Saturday, 27 April 2019

Lights, Camera, Action!


Lighting the 'bedroom scene'
A few days ago we were stuck in a field in Kent getting cold while surrounded by a small film crew, and playing the same song over and over again... yes we were making a music video.

The video is for 'Version of You', one of the songs we recorded recently at Anchor Baby Studios which came out extremely well and will be the first track on the EP.

Filming in Soho
We asked John Clay to direct it having got him in to take some footage of us in the studio after seeing his amazing show-reel and we couldn't have asked for a better person at the helm. John is passionate about film, friendly and easy to work with, has great ideas and likes to create the kind of dark and intense work that I really like.

Cast & crew (missing Lou and Nakisha though...)
He suggested a narrative which fitted into the song lyrics and allowed him to inject interesting visual elements into the video which would become more than just a 'band performance' video. We hired a model/actress in the form of Chloé Dall'Olio who regularly works on screen with Trinny Woodall and has featured in John's videos before.

Chloé did a brilliant job (as did everyone on set) and we spent an extra day with her getting additional narrative shots including dancing through the streets of Soho! It was a lot of fun - even if we did get a bit cold!

Reviewing footage from Soho

Keep your eye on our social media pages for when the video will be released...

Photos by Lou Smith, Ellie Yermakova, Nakisha Esnard, John Clay and Chloé Dall'Olio.


Sunday, 17 March 2019

Stuck On An Island

Help - we need to get on this island...

Yes - we're stuck on the idea of playing the Isle Of Wight Festival and need to put together a campaign to built support.

The festival is running a competition to find an unsigned band to play and we want to do it! The winner is the band who've had the most number of people click on their link and vote for them. So not fiendishly difficult like fighting a live shark of anything. But still challenging.

Image us playing up there on that stage! Belting out 'History', 'Version Of You' and 'Never' to a rocking crowd, on a stage that has seen the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Who, David Bowie, Muse, The Sex Pistols, Fleetwood Mac, The Police, Blondie Biffy Clyro, etc. etc! It could be a reality!

The good news is that the band with the highest number of votes so far has 1043 which hasn't increased at all in a week. So in theory it shouldn't be beyond a reasonable campaign to get up to this level. But how? The problem is lots of people will see it but not bother voting like happened last time we ran something like this. We even promised to give away free t-shirts and EPs to 5 people who voted, and yes we have some winners (EP will be out in May so we're not announcing them, yet...), but it didn't create the huge push we needed.

It would be nice to get something that goes viral but I think you need something really weird and outlandish to get that - like fighting a live shark I suppose - not sure any of us are up for that...

What I would ask is if you, the lovely person who has taken the time to read this far to go two steps further and 1) click on the vote link and vote for us, and 2) please ask your social media buddies to do the same with a link to this blog post. Maybe, just maybe then we'll really do it!

If you have any ideas how we could take it further, please, please, please let us know! If we actually crack it, we will be so superly grateful to everyone who helped us reach this amazing goal!

Please vote now! Thanks a whole heap!


Sunday, 10 March 2019

Back In The Studio


It's been a long wait but it's been worth it. We finally got back into the studio last weekend to get tracks for our debut EP recorded.

This time we headed down to Anchor Baby studios in Kent where Dan did an amazing job engineering the session. I have never heard a drum kit sound as good as that just while tracking before. In fact everything was sounding great and sometimes in the control room it felt like we were listening to finished songs on the radio, and this before even being finished and mixed!

We had planned to release a 4 track EP but the material is sounding so good we'll be likely to release 5 songs on it. For those familiar with our live shows, the five songs will probably be:

  • Version Of You
  • Can't Join Them Beat Them
  • History
  • Chasing Rainbows
  • Never

We were also fortunate to have John Clay in the studio getting some video of us at work. He got some great footage and here are a few stills from the session below:










Saturday, 9 March 2019

Switching Guitar

In January the band played a gig at the Good Mixer in Camden which turned out to be Mike's last gig with the band. For various reasons including 'musical differences', Mike and Denzeity decided to continue in different directions. The split was amicable with Mike and the band both wanting to keep the friendships that had developed.

The hole that was left was more than filled by guitarist Tom Ramsay who replied to an add on Gumtree and after a jam with Simon, came to a full audition and showed the rest of the band what he was capable of. While he hadn't been a professional musician before like other band members, what really caught their ear was his ability to play in ways reminiscent of David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) and Angus Young (AC/DC) which made him a perfect fit for Denzeity.

That decision was proved correct when the band went into the studio to record their debut 5 track EP and Tom laid down some blistering lead guitar parts, astonishing fellow band members. His feel for the music and what needed to be played was absolutely spot on in the pocket and his contributions helped cement some unbelievably fantastic sounding tracks, all to be released soon...

To be one of the first to see the band perform live with the new line up, come along to our gig at the Rock Steady in Dalston, Saturday 13th April. Grab a ticket here!


Friday, 18 January 2019

A Chat and a Spin

Back before Christmas I was asked if I'd be interested in doing a radio interview on the popular internet radio station Chat and Spin. Things finally fell into place last week and I spoke with Ron Clark about the band on his show on Tuesday evening. The resulting interview can be heard below.

I'l' be chatting again with them tomorrow (Saturday 19th January) around lunch time (from about 12:45) if you want to listen in. (it's easy - just click on the link...)