Monday, 22 November 2010

Two gigs with Chimes & Bells

So we got back from Denmark yesterday in the afternoon. Having only slept for an hour or two the night before I am guessing none of us remember much from the flight...
We left London on Thursday and arrived at my brother and cousin's lovely flat in Christianshavn that night. Only by sacrificing their own beds did they manage to house all eight of us for the weekend. (We won't forget that!)
We managed a fairly quiet night, I think due to equal measures of the fatigue of travel and nerves for the gig.

The next morning the boys, fresh as daisies, popped down to the local posh bakery (Denmark's most expensive, apparently) to fetch lavish lattes for everyone and picked up a copy of Politiken (Denmark's best newspaper) which happened to feature a full-page spread about the band. A great piece, which did us all proud.
The weather was quite frankly shite, so most of the band spent the day inside, lounging, jamming, reading and generally keeping things fairly 'folk', before heading off for sound check in Lyngby. From then on things happened fast. By the time we had finished our fairly spartan sound check we just had time to neck a brewskies and scoff some rice and unidentifiable orange sauce and then we went on stage. The gig was cool, but by no means our best. There were about 100 people there, including my and Caecilie's (Chimes & Bells) parents. The worst part about it was that some uber drunk and, invariably, uber tall Dane was standing right in front of stage with his back to us, chattering wildly with an equally cooked girlfriend of his. Even though I do normally manage to get on with the music when this kind of thing happens there was something utterly off-putting about the situation. My eye caught my brother and cousin threatening the obtrusive pair with violence more than a few times, haha. Oh well, we still managed to keep things together and my parents didn't threaten with suspension of my allowance or anything.
Chimes played a cracker after us and even though I think it was a bit loud for my folks, everyone else was loving the wall of guitars for the hour-long show.
The night finished back at our flat where we stayed up partying til about 8 in the morning (roughly the average, spread over the 8 of us).

Predictably, the next day didn't really start before it was over for the drunken folkies. We got up, showered and went straight to sound check at Loppen, Christiania. It was probably the low point of the trip, both due to the insanely potent hang over and the sub-par show the night before. The sound check didn't happen, as a result of strict curfews from the above restaurant, so the nerves were amplified even more in the hours leading up to the gig.
We knew this one was the important one of the two nights. On the back of the Politiken article from the day before we anticipated some 'industry' might show up and really wanted to prove to ourselves that we could do better than we had.
But but but, we pulled it out of the bag and delivered an absolute stormer to a good-size and very recipient crowd of Copenhageners. The night stands shoulder to shoulder with our album launch gig as the best Klak Tik have ever had and the last bit of hangover was flushed out with the two truly magical remedies, music and... more alcohol. We had another endless night of folkish debauchery, including frantic 7 am phone calls to the youngest and definitely most rock 'n roll member of the group, Mr Feeney, guiding him homewards in time for our departure.
And that, dear friends, takes us back to the start. Another epic hang over and dreamy flight home, but big smiles on every member of my wonderful band.
A weekend spent in the company of beautiful people and phenomenal music by Chimes & Bells.

We are playing a 'Murmur Box' gig on Thursday 25th at the Troubadour here in London. Come down, we are better than ever!


Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Waking from a long dream

As I roll over this blog to wake it from the deep cyber sleep, I must turn my head in disgust and comfort myself in the fact that digital pressure ulcers do not smell. Foouah, this blog needs a shower and some clean underwear!

I apologise to you, dear reader, for the absence, and to you, dear blog, as you must now prepare for getting your lazy ass back to fitness.

It was the release of Tony Blair's memoirs which reminded me that we had released something of our own too, only a few months ago.
The 14th of June we finally released 'Must We Find a Winner' and quickly followed up with a wonderful album launch party at a sold out Hoxton Hall, where we played the most exciting gig of our short band life. A night to remember for us, and hopefully the people that were there too!
The reviews for the album have been good, if a little eclectic. A link to one of the better ones, if you like sunshine!
We rode on that wave for weeks, while playing a few more shows in London and our first one abroad, with Chimes & Bells in Christiania, Denmark. This was incidentally my first gig at home since last century (dramatic!). My parents were there and looked reasonably happy. Particularly as my younger brother guest appeared on the organ. Great stuff.
More recently we have been preparing for a busy autumn where we will once again concentrate on London shows and I have been writing more intensely for the new album, which we will start recording really soon. It took me several weeks after releasing 'Must We Find a Winner' before I could even dream of starting over again, but now I am back in gear and dead exited about the next album. For you, of course, we will be performing songs from the current album for the foreseeable future, so if you have not heard the new stuff yet, try and make it down to one of the next shows.


