September 20, 2016
Finally! Oskar’s Drum, the collaboration between myself and Yves Altana, gets going. We’ve finished our first album and will be releasing it in November. There will be a gig in the Northwest to coincide, and there are plans for one in London too. It’s great to have this out soon after The April Seven project which I was working on at the same time. Oskar is quite the opposite beast, with Yves taking charge of the music and me back to lyrics and singing. Two very enjoyable collaborations, each sounding very different to the other.
Why so long? Well we got scuppered with the 7″ single we were hoping to release. We kept trying but the test pressings were all so poor we pulled it. We’re still trying but that will be coming later.
The album will be available on CD and download via Bandcamp.
August 21, 2016
After a recent poll I realised that Ragoora Records need to make CDs available as well as downloads. It’s the format that the majority of you want. Vinyl is another matter as it’s prohibitively expensive to make, and the quality is not assured. We’ll keep trying to find a way though.
Thus we have made a limited run of The April Seven’s “Pop Tarkovsky” record in a recycled card gatefold sleeve. The April Seven is a collaboration between myself (music) and Paul ‘Fred’ Frederick (words/singing) from The Family Cat/Jack Adaptor. Not only have we pressed up a small run of these CDs but we’ve both signed them for you. Too much excitement. It will be released on Bandcamp tomorrow for £8 plus shipping.
August 8, 2016
Conundrum in these modern times. What’s your take on it? Or are you all seriously only buying vinyl?
Answers on a digital postcard please to the usual address.
July 29, 2016
Pop Tarkovsky by The April Seven. I’ve recorded some songs with Paul Frederick, singer of Jack Adaptor and The Family Cat. I wrote the music, he wrote the words and has sung the songs. A welcome reversal for me.
They’re available at my Bandcamp site which is HERE
Track listing is:
1. Witch’s Hour
3. Platform Shoes
4. Commandant, Commissar
6. How The Satellite
7. On The Road With The Classic Quartet
8. Love, You Fool
April 2, 2016
Oskar’s Drum have recorded a single which is due out in July. It will be available via Bandcamp, on 7″ vinyl and digital download. The B side is a Stephen Hero song. More details nearer the time. And gigs too. We are mixing the album now. In the meantime here’s a picture of Salvador Dali being pulled along by a goat.
November 17, 2015
Here are excerpts of two new Oskar’s Drum songs. This is my project with Yves Altana, with Danny Ashberry on bass and Kev Clark on drums. First gig December 19th opening for Chameloens Vox at Manchester Academy.
August 28, 2015
is a new band. Yves Altana has written the music and I’ve written the singing.
First gig is December 19th opening for Chameleons Vox at Manchester Academy.
With Danny Ashberry and Kev Clark on bass and drums.
It’s 1980 Top of the Pops, when McGeoch has joined Siouxsie. It’s 1972 when Ziggy played guitar. When Joni Mitchell was blue. It’s Moominpappa at Sea, sailing out to the lighthouse. It’s Gibson guitars and Montague Terrace. It’s Baudelaire and Poulenc songs, Kraftwerk and Berlin Zoo. It’s a bit Kitchens inevitably. But it is NEW.
June 21, 2015
I forgot to put the video up! Here are excerpts of the songs playing over a one take walk through Luxor Temple, Egypt. It was filmed by my other half, Karl, in January this year. Eerily empty for a tourist site.
June 19, 2015
The Golden EP came out a week ago as a DIY release. It’s had radio play in the U.S. and here on BBC6music, and positive online reviews. Lots of you have bought it. We’ve been blown away by the generosity of spirit: at radio, social media, and in particular those of you who kindly gave more than asked. Faith in music world has been fully restored. Thank you so much.
It’s also been a real pleasure to record something quickly and put it out without fuss. That doesn’t mean there won’t be something physical to hold in the future, but this has been a real joy. Again, thank you.
June 12, 2015
Well here it is: Golden EP
If you download the full EP then you get these 4 songs, with 2 bonus instrumental tracks, and a PDF of the handwritten lyrics. All for £2 – Bargain Wooze!
Golden – 3 minutes of woozy sonic love with the gorgeous vocals of Tanya Donelly singing with me.
It Will Continue – You can’t keep a bitter angry man down: ‘as the traitors queue to airkiss you’
His Judas Tree – You can’t keep a hurt bitter man down: ‘give back the sweat of a thousand night’s loving’
Sellotaping Leaves – You can try to turn back the clock, but the leaves will continue to fall. This was the first song I wrote after Folly, so you can see the joins.
Why 4 songs, Patrick? Because all the other ones are taken in the other two projects I’m working on.
What projects are those? They are collaborations with two men I’ve not worked with before. And they are fantastic fun and take me away from these simple feelings.