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Posted: October 3rd, 2007, by Chris S

It’s Self Promotion Week according to Marceline so here’s some stuff I’ve been up/am up to…(with some visuals to go with it)

Last week I finally made it to 100 gigs with one band as Lords crossed the finishing line. We did the 100th one in the same place exactly as the first one (it even involved hiring a stage) at Susumi in Derby. It looked like this:

It gave me the nice chance to make us 3 into ZZ Top for the poster which looked like this:


Talking of which, I am still self employed though in a world of hurt with various assisting government agencies. Still, I am very busy. Local culture magazine Left Lion have pretty much ignored every musical venture I have ever been involved in but seem to like the artwork. First of all they did a really nice interview here:


Then I had the opportunity to do the cover for the current issue and opted to do a portrait of Frank Robinson, aka Xylophone Man, Nottingham’s much missed busking heavyweight:

Summer’s drawing to a close which is a shame as I finally got into the great outdoors and took advantage of working on my own time to go and see some local sights in the last few weeks. The most amazing of which is the very haunted (so they say) Sutton Scarsdale Hall nr Chesterfield. Daytime:

Sutton Scarsdale Hall

Night-time, DRC and Gareth surrounded by glowing orbs. It was pretty hairy:

Surrounded by glowing balls: spooky

Also visited Cresswell Crags, Ice-Age Gorge nr Worksop:

Crags Montage

As well as plenty of day trips to Derbyshire and Norfolk. Nice.

Loads of people are getting married. Congratulations to Barn from Soeza and his wife Sanna; my cousin Matt and his wife Joanne and future weddings: this weekend is former Reynolds yelper Matt and Kerry and in a fortnight’s time it’s Ian Scanlon’s turn as he marries Jane. That’s not all, Phil from Lords is going to be a Dad in December; a month that also sees my 29th birthday for the 2nd year running.

Here’s me and DRC enjoying Barn & Sanna’s wedding party deep in Sherwood Forest:

Lastly, plenty of music going on.
Listening to: new High On Fire, Pearls & Brass, Ike & Tina Turner, Nuggets, Silver Jews, Sir Richard Bishop, Get Hustle Tour CD, Mulatu Astatke, Moondog, Karate and the new Bilge Pump album “Rupert The Sky”.

Doing lots of music stuff too. 2nd Lords LP called “Everyone Is People” is so close to being finished it hurts but probably won’t see light of day until 2008. Read about it here: http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=13689829
Not much gigging going down though with baby action on the horizon so lots of time to do other things…
Myself and Neil from Wolves Of Greece are still sporadically making up 2/3 of The Resurrection Men with Andy from Clambake when time permits. We’re also involved in a new band called The Evil Hawk which sees it’s gigging debut in Nottingham on oct 27th with Chrome Hoof. It’s the new project by Michael from Hellset Orchestra and is kind of like Queen.
I’m also kick starting a new band with Katy from Not In This Town called Horsey.
Not to mention Felix which has been on hold while Lucinda took part in a Channel 4 documentary about photographers. See her get stitched up by editing in January 2008.
Last but not least, Edwin Pouncey wrote these nice words in The Wire:

Me and Neil, together with Chris from Hirameka Hi-Fi are also part of Glenn Branca’s orchestra for the performance of Symphony#13 for 100 Guitars at the Frieze Festival at London’s Roundhouse on October 12th. Totally shitting it.

Hope everyone is well!

Chris S

Chris lives for the rock and can often be seen stumbling drunkenly on (and off) stages far and wide. Other hobbies include wearing jumpers, arsing about with Photoshop and trying to beat the world record for the number of offensive comments made in any 24 hour period. He has been married twice but his heart really belongs to his guitars. All 436 of them.


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