Wednesday, 2 June 2010

15 steps

Right. 12 days to release. 15 to launch. That sounds dirty. It isn't. It's true.

The band is working so hard to get ready for album launch. We have got two brand new players. Alex Mountain on violin and Fred Feeney on trumpet. They are both brilliant but it is a bit of a challenge (for all of us) to learn and master all the tracks we want to play on the 17th June in Hoxton Hall. It will be wicked to play a proper gig with our own sound engineer and 8 people in a stunning venue, I just can't wait.

Jack Cheshire has kindly accepted our invitation and is going to do a set before us on the night, which I am super happy about. His music is just brilliant.

Incidentally (not at all) we are also playing with Jack tonight at the Luminaire which should be cool.

John has taken several cases of albums up to the distributors warehouse today. We are hoping they will never come back. We are receiving album launch posters from Natalie's mum's company Grundfos (bless). Wondering where to put them up. With all the CCTV in this wicked world fly postering has become trickier, to say the least.

Oh yeah, we are playing our first ever gig abroad on the 7th of July. At Byens Lys in Copenhagen (my home). It's being organised by my dear friend Caecilie Trier from the brilliant Chimes & Bells. The venue is an old barn, converted into a cinema, in the middle of Christiania . Absolutely stunning place. Can't wait to see my mum and dad folking out to our stuff.

Wow, some good news just rolled in. My little brother Adam Bonke (26yrs) was just nominated for Young Director's award in Cannes. Woohoo! Amazing.
Congratulations, you little shit. I trained you well, haha.

Bryter Later,

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Bang bang bang bang bang....... bang bang bang....... bang

The soundtrack to my week thus far has been performed by burly men hammering bricks off the wall outside my room. Rather distracting and not a relaxing sound to be hearing at 8am every morning. As a result I've been a bit tense, but all this negative feeling was left behind in Clapton when I went to record some bass for the Polly Tones.

A great pleasure to play on some really wonderful songs and read Viktor's beautifully penned scores. I hope he doesn't go all Lars Ulrich on me for posting one up. The album is going to be great, looking forward to it.

I'm genuinely quite saddened to hear about the passing of rapper Guru, in a genre of music that is not necessarily known for a positive message I always thought he seemed like a intelligent kindhearted person with good things to say.

Klak Tik show at New Empowering Church, London Fields tomorrow night. Although it sounds like a cult I can assure you it'll be a good night.

Peace out


Thursday, 15 April 2010

Long time no election

It's been a while since I wrote. Since last time much has happened for Klak Tik. Most importantly we've finished the album and have now commenced the three months of PR which seem to be flying by already. To help us with that we have teamed up with Hermana PR, which is one of the coolest PR companies in town. 'Must We Find a Winner' is to be released on the 14th of June. We can't bloody wait. And on the 17th of June we will hold an album launch party at Hoxton Hall in Shoreditch, London, a beautiful old listed music hall which we expect will be the perfect setting for a hopefully epic night of music. We are still searching for the perfect support band and have some great ones in mind, but we are also very open to suggestions if you can think of any?
Oh yeah, we won a grant for a nice chunk of cash from Grundfos, which is now one of my favourite companies. That money will help us put the show on on the 17th. Great stuff!

In other news, the Klak Tik home studio has changed address. I have moved up the road to Stoke Newington from where we have already started working on new tracks and have got ourselves a great new practice space. Padangle house will always be remembered fondly, but we are happy to move on and hopefully we will achieve an even better DIY sound on recordings to come.

As always, you can see our gig diary on Myspace or Facebook (are we friends yet?). We've got a few shows coming up before the launch still.

Keep your head up and the 17th of June free! oh and don't vote for David Cameron...