Another year on
I'm guessing not many people read my blog, but for those that do you might have realised that it's over a year since my last update.
So what have I achieved in a year?..
The live EP was recorded in the last year, and it gets the energy across that we put into our live shows. We also recorded some of most 'pop' tunes so far too. If you have not heard 'get it on' yet, go have a listen.
We haven't played a live show for a long time, as we have been writing and recording new songs. Dan has even got the studio setup in his bedroom now so we can be constantly writing new material. I am looking forward to what the future holds, as we have started writing some songs that aren't what you'd expect us to play... you'll hear soon hopefully.
Summer is on its way, and I've got a feeling it's going to be a pop punk summer!
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Breakin's what the hearts for
So its been a little while, so i thought i'd update you on a few things.
First of all i thought i'd share with you some cool videos that have been apearing on youtube... Not uploaded by us, but by some fans. There is a good one of the new song "get it on", so please check it out and comment.
Secondly, i'd like to tell you all that my drum kit is now set up with electronics. A big thanks has to go to Colin at Jobeky Drums for helping me out with the setup because it really kicks ass now. I have a trigger on my bass drum so i can play a fake sounding boomy bass when needed, and also have a 12" electric snare that looks like a real drum. This means we can now drop out of songs into disco beats and more!
We are still working on more electronic sounds to put into the live show, but it'll be cool!
Lastly, the tour van is almost done. I had to change the Ball Joint on it last month as it was squeeking louldly... but now thats done i can conccentrate on the internals, like getting our heated blankets working. We might need them soon as there seems to be a few inches of snow outside!! lol
Catch you all soon
Oh, and if you get a chance, please check out Jobekys web page as they rock!
On the road again
We traveled to Thomas More Catholic School yesterday, and tested out sleeping in the new van... It was very nice, and very comfortable compared to the old daff. We all get a lot more sleeping room now. The 240volt power inverter worked a dream there and back. The only problem we have is our microwave needs to work off an (official) leisure battery rather than an old battery out of our old van, the battery just dies when you use the microwave for more than a few seconds.
So we played a good gig and met loads of cool new people, and they helped us out by being super cool and buying a but-load of stickers. I think we made record sales today selling almost somewhere between 60 and 100 of them. Thanks Thomas More School!!
We arrived home from the school around eightish to find my new bass drum skin had arrived from custom skins! We can't believe how cool it looks! You have to come to our live shows to see it your self! Its awesome! So I'm very happy.
Bad luck comes in two's???
So... Yesterday while fixing the floor down in the new van, Max tells me there has been a power cut in our garage.
A little while later we find out the over head cable feeding the garage has snapped and come down!! :-(
This means i had to disconnect our alarm system before all the battery's run down.
While in our garage (in the dark) i needed a stool to stand on, and on picking it up, I managed to dent one of our expensive studio speakers!! :-S
So no power, and a dented speaker...
I have how ever fixed the power problem today by replacing the cable (and put the alarm back on) but I'm not sure what we can do about the speaker...
Hopefully I'll be working on the van again tonight, gotta start putting the walls up soon.
Back in the Van
So my task for the next few weeks is to get ODL back in the van and back on tour...
We so far have brought a van and found out the floor is pretty rotten.
I have managed to weld all the rust patches up, so we have a solid good van to work with, and should hopefully last a long time (at least 5-10 years)
I now have ahead of me the task of fitting a rear wall making the van a splitter van. Then fitting the bunk beds, rear seats, 240volt inverter, microwave, kettle, alarm, lighting and rear heater.
Oh yes i said microwave!
No more eating cheese on bread for a week of tour!
The van should end up being a really nice kinda campa van/tour bus.
In the mist of all this going on, i'm also learning all our new songs so i can kick ass at drums when we hit tour again...
Can't wait to see the finished product!
Well its about time i wrote something in here...
In the last 12 months of not writing on here i have brought an Electric drum kit. Its the Roland TD20, and is amazing. I also have brought an SPD-S for running samples on... Its been really great for practicing on because its always set up ready to rock!
The electric kit also means i can now play some really fat beats, and i'm trying to write aome backing for Shakey McTate (an awesome rapper)
I'll let you know how we get on.
In the band we're trying to write new songs at the moment, and i'm trying to get them to sound a bit different from what we usually write.
Its a bit weird at the moment... We don't have any gigs booked but have just signed a booking agent, so i hope we will have lots of gigs soon, for now we'll just keep writing.
We have a new studio desk on wheels now, so we're set up to record all the time now, so we're all set for it, we also have a new merch box, and new t-shirts badges and stickers on the way, so touring will be awesome.
I have a new bass drum skin coming soon too... an artist is currently working on the design for it, but trust me... it looks awesome!
The only other thing thats on my mind is that my mate Paul sould really Txt this girl he met on Friday! He got her number on the night, but refuses to txt her... Come on Paul, get txting!
Thats about it... I'll update you when something happens.
Ok, so it was Lizzie's birthday last sat, and I drove up to Nottingham with Paul, Max and Milky to see her. We all had a grwat time and had a fair few drinks.
