It’s March. You can’t stop Spring, now. Not even in Scotland. The Crocuses (Croci?) are up and daylight is hanging around a bit longer every day, being coaxed out of the Winter months as if we are only now managing to apologise for whatever offensive behaviour on our part caused it to slink away in October.
It’s been a quiet time for Kid Canaveral. We’ve done a couple of really enjoyable shows in the past couple of months (Celtic Connections, Pop South), but we’ve mostly been hidden away since Baubles V trying to put together the next bit of our third record. You may have noticed that we’ve welcomed a new member into the fold. If you haven’t, be prepared to say hello to Michael Craig. Michael is a very talented sort, who can play keys and tinker with computer things that are beyond the rest of our collective ken. It felt right to ask him to join now as he’s joined us onstage a number of times over the years, and he is just what we need to help us recreate all of noise that we have, and will have, on record.
Here is a picture of me and Michael on a bus:
So, what are we up to? Well, writing, is the short answer. Trying to bring together ideas to take into the recording studio in Castlemilk at the end of the month. A week in the studio. No pressure. We’ve already got most of two songs recorded from a session late last year. We’ve got a Christmas song to record. In March. If you take the two occurrences of the word Christmas out of it, it’s no longer that Christmassy. I like it too much to only play it two months of the year. So what do we do? I’m willing to go for two versions; a word swap and some sleigh bells. Effin’ sleigh bells, mate.
This record feels like a bit of a daunting task. I think that I am thinking about it too much. Last year was a strange one. To be nominated for the Scottish Album of the Year Award and have a picture of our album applauded at the Barrowlands was a surreal, wonderful, and beautiful experience, but it followed a 2013 where we felt that our attempts to promote our second record were severely hampered by uncertainty over things beyond our control. I really love our second record, and I’m still a bit sad that we didn’t get to tour it and promote it as much as our debut. First and foremost, I want to be as proud of this new record as I am of Now That You Are a Dancer. We knuckled down and had the most productive six months of our lives to produce that. So it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get on with it. Who knows what it’ll sound like, eh? I’ll post the odd photo from the studio along with potentially misleading information around the direction of the album…
Gabber. It’s going to be all Gabber.
Why am I rambling on? I suppose it is really just to say hello to those of you who are keen on our band, and to let you know that we’re not idly sitting about.
We’ve got some very attractive new t-shirts here.
There seems to still be a rather excellent sale going on in our webshop, too.
We’ll be playing at the Brew at the Bog Festival in May: http://www.skiddle.com/festivals/Brew-at-the-Bog/
and acoustically at CommonFest in April: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/commonfest-tickets-15691486659
We’ll be out and about later in the year too, in a town near you. Relatively near you, anyways.
Should we write to you more often? Probably not, you cry, based on what you’ve just read.
Now it is time for us sod off to the NW Highlands to see in Rose’s birthday with a bunch of friends and kerry oots. I’m off to pack my guitar (writing), running shoes (for punishment) and whisky (for the weather).
See you soon