Feels like a while since I've written in here so I apologise but we've been quite busy organising our mini-tour for Geography and there have been a lot of last minute things to sort out and confirm - also we've been having too much fun as always ;)
So where to start... oo how about the Cyder Presse in Weare Giffard? Had a lovely evening down there despite initially feeling like running a mile on realisation the entire bar area was packed; and not just normally packed, you know with bodies, this was heaving with stringed instruments! I felt like if I moved I'd damage something so naturally I nestled nicely in the darkened corner with Mike listening until we were asked to play. We got some great feedback and also made some new friends so we hope to return there again soon for another night of fruitful folk.
The mini-tour is taking shape, we are looking at dates in Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol, Cardiff and of course Barnstaple. As soon as we can confirm (and I've asked Ben nicely) there will be a flyer swiftly dispensed through ever social network detailing when and where you can find us :)
I should also add that we have been asked to support Murrary Lachlan Young on two dates of his UK tour this week and so will find ourselves in Fremington on Thursday (sold out show), Hatherleigh on Friday and then it is Chubbstock on Saturday - as organised by The Voice fm DJ Roy Grimes.
We're hoping for a jolly turnout and although we may only do a couple Johnny Cash covers (sorry Roy we got a bit too busy to do the whole set as covers) it will still be a magical twenty minutes with us - this we guarantee ;)
Phew so that's a good 2 weeks or so condensed neatly into this chirpy little blog post! Keep checking back as information is a bit like buses, you wait and you wait then BAM! Loads!
Thank you all for your continued support and we shall see you soon.
This is bound to be a strange entry and so I will endeavour to begin and end it on a positive note so let me open with 470 likes on facebook! Only 30 to go until we hit 500, I feel a bit like buzz lightyear... "to infinity and beyond!" Okay maybe not so epic but still :P
On other news we've spent Easter practising, recording, polishing and writing together and I really feel it has paid off. I know I'm probably biased but I am loving Mike's song, '16 men' based on the true story of Lundy Island's turbulent past - turns out Mike is even more obsessed with history than me (tell no one but I have a substantial coin collection...)
We performed the song last night for the first time and I was very pleased to hear Mike singing naturally - he tells me he's very used to backing vocals and singing covers of Neil Young - turns out his tone is actually a lot lower than I thought; the man is deep haha. It was definitely a bit of a strange one last night though to say the least, Roholio experienced our first ever heckler in probably the smallest venue we've ever played - note to selves - if we can't fit the double bass in comfortably and we can't even fit ourselves on the stage then we probably shouldn't be there! None the less we had a strong first half before the crowd thickened and the noise increased. I think we got to the point where we were battling a wall of sound with our music, it was like fighting metal with a feather! Guess we've learnt to go where we are appreciated but a big thank you to the people who did make us feel welcome - you know who you are - and to the kind bar maid who made Mike's night by telling him how awesome his boots were [cherry red Dr Martens].
Hey ho! onward and upwards, all experience is necessary and who knows maybe we'll get a song or two out of that one ;-) All the best and we will be in touch soon,
Rose is away for a few days so I've been left in charge of mission control Mwahahaaaaaaaa!!! First thing to do will be to figure out how to change the name to The Mike Lake Band!
We've both had a week off from our real jobs and had originally planned to do a bit of a mini tour around the South West. However, although it would have been lots of fun we decided our time was better spent in the studio to continue recording Geography. This certainly was the right decision, the recording has gone fantastically well and the songs have grown and evolved which will make this album something quite special.
Rose is a natural in the recording studio. Her experience and preparation was obvious. Special thanks to Leigh Crossman of The Ariel Recording Studio, his calming and professional manner made my first recording session a pleasure to do. We are probably 75% there with Geography and we are really looking forward to its release, watch this space.
So apart from recording? we've had a fun week acting like we're on tour, lots to sort out, normally over a pint... Well we are on holiday after all. We've had some cracking weather and it has inspired some songwriting from both of us. These new songs will be ready for you live soon.
We've sorted out a lively, upbeat set-list for our next gig which will be at The Champ - Appledore on Saturday 19th April. Our first time playing there together and it'd be great to see you there.
So with me at the helm for a few days to keep HMS Roholio on a straight and even keel what could possibly go wrong??
We are looking forward to a busy fun-packed Summer with an album launch, lots of new songs and hopefully some exciting news! (no, i'm not pregnant)
Mike Lake Band