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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sun May 28 - Mike The Pies, Listowel, Kerry
Sun Jun 4 - Mezz, Breda
Mon Jun 5 - Waterhole, Amsterdam
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