We’re happy to announce (or remind) that we’re going to be supporting new band Bored Spies on their first shows in the UK at the beginning of June. Based in Singapore, Bored Spies includes Sooyoung and Orestes of seminal band Bitch Magnet, but have a sound that is all it’s own. Dreamy pop in a slightly Beach House-vein (to my ears at least), they’ll be sure to be stunning live. So far, we’ll be supporting them on the 2, 5, 6 and 7 June shows, although the 6 June show needs to be re-venued due to neighbour complaints (boo). New venue details will follow as soon as they’re sorted. We’re excited though to be playing at The Ruby Lounge in Manchester, and playing for the first time in Coventry, at Taylor John’s House, so hope to see some friendly faces out there. See the links for tix on our gig calendar.
In addition to that, we’ve been busy recording our new songs in One Cat Studio. Excitingly have managed to convince a few people to guest on there, so more news once we’re nearing completion. x Simon
Well, this has cheered us up no end, after losing one member and beavering away on new material over the last few months, we’ve been lucky enough to be asked to be support for the majority of the upcoming Shonen Knife UK tour in October. Dates and ticketlinks below, this is going to be awesome. We’re joining from the 4th, and all Ireland dates are confirmed for us except Cork, but even if we’re not playing we’ll be watching the great SK, so come and say hi x
We’re playing this all-dayer this Sunday Aug 26th which looks like it’s going to be a goodun, with Something Beginning with L, Alto 45, Breathe Out and other great acts. See you at the end…more info heyare
Hey folk! The wonderful world of Damnably will be 6 years old in October and will be celebrating with a very special gig at Cargo on 1st October, where the unstoppable Shonen Knife will be playing a rare gig as their alter-egos, the Osaka Ramones. Basically, if you never got to see the Ramones live, this is as close as you’ll ever come! Tickets are selling fast, so get in. We may also be making a brief appearance as a tribute band, but to who (or whom) we can’t reveal yet…find more info here
We were also extremely chuffed to find out last month that the listeners of Scottish radio show ‘Art School Dancing’ voted Cockpit song of 2011! DJ Ally Gourlay has been playing us loads over the last year so cheers to him and his listeners for their votes, to say we were overjoyed about this is an understatement.
Listen to ‘Art School Dancing’ here every Monday from 9pm-11pm UK time.
Hello to all out there in smallgangland, and apologies again for being a wee bit lax on the old blogging front. Normal service is now resumed etc, so I’ll kick-start things off with what we’ve been up to together and separately.
As the ‘gang, we finished off 2011 in good fashion supporting one of the Kobayashi family’s favourite ever bands, Bitch Magnet, at the Lexington. It was a great night, and I even got to share the stage with the ‘Magnet, much to the surprise of guitarist Jon Fine (even get a shout-out!). After those shenanigans we drank the night away, and the night after, with the band and George and Janice Damnably. It took the rest of the week to recover…
Posing with Orestes of BM (in a familiar looking T-shirt...)
In the following week, I decided to remix the majority of the old home recordings we did pre-Trespasses and then had them mastered at One Cat Studios with the inimitable Jon Clayton. There were 20 songs in all, and although they’re fairly scrappy I might post a few on here for the world to hear. It always seems pretty hard to go back to old songs but one or two might be brushed down and recorded properly when we have the opportunity.
After those larks, we took the inevitable festive break and have reconvened back at our usual rehearsal room (Karma in Stoke Newington) to work on new stuff. We already have two tracks on the go, one called ‘Once More’ and a hitherto untitled one, and they should be ready for the Versus gig in March. It’s been quite a relief really as we’ve been trying to work out new stuff for most of the last year, and its been a bit of a struggle for various reasons. I think it’s probably down to working out where to go after Trespasses, and trying to refine everything as much as possible – you know, the usual stuff. I’ll collate the reviews for the album soon also, even the dodgy ones.
Separately, we’ve also been busy, with Matt and Ruth doing a few shows with Crumbling Ghost and celebrating the great reception their album has received (top 100 albums of the year in Sunday Times!!). Tosh has been busy rehearsing with Katie (also the new voice of CG) under their acoustic duo moniker of Passerines, while I’ve been working on finishing the Splintered Man album with Alex. Hopefully it will see the light of day this year, always the optimist…
Anyway, I need to go and find some gainful employment, so see you later.
A late happy new year and apologies for being rather lax over the last couple of months. I’ll go into what we’ve been up to in the next post but just wanted to let you all know about our first show of 2012 – we’re happy to be supporting the great Versus (who haven’t played the UK for 5 odd years) at the Lexington in King’s Cross on 9th March. You can buy tickets right here.
As well as us, Plaided and the marvellous Slowgun will be supporting, so I think you’ll agree it’s looking like a stellar line-up. Those with keen eyes on the night may also see that Matt taken up drumming duties for Slowgun, so he might be a bit tired by the end of the evening…
Hi there, just a quick hello to say that we’re extremely excited to be playing once more with the wonderful Shonen Knife in celebration of their 30th (?!) anniversary at the Scala in Kings Cross this coming Sunday. Also playing will be Former Utopia and Slowgun, so its sure to be a great night! -
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