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!

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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