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
Hugs and kisses to you all, I am on a natural high!
Roholio has gone from 290 likes on facebook to 329 in the past week and okay I know that likes aren't the be all and end all but between you and me, Mike and I are a just a little bit like that cow jumping over the moon ;) It's nice to know we are reaching more people and it's mad because we've been locked away recording and rehearsing for over a month now so it's really nice to see people taking notice of our shenanigans! Gives us the encouragement to make Geography that little bit better :)
Anyway before I tell you how all that's coming along I shall share our rehearsal antics with you. Okay so we've been trying to arrange a tune for recording for a while now and I've suggested numerous times to Mike that he colour it in so that he remembers when he's bowing and when he's plucking so last practise this is what his sheet looked like. In amazement I gazed at the squiggles of colour before me and quickly he chirped in with, "I know it looks green but its not meant to be, the colours just mixed." "It's okay" I replied. He protested, "if it was green it would be in G." O....K
Now I would think him mad but actually there is such a thing as seeing colours with music and I have to admit I too am guilty of having this but green is E not G Mike! I refuse to accept your greeny G :-P
Anyway... He got his revenge. There we were deep into a song and the doorbell goes, 'just be a minute' he says. I hold his bass... his very heavy double bass....his very heavy bass off-balance and what does he do? Take a picture :( I know it sounds lame but it really hurt my wrists!
So back to the "real" news... we now have an online store via reverbnation thanks to our PR, photographer, Roadie and general all-around-nice-guy Ben Clarke. This is incredibly handy as 'Ghosts' has been sold out for some time and so we can now offer it to you online as a download which means you get a better deal and I don't have to do too much heavy lifting with CDs (clearly I'm not cut out for it).
He's also done a lot of updating and tidying on our facebook page so things are look that little bit more swish (clearly I'm not cut out for that either!) so things are ticking along nicely as ever and this time next week we will have finished our second session in the studio for Geography! Oooo very exciting times ahead!
So it's all coming together but before I go I must say a huge thank you to The Voice FM for their continued support. I have honestly lost count of the amount of airplay and plugs we've have had so from the bottom of my heart guys, thanks :) I cannot stress enough the importance of local radio and how much it means to us penniless musicians trying to make a name for ourselves when a DJ says, "I love what you do." Just keeps us going, you know? So thanks, and thank you guys out there for listening!
Be in touch again soon