Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Burnt Belief II - Etymology, Cover Image



See above, cover image (photo by Jon Durant) for Burnt Belief's second album, Etymology, which is due in October on Alchemy.

I think it's a logical development and evolution from our first album, more details and audio samples to follow…

Read more about the first album here and here.

Colin

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Random Noise Generator

It's been 10 years since the Random Noise Generator album, and it's something I still regularly get asked about.

We had a really good time making the album, although in retrospect perhaps the fun element of our hanging out and just enjoying ourselves together is the reason why, despite recording a (so far unreleased) follow up album, hours of playing together and developing the music didn't get much further.



It often seems to me that "messing about", without any thought of a goal or an end result, can sometimes be a really beneficial process, the journey being more important than the destination and all that.
Whilst working with RNG, I certainly refined a few ideas in my approach to the bass, and looked to do things that were outside of my regular playing style at the time, such as extreme down tuning, blending different distortion effects, use of a pick etc, all things that I've now assimilated into my normal approach if the situation calls for it.
Moreover, simply jamming for hours at high volumes in our small studio space on a regular basis was something I really looked forward to.
The low budget, self produced recording process was a great learning curve involving a lot of limitations that we needed to work around, and we also experimented with a lot of remix ideas too, although there's only one which made it to release as a bonus track on the CD:



I am not really one for the rearview mirror, but  recently, listening to the album again after a long time without even thinking about it, led me to reconnect with RJ (RNG vocalist) and we've been working together on some of my instrumental pieces, in a completely different (ie. less metal) context to create some new, more song based material.

Very soon, I'll be uploading a few of these new tracks to my download page here:

http://music.thirdvessel.com

…..hopefully a full album will appear at some point…

For now, if you are in the mood for it, Demeath still stands up pretty well 10 years later I think.

Best,

Colin



Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Recordings

Two very different albums featuring yours truly on bass are both released this month.

On the left and in front, cool packaging (...by creative vandal Nick Egan) on the new album Dr Jekyll and Mrs Hyde by my friend Paul Mex.

Paul made a couple of albums in the early '80's before moving into a successful music production career, and this new album is a revisitation of sorts to his punk roots. 

I worked with Paul many years ago on an obscure poetry and music crossover project entitled Sensual Assassins and subsequently Paul has also lent his mastering ears to several of my solo projects including Endless TapesEx-Wise Heads and my first solo album Third Vessel.

I am playing a selection of basses across the tracks and enjoyed fitting into the DIY punk ethos vibe, enhanced also by guitar from (Ex-Dr Feelgood) guitarist Gordon Russell.

On the right my copy of the new Tim Bowness album, out now, and already picking up some great reviews, I'll be participating in live shows in support of Tim's release, see previous blog here.

Bye for now,

Colin



Monday, 16 June 2014

Spanish Bass Magazine Interview

There's a recent interview (In Spanish) with me in the current issue of the downloadable magazine "Bajos et Bajistas", please click the image below to visit the site:


Sunday, 8 June 2014

Spring is Here.



Always a seasonal sign, appearance of The Green Man.

I am not sure if I have my legends mixed up but maybe he's been sacrificed by now, to ensure a good harvest in the future…..


Taken with my Fisheye 2 camera….

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Henry Fool live - ticket information

I'll be joining Henry Fool and Tim Bowness for some gigs over the summer, (see previous post here)

Please follow the link below to see the most current Henry Fool/Tim Bowness live information:

http://www.henryfool.com/tour.php

Tickets for the London and Maltby shows can also be bought via burning shed if you click here and here.

So far, one European date has been confirmed in the Netherlands (...see poster below, ticket link is here), but more are set to follow, I am told:




Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Twinscapes Reviews and Press.

I've been very pleased with the good reception that the Twinscapes album has been receiving, so below is a selection of reviews from the www and a few magazine ones which I have been sent too:

Avant Music News

All About Jazz

Something Else

Igloo Mag

Critical Jazz

Bass Musician Magazine

Jazz Weekly

Jazz da Gama

Progressive Aspect

HorseBits

The Needs

Jazz Chill

Marlbank

About

.....and some from Italy:

Opento

Audiofollia

Ocanera

Musicoff

Contrasuoni

Sentireascoltare

Sound36

iyezine

Storia della Musica

Rockgarage

Romasuona  - includes an interview with Lorenzo Feliciati.

and Poland:

Artrock

..and Germany.



Also some magazine reviews:








Lastly, as well as my soundcloud sampler, there's a couple of full tracks streaming on the Rarenoise jukebox here.

Best,

Colin

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