Out Of Spite

I think I’ve finally almost recovered from last weekend’s Out Of Spite XI festival at The Well in Leeds. Musical highlights included Leatherface, Milloy, Pylon, Protectors, Bangers, The Dauntless Elite, Glass Avalanche and Coal Train to name but a few, although the real highlight was seeing an awful lot of friends that I don’t get to see even half as much as I wish I could.

Pylon played their last ever gig on the Sunday night and to say they’ll be sorely missed is a massive understatement. I’ve got to know them quite well as people over the past few years and was fortunate enough to share a stage with them on a few occasions back in the DARTZ! days so it’s hard to articulate how I genuinely feel about their music without coming across as a bit creepy… I’ll just keep it simple and say that they’ve been a pretty important band in my musical upbringing!

Thankfully Chris Pylon’s new band Protectors are pretty nifty too, eh? Cheers to everybody who picked up one of the Protectors Party Bags at OOS – fair to say that they were probably the fastest selling Pay For The Piano Recordings release to date! Get me on the Apprentice. I’ve saved the music industry. Who’d have thought that putting a CD, a bottle opener, a t-shirt and a few stickers inside a tote bag would prove so popular… tote-ally brilliant.



Protectors feature ex-members of two of my favourite bands – Pylon & Dugong – so it’s no surprise that I think they’re dead good is it? Their debut album is available to download through the In Rainbows business model of “pay what you want” from Bandcamp.

Check out this rather splendid video:

For those of you who prefer a physical release to digital download, you’ll be pleased to know that I’ll be releasing a limited run of CDs in lovely packaging over Summer. Nice one.

A Life Of Possibilities

Yeah, so, erm, seemingly I neglected this for the entirety of 2010. Sorry about that. I’m going to be updating it far more frequently in 2011 so keep checking back ‘n’ tha’. Going to give this new fangled “blogging” malarky a crack – seems to be all the rage these days.

In terms of Pay For The Piano stuff, got some great gigs coming up from the likes of Frankie & The Heartstrings, Dananananaykroyd and Brother and got some exciting new PFTPR releases in the pipeline from Lifeless and Protectors amongst others.

Haven’t got much to say tonight, so I’ll just leave y’all with this video of The Dismemberment Plan at Webster Hall in New York from last weekend that I just stumbled across on youtube. I went to the gig. And it was amazing. Thank you to Big Ass Lens for uploading the vid.

I took some photos on my trip, feel free to check ’em out on Flickr: