Sunday, 17 September 2017

Song By Song - The Wargame

The darkness and silence of the ocean depths fill the Wargame with salt and stay; it dates from 1989. There was a series of trawlers being dragged and or sunk by submarines in the late 1980's the introduction of quick release mechanisms for nets has changed that but the the silent and invisible 'ungentlemanly weapon' still remains a menace to fishermen.
I had just read Edgar Allen Poe's short stories and their recurring themes of live burial and claustrophobia resonated with the disappearing trawlers and submarines in the news headlines.
Submarine exercise areas surround the British coast and there are also visiting (and not always invited) submarines present.
There are several recorded versions of The Wargame; the 2010 version on the 'At Tree Level' album, a live studio recording from late 2013, an 'unplugged' version from also from 2013 and the 'Everything Changes' album version of 2016.
Regularly in the live et, The Wargame has multiple different live recordings also existing from 1989 and 1990. The 2010 version has a video filmed in North Brewick, which has submarine exercise areas clearly marked just off shore on the standard ordnance survey map.

Monday, 4 September 2017

live at the market

Three songs played for the first time at the gig on 2nd September in the last of the summer sun, outdoor and live at the happening the is Levenshulme Market like playing in three bookshops at once with a vast selection of foods and interesting independent trader neatness, big thanks to Sean for the sound on the day and Christine for having us.
Set list:
Girl On The Roof
Tomorrow's World
Nowhere Man
Femme Fatal
I Can't Say
The Wargame
Seen It All Before
Only Everything
Day In Day Out
Echo Beach
Opium Eyes
Brass In Pocket
Always Seems To Fall
Little Miss Restless
I'm Real
Glide On By