It's been a bit of a busy year. This time last year I was about to start recording an album which I hoped to have ready by the summer/autumn of 2012. Then, my family suffered a bit of a crisis which meant I had to put the album and most of my life on hold for a few months. I won't go into details as this isn't really the place but it's been pretty manic and stressful.
Whilst rummaging around in the loft I noticed an old video game system from the eighties called the Scrollatron Video Game System. It wasn't a very popular game system so not many of them sold, but I thought it would be ideal to use for the video for my song, Bubbleclouds.
Here's a video of part of my set from Tribal Earth Festival in August this year. The video features the ending of my cover of There is a Light by The Smiths and Under the Stairs, followed by Postcard and Motorway Song. Thanks to Mike for making the video.
Thought I'd share a nicely inspirational speech by the British author Neil Gaiman. I love how honest and simple his advice is.
My cover of New York, New York was recently played on the Coverville podcast radio show. You can listen to the whole show via their website which includes 10 other covers all by different artists.
I did a last minute support gig at the Barfly in Camden, London last weekend, supporting Union Sound Set and Richard Parker. The call asking me to play came the afternoon of the gig; I was going to see Union Sound Set anyway and almost left without my guitar before the call came. Everything was a bit last minute and I forgot to give someone my camera to take photos and videos. Fortunately I had some friends in the audience who took some photos and a slightly grainy video on their phones :)
The newly remixed and remastered version of my latest EP, "Where Once Were Roads" is now available to download for a limited time, for free. Just follow the link to the Sugardrum Bandcamp page, or click on one of the links in the player below.
Yesterday I recorded Steve James playing on an amazing grand piano for my song Fallen Guru. It all went really well, the piano sounded lush and the part sounds great with the rest of the song.
Things have been very busy the past few weeks. I've just finished re-mixing the EP, "Where Once Were Roads" that I recorded about 18 months ago and am about to send it off for mastering at a nice shiny studio in London Town somewhere.
I've just uploaded some photos onto the photos page featuring some of the recordings sessions that have been going on for the new album, Postcards. So far, we've recorded Acoustic Guitars, Vocals, Cello, Percussion, Rhodes Piano, Synths, more vocals and a purring cat. Got a couple more sessions to go plus lots of mixing to do but all is going well so far and sounding great.
So, here is the first song from the new album "Postcards" due out later in the year. I'm posting it here as I'm after a little help from yourselves in creating the video for the song which I would like to feature as many postcards as possible, for which I'm inviting you all to contribute the postcards.
Merry Christmas! I set myself a challenge on Christmas eve to write and record an xmas themed song. I managed it, but by the time I'd edited the video and waited for it to upload to Youtube I only had time to email it to a few friends before heading back home for xmas so here is a slightly late Sugardrum Merry Crimbo video :)
Here's a wee video I recorded whilst I was away in Scotland. The background noise is coming from a beautiful waterfall, a few feet behind me on the other side of the hill I was sitting on.
Here's another live video from the little session I did at Tribal Voices at Small World Festival in May, this time Fallen Guru...
Here's a video of my song, 1 of 1 that I recorded in the Tribal Voices tent at Small World Festival earlier in the year. Thanks to Mark for his camera work and for putting this online for me.