Whoop whoop!
This is happening next month!

I’m performing at The Onion Club at The Polar Bear in Hull!
Save the date and get your asses down there because this is going to be immense.

Me, Mile and Steve are looking forward to this and we’ve got Michael Turnbull on board as our guest drummer. (That’s Litany‘s drummer. If you don’t know who they are, you should!) He’s freakin awesome! Don’t take our word for it. See him in action with us on May 12th at The Onion Club in Hull!

Plus, you might just see me stealing Steve’s keys for a song!

What more could you ask for?

 

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RKJ Radio added Don’t Pacify Me to their Purest playlist over on Spotify. Give it a spin and check out the other emerging artists on that playlist. Not to be missed!

 

The Official Music Video for ‘Don’t Pacify Me’ is now up on VEVO!

Go forth and press that play button repeatedly and bask in the glory of… well, a lot of my face, to be honest. Awks. But seriously, if you want to see the video in full, watch it below or head over to VEVO to see what me and the guys have been working on.

Credits:
Director, Cinematographer and Editor: Mathew Hamilton Green
Hair & Makeup: Faye Harris Horsman
Actor: Mark Morris

Got me on my knees, Lola…

“Don’t Pacify Me” from a guitarist’s perspective…

I heard the bare bones and the beat and I was really liking the style. Immediately I knew that a complex riff or overbearing guitar was only going to complicate things and distract from the prominent melody and rhythm; I had to go simple. For the intro and recurring high notes I based this solely in the high end of a minor pentatonic scale, repetitive and recognisable throughout the song. When it came to the chorus, it’s a simple bend and a slide being once again, repetitive and recognisable.

Writing and recording this song reminded me of a valuable lesson as a guitarist; you don’t always need to play at 100% of your ability, don’t be afraid to go back to basics.

The intro was recorded on a reverse headstock Fender Strat that I owned for all of 2 months as it wasn’t suiting me… the tone however was great for bringing out warmer high notes. For the chorus I wanted something more full and maybe a little gritty for the bend and slide which meant going back to my main guitar that you will 99% of the time see me playing live…. She’s called Lola.

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She’s an all original 1965 matching headstock Fender Jaguar in Olympic white; a divisive guitar but I love the bones of it. Flicking into the jazz circuit gave the warmth and classic tone we were looking for.

When playing this song live, it’s all on Lola. She’s pretty beaten up but it’s all genuine, not like new relics but hey… I’d look worse after 53 years of playing. From there we go to the controversial multi effects board instead of my pedaltrain full of goodies because far too many times that has failed in sound check and shook me up. The Boss GT100 is accused of robbing tone but when playing live, it does the job perfectly and preserves that genuine 60’s tone.

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P.S. The guitar bores will now complain because Lola doesn’t have her original bridge and mute fitted. I have them and will return them one day but practicality has to win out sometimes and I can’t have strings popping out the bridge when I’m playing live! Hence the buzz top too.

By Miles Williams (Guitarist & Fender Jaguar Enthusiast)

Don’t Pacify Me
Available March 26th via Blackout Recordings
Pre-order on iTunes

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