On 2014: Thank you Greece – we love you.
21st December 2014 | Andy
After the high of playing to a big home crowd in Castlefield, it was hard to know where to go. But that would be to underestimate the amazing fanbase we have in Greece.
Just a few days later we played at the Theatro Vrachon in Athens. The stage was set against a big rock with a beautiful open air amphitheater. The threat of rain, which may have meant a last minute change to an indoor venue just made us appreciate the sunshine and the amazing venue when we came to soundcheck.
The evening was beautiful. The crowd amazing. Tim climbed into the crowd during Getting Away With It and they passed him over their heads towards the back of the arena. Then there was a stage invasion on “Laid” and Tim crowd-surfed again – all the way to the sound desk at the back then returned to the stage.
The crowd’s mixture of exuberance and support was incredible. Tim’s crowd surfing formed the inspiration for the video made in Portugal a few days later for “Curse Curse”.
Thank you Greece – we love you.
On 2014: Shot through with moments of great positivity.
20th December 2014 | Saul
The year has been shot through with moments of great positivity and there don’t seem to have been any disasters….yet. One major moment this year was standing onstage at Castlefield in Manchester as the sun went down….a sea of faces upturned in front of us with a real buzz in the air. I started the chords of Interrogation and the hair on my neck went up…and a thought came to me.
I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else on Earth, with anybody else other than the amazing people I had around me on the stage and I wanted the moment to last forever. I was reminded of the moment up at Jim’s place in the Highlands when Interrogation first appeared as a fragile and tentative jam. Even then it had power to move me….and here I was over a year later sharing that experience of intimacy in this massive place with all these strangers.
What a remarkable process – what magic is weaved.
Over and out…Saul Sentimental Davies
On 2014: It’s been a year of highlights.
17th December 2014 | Tim
It’s been a year of highlights.
I’m loving how we are communicating as a band and working through some particularly intense situations that might once have caused friction and fire.
A particular highlight for me is that I have been able to have some small influence upon the videos we’ve been making. Universal Records in the 90s never let us near the video scripts and we were seldom happy with the results.
A big thanks there to Faye Purcell, Terry Felgate at BMG, Cooking Vinyl and everyone else who allowed us to put quality ahead of deadlines.
If you hadn’t noticed, our element is playing live. We love the shows where even we don’t know what’s going to happen next.
The New York gig in October was coincidentally on the second anniversary of my friend Gabrielle’s death, to the day and hour. She lived less than a mile from the venue and I got to sing the song lyrics inspired by her, to her husband Robert, who wept and danced in the balcony. Regina Spektor and her husband Jack were there for the show. Regina’s a musical heroine of mine.
The Manchester and Athens gigs were also very, very, special.
29th November 2014 | Larry
Multiusos de Guimarães, Portugal
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The N.I.A., Birmingham
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Brixton Academy, London
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Royal Albert Hall, London
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