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Release dates for ‘Routines’

Hello one and all

Today’s big announcement is that we can finally say that we have the release dates for our new album, ROUTINES!!!!

We are happy to let you guys know that our album will be released in the UK and Europe through our friends at Bomber Music, and for the first time ever we have got ourselves an American release! we are so proud and privileged to be the first signing to our good friends Hawthorne Heights’ record label, Cardboard Empire Records. (http://www.cardboardempirerecords.com/)

UK and Europe…

Routines will be officially released on Monday May 7th, Pre-orders will be taken soon (more info to come) and as we’ve said, it will be available to buy exclusively from us in April at our gigs, and if you donated to our album campaign, you will have the album in April.

USA…

Routines will be officially released Tuesday 3rd April and pre-orders are being taken right now. Please head over to http://www.cardboardempirestore.com to place your order!


So there you have it, we couldn’t be more excited that the album is nearly out there for you all to hear and couldn’t be happier that its happening with great friends by our side to help us do it!

Here’s to the rest of 2012

Cheers x

Fairytale of New York, by Failsafe. Merry Christmas!

DAY 27: Unfortunately for us, the CD player in the van has decided to call it a day, so our sound track for the journey home has not been Chris Rea ‘driving home for Christmas,’ on repeat.

We said goodbye to Rob (who was flying home) as we left the gig in Zürich- which was like losing a limb in some respects. He got to spend a night on the tour bus with Hawthorne and Red jumpsuit before going to the airport the next day. We had a monster journey ahead of us to make  the ferry in Amsterdam for 5.30 the next day, with a stop in Gaggenau for 3 and a half hours sleep.

Amsterdam was a brilliant gig. The Melkweg (Dutch for milky way) is an incredible venue- clean, tidy, well organised, great sound, good stage, awesome staff.

Apparently, a lot of venues in the Netherlands are subsidised by the government, unlike those in the UK, which means that they often have the money to be well maintained and adequately staffed, rather than fending for themselves outright- which is much the case in the UK. This means that even if gigs aren’t promoted to a good standard or well attended, there will always be money coming in. In the UK, promoters/venue owners HAVE to make it work, and seem under a lot more pressure to do so. Sometimes, bands like us can be stuck in the middle of a tirade of negativity, with people taking out their frustrations on the next easy target.

In our opinion, this tour has been a success. We were sceptical about doing it at first- we are well out of an album cycle and fees for support bands are often not that great. The tour has been good for generating awareness about the new record, playing to new faces, playing in new places, especially abroad, and hanging out with Hawthorne and Joey from Red Jumpsuit.

After sleeping for 13 hours on the ferry, I am sat in the front of the van, squinting like I’ve been sucking on an entire lemon tree (the sun is spectacularly low). Andy and Si decided to party on board the dfds cruise ship to Newcastle, but I thought better of it after a couple of beers; semi- hibernation and two showers seemed more appealing. I am such a rock legend.

Which brings me to my next point. We have learnt a lot of things on this tour, met a lot of people, and had some good times. As Sam McTrusty was quoted in Kerrang! last week- if you cant be yourself, who can you be? The answer to that is simple- you can be a nobody. This tour has seen us make new friends, it has also seen us appreciate the fact that none of us are, or ever will be washed up clichés.

Frank Turner once said, ‘there’s no such thing as rock stars there’s just people who play music. Some of them are just like us as some of them are d*cks.’

Never a truer word said, no divas here.

Wintersleep- Weighty Ghost
This is a live video from South by Southwest festival, great song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WFnVOlAQ0Y&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Jim x

DAY 27: Unfortunately for us, the CD player in the van has decided to call it a day, so our sound track for the journey home has not been Chris Rea ‘driving home for Christmas,’ on repeat.

We said goodbye to Rob (who was flying home) as we left the gig in Zürich- which was like losing a limb in some respects. He got to spend a night on the tour bus with Hawthorne and Red jumpsuit before going to the airport the next day. We had a monster journey ahead of us to make the ferry in Amsterdam for 5.30 the next day, with a stop in Gaggenau for 3 and a half hours sleep.

Amsterdam was a brilliant gig. The Melkweg (Dutch for milky way) is an incredible venue- clean, tidy, well organised, great sound, good stage, awesome staff.

Apparently, a lot of venues in the Netherlands are subsidised by the government, unlike those in the UK, which means that they often have the money to be well maintained and adequately staffed, rather than fending for themselves outright- which is much the case in the UK. This means that even if gigs aren’t promoted to a good standard or well attended, there will always be money coming in. In the UK, promoters/venue owners HAVE to make it work, and seem under a lot more pressure to do so. Sometimes, bands like us can be stuck in the middle of a tirade of negativity, with people taking out their frustrations on the next easy target.

In our opinion, this tour has been a success. We were sceptical about doing it at first- we are well out of an album cycle and fees for support bands are often not that great. The tour has been good for generating awareness about the new record, playing to new faces, playing in new places, especially abroad, and hanging out with Hawthorne and Joey from Red Jumpsuit.

After sleeping for 13 hours on the ferry, I am sat in the front of the van, squinting like I’ve been sucking on an entire lemon tree (the sun is spectacularly low). Andy and Si decided to party on board the dfds cruise ship to Newcastle, but I thought better of it after a couple of beers; semi- hibernation and two showers seemed more appealing. I am such a rock legend.

Which brings me to my next point. We have learnt a lot of things on this tour, met a lot of people, and had some good times. As Sam McTrusty was quoted in Kerrang! last week- if you cant be yourself, who can you be? The answer to that is simple- you can be a nobody. This tour has seen us make new friends, it has also seen us appreciate the fact that none of us are, or ever will be washed up clichés.

