Chemistry9th April, 2014

21/02/14

When i started this band i was just looking for chemistry with people…. and i guess now we have been in this line up for quite a while… coming onto three years… i thought i would tell you a few things that i have grown to love about the cool dudes in my band… Jim Ralphs, Charlie Harman, and Jamie Rendle…

We are on our way to Cardiff in a white van..… 5th gig on the trot… and it is winter now.. getting cold.. we are late…. and quite tired but waking ourselves up…
“i honestly think if you are a vegetarian you feel the cold more!” maybe Jim has a point.. “something to do with fat in the meat…you know.. it makes sense!”
he then chirps up…
“Right.. come on… let’s listen to Foxygen… i’ve basically been listening to them every day now… this song.. it’s like the rolling stones… and frank ocean… it’s fucking awesome… listen… shut up because my laptop speakers aren’t loud!” (he also knows the names of each individual in the band, that i have never heard of before yesterday and now know them very well.. and i’ll blow their trumpet too …they are great)
And this is the thing about Jim that everybody who meets him learns to love… he has a vivacious appetite for music… probably the biggest i have ever come across… so time with jim is always spent either listening to, or playing music… most of the time it’s a combination of both…. he was born to play music… i mean… you only need to look into his past to know why.. but i won’t digress… Jim is incredibly bright and reads loads, he understands things well and has a great ability to debate…. but he is also an incredibly sensitive and kind soul… so the combination of those things make for a very capable musician and songwriter… He has these little gems which, like most little gems in my head i know will become songs at some point.. but his gems to me are like the ones i missed… or wasn’t basically clever enough to come up with…!!! SO yea, Jim really is an asset to this band, you can see by the fact he plays like 8 instruments at once, but it’s not just that… he has this ability to listen to the other people playing and compliment the music… he basically makes us all better! i mean he makes his own toothpaste for fucks sake… who does that!! Only Jim… and it’s actually really good toothpaste…well… it’s getting better, he’ll be competing with major brands soon… ask him to make some for you…

I was at Glastonbury in 2010 and that was where i met Charlie…. In my opinion Glastonbury festival is one of the most comfortable, beautiful places i have ever been… if you have you will know what i mean… So meeting Charlie there was i suppose rather appropriate… those two words describe him very well… Comfortable and beautiful… He was litter picking, for a free ticket… i had a little acoustic show… and didn’t want to play by myself so i was looking for someone to play drums with me… Jim was with me and knew him, introduced me.. and … well it was easy.. thats what things have always been like with Charlie since i met him.. easy… just… never a problem… as well as that… he is the biggest Bob Marley fan i know… he appears to love Bob more than me.. and thats not easy… i named my son after him! Because he loves the same music as me.. literally everything i love.. he loves… his sense of rhythm is impeccable… he plays to the vocal when he drums more than anyone i know and it is beautiful to be a part of… sometimes when i am down, i just need a pick me up and Charlie is the person who is always there laughing at the better side of the world, whilst we all worry endlessly and try to make sense of something that is simple to him… at least thats how it seems…. his balance and drive comes from his happiness in who he is… there is never a moment when Charlie will not help you… he just helps people all the time and there isn’t a bad bone in his body.. It’s kind of special… he is just about other people…

Then there is my Brother Jamie…. Where do i begin… I picked up a guitar when i was 17 at home… and he started with me…. he was 9 nearly 10… so… he started earlier and i can honestly say to me his is the person who always needed to be in this band before it worked properly… we have written many songs together and he has so much music in him… Jamie is more reserved than i am… but still quietly confident.. as he should be because he was thrust onto the stage with us when we were just picking up in Holland and played his first show at London calling in front of half the dutch media and about 500 people… we hadn’t even rehearsed…. when Keo left he just had to start playing bass… and that was when we were a month away from playing at Pinkpop in the biggest show of our lives to date to 50,000 people… (it went very well by the way you can watch it online!) Jamie on the other hand tends to come off stage going.. hmm.. how can we make that better? He’s never completely happy…. I sometimes get annoyed because the cup is normally half full to me… despite my high expectations of us and high standards in our music… i suppose because we are brothers our relationship is a little different.. i like to push him as well.. because i can.. and he pushes too … And luckily he is a Joker as well … this kind of balances him out into an incredibly interesting, and extremely loveable person… he is fucking relaxed but takes things seriously … he doesn’t fuck about and is always doing something creative.. which is inspiring… i just feel lucky to have my brother in a band with me because music is like talking… if you hang about with a group every day for 10 years .. you all end up speaking the same… well Jamie and me are very similar in our musical passions and we are, most of the time, in each others heads… we all are when we play onstage… but with Jamie i don’t need to think about it.. it’s just natural..

Shakey Ground…coming soon…2nd April, 2014

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