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A Good Kimbofest

(Posted: 06 August 2018 13:11)

Last Saturday we played Kimbofest, a music festival which has a back story worth recounting. It was started by Kimbo Cranfield around ten years ago after his mother died from Alzheimer's. Whilst most people would quietly mourn, Kimbo decided to try and raise some money for the Alzheimer's Society by putting on a couple of live bands at a local venue in Chatham, Kent.

He did the same but a bit bigger the following year and over the years his charitable event has grown into major multi venue music festival centred around Chatham.

Our lead guitarist Mike, being a local down that way has played Kimbofest every year for the last 4-5 years with whatever band he happened to be in at the time.

Kimbo himself was there and being quite a talented photographer took a few shots of us including the one of Mike here.

There were a few organizational issues (there usually are with things like this) but everyone was very relaxed and we played a pretty good show and the crowd enjoyed it.

The highlight of the evening came after the event when one of the punters, Simon Russell wrote a blistering review of our show:
I was trying to shuffle off home via Sainsbury's after an afternoon drinking session in the Prince of Wales pub in Chatham but got press-ganged into venturing to Poco Loco to the Kimbofest. I am glad I got my arm bent as I got to see this outstanding band. I was not expecting to be blown away to such an extent. Even without their first team drummer Denzeity put on a top class show. Unfortunately their set was ended prematurely due to time constraints. This misfortune, however, leaves me with the memory of them rocking out like Led Zeppelin to their song 'Never'. These guys can really rock. I did a couple of double takes to remind myself that I was in a pub in Chatham. Passionate vocals, Hendrixesque guitar and the keyboardist reminded me of Ian Curtis losing control again. I bought the T-shirt. Go see them.
I'm so glad to have played down there and hopefully help raise a little money for the Alzheimer's Society. And hopefully, if Simon's review is anything to go by, the punters will have been glad we did too!

Latest Live Videos

(Posted: 30 July 2018 12:44)

I mentioned in the last blog post there was some video of the Fiddler's Elbow gig last week floating around. It has emerged - thanks kindly to Christina Jansen who popped along to see us play but being a professional photographer, couldn't help but get a few shots and some video!

This video below is the first public recording of our new song 'Version Of You' with the full band. I guess this blog is a good enough place to give it it's first airing...

The thing that really surprised me was the quality of the sound mix out the front. It always sounds different to what you can hear on stage, and usually on stage there are important elements you can't hear properly while performing. The front of house mix sounded great though - so all credit to sound guy.

Here also is the first recorded performance of us doing 'Never' with Bora on bass and Gary on keys. It's also the first video in front of a live audience, the previous video being done in a rehearsal studio.

It's worth pointing out that 'Never' was a song written by a mate of mine (Tristan Baker) and his band Scapegoat. I heard their version of it and loved it enough to add it to our list. The songwriters are: Tristan Baker, Nigel Cadzow, Helen Cadzow and Phil McGowan.

Show Us Your Ts

(Posted: 26 July 2018 13:08)

It's a surreal ego boost to look down off stage and see people in the audience wearing your t-shirts (especially when they're dancing)! Tuesday night at the Fiddler's Elbow was only the second show where we had t-shirts available and I counted at least four people wearing them!

Tiana and Lisa (who played guitar with Emma Danelon who was supporting us) were happy to take some photos in the t-shirts and a few with us as well - which they sent to us after the gig.

The show went really well too. According to Sharky behind the bar we "really entertained the crowd", he said as he put two ticks next to us in the big book of bands...

Apparently there are some really good photos and some video of us on stage which I look forward to seeing soon I hope. Thanks Christiana, Steve and Harvey for your help with this!

If you want to get your hands on a Denzeity T-Shirt - visit the shop on our website!

Mini Tour

(Posted: 23 July 2018 13:07)

We've been pretty busy lately. We're half way through a stint of four gigs in two weeks which while not sounding a lot is the busiest we've been to date. Both last Friday at the RBL in Worcester Park and the previous Friday at the Shortwave Cafe went really well.

We've also gone from supporting Sweden's Skuldpadda tomorrow night (Tuesday 24th July) at the Fiddler's Elbow to being asked to headline with them supporting us! And we've got another show coming up next Saturday after which Gary heads off to Edinburgh for a month long gig with the festival up there - so we might have to take a forced short break from gigging after Saturday. And then to top it off the St Moritz Club in Wardour Street, Soho made contact this morning to ask us if we could play there over the next few months!

