Hey all. First off thanks so much to everyone who came to see us at the Hidden Door Festival the other night in Edinburgh we had a great time!
The real news today is that tomorrow night we’ll be playing at the Pinup Nights’ Halloween Party at the Flying Duck with Pop up and The Social Services. Tix are £5 or £4 if you’re dressed up, doors are at 9pm. It should be a great night anyway but for those of you who need another reason to come this will be your last chance to see our bass player Calum play with us. We’ve known Calum was leaving to focus on his various art projects for the last few months, and a while ago he decided that Pinups should be his last show with the band. We’ll obviously keep everyone up to date about where and when he’ll be displaying or installing his work but as of tomorrow he’ll be uninstalling himself from bass duties with us after just shy of 9 years (since our first practice in high school). Nay more, I promised myself I wouldn’t cry.
In short: Come tomorrow, give Calum a hug, don’t recoil in fear if he tries to kiss you on both cheeks european style, but do shriek at the no doubt fantastic costumes on show at Pin ups. x
Edinburgh is getting pretty busy. The streets are full of people handing out fliers and other people posting those same fliers into the nearest bin. In that same spirit we’d like to tell you about our upcoming Edinburgh show with We Were Promised Jetpacks and Sebastian Dangerfield as part of The Edge festival (the music side of the Fringe) on the 21st August at The Liquid Rooms. At the time of writing Tickets Scotland have 2 tickets left in store (I just called them) and when they go the whole shebang will be sold out. We’re really looking forward to it cause we haven’t properly played with the Jetpacks in ages so it’s sure to be a fun little evening! Hope you get the last pair of tickets!
Album’s have been selling really well and we’re so glad that you seem to be liking it! We’ve had a few more really nice reviews and some blog and podcast stuff recently that our followers and friends on Twitter and Facebook will already know about, some of it will be on the Press page of this site. We really enjoyed playing the songs for a whole bunch of you over the last month, and our trip up to Stornoway and Aviemore etc. was some of the most fun we’ve had since probably the last time we were up that way so thanks a lot to everyone who came out to see us! It was great to be back in Glasgow for the first time since the album laucnh show, and Nice ‘n’ Sleazy’s was such a great gig! Cherri Phosphate were super and Randolph’s Leap went from being my new favourite band to being Calum and Mark’s too, and no doubt quite a few other peoples that night.
We’ve got some more gigs coming up soon that we’re pretty excited about but they can wait for another update. In other news our album and ‘Sparks’ single are now available on Spotify! So click the link to get listening and throw some tracks on to your playlists.
The video for The Observer, episode 4 of our web series ‘Live at the Diving Bell Lounge is online now. Click here to watch it. New episodes posted every Tuesday!
Ooh also… we’re getting the old mailing list up and running again it’s been a little bit neglected so make sure you’re signed up by clicking the mailing list link in the sidebar to receive the latest Endor news and occasional freebies and competitions. (If you’ve bought an album via our bandcamp site you’ve already been automatically signed up so don’t fret)
Until next time.
It’s been busy round these parts lately! Lots to talk about. First off thanks so much to everyone who came to our shows in Aberdeen and Edinburgh over the weekend and to everyone who popped into Avalanche and Lovemusic for our instores. (Remember you can buy physical cd’s at those lovely shops if you want to.) We’ve been having a blast playing these songs live and seeing people gradually getting to know the newer album tracks and having some of you even singing along at the shows has been just awesome.
This week we’re off up north, by far one of our favourite directions, to play in Inverness, Stornoway, and Aviemore. We can’t wait for a nice wee road trip. We’ll be stocked up on Cornetto’s and crisps for some sweet ipod DJ sessions. While we’re away though we wanted to leave y’all with something to watch. That’s why last week we teamed up with the amazingly talented Richard and Jolene from Precious Productions to film acoustic versions of every song on the album in the very live room at The Diving Bell Lounge in Glasgow where we recorded them over 6 months ago. We all crowded round one mic, Jolene and Richard set up cameras and we just filmed performances of each song and left them as they were. They look great and we’re really happy with the way they turned out, so what we’ll be doing is that over the next 10 weeks we’ll be posting each song in the order they appear on the record. Click here to head over to our youtube channel where you can watch both the intro and the first video in the series for ‘All Your More Buoyant Thoughts’.
Next week we’ll post ‘Without the Help of Sparks’ and so on and so forth. We really hope you like them, so check it out and let us know what you think. See some of you this week!
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Our debut album is released TODAY! We’re so pleased with it and are incredibly happy to be able to share it with you all finally!
To buy a physical copy please go here. If you buy a physical copy you’ll be able to download all the songs immediately complete with all the lyrics. Then in a couple of days (depending on where you live) we will send you the cd and a set of badges (while we have them.)
The cd’s look gorgeous thanks to the artwork of our friend Geneviève Jodouin.
If you’d rather download the album you can get it from itunes and all the usual places, or if you buy it directly from us here it will come with the lyrics overlay for your mp3 player.