The night out ended with a trip to rock city, and that was amazing. One of the best clubs i've been to, cos the music was great and there was room to dance and sit down after dancing.
Lizzie and I were at the two London Cat Empire shows last week, they were amazing and we danced all night both nights too!!
On friday I left for Scotland to see my good friend Olly. After a good 10 hours in the midget stopping off for filling up and snacks i made it to ollys (north of Edinborugh), it was about 1 in the morning but we decided it be best to go for a walk and we climed the first hill of the weekend, chilled on top and caught up with each other (t'was very awesome)
Saturday we started our day off with a full english breakfast and then headed off to a mountain Olly wanted to climb with me, i think it was about 3000ft or so, but on the way to the mountain we got distracted and decided to take oll's land rover off roading, we managed to get that thing up some really steap hills!
We also found a nice water fall that we chilled next to for a while too, and had fun and giggles crossing the river on stepping stones.
After we'd finished messing about we finally climbed the mountain and the view was amazing! It was about 2 hours to the top but well worth it.
That night we camped at the bottom of queens view and it was awesome, we had a nice camp fire and the night was so warm we slept outside next to the loch.
Sunday we just took it easy, watched some films and chilled at some nice view points near to perth.
I left olly's on monday at about 7am, stopped at the Falkirk wheel for a bit, then drove the midget home, taking a nice detour through the peek/lake district.
The midget (gracie) made it in one piece despite the fuel pump threatening to pack up towards the end of the trip, and the wipers not working when it rained.
Really looking forward to our gig on thursday
The pic's are of olly having a swim (lol), the land rover having it up a really steap hill.
Lets start hanging out, lets start having fun.
I have got to a bit of a hault on the car at the moment, waiting on the other front wing, and the drivers door. Once they are back i can pretty much finish it :-)
The last few gigs have gone really well, and the new songs are great fun to play. My fave still being the Fireworks song :-) Thanks to everyone who's been at the gigs and gone mental for us xx
Also just brought a Budgie and called it Roger, i'm training it to sit on my finger and be really friendly.
Well, easter has been and gone, it was ok. It was nice to see some people back from uni, and we all had fun drunk in zest!
My Gracie has been resprayed now, i'm just making everything shine as i'm putting it back together, so it going back together really slowly.
It's looking awesome and will hopefully be back on the road before the summer, so i get all summer to ride about in it!
We recorded the first set of demos now, and they are sounding good, the newer songs are my fav's, they are very catchy and have lots of cool drum parts in them.
Watch out for the song we call fireworks, its the best at the moment.
Really enjoying life at the moment, as my life consists of working about 1 day a week and working on my car the rest!
Off on tour next week and its going to be a good one again, i can tell.
For the past weekend i've been taking everything i can off my lovely car. It going to have all its rust removed and replaced with new metal. Then resprayed! My car should look amazing after this is done. It's been hard work stripping it down, but i'm expecting the rebuild to be a lot harder.
This summer will rock pretty hard driving around in my pretty Gracie.
I hope to take her away somewhere too, maybe France or Spain... Maybe Scotland.
I've just ordered £230 worth of new parts to put back on her, and can't wait.
Once we're back from tour she'll be sprayed and i'll have to work hard to rebuild her!
I went out to zest on monday night, and these photos were on my phone the next day!
No work no play... Like hell
Well... Since my last post, i've managed to quit my work and bum about a lot. I've kept my self busy with sorting out my room and practicing the drums for about 2 - 4 hours a day, and there is still a big list of things i need to get done!
I've made plans to finish Gracie off fully in the next month or so, this will include all the rust being replaced for new metal! A new bonnet, and a full new (origonal colour) paint job! I'm very excited about it and can't wait, its going to be an amazing summer with her. :-)
The new songs for the album are coming along well too, it's gr8 having loads of time to write and practice drum parts. My shoulder pains from the last tour are going now, but i still get trouble from time to time but it seems to be ok so long as i warm up and down correctly.
Can't wait for the next tour!
Stick it to da man
Back from off our January schools tour, and it was great.
Everything went as planned and we all had a great time, tho i wasn't expecting the physical side of things to be so hard.
During the first week of the tour, on the second day, i developed a shoulder muscle pain. This eventualy grew worse and my drumming suffered, but with lots of deap heat, lots of stretching and lots of tlc, it got better, and by the last day of tour i was ok.
But after our last day of tour i fell ill, from playing so much my body was in a weekened state, and by the sat we were home, i had flu.
5 days in bed and a lot of rest, i'm now fine, looking 4rd to playing drums again in full fit condition.
Next tour in march, i will be a lot more prepaired and have to have a lot more energy drinks and food to keep my levels up.
A big thank you to everyone i met on tour, and to everyone i spoke to. You all made it a fantastic january and i wouldn't have got through the tour with out you.
We've just got back from our first schools date, and it was really gr8. The kids enjoyed it, we played a strong set, and the teachers seemed interested too.
The van wasn't the comfiest places to sleep the night b4, but was worth it as we didn't need to wake up early.
