You read that right! On September 7th, Homeless Shakespeare & The Pigeon Theatre will be releasing their first album as a band. Focused on the Gyp-Hop Sound, Caravan O’Funk sees to partying, romance, masturbating, relationships, depression, wonder and satire in its lyrical content, with the renowned blues-edged gypsy-funk rap-rock churned out so smoothly by the band.
The support acts are marvellous, and you’ll be hearing more about them from me over the coming weeks. For now, stay excited, and don’t forget to catch us at The Soundhouse on 26th July, alongside Timmas, Hayche GriiiM and more, or, at Barefoot Festival on 28th and 29th July!
For now, ta-ta
My sincerest apologies for being quiet on here for the last 2 months! If you follow my other social media accounts, you’ll have seen I’ve been busy with the Pigeon Theatre, whittling down to the brittle bones of the tracks, and it’s going great!
Since my last post in April, we’ve had a photoshoot (with Haz Kirk Photography), started work on new material, been off to Spalding to showcase the gyp-hop sound, nailed a few local shows including supporting Stylite in The Vault, performed on a house boat, and just last night had a sterling headline show at the 2Funky Music Cafe! So yeah, we’ve been busy.
In fact, here’s some snippets of last night’s shenanigans!
It’s an odd experience, going from a long-term solo artist to having a full band to lead – it’s lovely! It really frees you up to play around with the dynamics and arrangements of the music, providing an entirely new dimension! It’s all going well with The Pigeon Theatre; songs are getting tighter and the psychic musicianship is really developing, it’s a beautiful progression!
In case I don’t write again for a while, here’s a list of upcoming shows!
22nd June – The Vault, Leicester, £2 OTD, supporting 94 Gunships (full band)
30th June – Duffy’s Bar, Leicester, T.C. Costello’s Tour Denouement
26th July – The Soundhouse, Leicester, £3 OTD (free if you were born in July), Crabfest
29th July – Barefoot Festival, Leicestershire
Until then, tata
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