Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by editor, Oct 7, 2008.
We just did a live radio session for BBC 6 Radio. The studio was bloody massive!
Not jealous at all
The keyboard player was ecstatic as they had some old school prog rock organ plus Leslie cabinet that he'd wanted to play on since he was a kid!
I heard Gideon Coe on Tuesday saying there would be a Monochrome Set session on Wednesday, I assumed it was an old Peel session.
Is that Maida Vale?
Yep. It's a big old studio complex. Very BBC. I felt quite honoured to be there: the place is stuffed with amazing musical history and there's loads of wonderful old gear in there. We were in this studio:
We recorded four songs in total: three were broadcast live and a fourth one (I think) was played on Gideon Coe's show after.
Maida Vale Studios - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A Foo Fighter on the desk at MV3.
BBC Maida Vale Studios | Sound On Sound
Some photos from the studio:
Tiny kit, massive studio!
A look around BBC’s wonderful Maida Vale Studio MV3, west London
- my best bud (for a time) worked as a paralegal after college and met JD Haney, who had moved here to new york and was also working as a paralegal
- that bud and i were in a dance band for a few years and i was the drummer
- we did a few originals but mostly covers, including Ein Symphonie des Grauens (iirc)
- so if that's still on the band's set list, editor and i have played a few of the same figures
- i still have some of their 45s. love them.
We open with that song.
I've always loved it, so it's bloody brilliant to get the chance to play it live!
*goes for a lie down*
Oh and you can hear the three tracks we recorded live here -
The Monochrome Set, Marc Riley - BBC Radio 6 Music
On 22mins, 48mins and 59 mins.
And the fourth track is here (2hrs 53 mins) Heavenly is the Label Of Love, Gideon Coe - BBC Radio 6 Music
I spotted monochrome stuff on a website for sale earlier. ...come on down trevhagl
We played The Talking Heads in Southampton last night and even had a bit of a mosh pit going on - it was a fun gig! One couple had even planned their trip from Canada to coincide with the gig - happily they seemed to enjoy it.
The venue is lovely - they were gentrified out of their original premises, but their new place is really nice: there's a front bar for free acoustic/jazz gigs, while the main room has a good sized stage and a great PA system.
Coming back to playing live music after - cough - quite a few years away, I've been really impressed by how good the venues are (although I am playing in a bigger band so that's going to play a part too - but I've done enough support gigs in shoddy venues in the past).
We did a session for Resonance FM today and I learnt that I don't perform very well when I have to be in a studio at 1030am!
I like the station though. It's a nice little set up they've got.
View from the drum kit (with my cheap cymbal in the foreground):
This reviewer seemed to like last nights gig
Deadbeat: The Monochrome Set & The Cathode Ray - Voodoo Rooms 13/11/17
Well that was bloody ace! I've just come back from that 8-day/7-gig tour around the Netherlands and Germany. A different drum kit every night!
saw a Monochrome Set LP in Spillers today!
Here's a couple from our Frankfurt gig. The lighting was amazing there although at one point a swirly pattern projected onto my drum skins made me feel like I was "on one."
Here's a rare bit of video. With tuba!
The BPA feat Iggy Pop – He’s Frank On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NBC TV, USA (23 June 2009)
And here's a big band version:
ooooh i think youse sound better than iggy
We're playing the Half Moon in Puteny next week:
I'm due to play there in April, so this got me excited! Nice!!
We're at the Half Moon in Putney tonight!
We got a good review in the German Rolling Stone mag (I think!)
"...the drummer with impressive dreadlocks".
So Saturday's gig was a sell out and I got to play on the same stage as Kate Bush made her debut show!
I used a lovely old Rogers vintage drum kit too (with the addition of my usual cowbell and fairy lights!)
Next UK gigs are:
04/03/2017 - CARDIFF Globe
25/03/2017 - MANCHESTER Gullivers
08/04/2017 - LONDON Lexington
12/05/2017 - ISLE OF WIGHT, Quay Arts
13/05/2017 - BRIGHTON Hope & Ruin
27/05/2017 - YORK - Crescent
28/05/2017 - LIVERPOOL Music Room
<Contemplates Cardiff >
I don't like the venue very much, mainly because it's a bit out of town. But still ... My one and only previous Monochrome Set gig was over twenty five years ago (at the Venue in New Cross) ... and this gig's on a Saturday.
coming to NYC?
I wish I wish I wish!
I've learnt that playing America is REALLY expensive for bands, with work permits and other documentation costing an absolute fortune, so sadly my dream of playing NYC looks like staying on hold for now.
We were booked into the Moon Club but then they downsized.
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