It Starts Here!!!
With due thanks to Billy Liar for the my commandeered title, 2013 kicks off good and proper for us roasters in UNIFORMS this week. We haven’t played a show in a couple of months, the last one being at The Twa Tams on the Thursday post-Book Yer Ane Fest VI. That’s a long time for us, especially given how many shows we played last year. I’ve played a solo show with Billy, Tim Loud and Nic (X-Ray Cat) but that’s been all since then (I think!). On the other hand, we’ve never been busier with everything that’s been going on with Make-That-A-Take and planning for the year ahead. I was out putting up posters in Perth the other and it hit me that the best part of all of this caper is actually the playing of the music and that I haven’t done it in a while, by my standards anyway. As such, I am itching to get going with these shows.
I missed a trick by not naming this jaunt “Book Yer Ane Tour”. This is the first time that we’ve done a “package” tour of sorts. Even though it’s five shows across five days in Scotland, it’s another thing that we haven’t done before. We’ll be playing all dates with our friends It’s Not OK from London. We first met Jugs when he was driving Dear Landlord back in 2009 and this is the first time we’ve put his band on. They are touring their new “It’s Never OK” EP and are making their way up here this week. We shall also be joined by our best pals The Kimberly Steaks. I’m going to corner Greig and try talk some business at some point over this weekend. They’re such a great band and I’m very happy that we’re getting to do more than just the odd one-off show together.
We’ll be joined for the first three nights in Stirling, Dundee and Perth by the mighty Shatterhand. I’ve known these guys for well over ten years now and they are also a riot wherever they go. They’ve been touring quite a lot recently so are likely to be even more unhinged than usual. In Perth, we shall be joined by The Late Heavy Bombardment. They play bonkers shouty dance-rock craziness and are a very rowdy bunch indeed. Saturday night may well be the wildcard of the bunch. On Sunday and Monday in Edinburgh and Glasgow, The Walking Targets will be joining us. If you haven’t checked them out yet, I’d urge you to do so. You can hear the first song from their split with Maxwell’s Dead on Make Yer Ane Comp IV.
Those lovely fellas at Team Beard Records have put together a discography tape of sorts for us, featuring all eight songs from our demo and the Spectacular Terry Butcher EP. There are only going to be 50 of them made, all on canary yellow cassette, and we’ll only have a slack handful for sale at shows ourselves this weekend. We’ll also have a couple of limited edition shirts. Big thanks to The Doctor at TeesOnTap for sorting the prints out for us.
“The Tape” will be released from the Team Beard website on February 18th, the same day that the pre-order for our split 7″ with Question The Mark goes live. We’ll have a stream up around that time too so you’ll finally get to hear a song we’ve been sitting on for a couple of months now. So stoked. The 7″ itself is going to come on two different colours of vinyl and will have download codes and the like included. It’s pretty safe to say that we’re all pretty excited about it. I can’t thank Bunky and the boys enough for everything they’ve done to help us out. Our European trip in May is going to be something very special indeed.
However, that’s not all. Our split 7″ with our Colorado brothers Loaded 45 is currently being mastered by Chris Fogal of The Gamits at Black In Bluhm Studios in Denver. Jamie is currently doing the artwork and everything is getting shipped off for press very shortly. It’s getting pressed in the States and we’ll have about 100 of them for our UK tour at the end of March, full details of which will be available soon (as soon as we know them ourselves, ken?). Loaded will have their new album by with them by the time they get here, with artwork from Ryan Willard and Bryan Kienlen of The Bouncing Souls.
Then it’s off to Shetland for a couple of shows at the start of March before we head out around the UK together. We’ll be on the road for 16/17 shows, including a couple of matinee acoustic shows. As I said before, full details will spill out over the next week or so.
We’ll be filming some video footage over the course of these five shows, although chiefly at the Dundee show on Friday night, courtesy of our friend Adam Morrow. He did an awesome job on the video for “The Fear” across the BYAF VI weekend so I’m excited for what he’s going to come up with this time. The Dundee date is also free entry at Kage and has Kenny’s new KAOS club night afterwards, so it should be a blast of a show. Please come down and make us look cool yo.
Right, that’s enough for now. I’m working at two and I’ve been sitting in front of this computer for hours already. I’ve had two mugs of coffee, two tabbies and listened to two Jeff Rowe records and both sides of “Nevermind” whilst doing so.
A rare old morning I reckon.