M&M Newsletter #12

It's May - the month we release our 2nd studio album in 14 countries and take it on tour, and the month that we can finally unveil our 'iconic' album cover (read on to see it). I'm pretty sure this is where the madness starts to happen but I'll tell you a bit about April first. 

Summer is coming!

Summer is coming!

In terms of live, we haven't played as much as we had in recent months because of the build up to the album. We started off the month by playing a, sort of, skiffle style gig as a trio in Proud Camden Galleries. Despite the show being in a pretty dark room on one of the hottest days of the year so far, we had a good crowd who seemed to love it. We've done a bit of live promo in the build up to some of the summer festivals too... playing on a bus in Bournemouth for the organisers of ToneFest (a cracking little independent music festival) on their wedding day, and playing in an incredible cathedral in Hulst, Netherlands that dates back to 1198 for the Vestrock festival where we will be playing a few stages on June 3rd.

Tunes on a bus in Bournemouth

Tunes on a bus in Bournemouth

The ethereal sound of a historic Cathedral

The ethereal sound of a historic Cathedral

We also had our video for 'Stand Down' screened in a theatre in Orange County, California for the Newport Beach Film Festival and although we weren't there (f*cking wish we were), we've had a lot of great feedback from it. We had some airplay in LA and a request for us to go out and play a festival in California next year which we're buzzing about. 

Waiting for Stand Down to be screened at Newport Beach Film Festival

Waiting for Stand Down to be screened at Newport Beach Film Festival

Although our single 'She's Got Love' wasn't actually released until 5th May, it's had rave reviews on a massive amount of websites and had quite a lot of radio play in April. We're gonna keep hammering away in May and I'm happy to tell you that after trying a million different concepts, we've decided on a 'journey so far' style video which is out this week - keep an eye out for it. The single is now available on all platforms including Spotify so have a listen and tell your pals. 

Have a listen on Spotify

Have a listen on Spotify

Now for the really exciting bit!!! I am absolutely delighted that we can now reveal our album cover to you all. As soon as I laid eyes on this image, I knew we had to use it. Some of you may know that we have a friend in Finchley where we live, by the name of Roy Naisbitt, who worked in film, mainly as an animator (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, A Christmas Carol and Space Jam). He's now 87, full of the joys of life (so much so that he's an exec producer on this record and has even done a bit of roadie-ing) and we meet regularly for a scoop... you'll also see him at almost every London show we do. Roy's first job in the film world was working with the special effects team on Stanley Kubrick's Oscar winning '2001: A Space Odyssey'. This photograph was taken (in the 60's) by the director of special effects and Oscar winner, Doug Trumbull. We're delighted to be using this as our album cover and hope you dig it. It's been 50 years since this photo was taken. The M&M logo design was hand drawn by Mark Naisbitt, one of the great sons of Roy. 

Roy Naisbitt featured on our upcoming second album 'We Rise'

Roy Naisbitt featured on our upcoming second album 'We Rise'

So it's party time - we release our album on the 26th of May which will also be exactly 50 years to the day since The Beatles released Sgt Peppers and we'll have some surprises at our live shows so come and celebrate the launch of this album with us at the links below and by the time I write the next newsletter we'll have made some great memories and have stories to tell. 

See us in Pretty Green in Carnaby St, London on the 11th May!

See us in Pretty Green in Carnaby St, London on the 11th May!

Biggest of Big Love
Darren
M&M
 

M&M Newsletter #11

Well it's April, there's a grand stretch in the evenings and I can almost smell the summer. I love everything about it (apart from the hay fever)... the beer garden buzz, jamming in the park and obviously the festivals. I'm happy to say that we're confirmed to play quite a few this year. There are two in particular that we've just announced and I'm buzzing for them. VestRock in the Netherlands will be our first European festival and we've got a cracking slot on the Saturday (3rd June). The other is Chris Evans' CarFest North, a festival that I always hear people raving about and we've a nice slot on the Friday too (28th July).

VestRock 17's line-up

VestRock 17's line-up

Chris Evans' Carfest 17

Chris Evans' Carfest 17

I feel like I'm saying this every month now but March was something else. The highlight on the live side of things would have to be Paddy's Day. We played two very different, but equally enjoyable shows. The first was in Koko, Camden with Dublin legend and our brother, Damien Dempsey. The crowd were in early, well up for it and the sound in that venue was perfect. The second show was in a venue called the Swan in Stockwell. We met with the band and played from 11pm - it was f*cking mental. I've never played to a crowd as up for a party (or as drunk) as they were in the Swan. The craic was 91.

