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.

 

 

Zarboth on the road (a little)

wolfmanphoto-2Zarboth on the road (a little)

This week Zarboth (Phil Reptil guitar and Etienne Gaillochet drums voice and myself on voice) are going to get in the truck again.

We are going to a place called Faux La Montagne to record music and play a concert and to make a short film. The short film will be based on one of our songs called Lost Song.

You can follow me on instagram or follow the group on facebook, you can do it here and here.

I make videos or take photos of us while we’re on tour discovering new parts of France. I think that the videos are funny but sometimes they’re not. Like in reality sometimes we just smile because we’re making a video.

So, expect regular updates about life in this part of France. I’ll be drawing and writing as much as possible.

Zarboth bandcamp

Onze Onze

We played a really cool gig at La Station, literally! It was 6 degrees. But the cold is all in your mind.

We’ve got a great set and you can get our album here

We’ll be playing other lives soon so watch this space.

Underpressure

Gigs coming up with Underpressure too so watch this space

That’s All Folks

Just keep creating!

 

 

 

Busy busy busy in the bus

Busy busy busy in the bus

In the bus with Zarboth

Touring with Zarboth (Phil Reptil and Etienne Gaillochet) at the moment

Having some very funny times and conversations.

If you want to know or hear some of these conversations it’s best to follow me on https://www.instagram.com/macdarasmith/

(btw I still don’t know why links are not working from my site… you have to actually copy and paste into your browser!!!!)

Driving in the bus, the three of us, the return conversation from the Smöll Festivöll, was around the idea of the uniformisation of cultural projects and the difficulty to be original in today’s world, when everybody already knows what they want… Although for most of that conversation the drummer was sound asleep…

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Routine

We play at the weekends and then during the week we do our day jobs, spend time with our family and friends. This is a great experience for all of us. We’re doing this as independent artists. We’re meeting great people from all over France. It’s all in the middle now so I’ll come back and talk about it more.

We meet the organisers, different teams that help set up the concerts, different rooms, different publics, other musicians.

It is a great time to play music.

Not only that but we get to see different parts of France. Wines, local products, different ways of doing things, different expressions and words.

We get better

And of course, the music is getting better and better- and I’m saying that as objectively as I can! But the songs are now like really comfortable clothes that you put on. Even though some people might find Zarboth’s music strange, it is really becoming very fluid…

Other news

11:11 the project with Mathieu Autin and Gabriel Geurin, we’ll soon bring out an EP- watch this space but we hope to get it to you soon so you’ll be able to make it into your summer hit!!!

Watch this space!

go to http://zarboth.com/ to know about dates…

and as always if you want to listen to or buy the album:

http://zarboth.bandcamp.com/album/theres-no-devils-at-all-its-just-the-system

Have a good week.