This gets stuck in my head a lot. These guys are real nice.
Saw Errors for the billionth (probably around fifth) time yesterday as they were playing a free show on Glasgow Green. I always feel ashamed of myself for forgetting how great they are and every time I see them live, I am reminded and listen to them on heavy rotation for weeks after. Watching them yesterday, I made a mental note to get hold of physical copies of all their stuff. Later, I went to Monorail with my friend Ross and saw a copy of Have Some Faith In Magic in the secondhand boxes for £bargain and picked it up to begin my belated Errors collection. I actually only have the first two albums on my computer so it was a good bit of luck. I also picked up the second EP by my pal’s band TRANS, which was unbelievably cheap too. The cover is like the last one but the font is green (and the vinyl itself is also green. Mmm…) so pictured above is the back of it instead.
After buying these, I went to see my pals in Battery Face play and had my bags at my feet. Al came into the crowd and stood on my pile of stuff, so another friend Ry moved the records out of the way. It turned out that out of the records, phone, iPod that he could have stood on, he landed on the cake I’d bought for my brother-in-law’s birthday instead. Ah well.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t get my phone to take a non-blurry photo with the flash on, but please enjoy A Record A Week On Location: Sinister Hostage Photo Edition
I can’t wait for the day where I can legitimately and triumphantly use the phrase, “watch me bulldoze every bulldozer away”.
I genuinely wouldn’t give a shit about this song if it wasn’t by Dolly Parton. I think she might be the most pleasant person to ever have existed.
I am subjected to eight hours a day of BBC Radio 2 at work and they have been playing this song a lot. At first I didn’t really pay much attention to it other than thinking, “Aww… Dolly Parton…: but it has worn me down and I think I now have strong feelings of love for it. Yeah yeah, it’s just a cheesy motivational song about trying your best and achieving your dreams, but it’s almost a power-ballad and I am a sucker for a song I can mime and emotionally air-grab too. Also she gave a phone interview to Steve Wright the other day (ughhhh…) and she said that she originally wrote it as an anthem for her CHILDHOOD LITERACY PROGRAM. Best lady. And what a voice! Dolly’s still got it, even if she doesn’t use it live.
I’m applying for another job right now that looks awesome and BY GOD, I’M GOING TO GET IT BECAUSE DOLLY TOLD ME I COULD IF I JUST SET MY MIND TO IT!
This has been a long time coming.
It has been a total joy to watch the progress of Seas, Starry. They are a bunch of my pals who are so talented that it gives me an inferiority complex. DON’T LOOK ME IN THE EYES!
The band started as a solo project by my friend Jan, who needed an outlet for all his fuzz visions, and would record tracks alone in his flat. The outcome was pretty impressive for being just one person, a guitar, lots of pedals and a drum machine, but he was soon encouraged to put a band together. It was here that he was introduced to Claire, a left-handed guitar-menace, who would later become his fiancé but more importantly THE QUEEN OF MY HEART. My boyfriend Dave was recruited to play bass for them at this time, as well as Mike ‘Mike Blair’ Blair – The Most Stylish Man In Pop Music – also on guitar (if he tries to introduce himself to you as “the third best guitarist in Seas, Starry”, the accepted response is “F___ you, Mike Blair!” it’s the only way he’ll learn to not be so down on himself) and a drummer called Martin. After months of rehearsing together and composing new material, as well as working on Jan’s original stuff, they played their first gig. It was one of the slickest debut sets I’ve seen. I remember saying to Dave afterward that I had a feeling they were going to do well, “Like… Errors well.” was my theory.
There have been a few shuffles of their line-up since Martin, who had a family to look after and limited time, left and Dave moved to Edinburgh, but the band have stayed together since. Every time I hear someone try to compare them to another band, it’s never the same one. My Bloody Valentine, Labradford, Kinski, Godspeed… The point is, they’ve finally got an album out and it sounds fantastic.
The night of the album launch last week was the best I’ve ever seen them. They had two drummers for the set, three of the songs where Claire went Mo Tucker too. It was amazing. They’ve worked hard for this so please give them a listen. The album is currently streaming at http://seasstarry.bandcamp.com/album/tyto-alba - you know what to do.
This is my mental screensaver.