I've just gotten another pledge, bringing us closer to the goal! But don't forget *we can go beyond the goal.* It doesn't stop when we hit $2500. You guys can help make my future. You are deciding the next steps I take with my music and my recordings. So come online at 6pm on Saturday and join in the conversation. Request one of my songs (maybe I'll even wing a cover or two?).
There will be much rejoicing! ((yaaaaay!))
That's the update you'll see at the Kickstarter page. As of now, we're at the one yard line with a field goal lined up. Seriously. You guys have driven so hard through the last week to raise this money for me. Granted, I've been spending long days and late nights working to promote and share with every single outlet I can remember and gather.
I have at least 18 songs in mind to be recorded. There's so much I want to record I'm not sure I'll get through it all. In the last year and a half alone I've written or begun a total of 30 songs. There's a LOT to choose from. The album is there like a monument waiting to be carved out of a granite hillside. I'm ready to get to it.
But right now, it's 2am and there is a day job still waiting on the other side of a short night's sleep. But I can't begin to express the excited, humbling anxiety that's been rushing through my brain the last couple weeks while I watched those pledges come in. Confirmation that there is an audience for what I do. And there will still be an audience when things move in other directions. (The film project with my siblings. Other music ventures. Whatever.)
It's fantastic to know I can reach out through the internet to you - YOU - and get a real, honest response on an idea, then move forward. That's Kickstarter. That's this album. It started as a single with a B-side. If love was... is going to be either my greatest achievement thus far or the biggest flopped attempt at creativity ever. Let's shoot for the prior, yeah?
Set to the un-mixed first 60 seconds of the Fort Storey Demo for "Light The Dark," this montage of pictures shot by Lesley Anne Katzenmeyer likely contains the cover-shot for the album. See more photos and comment on your favorites in our Facebook Production Diary.
Hope everyone had a great time in the desert. We had a great time not in the desert. You're probably jealous....Attempted to watch Megashark Vs. Crocosaurus, but couldn't handle the overwhelming genius.
Hi everybody! First of all, thank you everyone for the support all over the web. Lots of link-sharing, pledges, and 'likes' that all add up to greater awareness and support of this project! But here's the skinny: If every single one of you that clicked "Like" on the main fundraiser page gave just $5, I would be just dollars shy of reaching my goal. We're so close to seeing this thing through.
So this Sunday night, I'm planning a webcast via justin.tv where I will chat with you, play some songs, and answers any questions you might have about the album, the process, the rewards here on Kickstarter, and whatever else you want! I'm excited to hear from you all and share my songs LIVE across the interwebz.
Remember, this isn't about the fundraiser. It's about making my first album ever, jam-packed with songs new and old, artwork, and a slew of extra videos, photos, and documentation we've come to expect from an undertaking like this. So please, if you're still on the fence about supporting a musician's recording-habit, consider the investment. You're getting at the very least, a track from the album that YOU helped create. Thank you again for all your time, energy, attention, and love -
A quick word about some of the tracks available to download, all songs written by Fenwick unless stated otherwise;
An early live favourite, written by the Spaniard. This was the 2nd attempt at recording this song at Survival studios. A more acoustic version compared to the raucous live version adored by the Mod element that frequented the early Moriarty gigs. McTavish's drumming is a thing of beauty and the slinky Spaniard solo is the icing on the cake! One wonders whether the Spaniard has more material like this ready to unleash on the public?
A very recent recording, with an early Moriartys feel. Special mention must be made for the guitar solo and mix from T-Bone. This was recorded the morning after a heavy recording session, most of which is apparantly a blur.
Unusual in that it features guest vocalist Sanj on lead vocals. A song rumoured to have been written about super-fan Sandy Sweetheart. Having said that Fenwick has repeatedly denied this rumour..
A surprise to the older fan when this was first leaked. Not exactly a typical Moriarty number! A strange mix of almost Country piano and wah wah guitar, along with one of T-Bone's best solo's at the end. Maybe not a "new wave" anthem, but probably one of the most "catchy" numbers the group have delivered.
