Monday, August 10, 2020

The Arrivals Picture House

There's a thread on the Drowned in Sound boards at the moment, where people share their favourite unique special edition physical packaging they've collected from bands over the years. A few people in there mentioned the special edition of Arrivals, the debut worriedaboutsatan album, released back in May 2009.

Properly took me down memory lane, looking at those again. We sat and made them primarily in the satan front room in Leeds, which (looking back) was a complete tip. Was fun though, here's what it looked like in it's heyday:

Yikes.

Anyway, the packages themselves were quite the things. If memory serves, Sophie bought a massive roll of particularly thick, old school wallpaper from Leeds market, and we cut out rectangles from it, sewed a sheet of what I can only remember as lacey paper type stuff in the middle, then added 2 unique photos, a CD of Arrivals and a CD of Arrivals remixed, and topped it off with a hand typed tracklisting on a piece of cartridge paper. On the reverse, I'd type out a special message, unique to each edition. Here's what someone got on the DiS thread:

I remember that picture. Me and Sophie bought it from a charity shop, as we couldn't stop laughing at the expression the dog's face. Incidentally, it's taken over 10 years for us to realise that Rex Flood isn't the dog's name, but the artist's. I've no idea why we'd assume someone would sign the picture with the dog's name, but the mind works in mysterious ways. We found it online anyway, here he is:

What a dude. No idea what happened to that picture, but apparently could've been worth something, as Mr. Flood is a big deal in the dog sketching world.

The packages though, holy moly. We made 100 of them, and sold them all out eventually. I uploaded all 100 photos to an old tumblr too, so you can see which number yours was, and what else you could've gotten. It's still online here: https://arrivals-blog.tumblr.com/ 

Anyway, was nice to remember all this today. 2009 seems like an absolute lifetime ago now, but was great fun whilst it lasted.

 


Thursday, July 30, 2020

satan x pitp

 Did someone say 'new satan'?

As revealed yesterday, the American label Past Inside The Present has weirdly agreed to put out one of my records :)

They are very, very lovely people, and also really, stupidly good at what they do. I'm really very pumped about all this, so it's with great pleasure that they're putting out a lovely transparent blue vinyl with the worriedaboutsatan name on it.

The record is a bit of a weird one, so I thought I'd explain a little about it. It's called Europa, and it's a sort of a best-of, with two brand new tracks added in there. When I first started talking to Zach at the label, he wanted to put out, as a kind of introduction I suppose, a few older bits of the satan catalogue alongside some new stuff I'd sent him. So I let him pick through the various newer bits of the discography, and he settled on what is now Europa: Shift (part 1), Who Is A Hunter? and Cloaking.

What's weird is that the Who Is A Hunter? / Cloaking single was originally supposed to be released as a 12" single on another label, but it never saw the light of day for some reason. This was in about 2017 if I remember rightly, and after a year of not hearing anything, we decided to just release it ourselves as a digital only thing, so it's nice to see it finally on wax, as originally intended!

The two new ones, Vex and Sunk, were from some old sessions that I occasionally refer to as The Vault™ - basically a big batch of songs we finished up when the band was still a duo, and not just me. The vault started in around late 2016, and ended in mid 2019, just as the band was moving into a solo project. These two tracks aren't that old though, and I think were finished up at the end of 2018.

The rest of The Vault™will no doubt see the light of day at somepoint, although it's nearly all out there now anyway.

SO. There you go - Europa! You can add the 12" to your Juno wishlist now, or just wait for me to bang on about it (which I of course will do, closer to release time)

It's also actually just part 1 of a two part release on the label, so keep your eyes peeled for round two later on in the year...


Thursday, July 9, 2020

2 more walkthroughs

Hi!

I've done two more of those 'in the studio' walkthrough things, this time for Time Lapse track 'A Lost History', and Even Temper opener 'I'm Not Much, But I'm All I Have'.

Both are here, if you'd like to know anything about the making of either. Also open to questions about any of the satan catalogue, so if you have a burning desire to know how I did something or other, please do get in touch.

A Lost History (2020)
 

I'm Not Much, But I'm All I Have (2015) 

The whole playlist, which is up to 5 videos now, is here:
bit.ly/satanyoutube

Monday, June 29, 2020

the future of satan live

When lockdown hit, it took the one gig I'd had booked in, 2 festival slots I had lined up, and an entire tour I was planning for October. I was, understandably, fairly gutted, but also I was kinda nervous about how this one man satan would operate onstage anyway, so I felt a slight bit of relief and a new found enthusiasm to try something else.

