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.
After many months of mulling over the design and changing my mind countless times, my website can at last see the light of day. Here, you can keep up to date with my project work, latest finished pieces and thoughts and ideas. You can also buy stuff from the shop and commission work.
Most of my Christmas holidays has been spent getting all the last minute bits and bobs ready for the site with She Who Cannot Be Done Without, Jolene, the rest of the time was for planning and scheming. There are lots of goals set for 2013 which I’ll share with you as things progress. If even half of them come to fruition it’ll be very exciting. Some of these plans involve Pirate Heart Records, a very cool home for some great rock n’ roll bands. I’ll be helping design some merch for these bands and the Pirate Heart brand itself including T-shirts, album sleeves, posters etc. I’m also working on a series of collectables from the recesses of my dark soul which will be unleashed through Pirate Heart.
I intend to add to my series of rock portraits also. There are so many heroes of mine still to paint so I better get to work. Add to that many more murals (some done with the powerhose), school projects, writing, new albums from the bands I sing in, Setting Off Sirens and Cadaver Club and I can safely say 2013 is more or less covered!
I suppose I should explain briefly why I’ve called my blog “What The Scarecrow Sees”. Well, I’ve always been obsessed with the idea of the scarecrow and for years I’ve felt a kinship with this lonely creature. The scarecrow is the outsider who dutifully stands at his post doing exactly what’s expected of him, year in, year out. He watches the comings and goings of others. He knows he’s missing something important but is afraid to step beyond the boundaries of his own field. Leaving my post has been one of the best decisions of my life and because I’ve been the scarecrow for so long, I really appreciate where I am now and where I’m going.
I hope you can join me here and there on my wanderings, there’ll always be a song for you at the campfire,