May 2017 


The new album is now mastered and ready to go, apart from all the artwork and that business, so aiming for a September release date preceded by a couple of singles. As usual, the tunes are a mix of new songs and older live favourites that have only been available in demo form in the past.

Track listing as follows:

Side 1.

Life Is Never...
You're Not The Girl In This Song
Kissy Kissy
Keyboard Warrior
Rub It Off
Note To Self

Side 2.

Loretta
Somebody Love Me
When You Borrowed My Light
Whatever Somehow
Endsong
Runout 


John Webber mid-mastering at AIR Studios

Obviously, you'll have to pretend the record has two sides, unless we get round to pressing it on vinyl, which may happen.

We're back in the gig business next month with an open air show at the bandstand in Wandle Park, Croydon on 9th June. More info on the gigs page as and when it arrives... 

April 2017

After many months of hard graft, the new album is finally finished. Currently sequencing the tracks ready for mastering in early May. Full information on all the tunes next month. Something is guaranteed to change before then.

Watch this space. Not all the time obviously, that would be wasteful. Watch it after May 8th...

March 2017

Eagle eyed readers will notice there was no update in February. We've graduated from TVs and have taken to throwing entire months out of hotel room windows.
Or perhaps there was simply nothing worth reporting.

The end of album recording is in sight, so it's full focus on that until it's finished, otherwise it'll never get finished. No distracting gigs, singles or videos.

A few remakes, remixes and new tunes in the can. 'Note To Self', 'Intermission' and 'Life Is Never' are all complete plus a new one composed especially to close the album. Need a decent finish. And a decent start. 

A ridiculous amount of work has gone into this album. It always does, but this time has been slightly more ridiculous than usual. Never again. Probably. 

Here's a reminder of how the last one ended...

 

January 2017

A belated Happy New Year to all of yers. Hope it's a good one. 

The new free download is here as promised. It's an outtake from the new album, the first attempt at 'Don't Look Back'.

Part of the reason the album is taking so long is that a new recording desk was purchased last year & it soon became clear that tunes recorded on the old desk and tunes recorded on the new desk didn't match sonically. As sound is quite an important thing with records, with consistency being the least you can expect, all the old stuff has been ditched...or released as singles last year.

Anyway, this one is too good to just throw in the bin, so feel free to steal it at The Page With The Free MP3.

Will run a poll soon to see how many people still download MP3s in the brave new streaming world. I know I don't. 

Another new track, 'Somebody Love Me' in the bag for the album. Getting there slowly. New single soon. Probably 'You're Not The Girl In This Song'.  

Need a new website too.  

December 2016

Late again with the update, but not much to report this month. A couple more tracks in the bag for the new album including (very) old favourite 'Whatever, Somehow'. We'll see which ones make the final list.

Thanks for all the support this year and we hope you have a great festive season and a happy new year. 

Good things on the horizon for 2017 including the new album & expanded live line-up. New free track coming very soon too. In the meantime, if you missed it last year, here's a free download of 'Translate' from Bandcamp...


Happy Christmas!

November 2016 

At the time of writing, it's only the middle of November and the festive season is all over the TV already. There's nothing worse than the mention of Christmas before December.




That'll no doubt be Christmas number one again as usual!

Seriously though, as Yuletide is fast approaching, and in a rare fit of generosity, every CD copy of 'Follow, Unfollow' purchased at the online shop in November & December will be dispatched with a free copy of the 'Lounge EP' CD (while stocks last). An ideal gift for someone you vaguely tolerate.

Recording of album number three continues apace. The elusive 'You're Not The Girl In This Song' and 'Loretta' are now in the can, as is 'The Old School Shuffle'. Currently recording 'Keyboard Warrior' and having a bash at 'A Hundred Kinds Of Love'. Blast from the past with that one.

More soon... 

October 2016

We're back for an acoustic outing at our current favourite venue, The Pelton Arms in Greenwich on Thursday 13th & will be wheeling out some live rarities for a change. There's a good live video of 'Calamity' nicely shot by Henry D. C. Williams at our last Pelton show floating around. It's linked to the Facebook page if you scroll down a bit. 

 
Ambitious acoustic version?

The long awaited rescheduled first Kitchener gig in three years is finally happening at The Pack & Carriage, NW1 on Saturday 22nd. Another acoustic one unfortunately Tom fans, so The Lucky Face acoustic line-up in reverse. With different songs obviously. 

Recording has recommenced on album number three, so it should be ready by mid 2017, preceded by another single. Any release date info should be taken with a pinch of salt as usual.

September 2016 

Not much happening this month. Have been too busy dicking around with the new free download 'Call It Something Famous' which is now available at The Page With The Free MP3.  A handy diversion from recording songs that actually have to sound good. 

We are doing a charity gig on Sunday 18th, but I still have no details save for the venue, so will keep quiet about that. Winter is on the way, so we'll be stepping up the live shows. Watch this space.

August 2016 

Sparks & Embers is now available on Netflix, for your viewing at home for free pleasure. The winter setting might cool you down in the coming heatwave. Or you could just watch it at Christmas.

