Saturday, 7 July 2012

SILVERY 3D

Well well. It's been a really stupid amount of time since the last missive about the new record (October 19th) so I thought a little more info should trickle out from the base camp to the camp fan base (yeah, that works. Ed.) The first draft of this was quite long but for your entertainment, I've trimmed it down to the essentials. Needless to say, we haven't been hard at it the whole time. Indeed, it's been nice to have a break for a bit and really get down to studying the theory behind the polyrhythms and virtuoso writing that make this band so great. Unfortunately, I got a PS3 and have been playing on that. I must say, the Motorstorm trilogy of games is the absolute pinnacle of my existence so far and I'm not sure anything will replace it in my heart. I'm not even into racing games, man. But LOOK! It's amazing what a few plays on Football Focus and Hairy Bikers can pay for.

Still in the capable hands of Mr Feazey and his wizardry of pressing the red button and the play button at the same time, the age old motto of what happens in the studio stays in the studio is more relevant than ever. The pictures of me in my pants locked in the toilet plucking a small pink acoustic will stay in the vault, likewise, the priceless footage of a motionless Kev staring blankly at a computer screen for about 45 minutes trying to work out how a guitar can be THAT out of tune will remain on file. Mr Feazey incidentally is now famous since his adventures with New Wave Of British Prog (NWOBP) vanguards The Fierce & The Dead and also the New Wave Of British Folk Prog (NWOBFP) vanguards The Murder Barn. Recording has been at an enjoyable pace and I now am happy to report that all that is needed is the singing. Should be able to knock that off in a day. LOL. Oh, and some keyboards. Darn. And some Sisters / Glitter Band brass if we can find some.
 
Since the predicted release date of August '12 looks rather undoable now (double bugger) It's also freed us up somewhat. The idea of the mythical Mayan symmetry of putting out a record every August every 2 years was a big thing to snap out of. Silvery are the most OCD of bands (and I say that sat here wearing my lucky blogging socks) but the delay has also been necessary as we've been hit by some very very annoying bits of bad luck. Silvery has rode a tide of being up against the odds for about 8 years but this last lot has taken the biscuit. Kev got stupidly ill, I lost count at 3 studios closing down on our arses, the trademark troublesome ranks and other people doing things far more interesting than Silvery. Another triumph over adversity? We'll see, but what I can say for certain is that OPERATION SILVERY THREE is brilliant so far. Just the right level of self mocking and self reverence. Here's what we've got:
GANG SHOW
YOU ANSWERED YOUR OWN QUESTION
THE RONALD OPUS
THE TELEVISION TREE
THUNDERER & EXCELSIOR
THE RESURRECTION OF DEAD SHIPS
HELLO BABY DELTIC
ADVENTURE BAND
SHIMMY SHIMMY
SIMPLE HARMONIC MOTION
THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE
THE ROUND TAIL
LIFE & NON LIFE
SEASICK

 
 
Sessions also took on some aborted titles - 'The Crompton' and 'Tottenham Google Images' will be held back for my projected solo record (working title 'From James ... With Love') and is yet to see the recording of 'Christmas Is Easy' and 'Christ On A Bike' - the festive double A Side sure to still be on the racks by June. Together with the earlier sessions for B-sides, we're looking at a superbly cram packed deluxe edition in 2023. Of the new titles, 'Gang Show' is my current favourite. It's out Ordered 'Orders'. Like Catapult doing 'There's No Business Like Showbusiness'. Second favourite is 'Life & Non Life', which avid Silvery watchers will be pleased to hear has now been whittled down from it's full 11 (ELEVEN) minute length to a cosy 7 minutes. A true pop song. As with all the best Silvery songs, a few of them are just an excuse to do a long repeating glam fadeout and some are just an excuse to have a terrible title. Must get around to changing a few of them. Business as usual. And I need to find room for the song 'Railway Architecture', just to make the album the ultimate pub quiz answer. Worth comparing this to the over eager first mention of the album HERE. Yeah, didn't quite pan out like that. More when we get it XX

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