4 sleeps to go!
Hope you're well. It's only a few days till the launch of Golden Rule and we're in promo and rehearsal mode. At the moment, we're planning to showcase the album on the twelfth, the night before it's released, with a live webcast from our band room, so it's all go with rehearsals and general dusting off performance cobwebs.
Also, we're trying to get a show together for Homebake a bit earlier than usual... we have to build a bit of a light show and a visual extravaganza. It's funny how long these things take. Surprisingly (not) the lights and visuals rely much upon the band having an approximate set list and being able to play the songs on that set list. We're just getting the later happening and JC and Bern (who have taken on the role as set list designers - another notch in their ever expanding belts) are starting to manage the former. I suspect there are a few sleepless nights in the Collins and Fanning house holds as they're feeling the pressure from the three other brilliant musicians in the band. 'The trouble is mein Cogsy,' JC was rumoured to announce (strangely in a German accent reminiscent of formula one chief Max Mosely),' is that ve vant to play as many new songs as possible and I is not used to fitting zem into a set'. 'I just hope everyone, fans especially, will haf learnt zee lyrics in time,' Heir BF replied. ' Javol!' the rest of us exclaimed.
Yes, it's exciting and experimental times in the band room. A set list may have been established earlier but we've been spending half the time just jamming, mostly the new songs. 'Awake,' for instance, has a spaced out jazz odyssey in the middle which takes on a new personality every time we play it. I'm sure this has something to do with JC playing the shakers and me playing the bongos. The music isn't the only thing that lights up in these jams - if you remember the rock shapes JC achieves while playing bass then imagine him mincing and prowling like Jim Morrison while playing jazz shakers. He infects other band members too. Darius starts writhing while he massages the keys of his newly acquired midget synth, Bern goes to another dimension (thanks WM) inspired by the late Fatah Ali Khan and Hoggy steady's the ship by laying down the most solid American-Indian-inspired rythm guitar line ever experienced in north Brisbane. If we could get off this trip, the set list would be ready tomorrow. But it looks as though our lighting and visuals crew will be waiting a while longer. Sorry, our most loveable and cuddly crew, perhaps an advance version of the album will suffice while you design the show, but don't get too comfy because we're writing new versions of the old songs as well (or are they writing us). At least Storm Thorgerson's finished the artwork so that might provide you with some inspiration.
As for Storm, the man must be treated with reverence. He and his accomplice Peter Curzon have done a great job with the album artwork. If you get a chance to check out 'Storm Thorgerson - Howard Smith Paper Lecture Series Five' on Youtube, you'll get a bit of an idea what the guy is like. His emails have been a performance in themselves in explaining his work to us. Here's an example - 'but firstly to say that me and Peter, with whom you have been more intimate I know, have much enjoyed working on your album cover, and that, modestly speaking of course, I think it one of the best things wot we have done. Possibly a groundbreaking technique (controlled random), possibly.' I think he may be on his own art inspired jazz odyssey. Its been a pleasure to see how he works from afar - he and Peter presented us with about 20 great ideas which would have taken much effort. Most of them were hand drawn abstract concepts which, with our approval, would have been hand built then photographed. No computer generated trickery here. If you get a chance to check out the Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd covers he did you'll see what I mean. The props in those pictures were all present for the shot. You'll see what I mean if you go to - www.stormthorgerson.com.
For Golden Rule they built a metal frame for the bird ('controlled random') painting and experimented with different paints till they had a number of shots we could use. If you manage to get a deluxe version of the album there's a page in the middle that shows the process through 18 shots. Pretty exciting for you arty types out there. Anyway, hope you enjoy it. Without trying to sound like a salesmen I reckon it'd be worth your while to grab a physical copy of the CD sometime as well. Oh, and a vinyl copy. Hold on, I do sound like a salesman.
You'll find out all about it on the 13th. By that time we'll probably have stopped being jazz enough to put a cracking webcast set together.
Emre (24 October 2015 10:01:57)
This song reminds me of my liltte sis'. (she wasn't really my liltte sis, but I looked after her like one) I wasn't a good enough Christian for her and her family. I didn't even get to say goodbye. She didn't believe me. I still have her letters in a safe box. Don't know why I can't bring myself to burn them.