We're back into the gig thing this month, with an acoustic set at The Pelton Arms in Greenwich on Thursday 18th. It's a great venue tucked away on the backstreets of SE10 & you can often spot a music luminary or two propping up the bar. (Usually just one).
Starts at 8pm and admission is free.

For regular readers, the Kitchener gig previously mentioned here for the 20th September has been cancelled due to venue issues. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

More soon... 

July 2016 

The new single, 'You Can't Buy That' is now available from all the usual downloading and streaming places. It's an upbeat ode to the more plastic members of the population. The video is shamelessly similar to the previous one in its use of vintage footage, but if an idea is worth doing once and all that... This'll be the last one. Probably. Again, some interesting clips, particularly from 'Amoureux de la femme a barbe' ('In Love with the Bearded Woman') - Pathe, 1909. The plot doesn't make sense in the original film either!

 

As YouTube pay approximately zero per play, you don't wanna listen to it on there. Check it out on iTunes or Amazon or here in the Online Shop. It's cheaper here.

Even cheaper than that is the new free download, a live acoustic studio recording of new tune 'Keyboard Warrior'. Everyone seems to be arguing on social media at the moment, but you can't argue with FREE.

June 2016

It was good to get back in the live saddle, albeit briefly at the Finsbury on the 2nd. If it was you taking pictures with the fancy camera, please can we have a look? If it wasn't you, which is more likely, please disregard this message. More gigs on the way.

The new single, 'You Can't Buy That' is now available to pre-order on iTunes, Amazon, etc. Release date is Friday 8th July. The lads at CCR's In The Middle gave it an early exclusive pre-pre-order airing on 1st June and it'll be going out to all the indie stations this month. 
I've said it before but there are some blinding tunes played on these Indie/Local Radio/Community shows. The presenters/producers weed out (most of) the trash, so you don't have to. Like record labels used to do. Tune in...


 

May 2016

As usual, recording the album is taking longer than it's supposed to, so back from the mastering studio is the next single, 'You Can't Buy That'. It's a swampy upbeat rockabilly style rocker (Billy), and contrary to the title, you will be able to buy it.  

Aiming for a July release date, but the artwork needs finalising first. To be honest, the artwork needs initialising before it can be finalised! Watch this space for dates.
* Edit. The artwork is now initialised and finalised. Release date 8th July. Pre-order 10th June.

We'll be guest hosting Folk Modern at The Finsbury in Manor Park on 5th June while Steve's away, so will be warming up the crowd (and ourselves) at the beginning. First gig of the year in June? Disgraceful. It's a good venue that Finsbury.  One of an ever diminishing number of fit for purpose gaffs remaining in London, the music capital of the UK...aii. Free admission. Don't be shy.

April 2016

It's all about recording this month. Half the new album is now finished, although one of the tunes might not fit, so may end up elsewhere. Currently working on the electric version of 'Kissy Kissy', which you may remember from the 'Lounge' piano EP. 
Whereas the previous album was a bit of a cupboard clear-out affair, particularly side two, the focus this time will be on brand new material. There will be a couple of nods to the past though, including 'Alive On The Inside'...if it comes off in a satisfactory fashion.

Talking of the past, following years alone in the iTunes wilderness, the 2009 single & live favourite 'Leech' is now available across all the streaming services & download sites. The ode to fashion failure, '1982' appears on the B-Side. Might have to start doing B-sides again. Anyway, you can listen below in this unnecessarily large elongated box...

 

March 2016

The new single, 'Celebrate Your Fate' is now available across all the digital platforms and here in the Online Shop. The video was created using vintage footage sourced from Prelinger Archives. Due to the age of the material, the video is strictly low definition, but it does feature King Edward VIII in full abdication mode, and culminates in a performance by legendary burlesque dancer Georgia Sothern.
Full credits in the information section of the video...

 

 

After years alone in the iTunes wilderness, the old Leech/1982 single will also be arriving across the streaming platforms soon. Watch this space, or that one.

Due to a glitch at HMV digital, The Lounge EP is on sale at both £4.95 and £1.79. I won't tell anyone if you don't. Grab the bargain version HERE. A mere 36p a track. 

No new freebies for a while due to feverish recording of the next album, but for those who missed it last year, you can still pick up 'Translate' in the digital format of your choice for free at the Bandcamp page.

February 2016 

The new single 'Celebrate Your Fate' has been freshly polished by John Webber at 
Air Mastering, and is now available to pre-order at iTunes & Amazon etc. Does anybody pre-order MP3 singles? Anyway, the release date is Friday 18th March & there's a vintage video to go with it.

 

Talking of Air Studios, they're still battling the neighbours over development plans which would effectively render the studios unusable. That means nowhere to record all yer James Bond soundtracks & big orchestral shenanigans, (apart from Abbey Road, but there are only two of 'em left). I mentioned this last year, but the petition is still running at 38 Degrees. 

'Sparks & Embers', which I may have mentioned before, is now available on DVD (in the UK at least) for all your Valentine's Day requirements. Not sure about other territories. Will check it out. 