KOKO looking well on Paddy's Day

KOKO looking well on Paddy's Day

Drunken hazy party at The Swan in Stockwell

Drunken hazy party at The Swan in Stockwell

Things are going very well in the lead up to our second studio album "We Rise" and my phone has started ringing for interviews. I do enjoy chatting about the making of the album and how the songs came about. It allows me to revisit the endless late studio nights, the highs and lows and the amount of adjustments I made to my daily routine in order to get into the right frame of mind to write for this album. It's been a roller-coaster and I've really learned a lot from it. I just can't wait for it to be out there now.

Takin' a break recording at John's studio last year

Takin' a break recording at John's studio last year

We also decided on, and announced our next single - a song called 'She's Got Love'. We announced it with a teaser advert online and sent it to a few people to review. To say the response was good would be a massive understatement. In the first day we were made record of the day and a-listed on RTE's Radio 1. The next day we were record of the week and on rotate on a number of stations with an endless list of congratulatory messages of love for the song... I was shocked. It's never moved this fast and I feel like we've definitely made the right decision on the single choice (although I still think the best has yet to come). One journalist called it a "proper solid indie guitar anthem, stuffed with uplifting harmonies, harking back to the glory days of Britpop, when shiny bright tunes of this ilk jangled away on almost every station across the land".

She's Got Love out May 5th

She's Got Love out May 5th

In the midst of the madness with She's Got Love, we got an email from our great friend and director James Skerrit to say that our video for 'Stand Down' had been selected and would be screened at this years Newport Beach Film Festival in Orange County, California... It just keeps getting better.

Stand Down screening on the 21st April

Stand Down screening on the 21st April

There really is so much to tell you - like how our faces will be on billboards all over Germany, or how we're off to the Netherlands for a number of sessions in the run up to release, or how we're debating an album launch in the middle of the North Sea, but I'll leave all of that for next month along with the unveiling of our EPIC album cover that we've decided upon.

We Rise album launch parties

We Rise album launch parties

In the meantime, get your ticket for our London and Dublin album launch shows, or check the website for dates in your area (we've just announced Kerry and Limerick too). 

24th May - Camden Assembly - London

25th May - The Sugar Club - Dublin

BIG LOVE

Darren

M&M

M&M Newsletter #10

I've just realised (and been reminded a few times) that we're mid-way through March and I haven't sent out the February newsletter... I'm delighted that you're enjoying the monthly updates and sharing in the band's progress with us - as always, thank you for the love and support. 

Go 1.55 to hear our spin!

Go 1.55 to hear our spin!

February was a month of 'firsts'. We started the month off with our first few radio plays in the UK of 'Cold November Sunrise', the first track on our new album "We Rise", including a play on Gary Crowley's BBC radio London. We put the final touches on our first ever vinyl album which is now in production. We arranged our first tour as booking agents - a very successful theatre tour for our pals, The Bootleg Beach Boys (we were also the support act on the tour and sold bag loads of copies of our first album). We performed our first headline show of the year at the Old Blue Last which sold out (another first in London). 

The dressing room on The Bootleg Beach Boys tour

The dressing room on The Bootleg Beach Boys tour

That's a wrap for the theatre tour!

That's a wrap for the theatre tour!

Sold out headline show at the Old Blue Last!

Sold out headline show at the Old Blue Last!

We've also announced the "We Rise" album release date which will be the 26th May 2017. We will be having our album launch in London's Camden Assembly Room as well as our FIRST Irish shows of the year... including an album launch at The Sugar Club Dublin (we are buzzing to go home and celebrate).

'We Rise' Launch Parties this May

'We Rise' Launch Parties this May

This month we release in the GSA and Benelux countries, support our pal Damo Dempsey at Koko in Camden for St Patrick's day, and shoot a video for our next single... I'll tell you all about in the March edition.

Irish legend Damien Dempsey

Irish legend Damien Dempsey

BIG LOVE
Darren
M&M 

M&M Newsletter #9

We've had a flying start to the new year (and hope you have too) and started January with some good news... Vodafone in Germany have chosen 'Cold November Sunrise' for their new online campaign 'Freaky Monday' which launched on the 23rd of January. In its first day, we received a massive 90,000 downloads/plays. There has been a great reaction to the song and we're looking forward to getting out there and touring Germany, Switzerland and Austria in the coming months with our new company NB World. The other good news is that we now have a deal and will be releasing in France. We've also confirmed two festivals and another tour of the Netherlands which we'll be announcing soon (slowly but surely boxing it all off in Europe).

