By me.. this originally appeared here on the My Sunday Hat site.
Mckay said ages ago that I should do some occasional blogposts, or something, because I “love that shit” apparently. So why not now? Here is a document My Sunday Hat’s goings on in a, somewhat, busy November.
And what better way to start an article, on November, by starting in October…
Three quarters of the band went on the rip for Halloween, to the shiny new Limelight. Aidan didn’t want to go as he is “too old for that sort of thing” (he’s the youngest!).
The usual costume criteria applied: I destroyed my bathroom with body paint. McKay did the sensible thing and bought a good one. Patrick made as little effort as possible (credit where credit is due: he made his girlfriends costume and it was good!).
Recording.. part I
There was a reason I started so early to mention some recording news. On 29th October, we returned to Cloud 9 studios for a extra day recording. Not going getting into details but it was a good customer service gesture IMO (we just wanted the stems). We recorded Breaks and Headlights with the aim to fire on some overdubs in the future, if needed.
Aidan had to leave early so he missed the Frair Tucks for lunch!
Giggage.. part 1
The start of November was really busy. We had three gigs in the space of seven days, and what’s worse no rehearsal time!
On 2nd November, we returned to The Courthouse Bar in Lurgan, where we had our first gig about a year ago. Unlike last year the set went really well (probably because I wasn’t hammered this time!). It was a battle of the band and Sethway won the heat, and rightly so! We got though as runners up, which was a nice suprise, so we get to play again on 7th December. Once again, better than last year when we came last! Paddy and Aidan had to go back to Belfast, so McKay and I got drunk in the bar.. then back to his to drink some more and watch Bret Hart.
The following Tuesday (7th November) we played our first ever gig in Love & Death inc. It was another BOTB, but it meant we were part of Belfast Music Week, which was nice. We were the only band in the heat, the other two entrants were singer/song writers. Not the bad kind.. the good kind! Especially the fella doing some sort of two hand tapping on the acoustic, I loved that!
As we were the only band we had to provide the backline, which usually isn’t an issue, but carrying my amp from high street and up two flights of stairs nearly killed me! Aidan just parked on Ann Street to unload his kit. I should have done that.
We did our set which was a bit yay or nay. I felt songs went well (at start and end) yet others sounded empty (in the middle). The judges didn’t seem to mind as we won the heat. We were chuffed, yet surprised.
That meant we had to play again on the Friday (9th November) for the final. I felt the set went alot better than Tuesday, but we sadly didn’t win. A band, called Hurdles, won. It was only their second gig, the first being the heat. If only we were that efficient on our second gig! Anyway, expect big things from them lads!
Recording .. Part II
On the 17th November we did some more recording, this time with Clark Philips aka Great Northern Productions. We found out the day before that he records in his house and he wouldn’t have room for a kit. Aidan got it sorted to get his kit set up at his mums house. This sounded a bit dodgy but McKay reassured us by saying the other recordings sounded really good.
Anyway, we were recording “Last Draw” (we might rename it) and the day went really well. We turned up at Clark’s house, recorded a scratch track for Aidan to play along to. Went to Aidan’s mums to record drums in her living room. Aidan, as per usual, did it one take, but he recorded it again “just in case”. He even had time to do an extra few cymbaly things for the other tracks.
Aidan stayed at his mums to unpack the kit therefore missed out on a Chalcos for lunch.
We recorded the the rest in the afternoon. It went swimmingly with all these snazzy overdubs and harmonies. I can’t bloody wait to hear the masters!
Also, Patrick has a platonic man crush on Clark.
We are currently trying to write new songs, but it’s bloody hard! We currently have two in the pipeline. One that’s upbeat, for a change, and one that isn’t so upbeat. There are no names yet, as usual.
Giggage.. part II
We were trying to take time out from gigging to make an effort on writing new songs but when the opportunity to play in the Beach Club (30th November), we couldn’t pass! None of us had been there in years but I was surprised how good a venue it is. Sadly it didn’t get a overly big crowd, I’m guessing people were worried it’d be full of skeets, but hopefully gigs continue there and word of mouth means people will give it a try. We were on first so I could get full afterwards. Drinks were only £2.50 til 11! Personally, I really enjoyed Havana House Party. I also got to talk to The Late Twos and thank them for being great at our EP Launch! I also stole a poster and walked into the door, and I tried to get the bouncers to give me the A0 poster as “it would look great in my living room”. They weren’t having it.
Our original drummer “Wheat” came to see us too, nearly a year since we musically parted ways*, and said we “we’re really good”.
We have an Instagram account now. I flirted with the idea with a tumblr, but I can’t be bothered!
We also have not one, but two, burrito places following us on twitter. Which is funny!
McKay went to seen Bon Iver. He really enjoyed it.
Patrick went to see Ryan Bingham. I have no idea who that is.
We went to the German Beer tent at the end of the month. Aidan tried to insist it was to celebrate a year of him being with us. Patrick didn’t bother his arse showing up.
We’re gigging on 7th December in The Courthouse, Lurgan. Depending how we do (i.e. if we get through) that’ll be our last gig of 2012.
Also, at least 3/4 are going to the Benefit gig in Mandella Hall. It’s going to be great!
*it wasn’t as bad as Mustaine.