January 2016

A belated Happy New Year to you all. Hope you had an enjoyable festive season.

A quiet January as usual gig-wise, with the emphasis on recording tracks for the third album. Currently putting the finishing touches to the next single 'Celebrate Your Fate' which has replaced the previous contender for next single. It's good to be decisive. Aiming for a March/April release date with that one. 

If you haven't seen it yet on the digital platforms, Sparks & Embers will be released on DVD on 1st Feb in the UK and 3rd Feb in Australia. I won't list the release dates for every country. That's Google's job. One for the fans of a tangible object. 

Have to say a word or two about the sad passing of David Bowie. A huge influence here, particularly the Mick Ronson era material. The trio of albums beginning with 'Hunky Dory' through 'Ziggy' to 'Aladdin Sane' is surely the best run of records by any solo artist ever. That they were all recorded in the space of three years, with Bowie & Ronson finding time to produce Lou Reed's 'Transformer' at the same time, makes the feat even more impressive. Oh, and writing 'All The Young Dudes' and giving it away! Ridiculous times.

Like a lot of the greats who started in the 1960's, Bowie wasn't just entertaining on stage, but gave a great interview. Even if his latest musical experiment wasn't your cup of tea, you could sit and watch him promote it all day long.

 

I was lucky enough to experience Bowie in 'hits' mode live at Wembley Arena in the early noughties and needless to say, it was one of the best gigs I've ever seen. We were sat quite close to Ray Davies, another songwriting hero, and watching Ray watching David sing 'Waterloo Sunset' was a memorable moment.

It's hard to pick a favourite Bowie track, but if pushed, it would probably have to be 'Queen Bitch'. Best intro ever? Probably. Cheers Dave...



December 2015 Sparks & Embers, the new Kris Marshall film featuring two Lucky Face tunes, is out now in select cinemas and on digital platforms. The film is initially screening at The Ritzy in Brixton before heading off around the country. You can also watch it at home via Blinkbox, iTunes, Sky Movies, Google Play, Amazon etc.

This is writer/director Gavin Boyter's debut film, and although I don't know Gavin personally, I do know that it's been a long hard slog to get the film made & on the screen. Pulling off an independent film (featuring independent music) in a more than precarious economic climate is no mean feat. 

Having read a few less than favourable reviews of the film - rom-coms always seem to get a kicking - I wasn't sure what to expect when we sat down in The Ritzy to watch the movie on opening night. Fears were soon allayed however. 'Calamity' opening the whole show was a nice surprise, and 'City Lights' enjoys a nice long blast in the middle. The whole soundtrack is good in fact, as is the incidental music from Dimitri Scarlato.

Leaving the music aside, it's an engaging and entertaining film, nicely shot and well acted. Having worked for a very big film company in the past, I can tell you that Sparks & Embers is a much better rom-com than some of the huge budget examples I've had to promote.

Kris talks to Entertainment Focus about the film HERE.

Check it out over Christmas, after Christmas and again after that...

 

This year's Christmas gig will be at the Under The Influence Christmas Party on Monday 21st, which is also rumoured to be the last ever UTI at The Boogaloo. This is the end of an era indeed, so pop down for a couple of sherries whilst we dust off the tinsel and wheel out the Christmas Song again. All the info will be on the gigs page as and when it arrives.

New material early next year...and maybe even a professional approach to video making! 


November 2015


After years of resisting, I've finally added a 'biography' to the website.  Not generally a big fan of these, but recent Facebookery with former band members has thrown up some good memories, so you can now read a brief summary at the new History page.
There's definitely a book in there, but we need the material for a few more chapters first.

Sparks & Embers, the new Kris Marshall film featuring 'Underneath The City Lights' & 'Calamity', will be arriving in UK cinemas on Friday 18th December, released by Bulldog Film Distribution.  We'll keep you updated on screenings or any DVD or on demand type business, but the Bulldog & Sparks & Embers  websites are probably worth keeping an eye on.

A new exhibition of music photography by Emma Marshall will be on display at The Royal Sovereign in Clapton from the 26th November. There will be some photos of us on show and in the accompanying booklet, but don't let that put you off. Under The Influence will be launching the exhibition with a photography themed gig on Thursday 26th and the photos will be on display until at least the 15th December. 

Sad to hear about the passing of legendary songwriter and performer Allen Toussaint this week. 'Sweet Touch Of Love' especially has always been a big personal  favourite. You'll be hard put to find a finer groove than this bad boy anywhere else...

 


October 2015

The long awaited (?) website update has arrived. Nothing screams creative satisfaction like updating a website, so I just clicked a button that made it all black. Two minutes. Bosh.

Which leaves more time for the important things like writing songs & demoing 'em up. The first of these, 'Note To Self' is now available on the Page With The Free MP3. More to follow at regular intervals, probably.

The live plan for the full on electronological assault is in full, or at least three quarter, swing. New electrical guitars purchased and old ones refurbished. You can only play one at once, however, like you can only wear one pair of shoes Imelda. They look good stacked up in a pile on the floor though.  

