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Thank you to everyone who downloaded my ’52’ album. It is now unavailable pending me figuring out what on Earth to do with all those songs. You have a similar conundrum in the form of 52 songs on your hard drives without a clue to their content and quality.

They may not all be up your alley… there is for example a nine minute long spoken word and dissonance piece called ‘The Devil’s Prayer’ which I recorded with the talented actor Jenny Mae Morgan for Halloween as well as the aggressive Omnichord-punk of ‘We Need To Talk’. There’s the sub-Warp dance-experiment of a track ‘There Is No German Word For Efficiency’ or the poorly recorded, jokey ‘Please Don’t Die, JB’ which was written to keep my housemate from losing consciousness after she sliced her thumb off at my birthday party.

With the hit and miss nature and obvious quality control issues of writing a song EVERY damn week I thought I would list ten of my favourites to give you a ‘crack’ into the album…

2. Meg Shelton, The Witch Of Woodplumpton
The tale of Meg and some of things that occurred to her as a witch but really more about how men will use the excuse of witchcraft to treat women horribly. Will eventually rerecord this with strings to have a real ‘Danse Macabre’ feel. [Side note – I did have a woman threaten to put a hex on me at a gig I played in Antwerp last year because she thought I was actually condoning the burning/burying alive of witches. Maybe I should stick to playing this song in countries where English is the first language or at least work on my Flemish…]

10. Mr Simm’s Olde Sweet Shoppe (Rights Reserved)
Without a doubt this is the song that people seemed to like the most from my live sets last year. Based on the topic of ‘someone who sells things’ because I wanted to write my own version of Tom Waits’ ‘Soldier’s Things’. This was written bang on deadline because I had spent most of the week trying to find a suitable subject matter. I eventually found the brown and gold Mr Simm’s on the Wednesday morning when I wrote half the song before researching the Simm’s family history which took the song in a… different direction…

16. Marvel
I was given the subject ‘The mundanity of work…’ to write about and I thought I would write about an astronaut bored on a space station (even spacemen gotta get bored sometimes…) I like the pulpy, 50’s Bowie thing on this track and Mark Simpson from the Happy Soul helped me out with some handclaps too.

21. Paint It By Numbers
The half realised collaboration between me and Mark from the last track was fully realised here with Mark’s tremendous Harry Nilsson-esque backing vocals. I played all the instruments (hence the ‘special’ timing to the drumming) before he added his magic. The topic I was given for this song was ‘A maths professor who can only express his love in mathematical theorem…’.

31. Eurelian Circles
This is an odd one. Written by the seat of my pants, I didn’t really think much of this until someone else told me they liked it. Seeing it from their perspective has caused me to since re-evaluate it. I like feel and the space in it. It’s a mood piece rather than one of my usual story songs. This has been something that’s pointing the way for my future writing.

37. Please Write Responsibly
Another collaboration with Mark Simpson (it’s funny how often it happens when you live close to each other). This is one of my stream of consciousness tales in which a story I write comes to life and terrorises first the town and then the world. Inspired by the response to couple of other songs I had written in the month before it where people had been offended or upset by my song subject matter. I am very much of the opinion that just because you *can* write anything that doesn’t mean you *should* write anything. Humans are humans wherever you go. However the damage had been done and this song was my apology.

39. Bee On A String
Another favourite from people who have spoken to me about this album. This track is about someone who traps a bee in a tupperware box and sticks them in the fridge to put them to sleep so they can tie a piece of thread onto their leg and take them for a walk. I actually knew someone who used to do this as a child (they were a child – don’t judge!). It was the first track I got to use my new Series II Omnichord George on.

41. RUExperienced [with Natalie McCool]
Natalie and I played a Manchester Sofar gig together and I discussed the idea of writing one of the ’52’ with her. She gamely agreed and I went over to Liverpool for a day of writing. She’s on guitar and vocals, I’m on Omnichord and vocals (George is getting a lot of use by this point).

43. Vadí Nevadí
This track is inspired by Daisies – the 1966 Czechoslovak film written and directed by Věra Chytilová. I watched it at a music hall in Aldgate in September. Would really like to get some violin on this track. Any gaps you might hear in the instrumentation here are definitely crying out for a violin part.

49. Merry Bloody Xmas
What do you know? I wrote a Xmas song. That I like. Inspired by blood sacrifices and orgies (the true meaning of Xmas). Writing and recording on a little Casio keyboard and using crappy drum machines was extremely enjoyable and has in fact been highly influential on how I am writing my next album.

Special mentions go to ‘The Man Without A Voice’ (strange as it is), ‘This House Has Eaten Us Alive’, ‘All My Old Lovers (Live On The Same Street Now)’, ‘A Year After The Party Died…’ and ‘Seven Veils’. Let me know if you have any favourites as I am still trying to figure out how to release this album or what form it will take. I hope you enjoy some of the ’52’ at least.

