An Explanation.. kinda.

We’ve been asked to play a gig in Andys local bar to try and raise a few quid for aid for the people of Gaza. For some reason this is upsetting some people and a cause of a little controversy. We’ve never had to do this before and are confused as to why we feel we must. Let us explain a few things.


1… after the gig you’re all welcome back to Andys house and we’ll drink till the sun comes up.



2… We do not support Hamas. We wish they would stop firing rockets and fuck off but we don;t live in Gaza so can’t do anything about that.


3… Neither of us are nationalist, or unionist or republicans or loyalists. We’re musicians and we love you all.


4… We are not anti-semites. We love our Jewish brothers and sisters.


5.. We do however feel pain for the ordinary people of Gaza who are being treated like shit.


6.. We are not a political band. We like to dance, get drunk and make kissy face with our lovers. End of.


DO NOT REPLY TO THIS POST IF YOU’RE GOING TO GIVE US SHIT OR TRY TO EDUCATE US, IT WILL BE DELETED AND NO-ONE WILL SEE IT. IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A CHAT WITH ANDY ABOUT IT PLEASE CALL AND SEE HIM, HE’LL MAKE YOU A COFFEE AND YOU CAN PART COMPANY STILL FRIENDS.


FACEBOOK IS GREAT BUT FEW CAN CLAIM ITS A GREAT PLACE TO HAVE AN ARGUMENT.


We have so many friends from our travels across the world and really hope that our playing this show doesn’t alienate you guys from us. We feel its very sad that we can’t play a charity gig without getting shit for it (which we’ve already been given).


If you feel you can no longer enjoy what we do because of this gig, well we’ll be sorry to see you go but thats on you, not us. We still love you and hope you’ll come back.


Be excellent to each other


Andy & Chris

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Robin Williams

I don’t normally do the celebrity tribute thing but reading all the kindness toward Robin Williams today on Facebook and Twitter has been lovely. 

My first crush was Mindy from Mork and Mindy. I was 8, she was 28, American and a grown woman. She was unlikely to take an interest in me should we ever meet. Even as an 8 year old I understood it, I liked her pony tail but she was destined to spend her future with Mork, I knew I was bested and I didn’t mind. He was obviously the better man, he had a cool jumper and slept in an egg, no woman could resist.

I remember seeing the Live at the Met film when I was 16 and being totally blown away. It was a gateway drug to the American comedians, Carlin, Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor etc, till then the only decent stuff I’d heard was Billy Connelly. I think to this day that stand up is the highest tier of the modern art forms. 

I passed the Live at the Met tape to all of my friends and few months later we saw a stand up comedian in our local pub and he just lifted Williams’ entire set, we shamed him into leaving the stage by en masse shouting the punch lines at the same time as him. We’d heard the master, no point in indulging the thief. 

One of my favourite Williams movies is One Hour Photo, a completely straight role, chilling and full of pathos, but my favourite Williams movie is The Birdcage (originally a French movie) , if you haven’t seen it check it out, its not his best role, as Nathan lane steals the show, but a great movie.. RIP and NaNoo NaNoo. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7moGlHRNi8

France Tour

Hey all, We’re bound for France on Wednesday morning for a 5 day tour.  we’ve never played France before and are quite excited about it. Please check the dates and venues and if you’re in the area come see and we’ll play a song for you.  

Recently i’ve read articles about how 150’000 Detroit citizens are under threat of loosing access to fresh water. Last night I watched a documentary about the Detroit homeless and tonight I read this article about how Detroits legendary Ghetto Recorders are having to find a new home after being priced out of the market, a more fucking obvious example of income inequality you’ll not find and speaking for recording artiste (ha ha) room sound is golden and if found must be jealously guarded. 

We spoke with Jim Diamond about recording our last album at one point, he agreed to do it and even offered to fly to Ireland. The Detroit sound has and is a big influence on this band and things like this give me the God damned shits. 

Andy.

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140711/BIZ/307110027/Downtown-Detroit-revival-has-rocker-ready-roll-out