The only thing left to do now is to make sure the right drummer is in the same room at the same time as the rest of us and it's in the bag... (5p charge for the bag at the checkout). 


September 2015 

We're back from a long musical lay-off filled with property renovation, hard graft and swanning about with the F1 glitterati in Belgium. The last bit isn't strictly true, but we were at Spa for the Grand Prix and it didn't rain. And Lewis Hamilton won.

 

A couple of local gigs coming up, including a fundraiser for the We Shall Overcome event on 3rd October supporting local food banks, so we'll be remembering how to play guitars again this week in preparation. We don't generally like to mix music and politics, but eating is quite important. 

New material before the end of the year, for the end of the year is nigh... 

August 2015 

No news this month. Which is good news. Back on the gigs in September...

July 2015

Late again. We had a great little headline gig at Folk Modern at The Finsbury on the 5th. Handy that half the crowd from Wireless Festival in the park next door turned up just in time. We'll be quietening down on the gigs for a month or two. Another English heatwave. Might sneak an outdoor show in at some point I suppose.

The website is due a re-vamp, so may be down at some point. Google says this one is incompatible with mobile devices, and your eyes in general, so will be thrust to the bottom of the search engine pit. I'm sure you'll survive without it for a short while. If you can read this, it isn't down at the moment!

Will leave you in the capable hands of Martha while I go and weed the garden again.

Do you reckon she's miming?..

 

June 2015

Bit slow off the mark this month.  May was a bit of a nightmare. Never crash a car, even just a little bit, unless you want a whole dollop of hassle, is the moral of the story.

Some good gigs were enjoyed though, and we're back in Greenwich for the first time in years on 18th June for some Icarus Clubbing. Free entry, and it's Thursday which is the new black, so we'll see you there.

The next single, 'You Can't Buy That' is now finished and ready for mastering. A nice heavy swampy rock number for a change. Video required now. Might ask someone who actually knows what they're doing to make this one...

Talking of mastering, bad news from Air Studios who are under threat from a proposed development to an adjoining building, which may force the complex to close due to noise pollution & (bad) vibrations. This would be a disastrous thing, not just because many livelihoods depend on AIR, (engineers, musicians, producers, all the other staff), but because it's one of the last studios of its kind.

The recent Lucky Face album was mastered there, and it's a great place to work, or watch someone else work! It's not everywhere you find original Johnny Cash reel-to-reel tapes lying around next to vintage record cutting machines.

 

Anyway, there's a petition running at 38 Degrees against the development. Please sign here if you'd like to help save an important part of the British music industry (and heritage in general).

May 2015

We're back in business with the live shows now. Thanks to everyone who came down to Bohemia on the 2nd. It was an enjoyable gig once we'd got the unexpected extra work out of the way. Certainly blew a few cobwebs away.

Strictly local for the next two gigs, first at The Village on the 21st, and then a Monday afternoon slot at the Warrant Officer three day bank holiday festival on the 25th. Nice long set with some rarely played material thrown in. We're on at 4pm. Worth hanging around for the after-party from 7.30pm too, where you can sample the speciality ales. There will no doubt be impromptu musical shenanigans on display as well

 


April 2015

We're spoiling you this month with a second free tune in quick succession. Slightly different sound this time, with an ambient take on Brits abroad, with 'vocals' from the Google Translate ladies. It has to be free, otherwise Google would sue and take all the money anyway. That's a lot of vocalists to pay. They'll probably survive without any help from the Lucky Face royalty pot to be honest.  

Click HERE to find 'Translate'.

Continued thanks to all the radio people who are still playing tunes from Follow, Unfollow. It's all appreciated. More tunes coming soon.

We're starting to put a few shows in the diary from the beginning of May, kicking off at Bohemia in Hackney on Saturday the 2nd. It's a bank holiday innit. Keep an eye on the Gigs page for updates.

Keep an eye out for the new single from We Used To Make Things this month. They're a fine band. Love In A Minor Key is released on the 20th April. Check 'em out HERE.

March 2015

The live quietness has continued, partly due to hard graft and partly due to drunken European jaunts. If you like jaunting drunkenly, Europe is a very good place to do it. London is far too expensive for jaunting, even soberly.

As promised though, there's a new free tune for March, 'It Never Comes Out The Same' over at the Free MP3 Page. Please remember that you get what you pay for in this life. Buying the album would be a much better idea than downloading this track, both for you and the people around you. Keep your friends and family close. Don't burn your bridges. Stay safe and buy the album. :-)

Good news regarding Sparks & Embers. It looks like the film will be hitting UK cinemas in Autumn. Kris Marshall has two movies released in 2015 as well as his lead role in Death In Paradise, so it's looking like his biggest year yet.  

Pulling together an independent film from nothing during the biggest recession ever has been a long hard graft for writer/director Gavin Boyter, so let's hope the film gets the recognition it deserves. You can keep up to date at the official website HERE.
And when you've done that, go and buy the song on the trailer! 

