Here’s another glowing report from the NME. Gold stars all around.
I remember reading this at the time but had long since forgotten about it until a friend brought round a load of press clippings he’d collected (as a birthday present for me yesterday).
I remember this gig for a number of reasons, it was a totally shit night. We had, for some reason, a totally different sound on stage to the one we had in the sound check. The tour manager was taking the piss and putting so much dry ice on stage that we couldn’t see each other. The drums were all over the place; when I turned around to see what was going Davis was doing this weird pose with one hand in the air, he looked like a dick and as a result couldn’t keep time. I looked over to our bass player who just shook his head at me in disbelief.
It was our debut album launch night. There was a huge gaggle of pretty middle aged women in the crowd in front of me all looking up at me smiling. Shit! It put me off. Eddie Reader from Fairground Attraction came backstage and went on about how awful managing directors of major labels were. One thing I remember whilst playing was seeing Terry Hall from The Specials moving and a shaking. Sadly, he never came backstage.
After the show we had an ‘aftershow party’ with free beer, the label put a tab behind the bar. By the time I finished doing interviews I got to the bar to be told the beer was gone. “I’m the singer in the band!” I protested. “I don’t give a fuck who you are!” She said. I looked around at a bar full of ligers with piles of cans in front of them ready to drink and take home. The venue were giving the beer away as quick as they could, people had been going up to the bar and getting 8 cans at a time.
I remember our publisher buying me a beer, sort of reluctantly, and then our A&R man came over to me and said: “We just about got away with tonight Chris.” I still don’t know what he meant by that and I was to disenchanted by the whole evening to ask him. Oh yeah, and the gaggle of girls at the front all fucked off by the 3rd song because I never made eye contact with them. Still, the NME loved it.
The new Twelve red vinyl Cd’s arrived today, they look super cool!
I’ve been asked to dig out past press clipping by our old label Beggars and it’s been funny reading some of the stuff I used to say. It’s like reading an old diary but different. I never collected the press stuff at the time, I only kept odd things and I stopped reading it and taking much notice after the second album. I think this was in the Melody Maker, a great shot though by Steve Gullick outside the brand new Nottingham Tax offices. They sent security out as soon as we arrived and started taking pictures!’Clear off you louts…!!’
I started my Twelve project years ago while we were waiting for our record label to put out our second album. I was always into multitracking and creating sounds and writing music and around that time I had managed to buy a reel to reel recorder and a mixing desk. I started recording stuff with our drummer but we couldn’t really do anything proper with Twelve because we were on a label as six by seven. (legal reasons mostly)
At the time, I wanted Twelve to be a singles club, releasing two songs every month (hence the name Twelve). I did release a few but the internet was still in it’s infancy back then and the band duties started coming up (touring etc.)
Anyway, over the years it’s been different things this electronic side project of mine, producing varied music, until recently when I decided to stop it and start again. I’ve spent months working on new material and trying to forge a distinct sound. That’s not easy. I wanted it to go back to Kraut roots but make a sound different from traditional Krautrock. I found that playing old analogue instruments, especially the Roland ones which have become synonymous with sound of Techno, gave me a sound I was looking for. For now anyway.
I love the sound of the Roland TB 303, it has this very rebellious sound I think, it’s almost like the electric guitar of electronic music. Combining the 303 with the loops and the drones of Krautrock and recording without a computer is what is creating the new sound. I’m really happy with it and I also have tried to sell and present the music in a new way.
Anyway, I won’t waffle on here about it because I think the website speaks for itself and there’s a video up there which explains everything. So click on the picture above and go over and have a listen and a look around. I hope you like it.
It’s getting close to needing a new pair of headphones. As bad as these look, they still sound amazing and sadly Sony don’t make them anymore. Yes, that’s a fork holding the right side together and I have a teaspoon holding the left on. Rest assured, I know what I’m doing, I did this with my last pair which I had for over 10 years (although they only had one spoon and no fork adjustment.)
The band have just been in the studio to record a fantastic pschedelic slab of drone rock to be added to the extra bonus tracks you get with the album download of the exclusive RSD limited 500 vinyl album.
The song is called ‘She Walked’ and you can grab it as a free download until RSD starts on Saturday by going here