Just back from a few days wandering around London and the East Coast doing some filming with Jo Staples (Beatnik Soup) and Al Neilson (Elementary Productions). Not exactly ideal weather conditions for standing on the edge of the cliffs at Beachy Heady but I'm sure it'll all look amazing on film. Proper film mind you - no digital, and no second takes.

Can't stop listening to two very different tracks: Surf Solar by Fuck Buttons (worst band name ever?) and Second Chance from the soundtrack to Lily Was Here.

Running the machines into the ground trying to finish a couple of songs and get the beats together for the weekend.

We're playing the legendary George Tavern on friday night for Brave Exhibitions AIDS Research Fundraiser (we're on about 10.00 and the night's running until about 3 am). I'm performing live soundtrack to the Train of Thought movie in Brixton on Saturday with Abstinence & Sensibility for the ARTINAVAN Brixton Village Market cinema installation.

We aim to have copies of issue 3 of The Imercian fanzine available at the Brave Exhibitions gig (featuring a scathing review of our last Albert gig, a rave review of Wrapped in Plastic's, some extracts of the forthcoming Mekano biography Letters from Imercia, and all manner of subversive funs). We're back at The Albert on Saturday 27th for another marvelous Matinée Soirée.

Also realized I'm going to have to quit my day job. There is just too much to do and the only way to move forward is to take the other foot out of the 'real world' and immerse myself in... Imercia... It's no big deal but I always felt it was healthy to have some level of normality.

Anyway, a dozen things to do. Laters.








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Live In A Dark Room

Live In A Dark Room, a recording of our Giffard Arms gig, will be aired on DJ Cruel Britannia's show on Radio Nightbreed Thursday 25th Feb @ 9pm GMT

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The Mekano Set


Apologies for lack of updates. It's been and continues to be my birthday.

Drinkies with Pickles and Mr. Kim, working on the book. Then checked into the Pelirocco hotel with a bottle of brandy and a hard copy of the manuscript. Rock and / or roll.

Then a bit of a blur, then drinks, rodents, drinks, Mexican food and drinks with SolventBoy, a 5 am cheese sandwiches with Rory (a certain supermarket now does a proper convincing pretend-bread loaf), then playback, terrorist fashions and 'miniature pints' with Lee.

Watching Boys Don't Cry and the tension mounts...

Music: fresh batch of jams all sounding clear and way more focused. Guitar (liquified) and bass (heavy NU WAVE) sounding really close to what we've been aiming for.

Tracks for the 'follow-up album' not finalized, potential for a surprise vocalist or two... And Guest DJ Ruse23 is now a very welcome guest / permanent resident.

Aware now that our DIY production values sound way more Hi-Fi big than your average indie bollocks band who spend way more cash than us on sounding lo-fi and Gang of Four, via Zep and Sabb...

The Mekano Set