February 2015

This could be the most boring news update of all time. As usual at this time of year, it's down time time, replenishing the coffers with non-musical graft in order to make more music, so there's not much to say really. There is a new free download on the way, which just needs a quick mix and should be up on here in a few days (from at the time of writing, which is now).

A new electrical guitar amplifier has been purchased, so as soon as we've found the right drummer, we'll be back out making a racket. The aim is to fill a set full of the heavy stuff that we can't play acoustically. It's been too long. Cobwebs everywhere.

There won't be a new album this year, but aiming to stick an EP out at some point if all goes to plan. Regular visitors will know that things rarely go to plan. Already got the title though. Not telling in case you nick it & use it first!


January 2015

Happy New Year folks. Hope you had a raucous/relaxing festive period. Not easy to get out of bed now is it? Luckily, sometimes other people get out of bed for you, and we'll be starting the year with The Reason Why airing on the first episode for 2015 of The Lopsided World Of L. Jonathan L's award winning show airs all over the place. Check him out if you can. You'll discover many fine new (and occasionally vintage) sounds.

This year we'll be focusing on making a bit more noise live-wise, so it'll be off with the acoustic head and out with the SG. Amplifiers and guitars will be repaired and let out of the studio again. Throwing instruments about onstage and dropping amps down flights of stairs is all very amusing at the time, but not so funny when you want to use them again. 

Watch this space...

 

December 2014

The festive season returns. Not a great start to the month for rock legends, with Bobby Keys & Ian McLagan both pegging out in the first week.  Mac in particular with the Small Faces & Faces was a massive influence around these parts. His autobiography is well worth a look if you like a rock & roll tale.  Any other Rolling Stones associates out there might want to stay at home drinking herbal tea for a few weeks.


Just one Christmas gig this year, at the Oval Tavern in Croydon on the 18th. It's free to get in & will be a nice long set featuring the obligatory, and annoyingly more popular than anything else, 'Another Christmas Song'.  We might just play that for 40 minutes.

The Reason Why is now available as a single at the online shop and Bandcamp at a cheaper than on the album price. Bandcamp even embed the lyrics too & you can buy the high quality WAV. 

Artwork by M. Bailey in 1932. 



Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. Hope it's better than the year before last, and the year before that etc...

November 2014 

There are a lot of those 'choose your fifteen favourite albums' things going around Facebook at the moment. It's a challenge slightly harder, but definitely warmer, than having a bucket of ice thrown over your head. Before all that started, however, Rhythm & Booze had their 'Perfect 10' feature. It's like choosing fifteen favourite albums, but made harder by a whole five albums. No room for 2 Unlimited or NSYNC on this bad boy.

Anyway, this month we gratefully received an invitation from R&B to pick a Perfect 10, so here are ten albums that influenced the new album and the one before it...

Tim's Perfect 10

'The Reason Why' has just been added to Soundcloud. This is the new track going out to the radio stations. Although it's already available on the album, we're going to release it as a website/Bandcamp-only single on the 1st December. That way we can control the price & bring it down a bit.
The track made its debut on David Durant's Under The Radar on the 16th, and will be coming to a radio station near you soon. Probably.
Local radio is a great place to find new music and the Tune In app has revolutionised the whole business. Easier than trawling through Soundcloud & the like to find it yourself.

 

October 2014

A bit late with the updates this month due to general hecticness. Or hectivity. Step away from the dictionary.

It was very pleasing when Rhythm & Booze Magazine gave the debut album 10/10 back in 2011, and even more pleasing when they awarded the same score to the new one. You can read the review in full HERE.

We did a great little show for CCR on the 8th called 'What's On Your iPod', when we had a chat with guest presenter Carl Spaul about the business in general & chose some favourite tracks of the moment to play in between. There's also a live acoustic session in the middle featuring 'Feel Like Falling In Love?' and 'No Personality'.

You can listen again below. It starts off a bit quiet, but we soon get louder.

What's on your iPod? - @ingeniusrock - Sharon Alford - 08/10/14 - Chelmsford Community Radio by Chelmsford Community Radio on Mixcloud

 
There are a couple of new photos from the gig at The Finsbury on the 5th up in the gallery. Will stick some more up (when they've been doctored to make us look pretty), and do a proper update soon. Meanwhile, the search for a drummer begins.  

 

September 2014 Part 2

Follow, Unfollow has now been released and is available at all known download sites.
if you're not a fan of iTunes, any of the others will do the trick, including 
7 Digital, HMV, Qobuz, Wimp, etc...

The new video for #RIPCELEBRITY stars the people of Twitter & Facebook lamenting the loss of their favourite pin-ups past and present. From recent departures Paul Walker & Peaches Geldof, all the way back to Rock 'n' Roll pioneers Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper & Richie Valens, the people of Twitter have got it covered. You would hope that Buddy has found peace by now. If not, it's probably never going to happen. Earplugs for Mr Holly please...



The names have been removed to protect the guilty...except for the famous tweeters who should know better.