It's not like a proper tour but it almost feels a bit like a mini tour, especially with having to organise the logistics and marketing for every gig individually.

So if you'd like to give us a hand - especially with the advertising - please link to our shows and social media on your social media. The more people who come along to these shows the more of them we'll be offered, and the better those shows will be!

Second Fiddle

(Posted: 05 July 2018 14:08)

After last Wednesday's successful gig at the Fiddler's Elbow, we've been invited back to support Skuldpadda on tour from Sweden at their show on Tuesday 24th July!

We've got a bit more time to plan this one so hopefully we'll manage to get even more people along to the show.

We're also looking at shooting some multi camera video - possibly for a new TV show looking to expose new bands and live talent - (stay tuned...)

We might possibly give away some free t-shirts to those who turn up early too. Either way it should be a great show so put it in your diary now! Tuesday 24th July - Fiddler's Elbow - Denzeity supporting Skuldpadda (we're on stage around 9pm). See you there!

Playing the Fiddle

(Posted: 27 June 2018 08:28)

There are several pub venues around London that tower above the music scene like sentinels standing atop their individual long and solid histories of British Rock music. These have long been associated with quality live rock music and fondly invoked as being the cradles and melting pots where many band started out who are now household names. The Fiddler's Elbow in Camden is one of these.

So it would seem that one of the many websites we signed up to months ago to get us gigs finally came through with goods last week - a gig tonight at said Fiddler's Elbow! Whilst the assumption is they had some bands pull out last minute and needed anyone they could get quickly, they have put us in the headline slot - I trust that means they must have listened to our stuff!

This is a great opportunity to demonstrate to at least one major venue that we can put on a proper professional show with great songs. If we get everyone enjoying themselves we might get asked back to do Friday/Saturday night when we can play to some seriously packed audiences.

Either way it should be a blast - if you're reading this, come along and see us play this iconic venue!

Recording Progress

(Posted: 24 June 2018 08:31)

A couple of weeks ago we headed into the SAE studios to record a few tracks. We had been invited by Francis and his team as a recording project for assessment as part of their audio engineering course.

Below is a quick look at the sessions so far (including a mini snippet of our new song Version Of You)...

Back into the Studio

(Posted: 07 June 2018 12:28)

Yesterday I had a Facebook friend request from someone I didn't really recognise and having no mutual friends I was about to delete when I noticed he was also a member of one of the same musicians' networks as me. He was also trying to send me a message which I decided to accept, given the mutual membership. It said - "Would you be available next week to record?"

I suddenly remember a week before I'd replied to a request on Facebook by an audio engineering student called Francis looking for bands to record for free. I looked at his profile a bit more and realised it was the same guy!

I must have been one of fifty acts to reply to the message so didn't think for moment he'd choose us. So much so that I hadn't even taken the time to enthuse about how wonderful it would be to have the studio time. I just wrote "We've got some stuff that needs recording and no money" and included a link to our videos page.

One phone call later and we're all booked to go into the studio next Wednesday! I had already booked a rehearsal for the same time so I knew everyone was available - it couldn't have worked out much better really. And then we will have a few days afterwards to finish things off as necessary, so we don't have to walk out with a half finished job.

Of course it won't be quite the same as going into a professional studio. They have an impressive equipment list but the guy recording it is still learning his craft. What works out well for us though is that all five of us have had extensive studio experience and both Bora and I have been professional audio engineers and producers. And that means we can guide the session to get professional results out of it which is great for us, but also great for Francis as he can spend some time working with experienced recording engineers and learning from our experience too!

We've got a lot of stuff to record. Now we have new arrangements of  "Chasing Rainbows" and "If You Can't Join Them Beat Them", we need proper studio recordings of these, and we need one of "Never" too. I also want to get some new songs down, particularly "My Version of You", "Missing Pieces"- a song I wrote with some input from Mike, and a totally new one called "Killer of Your Soul" (which isn't quite a sinister as it sounds...)

It's been a while since I've been in the studio so I'm really looking forward to it. It should be a blast! (As well as a chance to get into doing some seriously good recording!)...