Vodafone Germany 'Freaky Monday' Campaign

Vodafone Germany 'Freaky Monday' Campaign

We've been working hard on getting the album ready for manufacturing and in the next week, we'll have completed the vinyl artwork... it's got to be white vinyl doesn't it? The artwork in general for our second studio album 'WE RISE' is coming together really nicely and we've now decided on a front cover - which is a whole other (and very interesting) story.

White vinyl

White vinyl

Because of all of the above, January has been quiet on the gigging front, although we have done a couple of good ones. We played and celebrated the birthday of our friend Paul Gallagher in Highgate, London. It was a brilliant night of music and partying and we had a buzz with fellow Irish band, Cronin.

M&M and Cronin

M&M and Cronin

Our first ever Scotland show was on Jan 20th, playing the famous festival 'Celtic Connections' in Glasgow. I know everyone says it but what a place to play. The Glaswegians really do love their live music. The crowd were great and despite the 14 hour round trip (in one day), we had a cracking time.

Celtic Connections, Glasgow

Celtic Connections, Glasgow

We've finally decided to get with the times and start doing some Spotify playlists. In our latest playlist 'M&M1' we've selected some songs from the artists who inspire us - and general banger's... Enjoy

M&M1 Spotify Playlist link

Next month will be an interesting one as we're diving head first back into it with a mini tour and our first official London show of the year, playing at 'The Old Blue Last' in east London. We've just confirmed that this will be the full electric M&M band show and you don't want to miss it.

M&M Newsletter #8

I sit down to write this latest newsletter with a serious fire inside. I am truly buzzed and ready to take this year by the scruff of the neck. This year we'll share our second album with you. An album which has already achieved more than the first one, without even being released. The songs are stronger, the production is (ten times) bigger and the message is as pure as ever before. You're gonna love it.

What can I say about December. It was a month of partying, celebrating and of course, playing music. We played over 15 gigs in every description of venue and boozer. It was brilliant. There were a few highlights - the Christmas session for our friends and management in our favourite little underground Italian haunt in Soho. We enjoyed playing in Chelmsford and Hereford too but the most enjoyable one of December would have to be our Dublin date in a local pub in Rathcoole 'The Rathcoole Inn'. We rammed the house and raised almost €4000 for the Pieta House charity. It was so good to see our enormous contingent of family and friends, coming together to support a great cause. It really was the best way to cap off the best year for us... So far.

Here's a little round up:
•    January - Kicked off the year by playing The Late Late Show, performing Cold November Sunrise which will be the first song on our new album. 
•    February - Embarked on a new adventure when we started playing our new UK band (feels like we've been playing together years now)
•    March - Played to our biggest crowd to date... 20,000 people at Trafalgar Square. It was a special moment
•    April - Made massive progress in the studio. This was the month when the album started coming together perfectly. Went to Coachella festival in the US too. 
•    May - Created a buzz by playing some full band shows in the UK including a very well attended show in The Hospital Club in London. 
•    June - Made our European debut when we went to The Netherlands to play in Volendam, The Hague and Breda (as well as a pit stop in Amsterdam). Great times. 
•    July - Shot the video and released 'Stand Down' which was A-Listed on Radio 1 Ireland and received some airplay in the UK. 
•    August - Played sh*t loads of festivals and toured the UK.
•    September - Went on our first full band tour of Ireland, finishing off in The Dublin Unitarian Church. It really was a special show (and month). 
•    October - Mastered our album at Abbey Road Studios and played in The Royal Albert Hall. Unbelievable. 
•    November - Released 'Love & Be Loved' and received our largest amount of radio play in the UK to date, particularly on Radio 2. 
•    December - See above.

So now, I start this New Year by telling you that we have decided on a title for album two. I think it's very fitting with the story of the year we've just had, along with the bigger sound and the growth of the M&M team. The album will be called 'WE RISE' and I can confirm that we will be releasing in April/May time in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Australia and New Zealand. We've also had some offers in Japan as well as a number of other countries so we're aiming for a worldwide release. I hope to have more news on this next month. 

