Monday, 20 June 2011

The Boys from the Swamp

Don't worry, I'm still playing with Vaccination, and I left the Swampies about a year ago but I'm getting back together with them for a one off at Miranda's party in Hammersmith on Saturday. In the meantime, to mark Niall McMahon's transistion from civil servant who does music to full time musician, I got together with present and former swampies as well as Niall himself to record the following videos.

Big Rock Candy Mountain

Man Of Constant Sorrow


Mack The Knife

Monday, 21 March 2011

Vaccination - I'm With The Others

So, time has moved on and I've been doing stuff I will show, for example, some recording of me and Richard that has me on guitar, sevral gigs, and there will be another on Wednesday at Nambucca at 596 Holloway Road N7 sadly, this has not beeen advertised except by us so please, turn up if you can if only for the sake of our credibility.

More to the point though, see our latest video, enjoy it and spread it. Let everyone else enjoy it.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011


Okay, first of all, I tried to arrange for a record to be sent to my mum. I went to the logo fiasco website and tried to buy a copy but sadly, PayPal have banned my email and I can't get through to talk to a human being and get myself unbanned.

Luckily, we're playing a gig tomorrow at the Good Ship, Kilburn and with luck I should be able to buy one tomorrow as can many other people. (Well I can dream can't I... it IS a good single and could do well if more widely distributed.) I'm thinking of trying to order it from Amazon to see if that makes Amazon approach Logo Fiasco and try to order copies.

Anyway, I'm excited about the gig tomorrow. It'll give us a chance to play live, which is fun, and to gain new fans from the audience.

In other news, I've been asked by Eileen Clarke of Only Indie Radio to produce some half-hour spoken word tracks as a way to get my writing heard. I'm finding that just as exciting and hope to send her the first four installments by mid march so she can start broadcasting. So, as I'm so fond of saying.

Wish me luck!

Friday, 4 February 2011

The Product

I've just heard some recordings from the last recording session. I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was. There were five tracks.

Kitchen Sink Blues - with Daniel on lead vocals. The track sounds like a Lebanese Acid Jazz band being kidnapped by Hawkwind. That's a good thing.

Then came Middleman. Dan was singing at his best here, his voice by turns angry and ecstatic, which is what he does best. It's a great rocking number.

Rust Vaccination has words by yours truly. It needs work but I'm proud of it.

Then Speedbore and What Rough Beast were like nothing else we do. Between them, they are about 20 minutes long and they are perfect film music. I could see them winning us an oscar let alone a number one.

Watch this space.

Saturday, 29 January 2011


Our single will be released officially on Monday and of course, I'm hoping it will do well. We have gigs lined up at the Good Ship on 17 February (along with the Pennebakers - I've played with their guitarist John Giltrow when I was in the Swamp Band so I asked the venue to put them on the bill).

I believe we also have a gig coming up at the Hope and Anchor on 26 February. It's a fantastic venue and I'll be standing on a stage once graced by the Clash, so that'll be fun.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Our first single

The recording session was a pain in the whatsit. I think maybe we managed two or three decent tracks to add to the album and a couple more to surface years later as curiosities. Unfortunately, Remi wasn't there, which is a shame.

More to the point though, I saw the single for the first time. "I'm with the Others"/"La Lascivious" LF01 on Logofiasco records, on yeractual black vinyl and available on mail order from Logofiasco records. I'm not going to review it. I'll let others do that, although naturally enough I do think it's awesome. It has a fine looking sleeve with photography by Paulina Surys and designed by male gaze. On the whole, I'm well happy about it.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

That Was a Long Hiatus

I was hoping there would be something similar this year, but this seems not to be the case. So, the only thing I can think of to do with this blog is to chronicle my own attempt to storm the charts.

This is an appropriate time to do it, I guess. Tomorrow, with Vaccination, I go into the studio for the second time. I will be able to buy some copies of our first single as well as putting down stuff for our album.

Vaccination is different from most bands in many ways, but the most radical is the fact that we don't do rehearsals. We've had about a dozen gigs and a recording session in the last eleven months to a year, which is about as long as I've known the others. The weird thing is, at every gig, as well as the audience members we piss off with our attitude and perhaps our ineptitude, there are others who love us.

So. let's see how it goes for the next year.

Wish me luck.