Elbow Grease

My manifesto!  Ha ha!  I’ve been breaking the rules today.   Okay… here’s the story.  I am currently working on a song that is becoming more than “just a song”.  It is a beast of a piece.  And the more I tinker the more the beast is snarling and lashing to get out of his cage.  I still have him trapped in the cage at the moment – but seriously, I can only keep him in there for so long.  The caged animal.  Prowling.  Shifting back and forth.  Put in a less obtuse way, I have simply written the longest song of my career.  It has waves, movements – like a theatre piece.  It has a chorus or two.  It could almost be an entire album rolled into one song. In fact some of my favourite bands have had albums that are only twice the length of this song!  Ha ha!  I think this song is going to split opinion BIG TIME!  Some will love it some will hate it.  I gotta say that the me of a few years ago would perhaps have fallen into the ‘hate’ camp.  But the me of now is fully behind this song.  It is as epic as I can get without actually hiring the Albert Hall and finding 500 tramps to play the spoons.

Okay… breaking news.  This new song is going to be called ACTION HERO.  There… I’ve said it.  I have to complete it now.  The game is up and the secret is out.  There is a new song and it is called ACTION HERO!  Hey, maybe I’ll even include that exclamation mark in the title.  And, actually… it looks pretty cool written in capitals.  Like someone’s SHOUTING it!


So… there you have it.  This song will either confirm your confidence in me – or make you believe that I’ve lost my mind, lost my sense of credibility.

You gotta understand see.   I have written my fair share of pop songs.  I have written songs that ‘should’ have changed the world! 😉  Ha ha!

Now I gotta write some just for me.  Whether any of you are interested in coming along for the ride is a whole different matter!!!

And I shall update you soon about how you can actually get your hands on my debut album All Monsters and Dust.

This has been a most exciting 12 months.  What with the Eleventh Hour and Confession of the Whole School I have been writing prolifically.  Not just that though… the important thing is I’ve been writing the best songs of my career.  Listen to the two albums back to back and you are hearing some serious time and effort.  It has all been worth it.  How crazy would it have been for these songs to never have existed – just because I may never have bothered to put the effort in!  A bit of elbow grease.

The Last Gasp

So… after the build-up to the last song – video upon video – here is the latest track.  No fanfare. No streamers, party poppers.  Nothing.  Just a new song.  This is the next song for my Confession of the Whole School album.  It is the first track I’ve done for a while without Bill Ryan, therefore the process was a little different to the videos you may have been watching.  I just smashed this one out.  It’s a very personal song… and yet, perhaps all songs are personal.  Perhaps even saying a song is “personal” is a statement full of pretentiousness.  Anyway… this song feels right as the opening number to the All Monsters and Dust album – until I change my mind.  Enjoy.

Writing a Song PART IV

… and just in case you want to listen to the actual mix of the song I produced during this 4th part of the documentary I present it in its full glory here:

Ready, Set… EXPLODE!

The Eleventh Hour. 6 songs now complete. I’m sitting here in my studio listening through to what is effectively half of the future album. I’ve got to say that it is a really great listen – just a cool collection of songs that push things forward. The latest addition is called Ready, Set… Explode! It rocks hard, although that shouldn’t be a surprise to any of you any more! It’s another song to be played with the top rolled down driving through the countryside in the summer. So, all I need now is a convertible and the time to go driving in the countryside. And some sun! This collection of songs is certainly shaping up to be THE album for next summer! (which also gives us time to actually finish it!)

I’ve made a start on the next one already. I told you that I’d be busy for a while! I’m going with the flow of the ‘summer anthem’ vibe and getting down and dirty with some meaty guitar riffs. The only trouble at the moment is it gets uncomfortable wearing the top hat in the studio. The sheer heat. Sweat dripping in my eyes. The real worry is the spandex I’m gonna have to wear when I’m recording the drums! I’m really enjoying this song-writing spell though. The mojo is with me. Ha ha. I will update you further with the progress of the new one when I have got my rocks off… honey.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy Ready, Set… Explode! It is another fabulous The Eleventh Hour song. Great biting lyrics from Bill and a performance worthy of alternative rock gold. Class.