So, having finished recording, I am now thinking about artwork for the new EP. Last week five people won a name-out-of-a-hat competition to hear a preview, and I am rather looking forward to letting the rest of you hear the new stuff.
The new EP is called ‘Through These Veins’ and contains three narratively connected songs that are in fact related to a character named ‘Seven Bells John’. This EP, the one after it, and the full length album I’ll hopefully release half way through 2014 are all related to the same character.
As a prelude to the EP, you might be interested in the following:
I have written several songs about Seven Bells John:
Steam Engine Murders and the Trial of Seven Bells John
Seven Bells John is the character in ‘The Steam Engine Murders…’ who during that song is on trial for murder. I’m going to rework this song as part of my next full length album.
Lines overheard at a Séance
Seven Bells is also the subject of ‘Lines Overheard at a Séance’. Here we see the replies that the detective chasing Seven Bells receives when he asks about one of his previous victims.
Ironbark is also related to Seven Bells. The detective mentioned in this is the same as the one who was asking questions at the séance.
How does Seven Bells fit in?
You’ll have to wait to find that out.
Blackwater, a song I’ve demoed is about him. Finished version to come in about three months time.
A stupidly long prog song
Last but not least, the unfeasibly long prog rock song I am currently writing is all about him too.
I have a new EP nearly ready to go. It’s a concept EP, telling the story of a surgeon who is a little too creative in her medical interventions. As per usual, it’s steampunk prog rock, but with some different sounds to my previous stuff.
Steampunk? Yup, I’ll put a cog on the cover.
Prog rock? Yup, the songs go on too long and there’s no way you could dance to them.
With previous releases I’ve done a giveaway where you can get your hands on a preview version. Let’s do that again!
If you would like to hear three rough mixes of new songs, and view a video where I explain the story behind the ep, all you need to do is drop me an email (tomslattermusic AT gmail.com) and tell me you want in. I’ll pick 5 names out of a hat, metaphorically speaking, on Wednesday 13th November.
Actually, not metaphorically. I have a hat. I will pick 5 names out of an actual hat. A top hat!
Here’s a rough clatter through an acoustic version of ten minutes of what will hopefully be the centrepiece to my next full length album.
It’s my birthday this week. One more year avoiding calamity, one more step towards the grave and the sweet release of death.
So let’s celebrate!
I’m feeling pretty chipper at the mo as I’ve been making progress on the next release. This will be an ep with a couple of what are sounding like the best songs I’ve written so far.
However, that’s not ready for you to hear yet, so instead I’ve set all my music on bandcamp to ‘pay what you want*’ so if you don’t have a copy of any of my stuff, especially the latest album Three Rows of Teeth, now’s the time to get yourself a copy. Click here for the bandcamp page.
If you already have a copy, why not send someone else the link?
*Pay what you want= put in any price. You are welcome, in fact invited, to put 0 and get the music for free.
What would it sound like if Nick Cave started writing songs with Genesis after watching too many episodes of Dr Who? How many songs about replacing your body parts with mechanical alternatives is too many? Does the world need a steampunk/scifi inspired prog rock act? Tom Slatter set out to answer none of these questions, but accidentally did.
Yup, I’ve written a new biography thing for the about page. It is here.
Warden’s Song was commissioned by Andrew Fletcher as a theme song for his steampunk character Fitch Warden. Here it is at a pay-what-you-want fee. Feel free to share it with all and sundry.
Today I decided to write a word association twitter review for the other acts performing at the Raising Steam Festival. This is what I wrote:
Thy Last Drop – playing punk with folk instruments and singing songs about naughty goings on. Vagabondy.
Gladstone: bit ‘eavy bit Iron Maiden Judas Priest telling stories about mummies and madness in the 19th century
The Mysterious Freakshow: Double double! rocky psychedelic bits o’ punk ‘n’ 70s rock. Hedge Witch= great song
@Steampunkfunk Montague Jacque Fromage – What a beard!
@TheMechanisms character costume narrative storytelling fiddles and drums I am slightly scared of them
@BirthriteUK slapback Bowie psychedelic metal filtered through 80s new wave vampires arpeggios and plenty of wah-wah
Crimson Clocks: Folky jumpy fiddles storytelling atmosphere of dark red cogs blood and bad people do-niverse?
@METbandUK 1880s new wave numan bowie synth’n'rock’n'neon’n'rayguns reverbnation.com/metbanduk
@MissVonTrapp cello vaudeville murder ballads and scaring young children from the back of a trike
Helicopter Quartet: Mad Loopy Droney Violin Guitar Crunchy Dreamy Sudden Gradual Bam!
Wednesday was the first rehearsal for September’s gigs. New drummer, Michael was bloody good, Joe on bass and backing vocals was good, I was mildly dodgy.
I actually haven’t played a lot of my newer songs since recording them, and this time I’m using my new steampunky electric guitar so we can play some of the more energetic twiddly songs. Some of this stuff is a bit difficult!
Nevertheless, lots of fun and it’ll sound bloody good by next month.
Here are the dates and facebook events.
London 5th Sept: https://www.facebook.com/events/156214677900965/
Reading 21st Sept: https://www.facebook.com/events/123942861133075/
And here’s some footage. I filmed this with my new zoom recorder. I got the sound settings right but not the video settings, so have compensated by turning up the brightness. I shall do better next time!