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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Why have we cancelled some shows?

No blog posts for a while, mainly due to the fact that I now use Twitter every day. I know that a lot of people aren't into it, but I like it - being limited to 140 characters is perfect for someone like me. Blog posts can't be too long, replies can't be over-thought, just put what you can fit. I am at www.twitter.com/maxshelley if you are on there.

So the purpose of this blog post is to tell you a little but about why we have cancelled our trip to Scotland for our shows up there, and moved some other shows around. Basically, it all comes down to two things that seem to run most people's lives - time and money. Last week, we played a show in Staines, which we recorded for a live album. We weren't paid for the show, and had to pay for the recording costs, petrol for the van etc. Our van required some repairs and a new MOT and we had to buy road tax for it. I'll break down the numbers. The show in Staines cost us roughly £75 for diesel and recording costs, road tax was £190 and the repairs and MOT was roughly £320. This means in one week we had to pay out around £585. We are very, very lucky as band to be able to even HAVE a van and be able to tour etc, let alone be able to pay for all of that. We basically don't have the spare cash to be able to afford to go to Scotland and get all the equipment we need to keep functioning.

Most of our shows are booked on a financial knife-edge. One merch sale is often the difference between profit and loss for us. When one of the shows pulled out from our mini-tour in Scotland, it basically took away the chance of us breaking even from the trip. It also meant that we would have had 24 hours of dead time in Scotland, which would have been fun but we all have a bunch of stuff going on with the band and our lives that mean we can't let whole days go without stuff happening.

There are the arguments that "unsigned bands always run at a loss, it's an investment" or "you shouldn't think about the money, it's the shows that are the most important thing." We also know that we'll be letting people down, both those planning to attend and the people that had arranged the shows and took time to help us. We don't make these kind of decisions lightly, we have had bands let us down and we hate it.

We can't afford to pay for the band ourselves, we just don't earn enough money. The band pays for itself and we have to make decisions like this in order to keep it going. Any money we make goes straight back into the band, which is how we afford the van, the petrol etc in the first place.

So basically, one show pulling out on us means we can't realistically afford to go and play the other shows we have booked. Say what you want, but that's the reality of it.

We have decided that we are going to use the time to get a new song recorded and mixed ahead of schedule, which means that we will have a new single out on iTunes very soon, pretty much straight after "The Girl Who Stole The World" which is now up on our website as well as our MySpace and Facebook pages. You'd think that we would make a bunch of money from that to be able to afford more tour dates? Well I don't know if you've been following the music industry recently, but it doesn't quite pan out that way.

Sorry to pull out of shows, but looking forward to recording new stuff for you to hear.

Max x

.p.s. The band that we were due to play alongside are called A Day Overdue, please go and check them out at www.myspace.com/adayoverdue - I am gutted not to see them, they were really cool to us. We WILL sort some other shows with them in the future.

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