Frank Turner once said, ‘there’s no such thing as rock stars there’s just people who play music. Some of them are just like us as some of them are d*cks.’

Never a truer word said, no divas here.

Wintersleep- Weighty Ghost
This is a live video from South by Southwest festival, great song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WFnVOlAQ0Y&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Jim x

Here is what we created at 4am the other morning! We hope you all enjoy our version of Fairytale of New York by the Pogues this Christmas. This track will be on our facebook/ soundcloud soon…. it may also be available to download… watch this space…

DAY 22: Having spent the last 3 nights in the same place, today’s get up and drive feels like the start of a new tour in some respects. Thanks to our good friend Rosie we have had a roof over our heads, hot running water, Deal or No Deal on demand and the amenities to fully demonstrate Matt’s veggie lasagne skills. Part of me feels guilty for taking over her house- 5 northern monkeys hanging around can be about as subtle as a brick through a window- but I don’t think we annoyed her…. too much. Thanks!!

The gigs have been coming thick and fast as always; it seems like an eternity since we were saying our goodbyes. Plymouth was heroic as ever, spoiling us with a lot of familiar faces including the Crazyarm bunch- who are WELL WORTH checking out by the way. Bristol was, in all honesty, plain weird. For starters the venue was a boat (cool), we were on stage at 6.30 (not cool) and we arrived pretty late (complete bobbins). We were off stage and loaded out before the weakest link had even finished. Rock and roll (*obligatory rock gesture*).

In between these two gigs we stayed with a good friend of ours, Peter Miles, near Newton Abbot (a lovely part of the world). After arriving at 1.30am we decided to take advantage of Pete’s generosity and jam our way through the night, eventually crashing out at about 5am. Peter recorded our first two albums and is currently one of the best producers around. He is also a LEGEND and let us record a song in the dead of night, for old time’s sake. It was a lot of fun. We have spent the majority of the last 2 days making a video to go with the track, which will be delivered online in the next few days. Consider it an early Christmas present…

We also visited Jane, Ben and new arrival Jessica before the gig for a catch up and incredible veg enchiladas. Ben (triple) often comes away with us to keep us in check and double the amount of functioning brain cells in the Failsafe camp. He is a great Tour Manager. Matt (Howard’s alias, Thinkpol, Drawings) was there too for the fun and festivities. Jessica is a beautiful little creature too, I’m very chuffed for them both!

Not much else to report really. Portsmouth Wedgewood rooms is one of the best venues I’ve ever played in terms of sound. We went down a storm and made a lot of new friends. Someone came over from Germany off the back of one of the Beatsteaks gigs, specifically to see us! Amazing! That’s what it’s all about. Things like that are very humbling.

Currently on our way to Brighton, another lovely part of the world. The plan is to eat lots of Indian food with the guys in Hawthorne- they have located a suitable eatery to take on the collective appetite of both bands, I’ll keep you posted.

A Wilhelm Scream- Fun Time
I am in love with this band, BIG TIME. They never fail to sort me out.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYjuK5_fbaA&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Jim x

DAY 22: Having spent the last 3 nights in the same place, today’s get up and drive feels like the start of a new tour in some respects. Thanks to our good friend Rosie we have had a roof over our heads, hot running water, Deal or No Deal on demand and the amenities to fully demonstrate Matt’s veggie lasagne skills. Part of me feels guilty for taking over her house- 5 northern monkeys hanging around can be about as subtle as a brick through a window- but I don’t think we annoyed her…. too much. Thanks!!

The gigs have been coming thick and fast as always; it seems like an eternity since we were saying our goodbyes. Plymouth was heroic as ever, spoiling us with a lot of familiar faces including the Crazyarm bunch- who are WELL WORTH checking out by the way. Bristol was, in all honesty, plain weird. For starters the venue was a boat (cool), we were on stage at 6.30 (not cool) and we arrived pretty late (complete bobbins). We were off stage and loaded out before the weakest link had even finished. Rock and roll (*obligatory rock gesture*).

In between these two gigs we stayed with a good friend of ours, Peter Miles, near Newton Abbot (a lovely part of the world). After arriving at 1.30am we decided to take advantage of Pete’s generosity and jam our way through the night, eventually crashing out at about 5am. Peter recorded our first two albums and is currently one of the best producers around. He is also a LEGEND and let us record a song in the dead of night, for old time’s sake. It was a lot of fun. We have spent the majority of the last 2 days making a video to go with the track, which will be delivered online in the next few days. Consider it an early Christmas present…

We also visited Jane, Ben and new arrival Jessica before the gig for a catch up and incredible veg enchiladas. Ben (triple) often comes away with us to keep us in check and double the amount of functioning brain cells in the Failsafe camp. He is a great Tour Manager. Matt (Howard’s alias, Thinkpol, Drawings) was there too for the fun and festivities. Jessica is a beautiful little creature too, I’m very chuffed for them both!

Not much else to report really. Portsmouth Wedgewood rooms is one of the best venues I’ve ever played in terms of sound. We went down a storm and made a lot of new friends. Someone came over from Germany off the back of one of the Beatsteaks gigs, specifically to see us! Amazing! That’s what it’s all about. Things like that are very humbling.

Currently on our way to Brighton, another lovely part of the world. The plan is to eat lots of Indian food with the guys in Hawthorne- they have located a suitable eatery to take on the collective appetite of both bands, I’ll keep you posted.

A Wilhelm Scream- Fun Time
I am in love with this band, BIG TIME. They never fail to sort me out.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYjuK5_fbaA&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Jim x