Blink Of An Eye
New Fenwick rocker with classic Moriartys feel. Nice Stones riffage too.
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The Gospel Explosion is the place to be. Mega Concert and Network Session of Major Labels, Major Executives, Celebrities, and Christian Industry Powers Coming together to build the Christian Music Industry.
Artists who will be performing are:
Tay Clemons, Bone Crusher, Cam, Michelle Bonilla, Lil G from silk.
April 11, 2011. Atlanta. Kicking off GMA/Dove Awards week, 11th Annual Holy Hip Hop Awards will take place Sunday April 17, 2011at 595 North Event Venue and Lounge located in downtown Atlanta, GA. 2011 Holy Hip Hop Awards hosted by Christopher "Play" Martin and eDDie Velez. Tay Clemons will take the stage along with many other Christian Rap and Rhythm & Praise artists to share the Gospel. DJ Dex, DJ Radikal, Higher Ground Record Pool are the exclusive Deejay Crew for the 2011 Holy Hip Hop Awards. Praise & Worship by: Dice Gamble & Raize The Praize. Videography Courtesy of: Hp4 Digital Works and BrandNewz.com. 2011 Holy Hip Hop Awards: Showtime (7PM); Tickets: $10. General Admission. Holy Hip Hop Awards...Powered by GospelCity.com. For more info., please email: email@example.com.
2011 Holy Hip Hop Awards (11th Annual)
2011 HOLY HIP HOP AWARDS:
Sunday April 17, 2011: Show-Time: 7 P.M., Doors Open at: 6 P.M.
Venue Name: 595 North Event Venue & Lounge
Venue Location:595 North Avenue Northwest Atlanta, GA 30318
On SATURDAY, April 16th, we will be back in Marin at one of our favorite places to play, Rancho Nicasio! Rancho Nicasio is a great place to come have dinner, a few drinks and boogie down on their large dance floor! We highly recommend you call and make reservations in advance for this show!
Thanks again to Stung (The Police Tribute) for a series of incredible shows that we did together in tour of Sacramento, Santa Rosa and San Francisco. It was a ton of fun and we look forward to doing it again in the future. See you all soon on the gig trail…
So I Just got all the info for the Tallent Show, and I have two dress rehearsals, and a meeting. The meeting is tomorrow, and then the dress rehearsals are the next week. Tallent Show is on the 21st at 6!!! So excited! This is like my first solo gig type of thing. It's not a gig, but it's a solo thing so yep! So excited!!!!! Yay! I am finally getting somewhere! And it feels GREAT!!!
Be sure to get down to the Old Hepburn pub this Saturday night 11th June Dooley's Bar for another night of hot rockn blues and classic covers featuring Steve Plater on his hand made Jack Daniels tin guitar and cigar box guitars. When Steve cranks them up through his valve amplifiers they blow the house apart and people are gob smacked when they hear him play these things. He also has on board part his own electric guitar collection.
Marion Turner on gutsey vocals and harmonica, , Nick Gunsser ''Mr Cool'' on bass and the fabulous 15 year old Rhiannon Simpson on drums!They are in the process of recording a Band CD packed full of originals and if things go according to plan release should be late may/june.If you don't get there it's your own bloody fault!!!
We're so excited about this show. This music is meant to be played in the outdoors so let's kick off the festival season right. Joining me on the 42nd street stage will be Rick Bowen and Viren Kamdar on percussions, Gazelle Samizay on cello, Jim Watkins on bass, and Daniala Curto and Aubrey Zoli singing. If you liked the sound of the EP then here's your chance to see all these players coming together and doing it live!
Still feeling the effects of Brahm's bachelor party weekend in San Diego, but pushing through the pain. We've been a writing machine these past weeks, and are counting down the days to when we go into the studio. We'll have a new EP for you all soon, with the hopes that we will release more music throughout the year. Excited to turn a new page in the Echoes de Luxe songbook- I think you will all be pleasantly surprised with the new songs.