It was a really good gig in the pool club on friday too.
Everything is going well. The new CD is out now, and its really good, i'm so pleased with the recording and the artwork, and £3 is a fair price :-)
I need to do some kit maintance soon, i've been with out my OCDP snare for ages, i'm waiting on relpacement lugs from OCDP, but looking 4rd to playing her again after such a while with out it.
some mothers do 'ave 'em
Well, it's been a fun past few weeks, not played any shows but have writen some good new songs and been talking about the schools tour lots.
Music live was ok, not many drum stands there and i didn't catch any exciting seminars... It was classic car show there too, so the car park was cool (see pic).
Gracie has some problems, i'm not sure what yet, but its fuel related as it keeps cutting out, hope i get a chance to work on it this weekend.
I'm also on cloud 9 at the moment as i've met the most amazing girl (you know who you are). Every thing just seems to be going smooth, even behind the back poi ;-)
"on the road again"
Playing two gigs in the last week has been amazing, we haven't played a gig for such a long time, and the two we played felt really good. Thank you to everyone that made them happen. It was not only good to be playing, but good to meet some new people and see some old friends i haven't seen for ages.
The MG (Gracie) is now back on the road again but still needs a bit of work doing to her. Much thanks to Mr Ben for helping me out with a lot of work.
I've also been practicing lots of poi moves too, but struggling to turn while 3beat weaving behind my back... Hope to get a video on here soon of the fire poi in action.
Busy busy busy
Things are starting to come together at last, the new cd is very near to being finished, and my car will hopefully have an MOT soon...
Most of my time lately has been spent with Ben in his garage working on my car. We've had to do quite a bit of work to the midget, but we're nearly there, just waiting on a ball joint (track rod end) from our supplyers, then we'll try it for an MOT :-)
I'm really looking 4rd to this month, as we're playing along side Mybe, and its at the Twist, and i love the sound we get in that venue, i cant wait.
My new hobby... I'm learning poi, it's good for rhythm and coordination, and fire poi get the adrenalin pumping! It's to take up my spare time, which seems to be non existent most of the time.
Check the picture of me out with the fire poi, and also with my practice poi.
Both pictures were taken by my good friend Ben... Thanks dude!
Brand new enemy
Don't you just hate it when you break up and it goes bad! I've never been more into our own song "brand new enemy"! I cant have a conversation with my ex with out getting wound up by her... Thats what the song is about... being so close to someone, then breaking up, and friends just wont work... ever! Going through this is hard, but there isn't anything that can be done about it.
"Your my brand new enemy"
It's a sorry situation that is out of my control
May the force be with you
Things are running smooth of late. We've played a few good gigs since my last post, and they hav mainly been local, and we've gone down well.
Also since my last post I've been to neuquay to visit my good friend Paul. My midge (car) made it there and back no problems, tho the exhaust fell off it yesterday, easily fixable tho. All is pretty much set for my trip to the south of France in the midge, and both Mackenzie and I are very excited about it. Fingers crossed the car makes it ok.
Before we're off to France, I now have to laydown all the drum parts for the new CD we're making, this is so while I'm away, max and Dan can work hard on getting their parts sorted out, so start recording we shall tomorrow.
Take it easy people.
Since joining ODL in OCT 2004 we've come a long way... I find it hard to remember how things used to be, as so much has changed... and still is. We all have new equipment and have become more efficient at packing it away for shows. We are starting to play shows a lot more reglarly and more away from home, and now we are fixing the daff (band van) up so we can take a crew along to shows.
We have managed put a new bulk head in (the wooden partition separating cab from equipment store), and have just picked up the two seats for the back. This will now make the van able to carry 7 people, that's 4 crew and us!!
In my spare time in the last year, I've managed to buy an MG Midget (30 year old) and break the gear box, then replace it, and fix up lots of bits on it.
For the first two weeks of July I will be away in France with my girlfriend (Mack) so we can drive the car on the wrong side of the road.
The next big step for us is recording with our own studio... I'm really looking forward to recording, because it means you can all hear the new songs that no one ever knows the words to!
I will try to keep you all posted, but I don't think anyone ever reads these things, so prove me wrong and tell me!!
Being tired Sux
The show last night in Cheltenham really rocked. It was so cool to be a part of it all, and being invited on the stage for [spunge]'s last number was gr8!
Our set we played was really good fun, and those of you who queued early got a chance to see us, lots of you we're stuck outside in the queue when we played, but never mind, we still had fun. I struggled playing the hired kit at the gig, so I feel my drumming was a little off, but I'm hoping we'll be back for more gigs in the area, and I'll hopefully get to use my kit :-)
The drive home for me was spent asleep, as we didn't get back till about 3... It was a long day but well worth it.
I'm just recovering from a major hang over this morning... 21st birthday last night, and our CD reliece too. Walking past flip switch this morning I found out we've sold 3 CD's already. So i'm happy about that, and am hoping the sales keep flowing.
I'm going to be making a video of the latest shows tonight, and i'm looking 4rd to watching the video footage back as i haven't seen what was recorded yet.
Check you all later