You can listen to last nights session with Scottish Fiction here. Acoustic versions of Fante, Eggshells and Blood and Glitter, chat and some choice music.
We played our first show, last Friday, at the Song, by Toad Xmas bash. It went quite well I think. Good crowd, bands, and venue. Thanks to everyone who helped make it a fine evening. The photo below was taken at the show; that’s me, with no head. We also launched our new EP, Repulsive Sunsets on the night. If you weren’t there, you can buy one at a record shop, or right HERE. Thanks.
Download/listen to one of the tracks from Repulsive Sunsets HERE.
Listen to it on the Cloud Sounds podcast HERE.
Buy tickets to hear the song being played live HERE.
Oh, and buy the EP HERE.
I sometimes get asked why the album is called The Party’s Over. On the first version of the album, the final song was called ‘The Party’s Over’. The song ultimately didnt make the cut and was replaced by ‘Closing Time’, but the album title remained.
Here’s a short demo of the track if you fancy a listen. I think it’s lost for good now, with the other album orphans.
Have an EP on me. Two new songs and an old one, which will probably be new to most of you. The whole thing is under six minutes long so wont take up much of your time, and if you don’t like it, you can have your money back. Cheers.
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All has been quiet here lately, but I can assure you there will be new KPK music in the new year, as well as another project currently taking shape. Thanks to everyone who has helped out over the past twelve months, from a generous word to a kind purchase it is all appreciated. Festive wishes to one and all.
There is a song on my album called ‘Fante’s Last Stand’. It was inspired by an article I read on John Fante writing his final book. Somehow this song made its way to Malibu, California, and a couple of weeks ago I received a lovely message from Victoria Fante, daughter of John.
Victoria said she heard the song, and enjoyed it very much. She also said she would be making her first trip to Scotland soon, and would like to take me to lunch in Edinburgh to thank me personally for writing it. Of course I agreed, and at 3pm on Wednesday 25th of August we met.
I found it a little surreal, in a good way, and I didn’t know what to expect, but a warmer lady you could not wish to meet. Over a BLT and coke she told me many tales of her father. About his favourite authors, his ways, encounters with famous fans and the perils of Hollywood book optioning. I left lunch with a gift; a copy of ‘The Brotherhood of the Grape’ with a lovely message inside. My only complaint is that the lunch was all too brief.
It still surprises me how music can travel these days. If this had been the only thing that came of the album, it would have been more than enough. So, if you have just finished your last book and you’re looking for something to read - try ‘Ask the Dust’ or ‘Wait Until Spring Bandini’. You won’t regret it.
A belated post to thank everyone who bought, played, spoke, or wrote about the album recently. It’s much appreciated. Also, massive thanks to Matthew at Song, By Toad Records for getting behind it.
If you are still considering buying it, you can get it HERE, and you can download a couple of free tracks below. We will get out to play live as soon as we can, and maybe post some new music too.
Oh and THIS wee free EP will be taken down soon. So if you havent got it, get it! Cheers.
Yes, the album above is available from today on Song, By Toad Records. You can read more info and buy the album direct HERE. Some people have written some nice things about it, humble thanks to them all. And also to Marc Riley, Gideon Coe and Ally McCrae for playing it on the BBC too.
I’ll post another update soon, with stream and retail info. Meantime, have a song on us.
Hello folks. As you may or may not know, our album The Party’s Over comes out a week today (13th June) on Song, By Toad Records. You can download a free track from the album HERE and for more info, or to pre-order go HERE.
Thanks to all who have written about the EP and album recently, and also to Ally McCrae and Marc Riley for playing it on the wireless. Oh and to anyone else who has helped spread the word via their mouth or other means. It’s much appreciated.
I’m guessing most folks have had a listen/gander by now via the post at Song, By Toad, but for those who haven’t…
Don’t You Touch my Fucking Honeytone comes out this Monday. It has four songs, it’s limited, it’s pretty, it’s seven-inch, it’s white and comes complete with artwork/four-panel fold out poster thing designed by Matthew Young (he doesn’t just drink gin all day y’know).
I’m not sure of the technical term for four-panel fold out poster things but I’ll post some photos and more info on where to buy etc on Monday.
Meantime you can listen below and buy direct from Song, By Toad Records.
To celebrate their sixth birthday and to raise some money for a worthy cause Sweeping the Nation have released We Make Our Own Mythologies, a compilation of new music featuring ourselves and fellow Song, by Toad Records band The Japanese War Effort among others.
If you would like some more free music head over to Song, By Toad Records where they are giving away a label sampler with a track from each of the artists on their roster. Cheers.
Well I first recorded a bunch of acoustic songs on a four track to listen back and get a feel for where they should go. I then tried to re-record them with more guitars, vocals, harmonicas, melodicas, percussion… but they didn’t really improve on the rough demos. So here are three of those songs, complete with tape-hiss, scuffs, fumbles and additional vocals on Riverbank from a seagull who was outside my window.
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After much faffing, deliberating and city-hopping in recent months I can now give some details on my upcoming releases - in reverse order:
The single got an early airing last night on Fresh Air Radio, though I don’t think it’s possible to listen again. Amazingly the previous EP’s are still getting a fair few downloads. Thanks for that, whoever you are. They may be taken down soon, so if you haven’t got them yet, grab them! Cheers.