The deep south and the big smoke.
Well we went down to London this week and very nice it was too. Everyone seemed to be very happy down there, the pavements were covered in gold, we saw Mr. Johnson bicycle beautifully by and the Queen was in the garden trimming her daffodils which was lovely, it’s good to keep your hand in.
We drove down there in what sounded like a WW2 Bomber amplified through deep vein thrombosis and looked like a VW Polo. It was a VW Polo. It made it down there and brought us home and I think we can be considered friends now.
The venue was reem as fuck and there was a good stage and good sound and needless to say we gave it some welly. Drums were all over the place and guitars were thrown and we climbed onto everything like monkeys with v8 engines. Good show.
Which left us thinking as we sped back home that we’d really like to go back down south sometime. So that’s what we’re going to do.
Last month we launched our own gig night, “Joy Projector” at Danby Village Hall. It went really well - it looked good, it sounded good and a a good time was had by all. Marvellous.
The reason we decided to put on our own night is simple. We live right out in the moors, and the music ‘scene’ here is pretty non-existent, so we thought we’d start one. And we didn’t want it to be just any old gig night either, we want every night we put on to be a special event, a happening! With bands we really like in a place that looks great too. Too many venues overlook the importance of creating the setting.
So we got a team of people together and created Joy Projector #1. A gig like nothing else in the North East. Check out the facebook page here, we’re announcing the runnings for #2 soon.. https://www.facebook.com/JoyProjector
If you’re in a band - why don’t you do the same you lazy gets? Instead of whinging about not getting picked for the big festival, or agents not getting back to you about supporting your favourite band - why don’t you start your own night? Make it everything YOU want a night to have, make it completely unique.
Bands moan CONSTANTLY about incompetent promoters, but nobody is forcing you to work with them. If the people at venue X only give you the gig if you sell tickets, START YOUR OWN NIGHT. Make it better than theirs, promote it better than theirs.
Tonnes of bands do tours of toilet venues up and down this luvvley Isle of Paradise for next to no money or audience, to the point where a precendent has been created - that’s what you need to do to “get somewhere”, “pay your dues”. Well fuck that for a laugh. Now imagine if you did a tour and every single gig was put on by a band. This band only put you on because they like your music. This band have decorated the room in a style completely unique to them. This bands know how to treat your band well because… they’re in the same boat. No Ticket Deals. No “Oh I’ve done loads of promotion. Did you see my facebook event?”. No lacklustre venues. Is this beyond the realms of possibility? Start your own night.
Fluff and nonsense
We played with some truly excellent bands last week, and one of them had this to say about the current music scene which I thought was worth repeating.
“Music now has no roots to it, these people sound like they’ve listened to three bands in their lives and decided to write some songs. I don’t know if it’s just my taste? Do people really like this stuff? Is my taste too good? But I don’t see anyone writing songs that will be remembered in 60 years, it’s FLUFF.”
Think about it. Fluff. All around you. In your ears. In your eyes. Up your nostrils. Fluff, everywhere. Houses made of Fluff. Jobs sorting Fluff. Fluff salesmen, trying to persuade the great unwashed fluffies that their brand of Fluff is better than the Fluff from down the road. All very confusing really.
Two gigs you should come to -
28th April Vale of York, Thirsk
5th May Bandstand! The Crown, Middlesbrough
Today is the day! Our album is now available. You can get it as a CD or a digital download from http://3footninja.bandcamp.com/ - name your price! It’s also available from our website www.cultfound.org/shop.htm - and loads of independent record stores such as Sound It Out, Ack Ack Ack and many more. You will also be able to buy it at any of our gigs.
If you like you can get it from Itunes/HMV Digital/Amazon, even though they take a naughty percentage which could be going towards us making our next recording.
The press response has been fantastic, the album’s had brilliant reviews and we’re really pleased with it too. Buy our album. Come to our gigs.
One Thing - We did an interview for Jenny Eells of BBC Introducing York last night, it goes out this Saturday 10th March between 6-7. There will be an exclusive play of a new song from our album, that nobody has heard before and that.
Another Thing - Biffy Clyro week this week - 9th @ SUMO Sunderland + 10th @ Atik Middlesbrough, we will throwing out Biff after Biff, whiskey and beards and felt tip pen.
Two Things - Kane has a driving test next week and We’re getting played by Rikki Doolan on his www.cvfm.co.uk radio show between 2 and 5 this Thursday (8th March).
NARC MAGAZINE REVIEW//ISSUE 71//MARCH
3 Foot Ninja is both the name of the band and the name of their exceptional debut album that will cause shock waves to pulse far and wide from their North Yorkshire base.
Formed by brothers Jordan and Joseph Bell on guitar/vocals and bass respectively, who live in a remote farmhouse at the end of a dale in the North Yorkshire Moors, the brothers have played together since they were 12, but things really took off when they collided with bombastic drummer Kane Waterfield. They have toured up and down the land and built up a considerable following for their all-action, stamina-sapping performances.
But now the album that captures their unique sound on CD is sure to hoist their name far and wide. Recorded and mixed by Fred Purser at Trinity Heights in Newcastle, this album will grab you in the first ringing bar, shake you around and not let you go until the final knockings. You will be a changed person for the ride.
3 Foot Ninja release their self-titled debut album on 26th March and play at Independent, Sunderland on Friday 9th, Attik in Middlesbrough on Saturday 10th, with The Chapman Family at Seen in Darlington on Friday 16th and on Saturday 31st March at The Empire in Middlesbrough.
COME AND SEE. EAT DA PEACH.
We have some gigs, as that’s what bands do.
We begin promoting our album by playing some Biffy Clyro songs - and why not?
9th March // Sumo @ Independant - Sunderland (Biffy Clyro show)
10th March // Attik - Middlesbrough (Biffy Clyro show)
Then we have gig with The Chapman Family. dead good band. dead good venue. dead good.
16th March // Seen - Darlington w/ The Chapman Family
Then THE LAUNCH.
31st March // ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY @ Empire - Middlesbrough w/ CITIZENS
http://justwilliam1959.wordpress.com/ - These are the thoughts of Bill Adamson which include - “My advice to you is gather up all your X Factor shite and burn it, then replace it with whatever you can get by 3 Foot Ninja”.
We Fear Reviews
Couple of good reviews of “Fear” - Rob Nichols in the Evening Gazette calls it a “thrilling high velocity guitar joy ride building to a chorus that you will soon be singing in your sleep”. Thanks Rob.
Jericho Keys says - “From start to finish “Fear” gets your head nodding and toes tapping. This infectious tune oozes all the right ingredients to keep the listener drawn in and craving more”. Thanks Jericho.
To see the rest of Jericho’s review follow this link - http://fansonline.net/onegiantleap/article.php?id=793 - For Rob Nichols’ you’ll just have to buy the paper, old style real talk.