When you start writing tunes, your goal is usually to put enough half decent chords together to carry you to the chorus and fumble your way to the outro before anyone notices what you ripped off. You make a couple, then you start day-dreaming about putting enough decent songs together to get a gig. Our first gig was a house party at a mate’s place* on a candlelit rooftop. "It’s got Kings Cross one side, city on the other…"
We kept going and got a couple of “real” gigs, packed with enthusiastic mates and loved ones who sang along despite the sound problems and the broken strings, and even helped us carry our gear out, the legends.
We grew in numbers and wrote more tunes, we scored better gigs and had the privilege of playing some top venues. That first time we played the Hopetoun was a pretty special moment for us but we’ve had too many amazing nights to count at the Gaelic club, the OAF and of course the Old Fitz.
With more tunes under our belt we were able to start culling some of the filler from our set, we rehearsed more, got tighter and recorded a couple of Eps which were a bit hit and miss. Then after another spate of writing, we realised, we had enough good tracks to record an album, “all killer, no filler”. Things started OK, we had a plan, could even agree on what tracks would be on it and had enough mistakes, stories and tunes under our belt to do it right this time. In fact it was all going well….
until we sort of split up… for a bit.
With so much history, time and emotional commitment invested in it, we had to get it right. We tried some different things out, adding more depth and detail than we’d managed before, dropping some songs that weren’t working and changing a few things up. We mixed it (twice) and finally, had it mastered properly to do sonic justice to all our efforts We wanted to make something we were truly proud of and hopefully something you lot might be a little proud of too , after sticking with us for all this time.
If by some weird loop in the fabric of time and space you haven’t heard it yet it, First Things First, is now online for your listening pleasure over at SoundCloud…
Please give it a good listen, end-to-end, nice and loud, without distraction. We sincerely hope you enjoy it… It’ll be out on iTunes and Spotify soon but we’ll be at the Fitz this Sunday with a few signed copies if you want one. Hope to see you there.