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

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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…

August/September tour with Tim Holehouse

Posted: September 2, 2014 in Gigs

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So behind with this blog. Whilst planning the tour and simultaneously trying to finish my first album with The Tontine (‘Down There For Dancing’ – out in November) and writing and recording a new song every week for the ’52’ project something had to give… writing a new song every week is tough enough without writing about writing a new song every week.

I am currently on an eleven date tour of England with “mutant blues-man” Tim Holehouse (slide guitar/beard/sour mash voice). It’s been eventful, taking in our last ever Tontine gig with guitarist Matthew Cleg (sob) before he leaves for Brighton (though you can hear his jaw dropping guitar work on the ‘Down There For Dancing’ album when it comes out) then a Mansun convention in Chester organised by my old Johnny5thWheel cohort Andy Lyth for which I recorded a cover of my favourite Mansun song – ‘An Open Letter to the Lyrical Trainspotter’.

From there through Leeds, Manchester, two gigs in Liverpool (including one very meta-gig at the Lomax – weird seeing your name EVERYWHERE in a room you’re playing, like that scene from ‘Being John Malkovich’), Keith Allen’s local in Stroud, one of my best ever gigs at the Cheltenham Underground house show and on to Bristol for Mr Wolf’s last night.

What? Just me?

What? Just me?

Our next show is at Vibe Bar on Brick Lane in London and it looks to be a very interesting bill with Kerttu and Emel Michael playing as well. Then on Thursday we’ll be playing Billy Childish’s stomping ground The Medway at Poco Loco before I head over to Bristol for one last gig at the Anarchist bookshop Hydra Books (I think I am on at 6pm but am awaiting confirmation) before returning to Manchester to organise the release of ‘Down There For Dancing’.

Oh and amongst all this Tim and I found time to write and record a drinking song together for the ’52’ project. It was originally going to be a two part drinking *and* hangover song but it look like I will be facing the hangover alone when I get back off tour. You can hear and download the song at the usual place here – https://richardlomax.bandcamp.com/track/when-im-drunk-feat-tim-holehouse.

News to come on the official release of my first album ‘Down There For Dancing’ and some blogs about the ’52’ songs that I have written when I get home.

Last Wednesday I went to watch Sally Mason playing a set at Mono in Chorlton. Wednesday is and has been deadline day for me to have my song-a-week song written which I managed to utterly forget I had to do and ended up diving into an alleyway to write the song for that week. As anyone following this project may know I am currently working my way out of a technological slump (stolen phone/broken laptop) which means no mobile Internet and no way to send the song to the Deadline Box in time. If the song wasn’t sent to the email by midnight, I would have failed this ridiculous challenge in its 31st week once and for all.

Hannah, who was playing violin for Ben Playford that night at Mono, tried to help me which some magical Internet ‘hotspot’ thing which was a revelation to me. Apparently I could tether my iPod to her phone’s 4G. Witchcraft! Things were looking good. However Hannah’s battery died just as the song was 85% sent (O First World! You and your problems!) and with 26 minutes til deadline I dove onto my bicycle and rode home like THE WIND to send the song from there. 

Regretfully I missed Sally’s set.

The topic was ‘Venn Diagrams’ which was a suggestion from Facebook or Twitter though I regret that I cannot remember who from (make yourself known Suggester!) – listen and download here…

https://richardlomax.bandcamp.com/track/eurelian-circles

Who needs sleep?

Who needs sleep?

Deadline: Wed 16th July 2014
Topic: 24:7 Theatre Festival in Manchester
Listen to the track here: https://richardlomax.bandcamp.com/track/theme-for-24-7-festival

This week’s tune was a commission to record a theme for the 24:7 Theatre Festival which is taking place around Manchester from the 18th to the 25th July. See their website for more details of the events they are putting on… www.247theatrefestival.co.uk

I believe I’m playing Bridgewater Hall for them on Thursday 31st July which is the day before Burt Bacharach plays there (which I am going to count as supporting him, it’s just a really early slot…)

I kept it lyrically simple so it could function as background or intro music but as well as my trusty Omnichord I had a lot of fun with my new theremin synth plug-in as well as recording and processing the sound of me using some drills (real DIY style).

Next week’s song is about a house I used to live in. You can also still vote on the tracklisting for my next album by picking your favourite from this ’52’ project and tweeting it @LomaxRichard with a #p52.

That oh so fleeting lubricant... Eel! I mean eel!

That oh so fleeting lubricant… Eel! I mean eel!

Deadline: Wed 2nd July 2014
Topic: The Slippery Eel of Discontent
Listen to the track here: http://richardlomax.bandcamp.com/track/that-slippery-eel-of-discontent

A suggestion for a topic from Si who plays bass in my band, The Tontine. This is week 26, the twenty-sixth song of the year. So officially the halfway point of this song-a-week exercise and the perfect time for an emotional stockcheck.

Deals with the nature of how easily the things we build in our lives can shift and disappear. That Fragile Happiness as the Super Furries sing.

The Slippery Eel itself a interesting character to develop as the harbinger of Discontent. The bricks becoming paper is an arresting image to represent the notion of crumbling strength but ultimately I find the two metaphors are whilst not at odds with each other, a little crowbarred together.

I preferably would like to find a way to rewrite this to link the themes more strongly or maybe even split this into two more fully developed songs.

Recorded on my iPod as my studio is still out of commission while my laptop is considered unfixable (still being punished for mocking the probably fictional Gods of Technology). Hopefully I’ll figure out a way to solve these issues soon as I’m keen to get to work on the first Tontine album as well as rerecording the strongest 12 songs of the first half of this ’52’ as an album as well.