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The Tom is making plans! I am simply doodling.

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Labels need artists more than artists need labels. Without artists, labels would just be releasing shiny plastic discs with no sound on them

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I actually wrote a song this week, which hardly ever happens. It’s inspired by (ie lifts ideas from) Riddley Walker by Russel Hoban, which is a book about post-apocalyptic Kent. I really enjoyed it, and it put ideas in my head, so here we are.

Veeery rough version, then. A few chords are the wrong way ’round and the ending is a bit all over the place, but the meat and bones are there. It is called Follow Man.

Follow Man (rough demo)

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Robot attacked Swedish factory worker.

The incident took place in June 2007 at a factory in Bålsta, north of Stockholm, when the industrial worker was trying to carry out maintenance on a defective machine generally used to lift heavy rocks. Thinking he had cut off the power supply, the man approached the robot with no sense of trepidation.

But the robot suddenly came to life and grabbed a tight hold of the victim’s head.

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“The stranger was still gripping Lancellotti as Lorio noticed her neighbor was lying in a pool of blood. She didn’t learn what happened until she began dressing the wound — with the stranger still clutching her neighbor’s shirt.

“He said, ‘He bit my arm, chewed the flesh and swallowed it in front of me, ‘ ” Lorio recalled. She said the bite measured almost 3 by 1 1/2 inches, and was less than 1/4-inch deep.”


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Hello, my name is Pete and I am one half of We’ll Write. Maybe a little less than half, the Tom is a bit taller than I am.

It’s my fault there hasn’t been a new Song For The End Of The World for a while. I got quite sick and lost the use of some organs, but they’re better now. I should be able to sing a bit, and I intend to get the last couple of these apocalyptic ditties on the go so we can wrap up this project and start gigging again.

So, sorry about all the delays and that. We’ve two Songs For The End Of The World to go, and then I think we’ll probably tidy them up, put the ten of them on a CD and try and get people at gigs to hand over a couple of pounds for it. It will be a proper album! The end of this serial business, which I was convinced was going to attract significantly more interest than it did. Ah well. It did at least galvanise us and get us recording a bumload of stuff we probably wouldn’t have done otherwise. And having lots of free music available for download can only be good for us.

Over the coming weeks, there will definitely be recordings of The Dance At The End Of The World and One More Time Around, and possibly a new version of Vapour Trails and a song about our doomed future that would be called This Is Not The Future That You Wanted But It’s The Future You Have Got if we were Manic Street Preachers. Thankfully, we’re not. Although I think the Tom would look better in a dress than Nicky fucking Wire does.

Maybe that should be Nicky Fucking Wire, ’cause I’m sure that must be his full and correct name.

2009 is mostly going to be for gigging, I suppose! Which is good, I like gigging. Maybe something interesting will happen to us while we’re doing that, and people will start paying us money to play! I know, sounds a bit far-fetched, but we once played the same night as Polly Scattergood and now she’s all famous and stuff and she was truly awful! So who knows? Provided the world doesn’t end (it’s still quite likely to, let’s be honest), we shall be reasonably active for the year.

After that, I recall having a drunken conversation with the Tom sometime last year about writing and recording a whole album in the style of Jim Steinman. Even sober this strikes me as the most amazing idea ever. We will write eight minute epics about rock ‘n’ roll, chicks and motorcycles! IT WILL BE HEROIC.

In the meantime, I will be on Twitter talking about my naughty cats and my newfound enthusiasm for composting.


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“What Pete’s been up to is anyone’s guess, but I’m sure it involved photographing his cat, programming drum beats, or both,” sayeth the Tom! And it’s mostly true. In fact, I was photographed programming drum beats with one of my cats. She was actually not much help, but made up for it by being unspeakably cute.

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