I'd been working on a live set for ages, btw. I'd had it more or less nailed as early as last autumn, and after a few trips to practice rooms to try it out, I felt a lot better about the whole thing than I had previously. It was to be about 6/7 songs long, using loops I'd made and put into my iPad's Garageband looper, over which I'd play my guitar and loop that via various pedals, and out through a small practice amp. Anyone who'd seen us play as a duo will know that I used to channel my guitar through an iPad anyway, so it didn't really present much of a change of pace.

But then, lockdown hit and I lost all my gigs, and then I thought this set might not be very good after all that. I thought that, after a decade of gigs with the two of us going for it onstage, this new look live show with me sat down next to a lava lamp, playing songs mainly on guitar and trying my best to loop hastily thrown together wav files via a fucking iPad suddenly didn't look too hot.

I sort of panicked about it, but meanwhile I'd started these ambient guitar livestream things on Instagram. Just me and a guitar, looping stuff and having fun trying things out. I couldn't get the electronic elements together with the guitar stuff to go into the iPad that was recording me, so I (as I usually do in these situations) decided to roll with the punch and limit myself to just guitar. It sounded nice though, and I liked just noodling. Not done stuff like that in a while, so it was nice.

But then I started thinking, 'well what am I going to do then?' I toyed with the idea of just sacking off gigs altogether, and just doing these livestreams, but I do enjoy touring, and playing for people, so I don't want to lose that. I'm currently working on a new live set, somewhere between the beat driven satan of old, and the more ambient, dreamy satan of now. I'm hoping it'll be ok, and you lot won't mind me sat down next to a lava lamp as opposed to throwing myself around onstage.

Anyway, I usually do about an hour on these livestreams, so I decided to split it into two chunks when it came to recording them for youtube. Part 1 has been up for a while, and is here:

 

And over the weekend, I finally managed to get a decent recording of the second half of it, which is now up for you to listen to here:
 

I'm aiming to get the tour back on track for 2021, but will let you know how I get on.

Friday, June 19, 2020

walkthroughs

If you've ever wondered what goes into a worriedaboutsatan track, well wonder no more. I thought it'd be kinda fun to dive into the studio sessions of a few tunes and explain how I put stuff together. Starting with 'Twin' and 'Step Inside', I'm aiming to make this a bit of a regular thing, as I had quite a bit of fun doing them.

Anyway, the series is up on the satan youtube channel here.

Here's the one for Twin. It's only the demo of it, as it was fleshed out and finished elsewhere on a computer I don't have access to, but it's fun enough:

...and here's the one for Step Inside, which is way more thorough, as it wasn't taken anywhere else for anything:
 

Any requests for future tracks? Get in touch and I'll see what I can do...!

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

split no.5

Very happy to announce some more new music from the house-of-satan:

 
It's a split cassette with my guy Veins Full Of Static, out via my own label This Is It Forever, on July 10th.

It's the fifth split in the series, where I ask someone to join me on maxing out the side of a tape by letting your inhibitions down and getting a bit experimental. So for this one, I went for a really long, Burial style fuzzy late night atmospheric rumbler, and VFOS (or Jamie as he's otherwise known) went down the route of plaintive ambient washes, slowly unfurling over some barely-there beats. It's a monster, and I'm really excited to get this out in the world.

It'll be out on lemon coloured cassette (it's bright, trust me), and with each order you'll get an IRL badge, which is the same as the one on the cover there. Pre-order lands next Friday, and full release is on July 10th.

Any press enquiries, hit up adam [at] tailored-communication [dot] com and he'll sort you out.


Monday, June 8, 2020

live recording

Hi all,

Thought I'd take a quiet Sunday to record one of these live sets I've been doing as Insta livestreams, and bang it on youtube. I appreciate some don't have Instagram accounts, or would just like to see something in better quality.

So, here you go:


It's actually the first 'half' of the semi-improvisational live thing I have going on at the moment. I'll record the second half sometime soon. This stuff wasn't part of the live set I was going to tour with btw, it just kind of happened once I started these livestreams. Technical limitations meant I had to just focus on the guitar, and do away with the electronic elements, which was kinda nice as I didn't think slamming loads of beats and synth through an ipad via Instagram would've sounded anywhere approaching good.

Anyway, hope you enjoy it.