Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…
Currently we have been keeping our ears to the ground and our hearts to the wall. We have begun demoing our new material for an early release in 2014 and boy I can’t wait for you to get your lug holes around it. The new material will feature me and Mr Menguy working more closely and collaboratively. For me, we are to embark on something big. It’s for the people to decide, they say but… fuck it we think it’s the best material we’ve ever worked on so put that in your pipe! Since we spoke recently with label and management it’s most likely that we will be releasing an EP consisting of 3-5 tracks. Release date will be sometime in December, I promise.
Anyway, back to the less serious stuff. Last month we headed down to London for a few shows in Camden and Portobello which went down a storm. We played with an older band called The Dirty Strangers that have worked with Keith Richards and The Stones sax player Bobby Keys recently. Obviously the pleasure was ours, great set of fellas, great musicians and mega live! We play with them again in London in December (see the website for details). We also played with a band called Pink Cigar - a great live band and nice lads so check um out. They remind me of The Clash and maybe Johnny Rotten singing.
You may have seen recently got to meet a few of our heroes in the form of Mick Jones of the late, great Clash and Paul Weller. People say you shouldn’t meet your idols but why fucking not!? Gentlemen and geniuses in their own right and it was great to speak to them, about what we want out of our music and all that Jazz. A great experience and I look forward to meeting them when we’re back down there in December.
October sees us headline our hometown once more at Friars Court on the 19th. Support from another up and coming band called Puppet Rebellion. Be sure to check um out! We are set to play some new material as well so get on it! In addition to Friars, we headline The Cotton Mill on the 15th November so get your arse down and we can boogie together!
Anyway got to go, just had an interesting conversation with a guy called ‘Rainbow George’, he’s a friend of our manager’s and now the band. He sounds like a right character and his legend precedes him! I’ve already heard him declaring we are set to be big next year on BBC Radio London - I’ll let you know how it goes! In the meantime stay safe! See you at our next gig x
Peace & Love
Are you sitting comfortable on your bottoms? Then, I’ll begin!
Last couple of gigs have been interesting to say the least - the ones where no-one fucked up (see recent tweets for details) so we could actually perform, were excellent! London is always a pleasure to play, some mad support in the form of FC20 I think they were called. Great to watch actually. Two front men bouncing their bonce off, they deserved a bigger crowd for sure. Definitely like to watch them cats again.
So me and the boys took a wander round London town on the Saturday, filled with exuberance and wine. Many a laugh was had and it didn’t take long for Ben to be moon walking on the ceiling to a bit of Jamiroquai, (one of his fav’s at the moment, I think ). I partook in what can only be described as the most perplexing conversation with a stranger ever. It began with him attempting to remember the actor Rhys Ifans in response to my attire. Me on the other hand began reeling off celebrates names like some sort of look-a-likey charades, an awkward moment passed and by the time he got to it I was at the bar ordering a drink in a Welsh accent. Whilst I think my appearance resembled nothing of the Welsh Thespian, a good tip is - if you ever find your self confronted with a Spanish back packer in London that likes to celeb spot; ‘play along’! You will get a drink out of it at least!
Anyway the night was to be enhanced by a theatre show in the East End by a theatre company called Not Too Tame, my brother’s in it and directs it. Whilst I could be accused of nepotism, it was certainly adored by the rest of the band I’m sure. Safe to say it blew us away and everyone else in there. Everything about it seemed to hit home and some girl performed an acoustic track which had me questioning my own ability she was that good!!
A little digression from the music but back to the grindstone! We play our home town this Saturday, Friar’s Court in Warrington which is set to be a stormer - we’re bringing the Hurricane anyway. Also penning some new material with the Menguy later so keep your wary minds open. You’re gonna love what we’ve done with the place!
Peace and love as ever
Good evening ladies and gentleman I hope you are all well and staying out of trouble. This weekend just gone has been an eventful one to say the least! Allow me to elaborate…
We set off on Thursday afternoon heading up to Middlesbrough to play at Doc Browns which would be the first of our three gigs over the course of the weekend. This was our first proper journey in our new van and I must say she delivered on all fronts…except maybe the sound system (the lighter plug for the docking station is situated between the legs of the front passenger) anyone wanting to change a song must have full permission of the passenger in the front, this rule is only to avoid any sexual misinterpretation And must be abided by at all times!
We arrived at Doc Browns on Thursday evening and loaded our gear into the venue. Doc Browns Is a grand old pub with a good stage, we immediately felt at home as it was reminiscent of the Albion where we used to practice in Warrington in days gone by (only on a much larger scale). By the time we hit the stage the crowd where fired up and buzzing and so where we! The atmosphere was amazing, when we are met with a crowd as fired up as the one at Doc Browns the results are always electrifying! The feedback after the gig was unbelievable and we would look forward to returning at a later date, Thanks to everyone who attended we met some top people!
