Saturday, 19 April 2014

19.04.2014 #173

Stab me vitals and call me Nancy. 'Depressing Songs about Depression' is complete in demo form.

I've run through all ten tracks this evening, and recorded two new demos.  I've put together a rough cut running order, and listened to it whilst colouring some comics a little while ago. There's a lot of work to do yet, but the basic shape is there.  The tempo throughout is slow and low, and I'm gaining confidence with lyrics and vocals. Slowly but surely, I'll start working on each song, refine lyrics, build up the sound, and aim to do the best recording I can onto cassette with my 4 track gifted to me by my lovely aunt. Eventually, I hope to be able to transfer these recordings to PC, do some minor tweaks and get the bugger out there.

Listening to the demos made me smile.  I'm proud of the growth I've made as a writer and musician.  Not everyone will get the idea behind the noises I make, but it's all me. Well, me and bits of the following musical miscreants (in no particular order)... Eagle Twin (below), Saint Vitus, Weak 13, Tom Waits, She Makes War, Kristin Hersh, B Dolan, Sage Francis, Scroobius Pip, Radiohead, Stephen O'Malley. I likes it diverse.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

13.04.2014 #172

Work on the new album, working title 'Depressing Songs About Depression' progresses.

Another song written and demoed, though I did my throat in trying to film a rehearsal video for YouTube. More warm-ups and liquids next time. Well, it's all taking shape, and has a core riff which it leading the way like a blazing torch.  Let's growl!

Dig the demo here:

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

09.04.2014 #171

Ruke quality control.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

02.04.2014 #170

I've been good, and waited until it was ready, and now it is... There's a brand new episode of Archiv Hate interview magazine, and I am honoured to be an artistic contributor again. Love being a part of the heavy scene. Below is a sneak peek at my contribution... Support heavy music!

Friday, 28 March 2014

28.03.2014 #169

Yesterday was brilliant.  Last week, I was invited to the monthly Birmingham Music Network meeting via Twitter.  The meeting was yesterday, and was great fun, really rewarding and VERY helpful.

Birmingham Music Network is a voluntary, not for profit, social enterprise organisation seeking charitable status. They invite people involved in all aspects of music from performers to meet up and network.  Meetings are at Birmingham City University on the last Thursday of the month. Check them on Twitter: @BirminghamMN and hook up...

Meeting up with other folks involved in and passionate about music is really cool.  I love it when you get to know folks who share your passion for music, and are taking it to the next level. We were all there to share thoughts and ideas, big up our projects, and... Network.  Being able to bounce ideas around with others with different styles, backgrounds, and approaches is fantastic, as you get to see your ideas from a different perspective, and that can really help. Me, I know I have to concentrate on getting Ruke out there live, starting next week.  See you out there...

Here's a brief (not all) roll call of few of the folks I met yesterday:

Sunday, 16 March 2014

16/03/2014 #168

Happy Sunday RUKE fans!  How's your week been?

Mine's been crazy in both good and bad ways... The good bit is that I released 'Big Black Dog b/w Warlock' on Wednesday, and it's had a great reception.  Now, I've made an illustrated video for 'Big Black Dog', which is up on YouTube! Tell your friends, tell your family, tell everyone! I was originally going to film a funky performance video, but my lovely wife had the fabulous idea of making an illustrated video... After all, I am an artist!  I drew everything on Friday, inked and coloured yesterday and today, and edited today too! My wife's a genuis!

You can download the songs here:

Enjoy the sunshine!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

12.03.2014 #167

My first Doom Pop single is now out FREE! on Bandcamp (you can pay if you want!)... Just imagine this is a 7" okay dudes?  This is my loving raw and raucous tribute to classic Black Sabbath, which has been through a few changes before release.  

After working through the tracks at the weekend, I realised that a slower tempo and less studio polish suited the songs far better.  I re-recorded them, ran a quick clean up on them, and get cracking on the artwork, which I'm really chuffed with too. Straightforward and direct is the way to go drudes!

Blessings and inspirations: Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Eagle Twin, She Makes War, Sunn O))), Death Ape Disco, Archiv Hate, Psychache, Steak, Sky Burial.