Pre-Order 'We Rise' here

Happy New Year - I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2017. 

BIG LOVE
Darren
M&M

M&M Newsletter #7

I can't believe this mental year is drawing to a close. 2016 has been, by far our busiest and best and I hope that we've brought you some light and love with our songs in a year that will probably go down as the worst in history for the death of legends and the rise of idiots.

We are looking forward to a break at Christmas because when 2017 hits....    

OUR ALBUM IS COMING!

November has been a bit of a mixed bag really with some serious highs (I'll get to it) and a low point when we had to cancel some gigs... Nothing major, but I was out of action for almost two weeks - I had my wisdom teeth pulled and then had a pretty bad reaction to the medication (fucking nightmare). Apologies to anyone who we've let down (I promise, we'll make it up ten-fold).

Anyway, congratulations to our pals Sparky and Elaine on their marriage in early November. We had a great buzz at the wedding, playing with a serious bunch of talented musicians.

On that same day, we launched our latest single 'Love & Be Loved' and have been receiving quite a lot of airplay in the UK - more than ever in fact... Special thanks to DJ Janice Long and the other Radio 2 DJ's who've been giving it a spin.

So the good stuff started to happen in the latter part of the month when we, and our legendary manager (Dave) started to send the album out to some music heads for feedback. The response, as we predicted, (it's a great record) was really good and we've since had offers of a record deal in Japan, as well as a good few in Europe.

I'm absolutely delighted to tell you that we've (just today) signed a cracking deal in Germany, Switzerland and Austria and will be releasing our album over there in April '17. We also plan to release/tour the rest of Europe too and I'm sure we'll have news of that in the December installment.

Also, our limited edition double a-side vinyl has just arrived in time for Christmas too and can be purchased on it's own, or with hand written lyric sheets here!

http://www.irl.bigcartel.com/product/loved-be-loved-cold-november-sunrise-7-handwritten-lyrics

For now - have yourself a merry little Christmas and we'll catch you in the New Year when I can tell you how December went.

BIG LOVE

DARREN

M&M

Video Premiere 'Love & Be Loved'

Following on from our UK and European tour in the summer together with several International festivals and our September tour of Ireland as a full band, we will release our next single, “Love & Be Loved” this Friday November 11. Pre-order it with the links below - 


Digital
iTunes
Amazon
GooglePlay 
Spotify


Vinyl
IRL
Amazon

A couple of years ago, I was asked to write a song for a charity which catered to drug rehabilitation clinics around the U.K. and Ireland... 'Love & Be Loved' is what I came up with. The message in this song is simple - "you're not alone, sure I wrote you a song". I genuinely believe that music is a healer and my main reason for writing is to reach out, if even only to one person in the hope of easing a troubled time or a heart ache. My favourite songs to write are ones with a message of positivity and love and we all feel that now is the right time to release this track.

In our heads, we all saw this one as a potentially huge production, so that's exactly what we did. Along with the incredible band who usually play on our recordings, we brought in a string section, brass and even a choir (seriously, listen to that female voice screaming out after the first chorus - she's something else). 

I hope you enjoy the song... Love & Be Loved.


BIG LOVE

Darren

M&M

M&M Newsletter #6

COME ALIVE LIKE A COLD NOVEMBER SUNRISE!

I write the October installment of our monthly newsletter with a very proud and satisfied smile on my face... We now hold in our hands: Our mastered album, a new video and single (released 11.11.16), our first double a-side single on vinyl, a tour plan for the new year which takes us all over Europe, the UK, Ireland (and beyond) and a fresh bunch of heads who've jumped on board for this amazing journey we currently find ourselves on. As always, thanks to you for your continued love and support.

Steps to Abbey Road - now and then

Steps to Abbey Road - now and then

The start of October saw us officially becoming business partners in the company we're currently signed to in the UK, 'The Soundtrack Agency'. This means that as well as touring our own shows, we'll now be booking shows, tours and festivals for some of the UK and Ireland's biggest touring artists... Exciting times!

soundtrack.png

As well as business, we had our creative heads on to finalise the track listing, album title and to put to put the final touches on our second record before the mastering stage. I really feel like this one is a giant leap in sound, songwriting and all round playing. We have had such a cracking bunch of musicians play on this album. When you have players who've worked with Bowie, Pink Floyd, Kasabian, Sinead O'Connor and George Michael (the list goes on) coming to play on songs you've written, it's pretty mind-blowing stuff.

