Sunday 15th June – Prologue – Oxford-Exeter
Busting our way into Devon’s capital like the smooth movers we are, our objective was simple: do some south-west side representing before the tour commenced proper. This began by representing for BT Exe Bridges, where we parked whilst trying to find Just So stories, which Sam’s housemate had incorrectly told us was on that evening. The first clue that vibey was in the air is to be found in the fact that this led to us exploring the ruins by ourselves. They are exactly like Shadow of the Colossus, one of the best video games ever. We ran through them shouting “AGRO!” really loudly.
The second clue about vibey was to be found in the North Bridge Inn, to which we retired upon the failure of plan A. Eddie was spinning the hats,
and kindly offered to put us up for the evening. We headed to the quay and the Prospect Inn – took our guitars just in case and were greeted with an Open Mic. The sound was good, the crowd was adorable, and we had a lovely impromptu fun time.
We returned to the Inn of love and bedded down.
By the end of the evening we were both doing a multi – there’s something about sleeping in your favourite pub that makes it even better.
Monday 16th June – Introduction – Exeter
Another day of pre-tour chilling began in the Dinosaur Caf
So where does that leave FaceOmeter? Well, for the first time since I can remember there are no gigs at all upcoming on the myspace page. Having already fulfilled resolution number 2, I’m going to keep things that way so that I can really focus on trying to do some new material. It’s four years since the Garrag Sessions (not five, as I incorrectly announced last night). That’s enough to ruin everyone’s day, and as we played Hazy Recollection on tour – a song I still love – I was struck anew with an impulse which has been with me through the whole tour. I need some new material.
So while I’m closeted with that, and also moving back from Oxford to Birmingham, it’s time to reflect very briefly. We’re exactly halfway through the year, and I’ve achieved two and a half of my five resolutions. The album may be delayed, but I reckon FaceOmeter is right on target.
The good news is that Pantis is finalised. Here are the dates:
17th June – North Bridge Inn, Exeter (Genevieve Robinson Birth Celebration)
18th – Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (Summer Ball – tickets hard to get)
19th – Catweazle, Oxford (an open mic, but it’s a good one so it counts)
21st – Access Festival, Southampton (we’ll be in the beer tent – of course)
22nd – World’s End, London (a Broken Toy music spectacular)
Super fun happy times ahead! I’ll be accompanied by the Dapper Swindler for some to all of the frivolities, and all the gigs are cheap to free, so if you get the chance, come down and see us!
More heartily, I recommend diving into The Oxford, London (confusing) on the 14th of July to get yourself a copy and see them in concert! I’ll be there!
Will I achieve this preposterous goal in time for mid-july’s launch, especially given my generally slow writing speed? Well, to be honest, yes. On monday I finish the course which has been consuming 80% of my time for the last 9 months, and I’ll have just over a week to focus on nothing except nailing the last bits of the album. Where the album may get delayed is in the artwork, mastering or printing phases, which I’ve outsourced (sell-out!) and which I can’t control, mainly because I’m relying on the generosity of others.
Trying to pull all these threads together, I’m reminded of why FaceOmeter is fundamentally a solo project – partly my own inability to organise or be organised, partly that people who don’t share the dream don’t always pull through. It’s selfish of me to expect them to – FaceOmeter is my project – but To Infinitives Split is primarily a celebration of collaborative work, which I believe in a great deal, so it would be a shame for its “message” if the album comes out late. That disclaimer aside I’m pretty confident that it will be ready in time… but if it isn’t it’s not my fault because I am flawless and someone else is to blame!
Perhaps collaboration has more advantages than I suspected…
More (proper) updates after monday..!