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Posted: February 25th, 2008, by Chris S

Liking the new diskant!

Listening: Lots and lots of Lungfish. A little Lungfish here and there also. I try and mix it up a bit with some Lungfish too.

Also: the Mick Turner/Tren Brothers compilation on Drag City showcasing one of the finest guitar players ever; Birds Of Maya on Holy Mountain which sounds like it was recorded from a record player with the stylus covered in pubic hair and wire wool; Nathan Bell’s solo banjo pieces sound like a spectral memory-trigger if ever I heard one; new Earth LP is a juicy monster (though I suspect if it were any other band this would be labelled ‘post-rock’ in reviews before you could blink); Sir Richard Bishop’s furiously-picked solo guitar records; the new Bilge Pump album ‘Rupert The Sky’ (click the link to be magically transported to Gringo Records’ Myspace page for a sneak preview).

Reading: I just finished Please Kill Me, the anecdotal history of Punk as told by some Americans. It’s fascinating stuff, especially when dealing with Detroit and the MC5 and Stooges. Less so when Patti Smith crops up at any given point. Patti Smith is bullshit, am I missing something with her or something?

Watching: Broke my “no trips to the cinema” policy to see No Country For Old Men, a film so detailed and so reliant on the audience’s total undivided attention that it only served to place my policy firmly back in action. I am never going to the cinema again. A guy sitting along from me screamed at the kids in the back to stop rattling their keys and then said kids moaned loudly when the ending didn’t deliver what they wanted/expected. It was excellent of course.

Been watching lots of randomised You Tube stuff as well which I will endeavour to share with you through diskant as often as possible.

Working on: an absolute pile of design work. Record sleeves for Crevecoeur from France, Bilge Pump, Beyond This Point Are Monsters and gig posters galore of course. Some shown below…




Team Damn You! has also been hard at work in 08 so far with some amazing shows by the likes of Enon and Fuck Buttons and more to come.

Music-wise, I only got round to doing my first gig of 08 last week when Felix opened for the Cave Singers in Nottingham. We’ve been hard at work on a Felix record with Mr Ian Scanlon at the helm. It should hopefully come out later this year when we ever finish it and we’re dead excited.

First Taker

2nd Lords album hit a hiccup at the end of last year due to some crazy bad luck occurrences. It is done, dusted and being artworked at the moment with a view to coming out in May. It is called “Everyone Is People”. We tour with Bilge Pump in March in the UK. This summer will see a serious slowing down of Lords gig activity for good so come out and see us now.

Antipating: Lords LP/tour; Chris Leo playing in Nottingham; Human Bell playing in Nottingham; going to Australia later this year for a holiday; getting a new band together at some point (do YOU play drums or sing? Then email me!)…

Self-promoting: I think I’ve done enough of that already.

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.


1 Response to Recent-ness

  1. Ollie

    I’d like to take full credit for introducing Chris to Birds of Maya.

    That Pearls and Brass record is pretty ripping too, cheers!