On the live side of things, we played a few great ones in October. We did an industry showcase and became members of the world famous Groucho Club in Soho. Since becoming members we've been having a great buzz in there (too often to be honest) and as our social lives grow from hanging around with rock stars and actors, I can't help but feel like the bank account balance (and liver) is shrinking. 

At the Groucho Club before the showcase

At the Groucho Club before the showcase

We also played with good friend Damien Dempsey at The Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Rooms. It's always an amazing experience playing with Damo and he never fails to tear the house down when he (and his adoring crowd) sings. I'm sure that he'll go down as a 'Dublin legend', if he's not already achieved the status.

Pre-gig tour of the Royal Albert Hall

Pre-gig tour of the Royal Albert Hall

Of everything that's happened this month (and this year for that matter) I would have to say that mastering our album at Abbey Road Studios is without a doubt the highlight for me. As you probably know, Greg and I are Beatles fanatics and to go to work in Abbey Road was just the most incredible feeling. We drank red wine and mastered our album, stopping often to wander around the studios and to listen to stories of The Beatles' time recording there, from our really cool mastering engineer, Alex. I was overcome by emotion when we walked down the steps and into studio 2. I could feel the history and I also felt like I'd been there before having watched so many Beatles documentaries. I played the piano that Lady Madonna was recorded on (it sounds just as it did). We then finished the mastering and listened back, all with huge smiles. 

Studio 2 - recording home of The Beatles

Studio 2 - recording home of The Beatles

The Lady Madonna piano

The Lady Madonna piano

Glass of wine to celebrate

Glass of wine to celebrate

This month sees us release out next single Love & Be Loved which has already started being rotated on the airwaves in the UK, Ireland and most recently, Germany. Get yourself a copy of the single on vinyl at www.irl.bigcartel.com/artist/morrissey-marshall where I've also decided to do some hand written lyric sheets for the collectors bundle. 

One of a kind hand-written lyrics for Love & Be Loved and Cold November Sunrise

One of a kind hand-written lyrics for Love & Be Loved and Cold November Sunrise

LOVE & BIG LOVE

DARREN

M&M

M&M NEWSLETTER #5

I can safely say that September has been without a doubt the busiest, craziest and happiest we've ever been in our musical lives.

We have been on countless planes and trains in taxis, buses, cars and a wonderful splitter van (thanks to Greg's uncle), which served us very well on our tour of Ireland.

I won't scare you with every detail of the madness of the 18 shows (as well as the 10 radio shows and a number of interviews for newspaper and online media), I’ll just give you the highlights but, know this – we had the time of our lives. Thanks to every single person who came along to support us and for buying our record (we’ve sold out of them!).

Great to see our name finally on the line-up

Great to see our name finally on the line-up

It was a pleasure to do the ‘prestigious’ Ruby Sessions in Dublin to kick off the month. They’re a sound bunch of people and the crowd were very attentive indeed – we got a great reaction.

Pin-drop moment at the Ruby Sessions

Pin-drop moment at the Ruby Sessions

In that week we grabbed the splitter and loaded it up with our equipment and band, and hit the road to do a few dates as well as some radio shows… Special thanks to our pals Fran and Maeve for putting us up in Galway and to Peadar for showing us around Limerick (what a great place – the bad press it receives really pisses me off) and for letting us crash.

'Stressed Out' On Spin Southwest radio

'Stressed Out' On Spin Southwest radio

The highlight of that week would have to be our packed out show at The Dublin Unitarian Church. It really was a special night and it was the first time that we really got to show off our dynamic, from the full band sound to the stripped back and delicate sound of the acoustic harmony songs as a duo… Maybe because there wasn’t a bar ha (although I’m sure I saw some sneakys swigging from their hip flasks)!

Hangin' out with a legend before the Church gig

Hangin' out with a legend before the Church gig

After a brief trip to the UK for some meetings, a show and to decide on our next single (which I can’t wait to tell you about… read on), we were back in Bray (Wicklow), where we met up with some friends. The after gig buzz escalated and we decided to drive over night, straight to Kerry with our mental mates in the van. We got to Kerry at 7am and I slept in the car park for a couple of hours. We then decided it’d be a great idea to swim/wash ourselves in the river (Feale I think) before heading to the Listowel races. We played Mike The Pies (love this place) that evening.

