Hobbes Fanclub, Withered Hand, and us

Now then! We’ve been working on a few things lately, in between some of us taking off on holidays and what have you. And we’ve got a couple of popshows lined up in the next few weeks. Shall we tell you about them?

We’ll take the silence that inevitably follows from the ongoing incapacity of most websites, including this one, to facilitate voice-activated, real-time user interactivity as a yes.

Our friends The Hobbes Fanclub have released their first album Up at Lagrange today. It is a thing of radiant wonder. They asked us to host a launch gig for it. So we are. It’s at the Red House here in Sheffield on Friday 19 September. We’re playing at it too. That’s because we couldn’t ask any other bands in Sheffield, which in turn is because we don’t know any.

Then on Wednesday 15 October we’re playing with the mighty Withered Hand at the Maze over in Nottingham. It’s a good thing we’re on before them, because when they played at Indietracks this year it took eight weeks to recover from the emotional impact. And it’s only been three and a bit weeks since Indietracks actually happened.

So, hope you can make it along to one or even both of those! In the meantime, speaking of Indietracks 2014, the very lovely Mr Robin Byles out of Robberie filmed some of the set we played in the merch tent. We’ll play out this post with it. Bye for now!

Video: our Oddbox weekender set

Hallooo. When we played the Oddbox Records weekender a few days ago we were awfully excited to be debuting two new songs! One is called ‘Say There’s a Place’. This song makes Pete happy because the chorus sounds a bit shoegazey. The other is so new that it doesn’t even have a proper name yet (working title: ‘Slow 45’). This song makes Pete happy because it rhymes ‘deadbeat’ with ‘spreadsheet’.

We thought the gig went quite well so we were chuffed to find the whole thing on Youtube a few days later. Do you want a look? Go on then.


1. If You Ever Need a Shoulder
2. Peace, Love and International Socialism


3. Right as Rain


4. Slow 45


5. I’m Not Like Everybody Else


6. She’s an Accountant


7. Say There’s a Place


Hope you like. See you at Going Up The Country!

Speaking too soon

Yeah, we should have known better. Roughly four minutes and 43 seconds after announcing our first two popshows with new keyboard player Danielle, the curse of The Sweet Nothings struck again.

If we were a team playing a weird hybrid sport combining football and rugby union, our line-up would include both Darren Anderton and Jonny Wilkinson. As it stands, this time Dan has knackered his collarbone and you can’t really play bass with your arm in a sling.

So we’ve had to pull out of both this week’s gig at the Hop here in Sheffield and the fantastic Going up the Country all-dayer over in Cheshire on 1 June.

The good news is that our good mates The Mini Skips have stepped in to replace us at the latter. And the whole line-up is a thing of wonder. So you absolutely should go, regardless. We probably will, even though we’ll spend the whole day saying: “Gah! Wish we were playing!”

In the meantime, please join us in wishing Dan a quick recovery. Get well soon Dan!