On Friday morning Pete and Dean decided to ring mine and Asbo’s hotel room to tell us to hurry because they were serving breakfast downstairs, after jumping out of bed and running down to reception we realised that we were unsuspecting victims of a hilarious practical joke…. There was no breakfast and Pete and Dean where still in bed! Sometimes the calibre of jokes that get banded around in this band leaves me thinking that the country has missed out on a world class comedy act!
After our real breakfast we headed to Sunderland which was only a short drive away from Middlesbrough and eventually found Plugged In which was the venue we had been booked to play at. (I say eventually as we passed it several times due to the lack of any venue sign or the lack of our sense of direction on our part)
Plugged In turned out to be a cool little Indie Venue in the centre of the City, Just the type of place we love to play!
By the time we started playing the crowd where very well oiled from the constant flow of alcohol they had been consuming all night. It’s always enjoyable watching a heavily intoxicated crowd going mad to our tunes and that night was no exception! Many a strange dance moves where invented that evening and a top night was had by all!
Saturday morning started well, the sun was shining and spirits where high due to the success of the previous nights and we were buzzing with the anticipation of getting to Aberdeen and blowing the roof. Half way through our drive all our excitement went out of the window with an almighty bang to the back of the van, yep! We had been hit by another driver.
I won’t go into the details of the hours that followed because it is about as rock and roll as an episode of the bill, but safe to say we didn’t make it to Aberdeen and our beautiful new van had its first taste of the shit storm that follows a band on the road. Not to worry she will be as good as new next week but what really gutted us was not being able to make our gig in Aberdeen. We apologise to everyone who attended and we are sorry for any inconvenience this caused to anyone. We are rescheduling in the very near future.
Well there you have it folks another weekend in the life of Slydigs. We had laughs, we had tears, but most of all we the best breakfast related practical joke known to man - I defy anyone to name a better one.
Thanks for reading, next Friday we head to Surya in London then Zanzibar in Liverpool on Sunday. Hope to see you there! My bestest bud Dean will report to you with another blog next week.
Much love. Louis xxxx
Alright you crazy cats,
Few things happened since last time I wrote. Main thing we kicked of the tour last week in Hull which was excellent. Great little, sweaty venue called The Adelphi - it’s made its own history over the years. Some legends have graced that stage… and still do!
I always find those gigs the best, more intimate, plenty of passion running round that room that’s for sure! Certainly great to finally get out there and tour tracks from the Album.
Next gig was the Saturday just gone at Dry Bar. It turned out to be even bigger and better than the last. The lads were on their best game as well and we had a few guests joining us on stage for the climax. Was great to see all those new faces turning up showing some support and bopping away. Some from a gig we did last year at the Ritz and some from the Guerilla gig we did on Market street awhile ago. Great reception for the brass section that joined us. Top crowd for sure, wonder if we can beat in Middlesbrough this Thursday.
Been in the studio recently demo’ing some new material which is turning out to be very exciting indeed, may throw a few in the set in the back end of the tour if your lucky!
Did a few sessions at Salford City Radio as well which had its moments of greatness. One shining example being one of the DJ’s calling us “Skydigs” from Runcorn - chuckle chuckle! They were digging the music though which is always good! Thinking about moving to Runcorn and changing our name to Skydigs now!
Oh yeah, I mustn’t forget we’ve had a new arrival - in the form of a Mercedes van, had to change transport as Pete was getting increasingly irate with Shirley’s (ford transit) sensibility. Sorry love, you’re getting swapped for a new, better model!
Till next time, diggers diggettes,
So tonight is the first gig of two this weekend at the Classic Grand in Glasgow and the second in Manchester’s Dry Live. Also the first of many blogs for the tour in April so here goes with this one!
Looking forward to tonight as its the first time playing in Glasgow (ironically- I should just call this blog Virgin Friday). We have played before in Scotland but it was in Edinburgh a few years ago which consisted of three people clapping, one heckler and some bar maid with a beard. Anyway, I digress - tonight I will get to see a band I have heard a lot about supporting us called Sons Of The Stage - not seen much of them but looking forward to watching that! Certainly excited for the Scottish crowd though, as I always hear that they’re the best!
I currently write from the rear of our travel bus…. Sorry, van. Often we refer to the ‘van’ as the tour bus and if anyone actually gets to set eyes on the beauty we usually turn it back on them and say “no,no you heard me wrong I said ‘Tall’ bus not tour bus …” Currently we are equipped with 8,000 CDS of 60’s Rock & Roll Courtesy of the Menguy that is Louis, so I may burst into a ‘dinner’ style jive while writing this, but you won’t get to see it, unlucky for you!
Sound check’s at 4pm today, but for anyone that has never had the privilege of working with an unknown sound tech’ it will usually consist of us waiting round for a few hours twiddling with our nobs to be met by a grumpy stoner that hates loud noises with an horrendous collection of 80’s prog rock tunes that no fuckers heard of. But I don’t like to stereotype … Anyway, we need our own sound guy for the tour in April! Fingers crossed with this one tonight!
I will leave on a positive though, the suns come out so hopefully Scotland will be in the 30’s! …….. Hopefully!
Chow diggers! X
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On a warm up tour!