I grew up in Swindon. I am proud to say so too.
Swindon is a lovely town and it is and always will be my home. I think Gaz Brookfied wrote a song about that...
Anyway, I am not in Swindon any more, even though my heart, my friends, my family and my bands (well, most of them), still are. My band, The Dacoits is the one band in particular that I am missing. And, just because I am not living in the UK any more, doesn't mean that the band will not continue. In fact, we are currently working on a second album and already have some UK shows booked for December this year. We are also planning a UK/European tour for next summer (starting in August).
You can see videos from The Dacoits on my Videos page.
I would like to also include some more video footage here, as Swindon Viewpoint and Martin Parry have been amazingly active when it comes to getting out to shows and making some fine live footage of bands around Swindon. At this years Swindon Shuffle, Swindon Viewpoint cameras seemed to be everywhere! They managed to get footage of most bands. And, seeing as this blog is all about me me me, here are some videos of 'me' and the bands I played for at this years event.
Firstly, a video for Black Sheep Apprentice and the song: Let It Go.
I filled in for the band after the original drummer left to become a model.
I recorded drums for a few tracks on their debut album and I am very excited about hearing it when I return to the UK for the album launch show at The Vic in December.
This is a video for the band BabyTrain and the song: Forever. This video was shot at The Beehive in Swindon. BabyTrain are another band which I will continue to play for when the occasion presents itself! There is even talk of a gig in Leipzig, Germany, in May next year!
Finally, The Dacoits again with Keep On Moving. A monster guitar riff written by Neil Mercer. Who, I have to say is also a master of acoustic guitar. After seeing them just before I moved away, I must highly recommend that you listen to, or even better, go and watch Rumour Shed. Beautiful stuff.
And, apart from all that, I decided (for a laugh - I was drunk when I agreed to do it!) to play in a System Of A Down tribute band. Well, actually, I wouldn't say we were a tribute. More of a bunch of drunken fools playing loads of System songs in a brutal fashion. Here's one from the Furnace in August - footage by Mr Townsend (I think).
There are also rumours of another SOAC show, (we've already done 2 one-offs!)...
News to follow.
Will write more soon