What a show!
Last night, a few of the Homeless Shakespeare troupe gathered at The Shed. Away from the cold, we huddled into a neat row on stage and spewed out a set of the finest gyp-hop and ramble rap you could think of finding! Or at least it was well talked of by those in attendance.
The rest of the evening was no less exciting, with The Social Ignition expertly warming up the audience’s skanking legs with their exciting Ska, full of groove and grit, followed by the headliners Mr Tea & The Minions.
The Bristol based band had the party going consistently strong with their upbeat, gypsy-jazz party vibes. Not a pair of legs in The Shed remained still for more than a moment with these guys’ stupendous sound pouring from the speakers.
The lovely folks of both bands even did a CD swap with me, and they’re absolutely brilliant!
The Social Ignition currently have a huge list of gigs coming up throughout the coming months; be sure to check their Facebook and see where and when you can see them!
Similarly, Mr Tea & The Minions are currently striding through a string of gigs themselves! You can find their dates and venues on their website
Logging into Facebook this morning, my ‘On This Day’ reminded me of this little introduction to ‘me’ from House of Verse!
I don’t think I did to bad here. So much for releasing a 15 track album with 50 individual designs for Summer, but hey-ho, I’m sure 30 tracks in Winter is just as good!
Check it out! Here’s the link
You may have saw my posts about gigging at Loughborough’s exquisite Fearon Hall last Saturday. Well, if you missed it, you can check out this video of my set that the lovely Les Hayden of Siobhan Mazzei Band captured! Quite a variety of music in this set, as I brought back the audience-choice approach. I must say, they made some good choices.
Check it out!
So today, I’ve made five, yes FIVE, tracks from WAVES available via Bandcamp
Here they are… Drum roll please…
First we have a track I’ve been particularly looking forward to releasing – The Apocalypse Will Eat Itself.
Based on the ever developing contradictions and paradoxes of modern society, TAWEI is one for fans of arpeggios, orchestral rock, time signatures and poetry.
Secondly, Gyp-Hop Sound chimes in swung and swinging. The upbeat, jazzy swing-hop stomper was a crowd favourite at the album launch.
Thirdly, we have Umbrella! The Gypsy-disco hip-hop track satirising the advertisement consumer-inspiring age of commercial rap, before getting bored and ranting about the other detestables of life.
Fourth comes Dolls, a jazzy folk-rock number written about online dating and the depersonalization of the whole concept of ‘meeting people online’.
And last, but definitely not least, comes Burrowed In. A fan favourite for a while now, this jumping gypsy-jazz blues rap has burrowed in to the brains of listeners and often gets a shout-out at live shows. I’m particularly proud of the string arrangements in this one
Hello again guys!
I hope you enjoyed ‘Cake’ and the other tracks so far on my Bandcamp. There’s been a lot of the bluesy, jazzy hip-hop, but at the end of the month, me and George will be taking a trip to Loughborough’s Fearon Hall to perform the more chilled out, jazzy numbers.
Amidst a lineup of raw talent, this is bound to be a great show! We Are The Giant are an acoustic folk duo, with a lot going for them by the looks of their album review! Click their name to be directed to their Facebook page.
The headliners though, well, to see them in such a venue is only going to be a marvellous experience! The artistic noise of pain, joy, love and hate swell at Siobhan Mazzei‘s live shows. The band has this dynamic that just, works. Siobhan, the frontwoman – a powerful singer with equally as powerful lyrics and songs, levitate by the exceptional musicianship of the band. Again, click on the name to be linked to their Facebook page.
So, remember, 8PM on 27th January at Fearon Hall, Loughborough, is definitely the place to be!
So the dust has settled following the album launch (finally. It was quite the high to come down from) and I’ve slowly started putting all the tracks out on Bandcamp.
If you were interested in what some of it sounds like, Vol.2 (featuring the elephants) has a lot of this on it; jazzy, bluesy, swinging abstract-rap!
Cake ventures into the realms of optimistic surrealism.
Well, I’ve cooled down following the incredible evening that was the album launch!
At the bottom of this post are a few photos for you to see just how much fun we all had. So much so, Music In Leicester wrote up this charming review of the festivities!
Let alone a banging review, they also did us a brilliant live video of ‘Fantasy’! You can watch that below or on my Videos page
I wanted to use this post to belatedly thank everyone involved, from the amazing audience bringing their bright faces, donations and dancing shoes, to the venue staff, lighting engineer, sound engineer, supports artists (Jamie Brown, Ben Blakey, Hib Word, Ginhouse Gipsies, Dr X and Timmas), and to the band (Lon Fisher, Tom Carnell, George Mitchell, Ben Lewis-Skeath)
Be sure to subscribe to the blog, check out the Bandcamp and keep your eyes peeled for posters with Homeless Shakespeare on it! 2018 is going to be a progressive year…
“Remember when he dropped it and he told us all to go low”
I gave out chocolates to anyone who answered my puns correctly.
The crowd enjoyed themselves.
Of course I brought silly string!