Kept off the no. 8 spot by a Drive-In movie showing of The Nightmare Before Xmas...

Kept off the no. 8 spot by a Drive-In movie showing of The Nightmare Before Xmas…

This Thursday will be my last gig of 2014 before heading off to play in Australia. It’s on 18th December at The Art Of Tea on Barlow Moor Road in West Didsbury, Manchester with Gideon Conn and Kate Ashton Butler.

And those lovely folk at the Big Issue would tell you it’s the ninth best thing you could be doing this week in the whole of The North of England.

Tickets available for just £6 (and that ridiculous 60p booking/transaction/handling/scratchingyourbum fee so £6.60 really – sorry about that everyone!) from wegottickets here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/292557

And here’s a Xmas song to get you in the festive mood too – this week’s ’52’ song is about blood, orgies and human sacrifice… you know… the real meaning of Xmas. Also it’s got a Casiotone MT100 all over it – the most Xmas instrument of all.

Anyway free/name-your-price Xmas download here:
https://richardlomax.bandcamp.com/track/merry-bloody-xmas

Illya Kuryakin video out today

Posted: November 18, 2014 in Releases, Video

B-sides. They got a short shrift. They barely even exist today. To a lot of younger music fans they’re just something that their parents told them about and that’s a shame. They may be unnecessary, archaic throwbacks to the early days of pop but I still miss them.

Famous B-sides include ‘I Am The Walrus’ and ‘How Soon Is Now?’. Some of my favourite B-sides include ‘Trade Winds’ by SFA and ‘Dancing The Manta Ray’ by Pixies. (I might add more to this list in the comments when I think of them. Add your own – it’s good to share.)

The lead off single from the forthcoming album ‘Down There For Dancing’ is ‘Wag The Wonderbitch’ which Jay Sillence made a video for but that single had a B-side… and that B-side is ‘Illya Kuryakin’.

Named for the most enigmatic spy on Sixties daytime television, Illya was always my favourite growing up. Much preferred to Napoleon Solo or even that alcoholic woman beater who seemed to be quite popular.

Red Kite are an excellent production/animation company based down South and it was these talented wonders who put together the video for this. It’s lush fast paced psych imagery and probably not recommended if you suffer from seizures or a heart condition. It suits the tune perfectly I think.

The tune is an instrumental surf-rocker. A genre I am endlessly fascinated with and I’m glad I got make my own weird take on it. I’d like to do more.

November gigs

Posted: November 5, 2014 in Gigs, Releases

14.11.27 Strange Brew MANC v2

The album ‘Down There For Dancing’ is out on 30th November but myself and the Tontine will be playing some gigs before its official release where you’ll be able to pick yourself up a cheeky early copy.

Thursday 27th November 2014 at Strange Brew, MANCHESTER
Attend HERE

Friday 28th November 2014 at Mother’s Ruin, BRISTOL

Saturday 29th November 2014 at Frog & Fiddle, CHELTENHAM

Sunday 30th November 2014 at Moon & Sixpence, GLOSSOP
Attend HERE

The album is available for pre-order now from Bandcamp
Get your mitts on the album HERE

Debut album from Richard Lomax & The Tontine, ‘Down There For Dancing’ is being launched on Thursday 27th November at Strangebrewbar on Barlow Moor Road in Chorlton, Manchester.

See full details for the gig here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1549404121958799/

You’ll be able to pick up a copy of ‘Down There For Dancing’, the 12 track album on CD on the night but if you just can’t wait til you can pre-order the physical CD or the digital download (if you order now you’ll receive ‘Wag The Wonderbitch’ and ‘Hôtel X’ right now).

Order the album here:
https://richardlomax.bandcamp.com/album/down-there-for-dancing

Filmed and edited by the very talented Jay Sillence of Soundsphere Productions.
Check out his other work here:
http://vimeo.com/inkblotfilms

The single and b-side (a surf rock instrumental by the name ‘Illya Kuryakin’) are available for free download here:
https://richardlomax.bandcamp.com/album/wag-the-wonderbitch-single

Big thanks to Ellie for starring in the video, Mark from The Happy Soul for helping with the puppeteering and to Strange Brew for letting us film in their bar. We’re holding the launch for the album there on Thursday 27th November and The Happy Soul will be supporting along with Esper Scout and Lisa Marie Glover.

New video and single

Posted: October 15, 2014 in Photo, Releases, Video

Ahead of debut album ‘Down There For Dancing’ (out on 30th November) there will be a video release for ‘Wag The Wonderbitch’ which will be available for free download along with b-side ‘Ilya Kuriaken’ (raucous surf-rock instrumental).

The video was filmed and edited by Jay Silence of Soundsphere Productions and will be available to watch on Sunday 26th October via Youtube and Videscape.

Keep an eye on this site for links to the free download and the video but until then, here are the photos from the shoot. Enjoy…