Loves! We had the first band rehearsal of our new songs last night to get ready for the album launch *insert gritted teeth emoji here*.
We were all, its fair to say, shitting it - the new tracks have some complicated time signatures and structures... and due to other commitments we're having to rehearse earlier than we would usually (Alex and I are away for the first 10 days fo Feb!) which puts pressure on Mac and Joe to learn these songs before we can share fully finished tracks with them to learn from (although Mac plays on the album so he SHOULD know what he's doing in theory, but he is a drummer so... ;) )
I'm pleased to let you know that...
1. we haven't forgotten the old songs and,
2. the new ones are sounding awesome!!
The launch gig is definitely going to be a rollercoaster of sound and emotion, as we go from the deepest darkest depths of my soul through to the F-you world of songs like Own Me ... and thats not to mention the new ones - just you wait!
Over the next few weeks leading up to the gig, I'll share a few of the new songs lyrics and meanings with you on my blog, so you can really start to get into them - and be fully ready for the launch experience!!
See you on the 16th Feb loves... now, what am I gonna do with my hair...?
(if you don't yet have a ticket and want in head HERE!)
We’re actually releasing the album in a bit of a different way this year, and I wanted to explain it here so you all understood how it’s gonna work!
The CD album, for the purists, will be out on Feb 16th and the first *signed* copies will be available at the launch gig (so you’d better come, am I right?!) BUT - streaming services will not be added straight away... and that’s beacuse of the way their processing works.
Each single we’re planning on releasing needs to have its own separate release date, so initially the album will not be on streaming (It will however be on my bandcamp in full, the week after the launch!) ... but over time the tracks will build up as we release singles, and a full album should be there by the autumn. Like I said, we have to do this to ensure each single is recognised as it’s own release so we have the opportunity to get into curated playlists etc. (shout out to my independent music pals reading this who might be interested in this approach?)
Anyway, I think I’ve chatted enough about that now, so I’ll leave you with a *hug* - happy sunshine thoughts to you all!
Some of you may wonder why I put all of these down on here well its three-fold really...
1. I want to raise awareness and acceptance of mental health, especially in the music industry, and encourage others to start helping themselves to get better.
2. I use this as a kind of catharsis.
3. A lot of people are asking how I am, this is an easy way to tell them.
So, if mental health updates aren't your bag, don't worry they're not ALL like this on the blog, but if you're interested, suffering yourself, or conceded... read on!
So, where were we... I was put on sertraline. This has NOT worked out! It turns out that there's a 1/100,000 chance that your liver/blood will be affected by the medication with a serious side effects, and I was lucky enough to be one of those people (why can't I be 1/1,000,000?! ;) ) I came out with bruises all over my body for no reason.
Unsurprisingly, I was asked to stop taking this - my last dose was Friday. The bruises are fading but now I'm going through withdrawal and trying to work out what my new 'normal' is? You see - I've been on anti-depressants constantly for the last 10+ years, I don't actually know how bad I am off of them any more.
But I'm going to try. As this reaction has freaked me out and I want to see whether there's maybe a chance that I CAN cope without medication.
Its going to be a tough few months while I adjust, it might get to the point where I'm rock bottom and I HAVE to go back on meds, but I want to try.
I may be a bit all over the place, but it's gonna make for an interesting album!!
Love and light
xxx me xxx
We’re all running out of time,
Well shite, I just wrote a massive post and then randomly lost it all. Bugger...
ANYWAY, What I was going on about was mainly a THANK YOU to everyone who's back the Go Fund Me campaign to make the second album happen (and pre-ordered your signed and numbered copy in the process!)
Although we've not hit the target to do a tour, we will put that extra funding to good use but spending it on PR and marketing for the new music, and a massive ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY on Feb 16th in Cheltenham which you're all invited to! It should be an epic night, with the option for those of you who missed out on the pre-order being able to get your hands on a copy at the meet and greet before the show, too! We also have incredible support acts lined up so it'll be a brilliant night of truly independent musical talent. I would love to pack the place out so please say you'll come?!
I've also popped a free track up for all and sundry to get, with exclusive new artwork too - if you've not grabbed it yet go here and get your grubby mitts on it :) enjoy!
PS - those of you who've been worried about me, due to the previous posts etc, I'm doing okay and thank you all so much for being there. I have new medication which is settling down and a great lot of friends and family around me who are really supportive. Things will get brighter. xx