The Harbour Bar in Bray

The Harbour Bar in Bray

'Get down to the river and get in!'

'Get down to the river and get in!'

At The Races

At The Races

The following week we supported Something Happens at the Skerries Soundwaves Festival and The Lottery Winners in London before flying home (again) for the wedding of my wife’s twin brother Chris to the lovely Jen.. Congrats!

Skerries Soundwaves Festival

Skerries Soundwaves Festival

So…. OUR NEW SINGLE has been decided upon and I know you’re going to love it.
A couple of years ago, I was asked to write a song for a charity which catered to drug rehabilitation clinics around the U.K. and Ireland... 'Love & Be Loved' is what I came up with. The message in this song is simple - "you're not alone, sure I wrote you a song". I genuinely believe that music is a healer and my main reason for writing is to reach out, if even only to one person in the hope of easing a troubled time or a heart ache. My favourite songs to write are ones with a message of positivity and love and we all feel that now is the right time to release this track.

In our heads, we all saw this one as a potentially huge production, so that's exactly what we did. Along with the incredible band who usually play on our recordings, we brought in a string section, brass and even a choir (seriously, listen to that female voice screaming out after the first chorus - she's something else). 

Love & Be Loved will be released on 11.11.16

We’ve got some more amazing news… We’re finally going to have some VINYL for you (YES)! 

We’re doing a double A side single release for ‘Love & Be Loved’ and ‘Cold November Sunrise’. I’ve also started writing some hand written lyric sheets to coincide with this release. There will be a very limited number of these ‘collectors’ items for sale so make sure to pre-order here…  

Love & Be Loved/Cold November Sunrise Vinyl 7" (Limited Edition)

Love & Be Loved/Cold November Sunrise Handwritten Lyrics

Big Love

Darren

M&M

M&M NEWSLETTER #4

I am fresh as a daisy and excited about our upcoming tour dates in Ireland (including our first Dublin show of the year ­ playing the Dublin Unitarian Church on Saturday 10th Sept... I'll let you know how it went next month) while writing the August installment of our monthly newsletter.

I've loved almost every second of this month (bar the occasional hang over). We kicked it off by launching the video for our latest single 'Stand Down'. Not only was it the biggest online reaction to date (thanks to you), but 'Stand Down' has also been on radio more than any other M&M release (and the songs are only getting stronger). It's been played on BBC Radio 2 quite a bit, Radio London and has also been A­-Listed on RTE Radio 1 (as well as spot plays all over the UK and Ireland). Thanks for spreading the word people.

Video Of The Week on The Irish Times

Video Of The Week on The Irish Times

We spent a couple of days in early August in Portsmouth and Southampton. We did a Portsmouth radio show 'Express FM' with two very cool DJ's called Geoff and Adrian. They've interviewed EVERYONE so it was great to hear some of their stories. We then went on to play at The Talking Heads in Southampton. Before us, a guy by the name of Jack Francis played... We loved his music (check him out).

Jack Francis - Sun-Kissed (YouTube)

The next day, it was back to London for a full band show at 'The Black Heart' in Camden. The gig was OK, but my favourite part of the night was getting the guitars out at stupid o'clock in the morning to do some 60's tunes with Eoin Glackin and duo Koates (who both supported us that night).

Soundcheck at The Black Heart, Camden

Soundcheck at The Black Heart, Camden

After a brief stop off in Wexford (to surprise the ma' ­ she was delighted) we were off to Kerry to play Mike The Pies pub in Listowel ­ what a great bunch of people they are. I really enjoyed the night and we were very well looked after by Aidan, the gaffer of the pub (so much so that we're going back to play there again on Sept 17th for race day). We played at The Canal Quarter Festival in Tullamore the following day and got to witness two teams slugging it out in a real game of 'tug of war' during our soundcheck (it was both bizarre and entertaining).

Ready to go in Listowel, Kerry

Ready to go in Listowel, Kerry

Tug'O'War in Tullamore

Tug'O'War in Tullamore

We then headed back to London for some meetings on our album release and to decide on our next single (you're gonna f*cking love it). We played an acoustic set at The Vinyl Bar in Soho with support from Milky & Harry Nolan on the Thursday. That weekend, we went to a beer festival in Hereford... We serenaded the locals for two days and drank (sh*t) loads of their lovely local ales.