 

September 2014

Album release month is here, so it seemed like a suitable time to stick another tune on the Soundcloud. Here's the opening track from the album, 'If I Can't Have You, Nobody Else Can', an ode to nutter ex-lovers everywhere...


Time to get back on the live trail after a long lay off, beginning with The Boogaloo on Monday 15th. It's the Under The Influence Bob Marley tribute night, so you'll hear a couple of new album tunes plus a Bob Marley classic. It's been over a year since a Boogaloo outing, so it'll be a good one. We'll be doing this one as a two piece, (three if we can commandeer a percussionist on the night). Bob is one of those musicians who everybody likes, so get down early doors for a seat. 

First radio session of the year is also booked for CCR on 8th October. The show is called 'What's On Your iPod'. We'll be playing a couple of acoustic tunes & choosing some favourites by other artists to play on the show. More info on that later.

August 2014 Part 2 

The album is now available to pre-order at iTunes as well as all the previously mentioned places, so we've put a little trailer (trash) on YouTube to explain more about it...


August 2014

We've been enjoying some much appreciated and continued support from a host of radio stations and podcasts around the world in the past couple of months, so thought it would only be right to mention some on here. You'd be surprised how much quality music you hear if you scratch beneath the surface of mainstream national radio. So thanks to, amongst others, Preston FM, 6 Towns Radio, Cambridge 105FM, Radio Six International. Croydon Radio, ICRFM, EGH Radio, Ridge Radio, The Spread, The Justin Wayne Show, Meridian FM, CCR, NCCR, County Linx RadioLopsided World Of L, and any others I've forgotten.

Also well worth a listen is the brand new episode of the hugely entertaining Captain SIB's Psychedelic Freakout, podcast episode 75, which features a whole load of great tunes... plus a Lucky Face track.

Finally, the Under The Influence team have started a monthly Podcast featuring UTI artists past, present and future. Great music and chat from host Nathan & the cheeky crafty cockernee James Dillon.

We've had a bit of a re-shuffle on the website jukebox and put a couple more clips of brand new album tunes 'If I Can't Have You, Nobody Else Can' and '#RIPCELEBRITY' up there.
They have to be clips regrettably, otherwise people steal them. Sometimes they even tell you they've stolen them. A bit like going into a shoe shop, half inching some Jimmy Choos and telling the cashier on the way out. Some old favourites back up there too, including 'Leech'. More new tunes will be exposed as the album release draws closer. 

If you really can't wait to hear it (!), the album is now available to pre-order at numerous sites including Amazon, where you can hear clips of the whole thing in very low quality. The iTunes pre-order will be available in a couple of weeks.

On the subject of free MP3's, there's a brand new (totally) legitimate tune, 'Unfriended' available on The Page With The Free MP3.  

July 2014 Pt 2

The new single, 'A Fine Line' is now available from all known download sites as well as the online shop. We've been enjoying international airplay of various shapes and sizes with this one on an almost daily basis, but if you haven't heard it, watch the anti-video below...

 

Don't forget, this is a (slightly) different version to the one on the album, so you don't need to feel bad about buying it twice. ;-) 

July 2014 

The new single 'A Fine Line' is now available to pre-order at iTunes,  Amazon etc...
We managed to hang on to the 79p price for a long time, but alas, this one is 99p, which seems to be standard these days. Maybe we'll sell it at 79p from the online shop.

The promo CD's for the album are now back from the printers and are beginning to wend their way around the world to various radio stations and magazines. Not of their own accord of course. Although technology has progressed in leaps and bounds over the past decade, self delivering CD's have yet to be invented. As far as I know.

To find out more about the album, head to the 'Follow, Unfollow' page for a full run down on the tracks...




June 2014 Pt 2


The rain is gone and the sun is back, so to celebrate, we've broken with tradition and made the forthcoming single 'A Fine Line' available to stream on Soundcloud. Hit the arrow to play.

The video is now 'in production'... Meaning it could be a while. Or quite soon and very sloppy. 

The new album, 'Follow, Unfollow' has been sent to the digital distributors and will be released on 22nd September. Hard copies will be available this time too. CD's. Remember them? For the traditional music fans out there. Track listing will be posted soon, although if you go to the lyrics page, you might get a vague idea of the exact order of songs!

June 2014

Summer's here and the time is right...for hiding from a rain shower. If you live in Britain that is. The perfect opportunity to catch up on the exclusive airing of brand new album track 'Falling Out With Your Friend's Girl' from the Simon Raymonde show on Amazing Radio on 2nd June. The track is about seven songs in, but the whole show is worth a listen. Some good new tunes on there including a particularly fine one from Roddy Frame. Listen again HERE.

The new single 'A Fine Line' has been processed by the distributors & will be available on 21st July, with a pre-order from the 23rd June. It's a radio edit of the album version, (a whole ten seconds shorter, which must be some sort of record in pointlessness, but it was just one riff too long)!



There will be a video in time for the release, but we haven't started work on it yet. Been too busy with the album artwork and general ridiculous amounts of admin and preparation that are involved with releasing a long player. At least if you want to do it properly. 

