It's been a long time since I've seen a lot of you in person, either at gigs or elsewhere, so we as a band have decided to update the blog on our website with some level of regularity, so that we can put forward the way we are feeling, what's going on in our lives and just to generally have a chat with everyone! I hope this will be a good way to connect with you all until we can start performing again and we can't wait to show you all the new things we've been working on.
Life appears to be starting to shift to an altered sense of normality for me at the minute as I've started back at my part-time job working in my local pub, and i've begun to be able to leave my back garden and get out and about again (social-distanced, of course!). But if I've taken anything away from lockdown, it's a gratitude that I haven't had before, for things i would've previously considered as a 'given'. For example, I'm very lucky that the establishment I work for has managed to stay open after lockdown and I've managed to retain my income. I didn't fully realise how important my job was to me until I saw people close to me losing theirs, and now instead of feeling annoyed that I have to go to work like I occasionally did before (we all feel that way sometimes!), I now just feel grateful that I have one during these trying times. I also feel grateful for the support of my friends and family, namely my brother who kept me busy during lockdown by teaching me his mixed martial arts skils in our back garden, and my wonderful girlfriend who is a trainee children's nurse and has worked throughout the whole pandemic. I understand that not everyone must have had people around them to push them and inspire them during lockdow, or even something as simple as a back garden to do exercise in, and again, I feel very grateful for those things.
Paddy, Jordan and I have luckily had quite a productive period in the last few weeks. We all met at Paddy's house in Lacanshire two weeks ago to spend a week and a half working on music together and getting back into the zone with writing as we personally struggled to make this work over video calls. Over that week and a half we were so productive! We recorded demos of most of our existing songs using two microphones in Paddy's stairwell, and writing and perfecting a few new tracks that have given our preconceived sound a new brash and almost aggressive edge. We've even rethought our full live show and have some interesting new ideas about how we're going to visually fit together on stage, and how our image and music will flow as one cohesive machine, all to hopefully provide a more exciting show for you to watch when live performances are allowed to continue! I know it's been said a million times but we can't wait to be back.
As a last note, I just want to say be kind to each other. It's been a tough but uplifting time for many communities of people over this period, and now more than ever we need to break down the divisions that we have allowed to be built around us and just be kind to one another.
Also, let us know in the comments what you have been up to post-lockdown and if you want us to answer any particular questions or if you would be interested in us talking about a specific subject in our blog over the next few weeks!