Claudy (21 November 2009 22:42:41)
First of all,have to say I love reading your blogs.You're a funny man! Also great new album! I've just seen the kilt photo though and I'm a little disturbed....oh,God, I need a drink!
MARGARET (17 November 2009 10:36:16)
HI AGAIN, IT'S ABOUT THE DOLPHIN THEME,,,WHILE AT MYERS VIRGIN STALL,I NOTICED THE DVD WHALE RIDER..ABOUT A NZ TRIBAL LEADER PASSING ON HIS KNOWLEDGE..ABSOLUTELY AWESOME MOVE AND THE ARTWORK IS SIMILAR TO YOUR ALBUM ARTWORK..I BOUGHT IT AND CRIED WHEN I WATCH IT..AS I DO WHEN I LISTEN TO YOUR ALBUM..
WITH HAPPINESS OF COURSE..YOU ARE THE BEST BAND EVER..XXOOXXXI LOVE YOU...
MARGARET (17 November 2009 09:49:09)
HI AGAIN,, THANKS FOR THE PROMPTS..MANAGED TO GET MY HUSBAND TO VIDEO THE ALBUM LAUNCH AND ROVE..SO NOW CAN WATCH THEM..MY OWN BAR-B-CUE PARTY AND FLOORSHOW...THANK YOU..AND GIG THAT DON'T TALK BACK..I CAN SQUEAL AS MUCH AS I LIKE..DID I SAY THANK YOU..I LOVE YOU....XXXOOOXXX
MARGARET (17 November 2009 09:45:49)
COGSY YOU BEEN SLEEPING TOO LONG..IT HAS ALREADY BEEN OUT FOUR DAYS...BUT I SUPPOSE YOU BEEN LISTENNING TO IT TOO...DREAMING HOW AWESOME IT IS..WHICH IS SO TRUE...LOL FROM ME.XXXOOOXXX
Kate Chiapello (12 November 2009 21:09:23)
Want to say a huge thanks for the show tonight!! I randomly clicked on SMH at 7pm Brissy time to get a find out what was going on in the world and what do I stumble upon? A link to the Golden Rule Album Launch - live and free on the web.
IT WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!! You have made my day - week even. I text my mates in UK and around Oz and a few of us 'watched it together' which was pretty spesh.
Love the new Album. Can't wait to buy it. Looking forward to seeing you guys at Sydney Homebake too.
MARGARET (10 November 2009 19:17:37)
EVEN IF I DON'T GET TO SEE THIS SHOW..I AM SURE I WILL FEEL IT..
IN MY DREAMS...JUST THE IDEA IS FUN..AND THAT IS IMPORTANT...
TDawg (10 November 2009 09:26:42)
Looking forward to Homebake :)
Liz (09 November 2009 23:37:19)
'Art inspired jazz odyssey' - Excellent! I'm pinching that description for the next time (probably tomorrow) that I'm told I'm speaking shit.
What are you planning Thursday for? Couln't you all just stick little pretend mics on and charge us a couple of hundred to watch via the web?
Loving the new songs. Good luck for the upcoming shows, gentlemen.
Deb (09 November 2009 22:06:28)
hubby has strict instructions to pack the laptop just in case i go into labour on my actual due date. not looking likely at the moment, it aint budging!
IV (09 November 2009 13:03:31)
I enjoy reading your blogs. You will have a mic on Thursday, won't you?
You've forgotten the Cassette, Betamax, VHS and Bluray versions of the album. When will they be released?
Jaxster (09 November 2009 11:26:55)
Just promise me that on Thursday night you won't play the bongos Matthew McConaghey style.
Looking forward to watching (and laughing) at all the other 'moves'.
Sharon (09 November 2009 11:13:36)
Can't wait to see Dz's new toy piano ...I mean, midget synth! ...and JC's Jim Morrison shaker moves. Thanks for another worthy missive Cogs. Loving the album on the Take 40 stream, it takes my breath away :)