Hello. Just a quick up date on what we’ve been up to lately! On the weekend 4th of January we started recording with Simon Campbell and Gypo Buggane. At this time Paul is due to start vocal tracks on Saturday (19th) then hopefully soon after we can get mixing! Five tracks are being worked on: Battles, Dark Star, 9DeadAirShow, Ghosts and Shame. Currently all the instrument work is...
New news etc.
Since we last posted, are very own Martyn Cain has made an honest women of his lovely Rachael. I hope this is the first and only time I will have to witness ‘Party Marty’ express himself through the medium of dance! He’s off on honeymoon shortly and Paul is off to Ibiza (dont ask ;-)). Band time has been alittle sporadic the last few weeks, but our last practise yeilded two new...
Time to open the doors
My god, a blog post! The weekend has just passed and with it came our last rehearsal before our first gig. We had a little guest come down to listen to the set in the form of Mr Simon Campbell. The Bad Man, sorry, The Very Very Bad Man has rampaged through the manx music scene in the past few years like someone spiked a bull with MDMA. Simon has brought his tones to the likes of Truman Falls,...
New bits and bobs.
Evening all. Thought it was about time to drop you guys an update. About 3 weeks ago we said ‘goodbye’ to our old practise space in Ballasalla to move to a new home. We’ve been in the new place about 3 weeks now, and were loving it! We’re sharing with a bunch of awesome bands and it’s great to be somewhere that isn’t the coldest place on earth! The new place...
Gigs and kids.
Well 2012 has started brightly in the PWS camp. Couple of new ‘toys’ in the ranks, and a couple more on the shopping list! The set is really coming on leaps and bounds. Secret Machines cover is all but finished, and is much fun to play! Some of you maybe aware that we booked a gig for later next month. Unfortunatly we had cancel due to venue (The Ship, Castletown) having a nice new...
Live bits and bobs.
Merry Christmas to you all! Last Saturday (17/12/11) we finally got round to some live recording. Typically the day saw some of the biggest hail stone showers we’ve ever known, which is an issue when you’re trying to record in a massive tin shed! And don’t get me started as to how cold it was! But were a determined bunch of fellows and thanks to several pairs of fingerless...
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Return of the dark temptress.
Evening all. Havent typed an update for afew weeks. Things in the PWS camp have been busy as ever. Three new songs since the last post, Landings, DarkStar and Icurus are all in good form. DarkStar is something alittle different for us. So far we’ve written three different versions, but were getting closer to getting a final cut down, hopefully tomorrow! With these new songs added, were...
Doom isn't always gloom.
How are we peeps? Life in the PWS camp continues to be as fun and productive as ever. Currently we’ve 7 finished (or pretty much finished) tales of the more sinister side of life! Titles include Living Dead, Ghosts, Shame, 9 Dead Airshow, McNulty and My Own Cage. I cannot begin to tell you just how much were loving putting these songs together! In the last week or so we’ve been...
Summer feels like it’s done and dusted now, but the sun is shining in the Post War Stories camp. Paul is now back from his holiday armed with a fistful of new lyrics. The work Martyn and myself put in whilst Paul was away has paid off handsomely, first practise back this week yielded a lovely new song. Musicaly complete, just requires some lyrics to finish the job! Back to the barn tomorrow...
Long time no type
Apologies to anyone who reads this, I haven’t posted up in a long while. Good news is we’ve got a healthy selection of songs together, which we’re hoping to cobble together into a short set soon. Paul is back from the states and we’re ready to get back into the rehearsal room. We’re really getting to grips with the TC helicon vocal pedal now and it’s sounding...
We found another song
Afternoon folks. Ben is back from Austria and has many things to tell me. Firstly they were proper mad for Amy Winehouse over there, secondly a lot of the music is not great but there is an ace music channel on Austrian TV that shows Oceansize, Amplifier and other ace bands, and Thirdly we found another song idea. Just when we thought we were resting on our laurels and ready to get stuck into...
Wheel or hoverboard?
We’ve been getting into sampling up some pianos and lovely noises on logic recently. Anyone who knows the programme can appreciate how nice it is to play with sounds called Fear Noise and Phantom Winds. By the time it comes to play a live show we’ll no doubt have two samplers on stage with us, there’s one thing we’ve learnt in the past couple of years and that is, if you...
Holidays in the Sun
As Ben is away at the moment myself and Paul have been writing some bits and loading samples up to the drum pads. There’s not a lot to speak of just yet, songs are coming on nicely, we’re looking at an initial set of 6 ish songs with the idea of building a song per set or two. Enjoy the picture from Tarkovsky’s Stalker. A brilliant film with tremendous imagery.
Back in the barn last night and things are coming along quite nicely. The little riff ideas are slowly but surely forming into structures and Paul has about 6 sets of lyrics that he can put to use. We now also have a Roland digital drum pad (something like this http://www.roland.com/products/en/SPD-S/index.html) This will mean we can expand our drum sounds and set off any samples and atmospheric...
It has felt like an eternity since we last got together. In reality it’s only been 3 days, already I’m aching to get back into our rehearsal space and delve into these tracks again. All the usual press kit bits are being organised but there’s nothing we can really divulge until we get some good sounding demos ready. I’m currently in the throws of making a website and...
That went well
First rehearsal was last night and it couldn’t have gone better. Two tracks near enough in the bag, which brings us to a total of three so far :D In terms of promo for the band we have a couple of things in the pipeline which will be great exposure on the island. For now I’m just sat here having enjoyed lecture from Professor Brian Cox (aye THE Brian Cox), listening to a mix from...
First Official Rehearsal
As Friday shuts the door on Planes Over Paris. Next Tuesday (5th July, or Tynwald Day if you’re Manx) see’s the barn doors slid wide open and the start of Post War Story rehearsing. We have nine originals and two or three potential covers to be working on. Paul is furiously scribbling through lyric ideas and I’m dying to hear back from a recent job application so I can start...
More New Material & Controlling the Weather
We’re ploughing through the ideas at the moment and beginning to create a very defined sound. I find it no coincidence that the more the material is developing, the more the weather is resembling Autumn. We seem to be polluting the atmosphere with fog and claustrophobic humidity. Thanks to a recent purchase in the form of a TC Helicon X1 we are now able to create megaphone effect vocals...
Socialising my media
Everything takes time and some things have to be staggered. For now the Reverbnation account has been set up, I won’t be able to start connecting everything until after the Garden Party though. Small steps. Martyn