Ahead of the Festival, we caught up with some of the runners up at this year’s Emerging Talent Competition finals who’ve secured slots at the Festival. (See the line-up page to see when/where they’re all playing.)
I’m still pushing hard on the album I released last autumn, Engurland (City Shanties), because it’s as yet only had a small release – me on my tod splurging it as far as I can – and I want it to spread further, because I’m dead proud of it.
Gig-wise, we are sailing to a land where there are festivals and nothing else. We’re playing Sunrise, Beach Break, Lovebox, Larmer Tree, Secret Garden Party, Camp Bestival, Green Man, Shambala and Bestival, as well as GladstoneBerry of course.
What we’ve been up to since the finals? Well, the day of the finals I was in Cairo, avoiding camel scams and visiting subversive authors, and a lot of the time since has been spent getting home from there by land. I played in the West Bank in Palestine, spent 5 nights on buses in order to get to Kosovo in time for another show, then swooped through the Czech Republic on the bus route home. If you’ve got time to chuckle and look at beautiful photos (taken by my photographer companion Billy Macrae) you can investigate our diary on www.unplaned.com. The other band members were on their very own missions too – our bass/beatbox genius Bellatrix spent several weeks in India with her acapella group The Boxettes, and has spent her time since in the toilet or groaning on a bed.
In general, though, the mission to play and be played is unending, relentless: I spend 70% of my time plugging my work to the world, trying to get noticed by reviewers, radio people, gig people, anyone with ears. That’s what occupies my days for the most part. All the rest of the time, it’s music. That’s possibly a bit sad.
In May we toured with the amazing Stornoway for a week, culminating in our biggest ever club show at ULU in London which was very exciting. That all led up to our second single which is out this week to celebrate our appearance at glasto. It’s called 90mph and will also include our first ever video!
We’re playing 3 slots at Glasto, on the Avalon Stage on the Saturday 11:30am, and the Avalon Cafe on the Sunday 6:30pm, and we’ve just confirmed playing the lovely Tadpole Tent too.
Since the ETC final we have been gigging constantly and planning a summer of fun… getting ready for Glasto, touring with Stornoway, and planning studio time for the summer to go in and commit new songs to tape. We’re also playing Latitude in July on the lovely Huw Stephens’ lake stage.
Since the ETC we’ve been working hard on new material, with some songs set to be given greater public premieres at Glasto! We’ve also been busy finalising our debut EP ‘Tinderbox’, which will be released at a launch party in June, details tbc on our myspace. We are scheduling quite a few gigs at the moment for June to get the new material ready.
The Acoustic Stage slot at Glastonbury this year is certainly a major highlight on our calendar. We’re also looking forward to a potential interview with BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson whilst we’re down there. Apparently we’ll be playing in a bubble bath on a double-decker bus (!) as well at some point during the festival, so look out for that one.
‘Foxglove’, one of the tracks from our EP, has been selected to go on the ‘Festival Harvest’ CD, which features some of the emerging bands from all the UK festivals.
Beyond Glastonbury we’re planning to keep madly writing and gigging new material, and adding some more dimensions to our sound with synth, backing vocals, electric guitars etc. We’ve got what we reckon are two great singles waiting in the wings for release in Autumn this year. Finally, we are planning on a group move down to Manchester in September, which will bring us all together and focus our energy solely on our music. We’re looking forward to seeing where the next year takes us – exciting times!
Since the Glastonbury etc finals Secret Cinema Band have been busy gigging and finishing off the last touches for their forthcoming album ‘Through a Cathode Darkly’ which was co-produced with Daniel Knowles from the Post-Rock band, ‘Amusement Parks On Fire.’ The band will be having an album launch this summer and the band are looking forward to releasing it. They are also working with film maker Robert Rafalat creating new ideas for their visuals that the band incorporate as part of their performances using a projector. Also they have started filming their video for their song ‘official neck for the rope’ which has been chosen to be played on BBC 6 Music by Tom Robinson in June.
Secret Cinema Band were also chosen as ‘Ones to watch 2010’ in ‘Talk Talk Music’ Article
We also secured a main support slot at this years Gig In The Park festival Friday August 6th.
Our debut album ‘Order From The Chaos’ was released as CD & Download on our own label Cottage Industries, earlier this month. Please find the album art attached. We can’t wait for Glastonbury, where we’ll also be singing in the Bath for the Jubilee Debt campaign. Strange I know..
In April we supported Idlewild at our home town Academy. Earlier in the month we where asked BBC6 radio Dj Tom Robinson, to play a BBC Introducing show down at maida vale studios which was amazing, has to be the best gig we have done to date. In May we travelled down to Brighton to play the Great Escape Festival which was another good gig with a beautiful town. We also played with The Futureheads & we have band for a topman CTRL w/Channel 4 at our first local gig in a long time (was lovely to be back home again).
We are releasing a new single called ‘Six Wolves’ The release date will be around July/August after our Glastonbury gig… let summer role on
New Merch out very soon!
Since our celebrated sojourn into the green countryside all those months ago, we’ve splashed and sploshed across London, maintaining our regular gig schedule and excitedly preparing our set for Glastonbury. As well as playing in London venues with our better known tracks, we’ve been refining our look and working on one or two little ditties that we’ll be unveiling soon. As far as upcoming gigs go, we’re casting our gaze seaward next week as we play Processed Meat at JAM in Brighton. It’s a busy time for us bunnies!
But in other Glasto-related news, we’ve secured a second slot. In addition to playing the East Dance Village at 12:30 on Friday, we’ll be playing at 04:30 the following morning at The Rabbit-Hole. You’re all invited to stay up with us and party (quite literally) ’till the sun comes up.
Looking forward to seeing everyone there!