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Lockdown diaries

Hey lovely peeps ... thought I’d give a glimpse into a day in lockdown at VW HQ!


Alarm (meaning shouting, hungry cat) goes off at 7am and that’s our cue for the day.

We have two cats, Maoam and Ruskin; Maoam is the loudest most tenacious cat known to man; people may tell you to ignore your cat and it will stop. She will not. She has no off. Alex hauls himself out of bed as I truly cannot be arsed and goes to satisfy the unparalleled hunger of The Mowl. I roll about in the bed for a couple of hours pretending to sleep but really not being able to and eventually drag myself out of the covers at 9:30, remembering that I had an interview at 11 that day and shite what if they want to see my face `I better make it look human’ I say to myself dousing my hair in dry shampoo coz ain’t nobody got time for THAT. (They did not, which was a godsend as even after my attempts I still looked like a tired, lockdown lush.)


Potter downstairs, the cats BOTH ask for second breakfast, endless stomachs these two - but I love them so much! They do not succeed. Instead I make Al and I some coffee and we head to the studio to review the EP tracks (Ruskin assists) and work out if any more incidental parts need adding, popping a couple of tweaks on the list.

Time for my interview with the delightful Paul from Electric Music Mag. Was a good hour of chatting industry stuff and answering some thoughtful questions, hope to chat to him again (hint ;)) … missed a call from the printers about the EP artwork so call them back and sort it out and then Alex and I head out for a walk. In lockdown we’re trying to do a half hour walk as a minimum daily, I’ve a busted foot so I can’t go for a run anymore which sucks, but tbh walking is still really nice and it clears your head. We’re lucky as we live in the Cotswolds and there are plenty of glorious places to wander about in on our doorstep. Only wish the pubs were open! On that note, we stop in at the local shop to pick up lunch ingredients, a solero (don’t judge me, it was warm!) and a bottle of vino (Sauvingnon Blanc if you please) the solero made me RIDICULOUSLY happy. Ice cream is my favourite food.


Whip up a quick lunch (poached egg, asparagus, hollandaise) and we have a break in the garden under the watchful eye of Ruskin - who is a With Cat - meaning he wants to be with you whenever you’re doing anything (including in the loo, pervert.) We’re very good and have only one glass of wine each as Al has mixing to do and I have a important and busy afternoon of not a lot… more wine eventually follows (lockdown is impacting my kidneys more than anything else!) and the afternoon fades into evening.. better feed the cats again!

Time for a call with label master ‘Unckie K’ and PR maven Shelly (WDFD Records and Rockstar PR) about the impending EP release… I may have had a number of glasses of wine by this point (lockdown lush!) We go over dates and strategies for the release, talk about a lead single and who and how we might be push it to radio, promoters and interviews. We have a good angle, luckily, as we actually used out fans to write the final track of the EP which gives it a bit of a USP (unique selling point) that we can focus on… when we get to this stage of a release I’m mainly just worried bout whether people will like it. Its like bearing your soul for review and its TERRIFYING! Still considering if we can somehow make a video to go with the release but it’s unlikely given the current situation, maybe a lyric video we think… hmmm…?!


Wind down time now, and it’s all about the routine as we head to dinner (which is chicken and chorizo stew with homemade tortilla bread) and episode of Taskmaster (BINGE this if you haven’t it is brilliant!!) then an hour or so playing computer games (Al’s on Unchartered 4 at the moment and I’m playing Mario Odyssey on my Switch :))


It ain’t much, but I’m happy… and so to bed xx


take care you guys, stay safe xx


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