Rainbow Haze at 10-1
19th August 2015 | Juliet
Horses are galloping across the track as the mini bus pulls up in the drizzle. We are in Worcester at the races. It’s “James Live after Racing,” an equestrian event and a gig to follow. All for a mere £25.
When all the horses have shot past, including the riderless, we are allowed to go forth into the dressing room where Jim and Mark are having a flutter on the next race.
For a small outlay Jim manages to win a princely sum of £100, just like that.
It’s showtime. All goes well, a bottle of champers is opened and even Tim celebrates with a glass. Everyone is happy.
Jim’s daughter shows up with her pals. They are now wearing jeans and wellies but had turned up dressed properly for Ladies Day (no hats or fascinators), but had to pop back and change. None of the other ladies had bothered. Tsk. Grr.
Then it’s back to the hotel in Birmingham.
Over dinner there are discussions on politics arts and culture. It’s like The Late Show hosted by Saul.
Splendour In Nottingham
18th July 2015 | Larry
5th July 2015 | Larry
14th June 2015 | Larry
Isle of Wight Festival
13th June 2015 | Larry
Bearded Theory Festival, Catton Hall, Derbyshire
24th May 2015 | Larry
Open Air Theatre, Scarborough
22nd May 2015 | Larry
Somewhere In The Highlands……….
19th January 2015 | Jim
Monday 19th January 2015 – Pick Tim up Inverness airport.
The temperature drops to minus ten on the drive and the washer fluid in Larry’s car freezes.
We are back in the Scottish Highlands writing again. Not the autumnal gales and rain of last time but slap bang into winter. Getting from A to B in the ice and snow is challenging but it’s so beautiful.
The weather keeps us indoors and we work. We manage to squeeze us and all our gear into the dining room so we can jam.
We record everything. The jams lasting from 7 minutes up to nearly an hour.
In various parts of the house people set up mini studios of their own to edit the jams down into listenable lengths, and songs start to appear.
We can’t do more than a fortnight of this without it feeling like ‘The Shining’. Saul riding around on a bright red tricycle and Larry appearing at your bedroom door with an axe.
We come away with maybe twenty ‘things’… These will be the basis for the next record.
On 2014: You can’t book private jets on Uber!
23rd December 2014 | Mark
A run of three truly memorable shows in Greece, Spain and Portugal left me looking forward to getting home to play to a home crowd at Latitude. Shortly before the flight was due to depart we were told it may be delayed for seven hours …and then we got the bad news. Larry’s vegetarian meal was stuck in Luton! …And we were going to miss our slot at Latitude.
Our management went into overdrive looking at our options; different flights, different airports, helicopters, charter jets, even buying him a sandwich in the airport, but even the ridiculous options wouldn’t get us there in time (you can’t book private jets on Uber!). But within an hour or so the airline found a plane and our seven hour delay became about three, though still too late to get us, our crew and our equipment there on time.
Rather than pull out of the festival we chased every possibility, and were offered the only available slot, Sunday at midday in the big top. Better than nothing, especially for those fans who’d bought weekend tickets just to see us, but we wondered what our audience would consist of. A little sparse maybe, hung-over wet campers and dogs on string?
Our bus finally drove onto site as the sun was setting on a beautiful evening. We caught a few bands before the storms and settled into our bunks for our early show the next day.
We needn’t have worried. The tent was rammed with beaming faces. The atmosphere was fantastic …the strange hour and the unusual setting for us (a dark tent at a festival) made for one of the most bizarrely engaging shows for a long time …and we were finished in time for lunch! It’s often the case that when we’re thrown a curve ball we respond with a special gig, and this funny hour on stage was just that.
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.