The album, 'Follow, Unfollow' will be released in September. Exact date to be confirmed, but it will definitely be sometime after the beginning and before the end of the month! More teasers to follow soon.


May 2014 Pt 2

We mastered the new album last week at Air Studios. Or rather John Webber did. I just sat there looking at Johnny Cash reel to reel master tapes and fancy record cutting gadgetry. 



Suffice to say, the album is sounding great. This place is as good as it gets and the boss man Ray Staff is something of an industry legend. They've just finished re-mastering David Bowie's '70's classics amongst other big stuff. I'm not claiming the new album will sound as good as Ziggy Stardust though. There was only one Mick Ronson and he's somewhat hard to get hold of these days!

May 2014 Pt 1

As you've probably read on the home page, Underneath The City Lights & Calamity are now confirmed for the soundtrack of new Brit Rom-Com Sparks And Embers starring Kris Marshall, (Love Actually, Death In Paradise etc...). Underneath The City Lights also features in the trailer...



More news on release date etc... when we find out, but as it's set around Christmas time, that could be a clue!

The album is all finished and ready for mastering. That'll be done this month, providing I can get hold of the mastering engineer who's moved studios. Don't like to use other people. Mastering is a fine art, and if it isn't done properly, it's double bubble (toil and trouble) when you have to bin it and pay someone to do it all again.

The artwork is complete for the summer single 'A Fine Line', which will be released in July. It's a little bit ska it is. Upbeat. Good for films actually, for any film directors who might be reading! 

April 2014 

Recording, and especially mixing, an album in a home studio is a bit like doing homework at school. You'll find anything else to do before getting down to business. Weeding the garden, selling things on eBay (at very reasonable prices), rehearsing for gigs that aren't booked, washing the things at the bottom of the wash basket, updating the website and even watching snooker matches on TV that don't feature Ronnie O'Sullivan. 

Still, there is progress, with Feel Like Falling In Love now in the can plus the album title track, which is a minute long and features only two words in the lyric. Won't disclose the title yet in case someone steals it & uses it first. Currently mixing If I can't Have You, Nobody Else Can, which some of you may remember in its rudimentary form from the 2006 demo album Get Old Or Die Tryin'. Will get onto that as soon as I've let the cat out.

March 2014 

Nearly there with the album. A couple more tracks in the can - The Reason Why & A Fine Line, plus a blues harp overdub session completed with Simon Kitchener for the final, as yet untitled, track. It was more of a drinking session really, but a session nonetheless.

Two more tracks to record & then it's time to get the album out before having time to think about scrapping any. Which tracks they'll be remains to be seen. Any requests, please write them on a postcard & throw in the bin!

February 2014 

There was no news in January, but no news is good news. Unless you're a newsreader, in which case no news is dole queues.
January was actually spent raising finances to fund the new album. Not by begging people for money in advance, but by actually working for money with which to pay for it. A unique concept these days apparently.  There are two more tracks in the can - You Never Really Know 'Til You Know and old favourite Fry You In My Mind, and the grand album finale number is nearly finished. 

Some good stuff coming up this year. Stay tuned... 

December 2013 

The festive season is here, so in true capitalist fashion, the regulation Christmas release has arrived with it. The catalogue wouldn't be properly dressed without an official festive number would it?

Now available from all the usual outlets, and of course you can stick it on your Spotify party playlist and slow dance to it with someone you're not supposed to at the office Christmas bash after 15 mulled wines and a Jagerbomb, before being violently sick in a waste paper basket.

We've gone for the cheap looking 1970's style seasonal artwork. The snowman is supposed to be Mark E Smith... 

 

November 2013

The recording of the second album is now properly underway. It's not a lie this time.
Already in the can are Midnight My Time, Falling Out With Your Friend's Girl and Something In The Way You Sigh, plus the last single. Finishing touches required on You're Not The Girl In This Song and #RIPCELEBRITY. Then we'll work out what else is going on it. 

In the meantime, Another Christmas Song is on the way and is now available for pre-order at various places including iTunes and 7 Digital. You know it makes sense. Probably.

 

October 2013

September came and went eh? Time to get back on it. 'Another Christmas Song' has now been sent to the distributors for official release on Monday 25th November, with an iTunes pre-order date of 28th October. Pre-ordering downloads seems a bit strange. It's unlikely that they'll run out at Apple/Amazon HQ. I suppose you might pre-order it whilst you're drunk, whereas you wouldn't dream of purchasing when sober. If that's the case, it can only be a good idea.
Of course, many of you will have downloaded it for free last year. Now you'll be able to put it on your festive Spotify playlists as well. Other streaming sites are available. None of them pay much. Proper new 'parody' artwork too for the official release. Or as proper as it gets round here these days!

There's finally a new free download up on The Page With The Free Mp3. The demo of The Old School Shuffle. Enjoy, if you like that sort of thing.

August 2013 

The economy is in recovery apparently. Spending is up £2.50 on last year. To celebrate everyone being rich again, there's an end of summer sale on in the online shop. We've got the first four singles, (A-Sides), up for a bargain 49p each. Don't know what that is in dollars, but it's cheap.

