Category Archives: Performance

Musical Motivation

As you may have noticed if you have eyes, the name of this blog contains the word ‘music’. And regular visitors will know I tend to do a bit of this making notes and words thing.

It may have been a bit quiet on this front and I apologise profusely. However, I have sat today and gone through a number of recordings on my phone and realised the potential for some of my best work ever.

I hope to do some kind of video performance for some of them to let you know what is in my head and heart and upload when I can.

Although, gotten quite worried about three of them. One reminds me of Goblin, the Italian prog band best known for Dario Argento film soundtracks and is my first real instrumental piece.

Then we have my homage to Canadian Devin Townsend (facebook / twitter), involving strange lyrics, vocal weirdness and some bizarre riffs. Purely unintentional, but I had been listening to Deconstruction a lot at the time of writing.

And then ‘Waters’, my 70’s folk moment. I never expected this to happen, but it fulfills some strange creature in my soul and thus I’m happy. Also, managing to really use the lower end of my range to full effect before opening up as it goes on. I think this is my proudest achievement since this one.

More news to come, so stay tuned.

Hope for Humanity (sort of…)

Just before bed I happened upon this via MthruF and had two main thought lines.

1) That poor girl didn’t expect this, I reckon.

2) What a way to prank someone.

Most pranks involve various levels of embarrassment, usually through some form of mockery or unfriendly set-up.

Not for Giorgio is this type of tomfoolery. The fact that he is so polite makes it somewhat sweet and actually is more likely to have put a bright edge on the order taker’s day.

Next time you want to be a bit random and silly, don’t harass your roommate. Sing.


No, not the spectral kind.

Devin Townsend at the Union Chapel last night was simply amazing.

There was no better venue for the performance and, although rather exhausted from the previous three nights (confirmed during ‘Blackberry’), they really made a room already somewhat awe-inspiring so much better.

As one of my favourites, I thought ‘Kawaii’ might bring a tear if not already caused by ‘Feather’, but I could have done with some man-size tissues.

The whole performance was simply amazing and I just wish I could have done it over and over again. I’m not sure that the man himself would, though 😉

Still awe-struck, so I can’t really put into words how good this gig was. If you were there, you’ll know.

Oh, and shout to Mike St Jean for the ‘heart attack’. Even though I knew it was coming, you still got me!

Ghostly Goings On at The Vic

I’ve heard the stories, seen pictures and even videos like the one below. Nothing prepares someone for a real life experience of a haunting, however.

Those who know me may be aware of my own ‘house guest’, but he seems more Casper than creepy.

Let me start with this video, shot during some background scene filming for The Hollow:

This is after tales of vigils with strange sounds not unlike a grunting, clothing being moved, cold, and a general feeling of spookiness.

Scroll forward to last week, where No Redemption were rehearsing and some friends who were visiting for Hallowe’en were listening. They managed to capture some footage of a boy dancing, possibly the same one as above, and stills of other possible spectres.

So, this evening upped the game. Around 8:40 p.m., the temperature really dropped and the grunt was heard following James Earnshaw around. As well as the general temperature, ‘cold spots’ appeared and even moved with the band.

James had an idea to record the sound, given that the equipment was there. This was a massive success and we located a subsonic noise that had us all baffled as to the cause. Whilst analysing the recordings, we decided to fill the room with the smoke machine and could see disturbances caused that seemed as though an entity of some sort had moved through it. I want to make it clear that there were no natural draughts and the smoke moved as though forced in a particular way.

A general sense of unease remained and I’ve protected my home tonight before writing this.

The Victoria Hotel in Stoke has a history of strange events and this is another one to add to the list. Hoping to do another vigil there for further evidence, but why not pop down yourself and see what you think firsthand?

Band of the Land

A big thank you to everyone who appeared to support the bands tonight.

An amazing night and a big congratulations to Betrayal who go through to the final.

One of the most fun gigs for some time for me personally 🙂

[band of the land]

No Redemption – Dying Day

On a similar theme to the last post, here is No Redemption‘s video for the Philip Gardiner film, One Hour To Die.

A fantastic addition to the growing collection, this is a video well worth a view.

Warning: some scenes contain blood.

The Acoustimass Project – 29 September 2011

The Acoustimass Project again, with another amazing night!
If you happen to be in the area, please pop in and say hello!


Later today, No Redemption are filming a new video.

I’d love to tell you what it’s about, but that’d ruin the surprise…

The Acoustimass Project – 22 Sep 2011

Check out this performance from  The Acoustimass Project’s videos.