Hi all. I contribute occasional articles to a blog called Board of Fun, which has been putting out free download singles every month or so for the past little while (Yo Zushi, James McKean and Sean King so far). The next in the series is going to be a couple of my own songs, Little Differences and Can You Explain.
Both songs were recorded at home in a one-man-band stylee, although Can You Explain features a guest vocal by my good friend Christopher Martin – not the singer from Coldplay, but the singer/percussionist from Brooking & Martin and former Carterhaugh drummer. Chris and I have been playing music together since the bronze age or thereabouts, so it’s been really cool to work with him on this one. Just as expected, he sang the song brilliantly.
Yo Zushi, the head honcho over at Board of Fun and another guy I’ve been working with for years, has very kindly been putting together a video for Little Differences, which I’m really looking forward to seeing in its finished form. When it’s ready I’ll be sure to link you to it.
In the meantime, this is just a heads-up to let you know that I’ll be playing a set to launch the single at the Dentist in Homerton on Saturday 4th May. This will be my first solo show in over three years! At the same show, Yo will be launching the first of three new albums he’s planning for this year. The record’s called Smalltime and it’s full of the high-quality Zushi pop you’ve come to expect from him. Our special guest on the night will be Mat Riviere, who’s been receiving raves from NME and Artrocker amongst many others. Don’t miss it!
As if that wasn’t enough, the second issue of the Board of Fun zine will be available too, as part of a very special weekend-long launch (on May 5th, the same venue will be hosting a zine fair, featuring the new BoF issue and much more). Another date for the diary!
I’ll be back tomorrow with some links and more info. In the meantime, put 4th May in your diaries and note down this address: 33 Chatsworth Road, Clapton, London E5 0LH. Doors are at 7.30 and entrance will be £4 on the door or £3 in advance. For more information, go to