Me and my friend Dan Johnson (Cool Knife, Run Logan Run and Harry Furniss Quintet) have been running a gig series called Secret Saturday’s at a ‘secret’ location in central Bristol. It’s a practice space and can have a limited number of ‘jammers’ or audience to come and see a super intimate experience with some amazing musical friends. This series we had Memory of Elephants, MXLX, John McCartney and our own bands Cool Knife, Run Logan Run and Hysterical Injury. We have recorded, filmed and taken pics of all of it and will be making a cassette release compilation with a zine to come out on my micro label Crystal Fuzz.
Me and Tom took it as an opportunity to try out the stuff we have been writing and re-work the tracks from last years ‘Blood Burst’ EP. In fact we only re-worked Woken With a Warning by playing it in half time, i liked it a lot because the lyrics were much clearer. I really enjoyed playing this gig, the connection with a captive audience is an amazing thing – everyone was there because they really wanted to be and we could all be in this universe for 45 minutes together, it was a pleasure to ask people in to it. That was the last in the present series, but we hope to do another in August, so watch out, and watch out for the documentation of this series coming soon!
While we were doing this, Tom Robinson played us again on his BBC 6 Music Fresh on the Net show. I was moved to tears by what he said, I feel like we are a relative unknown, and I don’t mind as me and Tom are just interested in playing and making new stuff and enjoying every moment of it around our lives and we have a life that inspires every thing and blah blah (we are crap at network business shit and putting on a false smile on to people that we don’t instinctively trust…and are always politically DIY as opposed to the ‘business model’ of DIY ((which is a tragic irony to be honest,,,)) anyway),that said, its really nice to hear responses to our music from a very respected songwriter and presenter… he said:
“…Live, they’re riveting. I̲’̲v̲e̲ ̲n̲e̲v̲e̲r̲ ̲s̲e̲e̲n̲ ̲s̲o̲m̲e̲b̲o̲d̲y̲ ̲w̲i̲t̲h̲ ̲t̲h̲a̲t̲ ̲k̲i̲n̲d̲ ̲o̲f̲ ̲c̲o̲n̲t̲r̲o̲l̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲p̲o̲w̲e̲r̲… if you get a chance to see the Hysterical Injury, here is why you ought to go.”
He played the remix of ‘Cycle One’ by Palimpsest (a dear friend of mine now living in Norway) which I still prefer to our own original song! Its full of crunch and better section flow! I love the ever developing nature of music… I think we’ll play it like this next time!
Bye! Annie xx
Pics of HI at Secret Saturday’s taken by Andrew Hayes of School Boy’s Death Trio and Run Logan Run.