>We dropped into the Maida Vale Studios on Monday to record a mid-tour session for the BBC and laid down 4 tracks live.
Watch You Deserve Better below and you can check out the other 3 HERE…
Many thanks to Miti and George for the recording – it was a pleasure working with you.
>Thanks to everyone who made it down to our first headline show at CAMP Basement last night.
We are pleased to announce that we have added an extra London Show to our touring this month.
We will be supporting Givers at XOYO in Shoreditch next Tuesday 8th November. This again will be put on by the lovely people at Eat Your Own Ears and you can get tickets HERE
Hopefully see you there.
To finish, I thought I would leave you with some of the most valiant efforts of all time:
>Arts and literature journals are tricky to get excited about. Firstly, there aren’t many left, as most have realised how much more appetising magazines are to the majority of readers (pictures and sexy production vs text and cheap paper), and secondly the potential for pretension in a journal is often a little off-putting. So, it is with great joy that I present The White Review, a beautifully constructed quarterly arts journal that covers everything from short fiction to contemporary sculpture.
Inspired by La Revue Blanche, a Parisian magazine which ran from 1899 to 1903, The White Review was conceived by two friends of mine, Ben Eastham and Jacques Testard. It is now on its third issue with a fourth on the way, and has so far managed to secure interviews with the likes of William Boyd and Will Self, as well as discovering newer writing talent such as Paddy Langley. Below is an extract from a short story called Rehearsal Room by KJ Orr, published in the current issue.
He was one of those people you see every day and start to believe you know when in fact you don’t. You have the arrogance to believe they’re part of the fabric of your day because you exchange a glance or a smile. You feel they have somehow become part of your life when in fact you have almost nothing to do with them and know nothing about them and haven’t made any particular effort with them at all.
He had close-cropped hair. He had black eyes. There was a kind of fluidity to them. They were bright, alert, mobile eyes.
He swept our floor each day. Before the company rehearsed he swept the floor meticulously – I might even say with love. It was part of the ritual of the day to thoroughly clean the working space. It was part of our company ethic and of the notion we had of discipline. We believed that discipline must matter in the kind of theatre we were hoping to create. We didn’t think you could just rock up to rehearsal. Preparing the space was as important as the rehearsal itself.
He swept our floor. He swept it with such love that we stopped sweeping. Before, the task had always been shared. It was part of our ethic that it should be shared. Each actor would be pleased to sweep because each actor knew that sweeping was part of the process of approaching any piece of theatre: the preparation of the space and the readiness for work.
Zulu Winter – Never Leave from David Higgs on Vimeo.
So here it is, our debut video! Many thanks to David Higgs who directed it Jon Baker who lent an artist eye and starred in it alongside Nefeli Sidiropoulou.
>Been flicking through ‘The Artist’s Body’ by Tracey Warr, which collects several images and short essays on how Artists have used their bodies. Lots of intriguing subjects tackled and far too many disturbing images to show here, including the infamous self portrait by Robert Mapplethorpe and Marina Abramovic’s ‘Rhythm 0′ where she stood by a table and offered herself passively to spectators with the simple instruction: ‘There are seventy-two objects on the table that can be used on me as desired. I am the object.’ The objects included a bullet and a gun. Anyhow lots of cool stuff which will make you question your perception of the body and art but also far too much mutilation!
Below is ‘Plank Piece I & II’ by Charles Ray. Making sculpture an activity rather than an object. I sometimes feel a bit like this piece!