Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Procrastination Station

It's been ages since I last blogged. I have no excuse either! Sometimes I feel like writing, other times not so much. I've decided to compile the last couple of months into a new blog post to make up for lost time. So here goes...

June
...saw a lot of band-related happenings. Discussions about the future of the band, polishing our awesome live show and putting in practice for the gig we did at the end of June at the Liquid Lounge in Ryde. The turnout was pretty damn good for a Wednesday night and much fun was had by all. Here's a video:



That's our latest "new" song, Just A Man. We've still got a couple of new songs under wraps that we're finishing off - we hoped to have them ready for this month's gig but had to sideline them due to lack of practice time.

Also in June, the band had its first official photoshoot. This was a first for all of us, but the experience was nonetheless exciting and the outcome was better than any of us had expected. An old friend of mine (Thanks Alv!) came down from London to try out some ideas for an outdoor shoot and we were happy to be subjects for the day. After going out and about to scout for a location, we settled on a rocky beach in Freshwater Bay. The elements were all against us for the shoot - lighting, weather and the tide - but somehow the photos came out really well! Judge for yourselves:



And here's a short video from behind the scenes:



July

...was the month of birthdays. Several of them, all rolled into three weeks of pubbing, clubbing, and parties. My birthday fell on the 21st and I headed out in Southsea to Subversion (at club EQ), a local alternative night. Despite only having one floor open, the music selection was awesome and much fun was had by all.

The 8th of July was very special. Metallica at Wembley Stadium. Best gig I've ever seen. We managed to get access to the pit area right in front of the stage shortly after Metallica began their set. What a night to remember. I posted video on Youtube:


Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Another gig at the Cellar rounded off the month, with us supporting
Penny's Dropped, a band that I'd been looking forward to playing with for a while. The evening didn't disappoint, though our set could have gone a little more smoothly (as always).

The end of the month was taken up with preparation for my trip to
Wacken Open Air with Dan, which kicked off August with a bang and was the first of two festivals I attended this month.


August
...and we're almost up to date!

The trip to Germany was pretty harsh to say the least. With five of us crammed into a Focus hatchback, needless to say we got to know each other fairly well. The outbound journey took around 16 hours from Portsmouth to Wacken. It took a while to warm to the festival - I'm not usually one to go to a festival for the
experience, I go because I want to see some kickass bands that I like. I only only saw around ten bands at Wacken properly, but the atmosphere, the beer, the food and the people were all top-notch and I'm definitely considering going again in 2008 regardless of the line-up.

Up next was
Bloodstock Open Air. Not so far to go this time - Derby is about two hours from Southampton by car and I drove myself, Dan and Carl up in relative luxury compared to the nightmarish journey to Wacken. Bloodstock promised much and I certainly wasn't let down by my three favourite Melodeath bands : Dark Tranquillity, In Flames and Arch Enemy. I spent a lot of time checking out the unsigned stage on Saturday during the inevitable downpour and got to see The Hanging Dolls, Hollow Earth Theory and Exit 10. Some of the other unsigned acts were pretty average and I'm fairly certain that Puritan Slain could easily play that stage. I'm going to research exactly how we get there for next year!

I'm not sure if I'll be returning to Bloodstock next year. The lineup would have to be exceptional given the relatively poor organisation, the expensive (and sub-par) food and the patchy stage management. At the end of the day though, it's a British festival in its infancy with a 7k attendance and the chance to get close to some pretty huge bands.

A few other things of note - I caved in and took my ESP F-100 in to have the pickups upgraded to EMGs (81/85 set). It's taken three weeks so far and I desperately need to get it back either today or tomorrow as we're playing the Liquid Lounge again tomorrow night. Time to get on the phone and raise some merry hell.

Also, Bioshock. Eagerly awaiting delivery of my Collector's Edition either Thursday or Friday. If you haven't played the demo on Live (or the PC demo if you're machine's up to the task) then I suggest you stop what you're doing and go play. It's going to be an awesome gaming experience.

And on a final note, I've finally installed Gallery 2 on the webserver! Been meaning to do it for ages, but now I've finally got somewhere to offload all the pics and videos I've got hanging around.
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