…to an audience of none! It’s a practice not a gig. Tomorrow we play through this tiny reconstruction of a Marshall stack so we can get good at our songs. Next month we go in the studio proper and record them. After that comes the release of whatever HMD4 becomes
“Kill, Kill, Beer, Whisky” may be the name or our next EP. It could easily be “Your Face Is A Compromise” too. Or something else, it’s just too soon to tell.
Kill, Kill, Beer, Whisky is my summation of Motorhead lyrics. Pete was saying he’d been listening to them recently and the lyrics were actually deeper than you’d expect. ( And any opportunity for facetiousness will be taken, but I won’t detail the Record Breakers theme tune that followed here ). Your Face Is A Compromise is one of Simon’s lyrics that will actually be on the EP, giving it a little more chance of making it. It’ll be a little time before it’s done yet and I’m sure another name will come along. We know we have five songs for the EP now: How To Breathe, So Far From Me, Half-Life, Lover Best Forgotten, and Knock Me Down. And we intend to go professional for the recording. Step up a level from this DIY malarky. For now, watch this space.
We’re writing the fourth album. Writing, learning, recording this time – slower, different results. Each album is a chance to do something different (well, the same but different). Originally this was going to be ‘the synthpop album’, so we’ve ended up a bit heavier this time instead – because we wrote the first song (How To Breathe) on synths and had to tune the guitars to drop D to play it. Since then Simon has managed to stay in drop D for all five new songs. I’ve slipped back in to standard tuning for Half-Life. The influences have changed a little too. I know that I’ve been thinking of Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against The Machine, Low, Chris Isaak, New Model Army, Nine Inch Nails (can you tell how old I am?), an some of the little Sunn O))) that I’m familiar with. Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Rush, Yes, and Hawkwind have all been mentioned in the room too.
It’s going well. We have the two songs already mentioned, then So Far From Me, Lover Best Forgotten, and as of today Knock Me Down. We’ll let you know when you can hear them.
We have T-shirts. They’re on RedBubble, and are of each of our excellent album covers. If you like our music, you should get one and let the world know you like our music! If you just want a t-shirt by the most obscure, unheard of, band that will make you look cool just for knowing about them… we’re that band. Buy a t-shirt. Then buy the album. 🙂
Our third album, Space Cowboys Under The Sea Of Japan was released to the unsuspecting world on December 7th, 2015. Previously grunge/alt-rock, we expanded our sound with the creation of CowProg-SpaceFunk for these songs.
- Village Of Dolls
- Deep Within The Sea It Sleeps
- The Oyster
- Corrupted Tranquility
- Snow Bones
- Seahorse With no Names
- The Noise
- Fractions Of A Fish
- Electric Eels
- I Heard You Calling But Alas I Did Not Answer
- DogZilla Versus The Under-Sea Bass
(Yes, 12 tracks rather than 13!)
For the last few years. Since we reformed after our 13 year gap to record the 13EP (SoundCloud), with Dark Moon – the missing 13th track from the first album. We’ve tried to release the new stuff we’ve done on Friday the 13th. I missed the target this year (hands up, it was me). I could probably have done it, but wasn’t paying attention. Space Cowboys Under The Sea Of Japan will be out in December. You can stream it now from SoundCloud though.
We’ve already mentioned the 13EP, before that was the long ‘hiatus’ as musicians call it, and before that was HowManyDevils1 (on SoundCloud).
Of course, after we release the 13EP on Friday the 13th, we were blatantly copied by Black Sabbath with their album called 13. I do suspect they stole all our marketing effort which is why their album charted and ours didn’t. (Surely three men in their 40’s in Yorkshire would be more popular than 4 men in their 60’s from the Midlands). We took revenge though, by making Halfway There sound a little like them…
We are very, very close to (i.e. months of tweaking mixes away from) releasing Space Cowboys Under The Sea Of Japan. Our third full length album. I thought I take a look back at the first (which is streamable on SoundCloud), HowManyDevils1 or as it was known at the time HowManyDevils. The obvious thing that has changed in the nearly 20 years that have passed is that we’ve got more imaginative with the album titles. We’ve also lost a drummer, the career path has paralleled Spinal Tap in that respect. Technology has changed: in 1998 we recorded HowManyDevils1 in an old factory in Sheffield squeezing 6 tracks out of two four-track cassette machines, in 2014 we recorded Flesh Reunion with near unlimited digital tracks on a laptop.
Have we changed musically? I’m the not the right person to answer that, listen to Flesh Reunion on SoundCloud and tell us if we’ve changed! I’ll have to ask the others about their influences then and now. I know at the time the significant bands to me were Nirvana, Manic Street Preachers, Mansun, Placebo, and a little bit of Nine Inch Nails snuck in. Simon was probably listening to Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, and Babes In Toyland. From a 90’s point of view I know Pete was in to Pearl Jam, but Pete always had broader tastes that just what was happening at the time.