Posts Tagged ‘Starts & Stutters’

Video. Show. Rain.

October 27, 2011

Good morning.  It’s dreary here.  Again.  A morning off and that weird endless drizzle has hit.  The only good thing about rain like this is when you have the morning off and can lie in bed and listen to it.  One version of my perfect world be nothing but lying in bed with the door that leads to our tiny porch open, listening to the rain while alternating between reading and sleeping.  That plus chiseled abs.  That’s only one version, mind you, and I’m aware of it’s inherent flaws.

I got home from a gig last night and found the following video waiting for us.  We shoot this back in July with our good friend Estelle Coleman.  She is a friend of the band who happens to be quite good at what she does, and has shot us enough to know what to expect.  We had a song, two days, and a warehouse we rented for $200.  This is what she came up with.  Let us know what you think, as I’m always curious.

Royal Chant – [other]
From our debut LP Raise Your Glass & Collapse

Here is another video she shot and edited of us in the studio and whatnot, as a teaser for our Starts & Stutters EP which we sort-of-released-but-not-really.  I would call it our “lost” album, but people have to be looking for something for it to be considered lost.  I assure you, no one is looking.

I’ll be playing an unplugged/acoustic show tonight at our local, the Port Macquarie Hotel.  The cash will come in handy to get us down to Sydney, where tomorrow night’s show will be a graduation of sorts.  We are opening for Trial Kennedy, who are much bigger, have more fans, and have sold more records than us.  To illustrate the difference, it is worth noting that our respective albums came out on pretty much the same day this year, and in fact we appeared in the same issue of the same Sydney music rag.  The only thing is that they made the cover, while we were on page 30-something.  That being said, after cutting our teeth for months playing in the Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar we are making the jump to the big stage tomorrow night.  It should be fun.  At the very least, it will be nice to crank our amps up without getting yelled at…much.  I know that most of you who read this are across various ponds, so I don’t expect to you be there.  If you do happen to catch the show, come up and say “hi”.  We can be shy, but we don’t mean to be.

Trial Kennedy @ OAF 28/10/1

Oxford Art Factory 28/10/2011

Peace for now. Catch you soon….

Less Than Nothing….

September 26, 2010

I have some more ambitious posts planned, but it’s dark outside and I don’t have it in me to finish them off and put something nice and new up to start the week.  Instead, I’m taking the easy way out and posting a non-event, rather like reading the news instead of making it.  So, here goes: Royal Chant has just released it’s second EP, Starts & Stutters, and we’re giving it away all kamikaze-Radiohead style by making it available for download and allowing you to pay whatever the hell you want, including absolutely nothing.

Whether rightly or wrongly, that’s the way things are going these days, and I can’t say that I mind terribly much.  A lot has been written about the music industry: how we got here, where we’re headed, the importance of a good band stylist, etc, but quite frankly I just don’t care.  I would rather go back to college algebra than discuss the music industry.   Honestly, I’d rather teach college algebra rather than discuss the music industry.  I can’t lament losing any money coz I’ve never had any, so I’m still operating in the noise level where getting your song on the radio is a big deal.  When that stops giving me a buzz then maybe I’ll start using terms like “leverage”, “key demographic”, “market saturation”, and “Hey, we sold something!”

Get yer kicks out and grab a copy here.  We want you to have it.  If you’re feeling really spunky you can tell your friends and help us spread the word.  We’re proud of the album, but we have bigger and better things on the way.   The only reason I’m dropping my demure facade and boasting of future triumph is because we’ve finished work on our next album, which is a nice but rare situation.  The next release in an LP, called “Raise Your Glass & Collapse”, and it certainly dispenses with a of the pop niceties that have snuck onto our previous releases. 

Writing a song used to constitute roughly 1/3 of it’s journey (with teaching it to the band and then performing it live rounding out the pie chart), but now that initial feat constitutes a far smaller percentage of a much larger and longer process.  I won’t bore you with the details, because I bore myself just thinking about them, but it’s enough to say that it has changed.  Even adding another guitarist adds an extra layer of disconnect, although the gains are well, well worth it.   I count myself lucky that I’m still in a band that keeps things as simple as possible, but I do miss those absolutely pure garage days.

What was I talking about?  I’m not sure anymore.  Perhaps next time I will regale my readers with quaint stories of life on the road, with emphasis on the foibles of not playing country music when playing in country pubs for country audiences.


Until then, give us listen if you’re so inclined, and make sure you play it loud.