The Vinyl Bar, Soho, London

The Vinyl Bar, Soho, London

Another full band covers set at the Roadhouse (Covent Garden), a studio session and a radio show later and YESSSS, I'm packing my bags for our Irish tour... Come and see us if we're in your area.

The Roadhouse nightclub, Covent Garden, London

The Roadhouse nightclub, Covent Garden, London

BIG LOVE

Darren

M&M

M&M Newsletter #3

It is with a fragile body and mind (we've just been to the YNot festival with thirty odd lunatics) that I write the third installment of the M&M newsletter. 


July has been just as frantic as June. On the 3rd of July (having celebrated the birthday of my wife Sue), we were up at the crack of dawn to head to an empty nightclub/warehouse type place in Hackney with the band, a bunch of actors, crew and our pal and director/videographer James Skerrit to shoot the video for our latest single 'STAND DOWN'. It is always great to work with James. His positive attitude and ability to work 14 hours straight with a smile is truly admirable. So what we did was, we dressed a kid (the very talented Sonny) as a political leader (or potential 'leader' please America, don't let it happen) and put him on the podium. The idea was to portray the mentality of these people, as that of a spoilt child. We had him preaching to a bunch of reality TV style judges (just to further expose the madness of this day and age). As the video progresses, each judge has a sort of epiphany, realising that they don't have to deal with to the sh*t they're being fed and in fact can listen to words of positivity, honesty and a real message instead - through the beautiful art of lyrics in music (see it for yourself below). HUGE thank you to all involved in the making of this video.

And that's a wrap!

And that's a wrap!


On the 7th of July we went to our first gig in a long time as spectators. Our good friend Michele Stodart launched her 2nd album at The Islington... She was excellent and it was great to catch up with her and the other members of The Magic Numbers (legends). 

Check her out - http://michelestodart.co.uk/


We played two gigs in London on 15th of July - The Embankment Summer Market and another one in Ladywell before a very brief trip to Ireland (more partying).


On the 19th, we did our second full band covers show at The Roadhouse in Covent Garden before heading to The Deershed Festival on the 22nd. What a brilliant family festival this is. We played twice on the Friday, one on the Pallet stage (unplugged) and one on the Obelisk stage. The crowd really seemed to love it and we had a good group of people with us to support (family, management and an old babysitter of mine to name a few). Quick stop off in London for a covers gig before heading to Dorset for Tonefest on the Sunday. Tonefest was brilliant too, we played the 'Free Peace Suite' stage alongside Lucy Rose and our good pal Tom McQ. We've been very lucky this year to have been treated so well at all of the festivals we've done (and believe me there's been a good few), so nice one. On Thursday 28th we played at The Sebright Arms with the band to support Echotape for their album launch - they're a sound bunch.

Deer Shed Festival 2016

Deer Shed Festival 2016

 
On Saturday 30th the video went live and received thousands of views, likes, comments and shares in just a couple of days... Keep spreading the word people, I think the world should see/hear this one. 

WATCH STAND DOWN


Thanks for reading and hopefully when I come to writing the August installment, Stand Down will have been a roaring success.


BIG LOVE

Darren

M&M 

CATCH US LIVE! 

Wed 10/08/16 @ The Black Heart - Camden, London ('Stand Down' Single Launch Party)

Fri 10/09/16 @ Unitarian Church Dublin - Ireland

New single 'STAND DOWN'

The new single from our forthcoming album is out 24th August! Keep an eye out for new content and announcements over the next few days.... 

"Lyrically, the song is inspired by those poor unfortunates (politicians) who tend to stop at nothing when striving for success... They will lie, mislead, instill fear and do whatever it takes to get the people on side, without any true regard for the people. This song sparks the idea that there will eventually come a time when we'll come together, rise above the fear and use truth, honesty and love to start fixing all of the things that need to be fixed. I feel that now, more than ever 'STAND DOWN' is an important song for this time" - Darren Morrissey

M&M Newsletter #2

June

It's the second edition of our newsletter and things have been nice and busy (so nice and busy that I kind of already regret agreeing to write this monthly buzz)...

We have done our first ever European dates, playing very different, but all very positive gigs in The Netherlands:

First up was Volendam, where we were introduced to two brothers (and absolute gents) from the band AlascA. Frank (the lead singer), collected us and took us to the venue where his lovely fiance had cooked us a lovely meal. The gig was really well received and we invited Frank and Paul, his brother, up for the encore (We did The Band's ‘The Weight’). We then sold and signed loads of records and went to crash at their studio. I was overwhelmed by Volendam itself; I've never been anywhere quite like it. It's a really beautiful seaside town with a great history (thanks to Frank's stories) and I would recommend it for a break.