Need to get some proper artwork together for the official release of 'Another Christmas Song' this November. It was free to discerning website visitors last year, but will be made available everywhere in 2013, so you can stick it on your Spotify Christmas playlists.

July 2013

For those of you who don't know, there is currently a heatwave in England. This only happens every five years at best, so every ray of sunshine must be savoured. We need the vitamin D you see. As a result there is no time to turn on computers to update websites, and it's far too hot to be making music...apart from at The Boogaloo on the 21st of course... 

June 2013

The new single, Give It To Someone, is now available to purchase from all known download stores. A good-vibey bit of musical summer condensed into 2 minutes 20 seconds. Should be concise enough for even the shortest of attention spans. No promos sent out to the industry for this one, so you won't find any reviews anywhere unless people decide to write them later. You're big enough to make your own mind up now anyway.

The artwork  is taken from an 'autograph book' from the early 1930's. Not an autograph book for famous signatures, but a personal one. Broadband connections were very slow in those days, so instead of using Facebook, friends would have to draw each other pictures & write messages on actual paper instead. This one is from 1932...

 

And of course the video, in case you missed it on the front page, is now online. It was recorded on a massive Hollywood budget in Walthamstow and Brighton. The Brighton footage was shot at The Great Escape Festival, more of which you can see further down the thread...

 

Nice little piece just in from Artrocker about 'Give It To Someone', the new single & video. Click HERE to view. Just awaiting the call from Woman's Weekly now.


The videos are now online from May's Under The Influence Billy Bragg tribute at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. Nat The Hammer has been running this unique music evening for three years now at The Boogaloo in Highgate. Every month, a host of well known and not so well known acts pay tribute to a music legend, playing a cover by the featured act of the month as well as a couple of their own tunes. This was the first time the featured act actually turned up, however!

Billy mingled with the audience & acts and even jumped onstage with the other acts at the end for an impromtu version of New England. Some of us missed that bit, due to London's progressive transport system closing down ridiculously early. 24 hour city eh?

Here's a nervy, lyrics all over the place version of Romford Girls, a track from Billy's first record with punk band Riff Raff. Recently re-released on vinyl I believe. He wasn't bothered about the fluffed lyrics though. The drummer wrote 'em...
 

And the finale...


May 2013

The new single, Give It To Someone will be released worldwide on 10th June. A little more upbeat and less sarcastic than the usual Lucky Face fare, but there's nothing wrong with an occasional bit of positivity. Probably! Video will be available a week before the single.



April 2013

Accidentally wrote the next single on Easter Sunday. Recorded it on Monday, and in true Craig David fashion, took it for a drink on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and sent it off to be mastered on Friday. Will aim for a June release date. The 3rd or the 10th probably. Need to get the video sorted now...

 

Bit of a spanner in the works with the track listing of the new EP, due to recent press revelations regarding a certain Australian octogenarian entertainer who featured heavily in track four. Can you guess who it is yet? All that time spent re-recording it too. Hopefully it's all a huge misunderstanding and the track in question can be released at a later date. Currently recording another uptempo tune to put in its place.
That's the regular set closer out of the window. Back to 'fictional' characters from now on.

Feb 2013.

The artwork is now finished for the next release. All that remains is the small matter of finishing the recording. Since David Bowie ripped up the record releasing rule book in January with his sneaky overnight single, we may follow suit. The next platter might appear out of the blue, just when you're not expecting it. Similarly to Bowie's single, there will surely be doubts about chart eligibility...not through any pre-order technicalities though. Just through lack of sales!

Jan 2013

Following Beck's groundbreaking new sheet music only album, it seemed only appropriate to follow suit with the second Lucky Face long player, allowing the music buyer to do all the hard work whilst sitting back and enjoying the spoils.
However, an initially overlooked inability to read or write music soon put paid to that idea, so album number two, Hear No Evil, See None Either, will be released on blank sheets of paper, leaving the consumer free to interpret the album as they see fit.
Below is a sample of the opening track Quiet Noise as it is intended to be interpreted.


Click here to download this file 

The album will be available through all good stationers on February 29th. Album number three will be a traditional affair and is now in progress.


2012:

Sad news from Kooba Radio, who are closing their doors after ten years at the top of online internet broadcasting & ting. Kooba were one of the first online radio stations and are still the best, run by a top bunch of chaps & chapettes. Champions of quality independent music that mainstream radio will never play, (including Lucky Face tunes), and organizers of fine gigs, they will be sadly missed. Jonny Yeah even paid for Nathan Persad to record 'Clean Up My Act' for frick sake! Check it out on iTunes...and then listen to the final shows HERE.


The good people at Tom Robinson's Team Freshnet have placed debut album track 'The Lonely Way' in their Fresh Faves Top Ten for the week commencing 8th October. Check 'em out HERE.?

For those who haven't seen it yet, here's James Dillon & Julia Bobbin's film from the Under The Influence one day festival featuring a wee clip of Rolf...