Well, these past few weeks have been mostly about making music in both of the bands I sing in, Cadaver Club and Setting Off Sirens. The Cadavers had the big Rebellion gig to work up to and Sirens had some legal hoops to jump through and the Monsters Of Rot festival to prepare for.
To warm up for Blackpool’s Rebellion Punk Festival, we thought we’d better book a Cadaver Club gig to shake the rigor mortis from our bodies and the mud from our fingernails. We played the Limelight in Belfast and had a great show. I had decided to video our set to see how gig-fit we were but as I had forgotten to tighten the tripod we ended up with a 45 minute video of the ceiling – pitch black! Anyway, we were in pretty good shape for a bunch of walking corpses and were ready to bring our horror-punk to the seaside!
This festival is a really big deal and one hell of an opportunity for everyone that gets to play it so this group of gravediggers were going to go in “all shovels swinging”. We thought we’d put our war-paint on in our hotel for the laugh and walk down the street like a death march to see what reaction we’d get. We got none! Nobody batted an eyelid. This WAS Blackpool after all, there’s nothing they haven’t seen.
And now the end is near and so I face my final curtain…
On Wednesday night these words meant more to me than ever before as my fellow cadavers and I rang out the very last notes of our Irish/UK tour.
Starting in our hometown, Enniskillen, then on to Dublin before heading across the water to England, Cadaver Club donned the corpse paint and set guitars to stun. Manchester, London, Stoke, Edinburgh and finally Glasgow welcomed us with open coffins and lit a fire in our cold, dead hearts.
Memories and stories from the tour will be told as a series of blogs at www.cadaverclub.com so I’ll concentrate on the art aspect of it here.
As you probably know, I like to show how some of my artwork comes together: how a piece evolves and grows and the process I use to physically create it. Well now I’ve been given another platform to do it. Luckily for you, it’s confined to 500 words!
For some reason I cannot fathom, I’ve been asked to write a monthly column for local newspaper, The Impartial Reporter. The series will give me an opportunity to explain a little about myself, my work and the strange goings on in my slanted little world.
I’ll be talking about my art, music and whatever else I happen to be doing at the time.
There’s plenty to begin with as Cadaver Club is about to launch debut album ‘A Fate Worse Than Life’ and we prepare for our first UK tour. In later months I’ll be waffling on about some painting or other I’m working on or maybe the next powerhose mural project or perhaps just about nothing in particular…maybe a list of people I don’t like! Mmm, maybe not.
‘Behind The Scenes’ begins in tomorrow’s paper and I wrote it surrounded by boxes as I was in the middle of moving house and getting several paintings finished before their deadlines.
I know, I know, I’m a trooper!
Short and sweet this time, eh? Bet you wish it was always like this,