Encore with AlascA - Volendam, The Netherlands

Encore with AlascA - Volendam, The Netherlands

 

The next day we travelled from Volendam, through Amsterdam and on to The Hague (all by train because I f*cked up the booking of the rental car). Ireland were playing Belgium that day so it was a very rushed and panicked encounter, all because we were desperate to get there before kick off. We missed the first train and our second attempt was not helped by me, very intelligently dropping my house keys out of the train doors just as they were closing (don't know how it happened)... A local man politely told me to pull the emergency handle, so I did. An announcement then came on the intercom to say that 'someone' had delayed the train - moments of chaos followed because the train terminated at an airport and I had quite clearly f*cked everyone's day. I did the whole journey with my head down, feeling lots of Dutch eyes burning into the back of me. To make matters worse, we're shooting a documentary, so most of this traumatic and very embarrassing experience is on camera.  Ireland lost and the room we stayed in was smaller than a jacks cubicle but the gig was enjoyable, albeit very interesting (you'll have to wait until the documentary to see who attended).
 

YEP - That's the first train pulling away in the distance and my devastated face

YEP - That's the first train pulling away in the distance and my devastated face

LEGGED it out of The Hague the next day and on to Breda, where we played an enjoyable afternoon show in a really cool venue. We played for well over an hour and sold/signed loads of records again... Day 3 always seems to be a good experience for us when touring. The stage usually seems more comforting and we tend to play very well together and usually with a longer set (three's the magic number).

Breda, The Netherlands

Breda, The Netherlands


We got back to London just in time for our first full band and covers experience at Covent Garden's 'The Roadhouse'... It was packed, we bossed it and it was great to see the band and our legendary manager Dave.

The next night I was in Spain to witness Robbie Brady become a 'F*CKIN' IRISH LEGEND!' with his late goal against the Italians.

After that, it was back to London and back to the Studio where the album is shaping up nicely and where we decided on our next single 'STAND DOWN'. The song is 'most' fitting for this time as it is aimed at  those poor unfortunates (politicians) who tend to stop at nothing when striving for success... They will lie, mislead, instill fear and do whatever it takes to get the people on side, without any true regard for the people. This song sparks the idea that there will eventually come a time when we'll come together, rise above the fear and use truth, honesty and love to start fixing all of the things that need to be fixed.

We have set a release date for August 24th and have a hard hitting concept for the video.

I'll tell you more about it in the July edition.

BIG LOVE

Darren

M&M

M&M Newsletter #1

 

I have decided to write a monthly newsletter to keep you (family/friends/followers) updated on our progress as we attempt to send our second album out to as many ears in this beautiful world.

St. Patrick's Day 2016, Trafalgar Square

St. Patrick's Day 2016, Trafalgar Square

As we're already in June and as it's been a pretty mental (and pretty unbelievable) year so far, I'll give you a quick update on our 2016 to date...


JAN

  • Released Cold November Sunrise on 01.01.16
  • Debuted on The Late Late show
  • A-­Listed on Radio 1 Ireland


FEB

  • Met and started jamming with some new musicians who became part of The Morrissey & Marshall Band (London)
  • Good Vibes Soho night at The Vinyl Bar
  • Played with The Live Last Waltz at Islington Assembly Hall


MARCH

  • Paddy's day... played in front of 20,000 people at Trafalgar Square ­ our biggest crowd to date
  • Played our first full band show at The Magic Garden
  • Easter party at The Boogaloo
  • Played our first festival of the year ­- Stockton Calling


APRIL

  • Studio to demo some new tracks
  • Holiday -­ LA, Vegas and Coachella festival


MAY

  • Back at it in the studio full on working on the new album... starting to take shape and sounding BIG
  • Played some live sessions at a famous Soho studio too
  • Played another couple of full band shows (Hospital Club & The Old Queens Head) ­ crowds growing and live show getting tighter... New songs going down better that the first album (good sign).

I look forward to writing about our progress and will post something at the end of the month. It will be a good one as we've already picked a follow up single to CNS, played 3 festival shows and had some very (VERY) good feedback on a new song.


All the best,   
Darren

M&M