While we’re here, we’d like to thank everyone who came down to see us at Stereo on Friday night for the album launch gig. If you weren’t there you missed an awesome sweaty sweaty night. We were hoping the place wouldn’t be dead, but we never thought we would sell it out so we just want so say a massive thank you to everyone who came down and to all of the lovely people who bought copies of the album.
There’s an interview here about the relase of the album which you can check out.
And for those of you in Edinburgh or Glasgow, we will be playing some instores this week. The details are below but it’s the Avalanche stores in Edinburgh on Monday, and Glasgow on Thursday. Both shops have the album in stock so come down and say hi and pick up a copy.
Monday 5th July – Avalanche Records, Cockburn Street, Edinburgh. Live just after 5pm.
Thursday 8th July – LoveMusic (Formerly Avalanche), Dundas Street, Glasgow. Live just after 5pm.
So yeah that’s it we’ve finally released our first ever album. Enjoy.
Our new single, the first to be taken from our new album, is on sale NOW! It’s called ‘Without the Help of Sparks’ and you can buy it by clicking the artwork in the side bar on the right or by clicking here.
We’re really proud of it and we’re really glad to be finally releasing music again!
We hope you like it. Enjoy.
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Ok so a lot has been going on round these parts recently so there will be no time for any talk of sorry for the wait between blog posts or any of that. On with the show!
So, as most of you who read this blog already know we have an album which was recorded over the Winter and is set to be released ‘soon’… well I’ll get on to that in a minute but first things first as they say. Before album time rolls around we shall be releasing a single form the record in the form of ‘Without the Help of Sparks’ on the 14th June… mark it in your calendars! This will be a digital download only single which you will be able to buy from all the usual places iTunes, Napster, We7, Sotify etc. and will feature two b-sides. The artwork is above and the tracklisting is below and you can listen to the a-side here:
- Without the Help of Sparks
- For the Love of Yamamoto and Ogawa
- Sparks, Fires, and Flames
The first of the b-sides, ‘For the Love of Yamamoto and Ogawa’ is a duet with Glasgow singer Hana Waclawski, who some of you will know from Endor acoustic sets through the years, and was recorded a few months back here:
‘Sparks, Fires, and Flames’ is an instrumental and was pieced together from outtakes of the original demo for ‘Sparks’ that we recorded last year and we just enjoyed playing around with the track so much that we thought we’d let y’all hear it.
Our good friend Geneviève Jodouin did the artwork for the single and we absolutely love it. Gen has designed the album artwork too but I don’t think you’re quite ready to see that yet.
Gigwise, we have quite a lot of fun stuff coming up. The next time you’re going to be able to see the full band is at Oran Mor in Glasgow with Zoey Van Goey and Peter Parker but I will be playing quite a few solo shows in the coming weeks and Hana will be joining me to sing Yamamoto and maybe a wee cover or two for a laugh. These shows are 3rd June at Mono, Glasgow for the Washington Irving Ep Lauch, the Q Without U single launch on 10th June at Captain’s Rest, Glasgow and also as part of Fete de la Musique somewhere on Ashton Lane on the 19th June!
The most important date to remember though is of course 14th June for the chance to get your hands on a copy of… oh no wait… ok not your hands on a copy but to keep your hands on your Mp3 player and listen to ‘Without the Help of Sparks’ whilst looking at the pretty pretty artwork! Yeah!
Well Summer turned to Autumn, and Autumn to Winter, and we found ourselves recording our first album in the newly built Diving Bell Lounge in Glasgow with Marcus Makay. We have been in a sort of hush hush mode for the last few months just trying to make the best record we could muster… god knows if we have or whether we’ve made a total mess of it but we’re all really pleased with it for now.
As of the last couple of weeks we’ve been slowly starting to turn the cogs of the old Endor machine again. We’ve been practicing and learning how to play the new parts of the newer songs since the end of January and whilst it would be nice to just stay in the practice space and never let anyone hear them until we’re spectacular at them (or until we discover the legendary H chord!) we figured we should just book some shows and let people start hearing what we’ve done.
We’ve posted two tracks from the album called ‘All Your More Buoyant Thoughts’ and ‘Chapel Doors’ on our myspace and facebook pages, and we’re thrilled with the responses to them! Thanks it’s awesome to hear everyone’s reactions! A third track from the album called ‘Two Lovers’ can be heard here courtesy of Jim Gellatly’s New Music podcast! He says lovely things about us at around the 27 minute mark which are far too kind, but you should listen to the whole podcast it’s a real treat!
If you want to see us teeter back onto a stage like Bambi on the ice then you will be able to in April as we’ve just announced a few shows with bands like Sebastian Dangerfield, A Band Called Quinn, and Super Adventure Club. Check out our myspace for details.
Anyway, more news to follow… hopefully see some of you in April! It’s good to be back!
Bonjour. New Album. New songs on myspace. Gigs to follow asap. x
The first cassette I ever got was a Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 tape that my Dad bought me when I was 5 and I was hooked, cue dressing up in the suit from my Beetlejuice Hallloween costume wearing a cowboy hat from Disneyland and trying to Moonwalk and Anti Gravity lean for the next 5 years or so.
Sad behaviour – yes! Sad times – also yes.
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