WHAT A BUSY YEAR IT’S BEEN, Ey?
In JANUARY we got some nice mentions of our Virtual Reality Single from November 2014: ‘The Generation That Nobody Remembered‘, for Oculus Rift, which you can still experience here
We did an interview about it: http://diffuser.fm/the-indelicates-interview-2015/>here
Or just watch on YouTube if you don’t have a Rift and want the music video version 😉
In February we played gigs with Pog and Keith Totp, and started previewing songs from our fifth album… Elevator Music. There is video evidence somewhere of Simon doing his glitter band impression at the Surya show, but I can’t find it at the moment (probably a good thing!) Suffice to say it was glorious and everyone joined in with the chanting so… come on.
Simon edited I Formed A Band by Eddie Argos, which is totally excellent and bloody funny, and you can still buy it here
In March… both me and Simon submitted audio performances of poems to the art/ culture/ philosophy Doubtist podcast by Alexander Velky. The first one was called ‘Rubbish’ and the second one ‘History’. I really enjoyed doing this as I hadn’t written any poems for a while, and it was fun to scrutinise and edit down poems again (a mostly purposeless skill now, but a fun one nevertheless!).
The first is here 1: http://www.doubtist.com/2015/03/10/doubtcast-1-rubbish/
The Second is here 2:
Our hearts broke a little when we heard the news of Terry pratchett’s death. Simon said it best: “Very sad about Terry Pratchett – long advertised though it was. I don’t like social media grief, but ignoring this one seems too much because he’s my favourite and has been for longer than I can make sense of. Over decades, I feel like I came to understand and subscribe fully to the central theme that is at the heart of all his work: that there is a common thread to all humanity, neither good nor bad, but deserving of kindness; and that if you are looking for evil, you will find it most easily among those who would seek to make us other than we are. Centuries hence, when almost everything we read now will be trivial, people will idly wonder what it was like to have read Pratchett’s books when they were fresh, in the age that produced them. I’m glad that I know, but I don’t imagine the difference between us will be all too great. That’s sort of the point, really. RIP”
We did some of the final recording for Elevator Music at Dean Street Studios with Keith Totp and an army of rock n roll guest guitarists and singers. Look at them all rocking out to the same riff for The Noise!
On May 7th, Election Day, I had a baby called Ryder. After many many many things all going tits up, many of them avoidable, I had an emergency caesarian. I very nearly had an emergency caesarian without any anaesthetic, and if it hadn’t been for Simon shouting I suspect I’d still be having nightmares. Childbirth is Fucked. Up. Being on a maternity ward is hellish. Not being allowed to leave is fucking terrifying. I’m pretty easy going, I can manage on very little sleep and can put up with this for a while. But THIS is not food.
Luckily I recovered very quickly, and was wandering around after about a week. I’m not very good at keeping still, so while the first few months are seriously intense, we responded to this by continuing to be AS BUSY AS POSSIBLE. Probably stupid, but probably also kept us sane. Here is what Ryder looks like now. I never did get to vote, although I doubt it would have made much difference (I TOTALLY called the election).
In JUNE we started to tell the world the story of the album http://www.indelicates.com/elevator/1.html
And began recruiting friends…
In JULY we went on the radio for Joyzine, Radio Reverb, and Juice, listen again for some live versions of Elevator Music tracks here
In AUGUST We launched the crowdfunding for Elevator Music with our 360 spherical video ‘Beyond The Radio Horizon (115 light years)‘.
You need to open it in the youtube app to move it around. Even better, grab your Indelicates branded Cardboard and watch it with that. You could try only watching Nick or Louisa or Emma or Al or Simon or Me for the whole video. I did. It was edifying. Bunch of hotties.
Wes craven died. Simon said this: ‘As a child, in every newsagent, I would be unable to resist the powerful urge to find the copy of A Nightmare On Elm Street among the videos and look at the covers – even though every time I did that I completely terrified myself for the rest of the day. That was a fear that went deep and it was all Wes Craven’s fault, but I think the dark things are things to cherish and I’m very very grateful for it. Rest in pieces.‘
In SEPTEMBER… Simon wrote a long form essay called Why Your Music Is Worthless (and how to sell it anyway) which got shared A LOT. http://www.indelicates.com/worthless/
And mentioned on the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34525958
And in December Simon went up to Huddersfield University to give a lecture based on the content of the essay. Pretty cool 🙂
People seem to find it helpful and interesting which is great, as that is what it is for. He’d like to write the complete book version, which would be ace, so if you want to publish that, get in touch.
It got shared A LOT.
We exhibited both our BREATH and Ride VR experiences at Geek Central in Brighton, which was totally ace as loads of kids where there and got to try the Rift for the first time.
We got quite an alright picture of the super moon through our telescope
…and kept Ryder up to have a look…
In OCTOBER we put together two performances of The Book of Job: The Musical! for the Brighton Comedy Fringe at The Basement Theatre.
New jokes were formulated, giggles were had, we had two new cast members. It got a lovely review in The Argus…
On the 20th NOVEMBER, Elevator Music, our fifth (and probably our best) album officially came out. We are very keen on it, and we made lots of special stuff for everyone who preordered. Look at all the special stuff we made.
And then we launched it at The George Tavern
LOOK AT US PUTTING THINGS TOGETHER
BUGGY POST AT YOUR SERVICE
Elevator Music is getting some nice REVIEWS…
AND YOU CAN GET IT EVERYWHERE, but better to get it here: http://elevatormusic.space
On the 12th DECEMBER we finally got to perform with our Goblin puppets, that I made a couple of years ago for a pilot, in GOBLINS LIVE! This was so much fun, and it made me so happy to see Gorrodron, Hacharacl, Blytha Herringbone, Sassafrishl the Shusher, The Mystic Clive, Frooth Maynar, and all the Gobbles in their debut show. It’s hot work, really hard to see what you’re doing, and nerve-wrackingly fast paced, but I found myself much more at ease performing as a puppet than I do being myself; there’s something really rewarding about making people laugh when they can’t see your face. It feels very honest. As well as me and Simon, Paul Stones and Kay Walton were amazing, especially in my broken mother brain moments (I’m told this gets better after a year, but fucking hell my memory is fractured)
We’ll be doing more of these shows, keep an eye on here http://www.indelicates.com/goblins/
OTHER THINGS THAT HAPPENED… We flew with Ryder to visit mum in Germany, and ate lots of mcribs, drank gluwein and ate raclette in Christmas markets. SpaceX landed a rocket, proving that they can reuse them, and thus cutting the costs by many monies. Cool as fuck.
WE LOVED… Crystal Rift, Armikrog, Ghost Watch on the big screen, Rhymes For All Times by Alexander Velky, The Mystery of Woolley Mountain by The Helmholtz Resonators.
NEXT YEAR WE WANT…
TO… Book the Book of job in more theatres!
TO… Books Goblins Live! in more theatres!
TO… Tour Elevator Music!
TO… Visit all our German friends!
COME AND SEE US REALLY SOON…
ON… January 7th in LONDON https://www.facebook.com/events/1688445711397937/
ON… January 22th in Oxford https://www.facebook.com/events/326644707459700/
Wishing a very Happy New Year to each and every one of you 🙂