End of One Thing, Beginning of the Next…

endoftourzarbothEnd of One Thing, Beginning of the Next…

Just arrived home from Zarboth tour. We’ve been touring over the past couple of months, going on the road for three or four days at a time.

Maybe in another post I’ll go into some of the adventures we’ve had, but tonight I am tired. So tired… but happy.

I have a bit of an accent when I speak French so people often ask me where I come from and I usually tell them “Limoges.” This is my idea of a joke and usually no one believes me when I say I am from this French town.

Poetic Justice

Limoges has always seemed to be a rather sleepy provincial town to me. So it was great to have all my preconceived notions blown away by playing the last date of our tour in Limoges. Also lots of people from Limoges helped us with this video.

The concert was great, we played in the El Doggo, for the Festival Pop Sur La Ville- it was great to see friends who had come to see us, some from the earliest parts of the tour.

And in Limoges whenever I said I was from Limoges nobody mentioned my accent. So there! A lot of great friendly people and unfortunately we had to leave quickly… But I can’t wait to go back!

Christmas and Music

Two out of three members of Zarboth hate Christmas so if you have any other members of your family or friends who hate Christmas don’t hesitate to get the album.

Unfortunately we also ran out of CDs and vinyl records when we were on the road.

You can find them all here.

That is the album that I am on of course.

And if Zarboth is not your cup of tea maybe you could try Onze Onze ?

Have a good week! And remember keep on making things!

 

 

One Year On, There’s No Devils at All, it’s Just the System

One Year On, There’s No Devils at All, it’s Just the System

One year on, there’s no devils at all it’s just the system… sad to say or happy in the knowledge that maybe there is nothing to change. Maybe the only thing you can change is yourself. And even that is difficult. The most difficult.

A voice crying out in the darkness or having a laugh to yourself. Take pleasure in small things. Sometimes being that voice can bring the voice to others. It is so small what I do, a couple of lines scribbled in a notebook, I snatch a passing thought, a half mumbled word, half formed ideas.

It’s not big enough I know. It should perhaps be bigger. The universe is a big place. What is hot air on a microphone?

No answer.

No answer.

Lost Song Video

From Zarboth Lost Song video
From Zarboth Lost Song video- click on image to link to video

Here is a video made with help from a lot of people (with the help of the audio visual school Lycée Marise Bastié Formation AVN 87 and the association Toutazimut, of Constance Social Club, of the association Émile a une vache and of Télé Millevaches, and with a lot of help from the village of Faux-la-Montagne (Fake the Mountain in English)). All of the people who helped with this video can be found in the information under the video on youtube.

It was a great experience for all of us and I really enjoyed it. I did the storyboard and you can see some of it below. As a result I found myself in the director’s chair and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Well, actually, enjoyment is not really the correct word.

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It was a pretty intense experience, I think they will make a “making of” film but I don’t know if it will be on the web or in the real world… But when you think of all the work for a modest little film… the mind boggles.

End of Tour de France

So Zarboth are going on their final leg of their tour of France on Wednesday.

You can see where they are playing here

If you like this video, please don’t hesitate to share it or email it. We are completely independent, underground artists here. Algorithms are holding us back…

Other news to follow…

I will speak about La France in a later post.

Keep on keeping on.

 

 

Let’s Start A Fire!

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Let’s start a fire !

A year ago today there were terrible attacks in the Bataclan in Paris. I went out earlier this evening in Paris, in my neighbourhood and I saw people putting out candles to remember the victims. It’s a nice, quiet gesture. We do it at Halloween too with the pumpkins carved out, a way to remember the dead.I saw those candles and the spark of hope and I thought “let’s start a fire!”

A fire of imagination and doing new things, exploring new ways, being new lights in the darkness.

One year already and terrible things have happened all over the world but great things have happened too. Maybe you met a new lover, you started a great new job, you won the lottery…

Mixed Feelings

I have mixed feelings about this day because this is also the day that our album came out with Zarboth, “There’s No Devils At All, it’s Just the System”. The album and the songs that I did on it there were imagined as a post apocalyptic vision quest.

Imagination is a powerful thing. I always tell my children to keep their imagination bright. Do not give into to the ambient despair. Don’t let the terrorists and the scaremongers get in there… Don’t let the bastards get you down !

New Music

The new music I’m writing with Onze Onze, Zarboth and Underpressure tries to reflect that. Not in some sort of everything is cool namby pamby way but with grit and determintation. Life is hard, pain is inevitable but suffering is your choice (to paraphrase Murakami from What We Talk About When We Talk About Running)

Imagination : Image Nation 

Last week Trump became the President of the United States- who could have imagined that ?

Truth really is stranger than fiction. I’m not going into a long diatribe about what I think of the President (not much) but we need to use our imagination to explore new worlds- to explore new ways of speaking with each other, of disagreeing with each other. Imagination seems to be the only true freedom a lot of us have now !

Forget candles, start a fire ! Go inside and look for the flame ! From their set yourself on fire…Right now I’ll put my candle out at the window anyway… Keep the flame alive…

(to be done at home under adult supervision)

Zarboth “There’s No Devils At All, it’s Just the System”

Next gig in Paris with Zarboth in l’Alimentation Générale, Saturday 19th November 2016