Gecko 3 gig online!

After a fantastic weekend in the highlands (gig in the Clachaig) followed by a night in the northwest for Marty’s birthday (25 again apparently) we returned refreshed for a great night headlining the launch of the Acoustic Edinburgh Festival. A great line up of acts including our pals Floozie Soo (who poached Hugh on drums for a few songs) and the amazing Hoochie Fig. Great to play ‘unplugged’ in such an intimate space.

The Clachaig gig was great fun – as well as the quality scran and the best whisky shelf in Scotland, the staff were great and we’ve been asked back to play the beer festival in February.

Bizarre audience though – we sold CDs and got a great response from half the audience, the other half were stony-faced waiting for us to play “Will ye go lassie go” which unfortunately we hadn’t learned. Douglas Kay had come up for ‘the crack’ and we roped him into playing a few tracks between our sets to soothe the crowd with his lilting ballads. Next time we’ll get him to bring his accordian. (no really).

If you missed the Amplifico Webathon gig then you can watch our set online now here!.

We’re back in the Jazz Bar this saturday so hopefully see you there!

Ya de yada

Thanks to everyone who logged on/turned up for the Bongo gig. Great time and some great performances by our fellow stage occupants, I’m sure you’ll agree. Apologies (sort of) that we were bumped up the bill so we went on just before Amplifico stormed the stage, as opposed to first as we had been told previously.

This week sees us travel to the Clachaig in Glencoe (Friday 28th July) for our first gig there and we’re looking forward to a great night. Thereafter we only have a short break before playing the opening headline at this year’s Acoustic Edinburgh festival programme (Tuesday 1st August). If the last two years have been anything to go by then it should a great evening. We may well wheel out one or two of the new tracks that we’ve introduced to the set recently to see how the acoustic treatment suits them. Saturday 5th will see us round off a busy week by a late nighter in the Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, Edinburgh.

In the wider world, Jazz Breakfast has been played again on the Daily Source Code so thanks to Adam Curry for that. We had big hits from the States after that happened last time so if this is the first time you’ve joined us then welcome to the site! Hope you enjoy the freebies and feel inspired to spread the word… and buy the EP.

A few people have been asking about the follow up EP to Mentum.. so I should report that it’s still coming along, but it looks like the launch date will be towards the end of the year now, after time pressure got to all of us in the last few months.

Enjoy the sun, unless you’re on the underside of the planet, in which case try to keep your hands warm enough to hang on to something so you don’t fall off before the sun comes back…

Amplifico Webathon and t’ing

Ooh it’s been ages since our last update but much has happened. Very soon we’ll be converting this news page to a blog so we’ll be able to witter on more regularly.

Latest news first – we’ve been invited by our pals Amplifico To play as part of their pioneering Webathon event on July 19th at The Bongo Club. Final details haven’t been confirmed but it’ll be a cracking night all round with 4 bands, DJs, giveaways etc.. and if you can’t make it along, it’s being webcast live by the Nexus Live crew so you’ll be able to watch us from home with your “baffies” on and a mug of cocoa.

Thanks to all who came to see us last minute at Henry’s Cellar Bar at the weekend it was a great night with sets from The Douglas Kay Band (who warmed Hugh up for us nicely) and Keith Paton of Hoochie Fig. DJ Si provided cool grooves and we unveiled a new song The Key To Evolution that Marty had just written the words to that afternoon. Thanks to Sheonagh for operating the comedy auto-cue Marty spent almost as much time making so he wouldn’t forget the words.

Thanks also for another great night in The Jazz Bar a few weeks back. We return on 4th August as part of the Jazz on the Fringe program.

In mid-June we had a brilliant road-trip down south where we played the Herts. Uni. Summer Ball, sharing the bill with Welsh Rappers Goldie Lookin’ Chain and a jam-packed night in London’s 12 Bar so thanks to all who came to support us!

The Edinburgh Festival beckons and we’re honoured to headline the launch night of the Acoustic Edinburgh Festival once again. Don’t forget our crazy Highland’s Tour in mid-August with Amplifico and awesome Scots Hip-Hop duo MC Solareye Samurai and DJ Default of DoPE

Also, we’ve confirmed another couple of dates down in Newcastle upon Tyne for 1st Sept and 27th Oct back in Mr. Lynch

See you at a gig soon!

Superheroes

After a really successful and busy April we are having a slightly quieter May (with the exception of the 18th) before we come roaring back into June with gigs in the London area, the Jazz Bar and elsewhere. On Saturday Moose and Marty were part of the choir for the recording Alan Davison’s upcoming single ‘Superhero’ which was a huge laugh as well as producing a great recording (we think). Have a listen on Alan’s myspace page here! The completion of our own recordings is in hand with a little studio development ongoing as we write. Watch this space…

Gig Frenzy

Thanks to everyone who made it on saturday first of all. Henry’s was rammed as predicted and it was a great night all round, with a storming set from Amplifico and a great warm up from Eoghan Colghan. Amplifico and ourselves did our covers of each others tunes with our slow-down in “All Your Sins” reaching the point where even I’d thought Hugh’d fallen asleep behind the kit. After much discussion we reckon the studio versions will be available as MP3s at some point. Meanwhile, you can get very limited edition CDs signed by all of Amplifico (and us) with original cover art by Donna from the Amplifico web site. There was a very healthy no. of Gecko Groovers in amongst the sea of ‘Fico Fans so thanks for coming along : )

We’re back in The Jazz Bar this friday and in further collaborative spirit we’re excited to have Tom Pickles sitting in to blow some flute with us during our two sets. He plays with quality Ska outfit Bombskare, dabbles with DoPE and plays an incredible jazz flute (and sax – sheesh, just ‘cos they reckon the fingering’s the same – next he’ll be playing bass). Not to be missed! Band on ’round midnight

Also, if you can’t stay up that late you can catch us doing a short acoustic set at The Lot (west end of the grassmarket) as part of the Edinburgh Rush Festival press launch (FREE ENTRY) where we’re representing Acoustic Edinburgh who are promoting an incredible pair of acts on May 28th.

Talking of DoPE, we’re equally excited that MC Solareye and DJ Default of the DPE have confirmed for the Highland Musical Safari completing what is going to be an awesome line up for our 3 night highland tour with Amplifico. Already lots of people have confirmed that they’re coming so we reckon the highlanders will be in for a bit of a shock. Should we get a large bus? You think we should get a large bus…. We’ll get a large bus. }: )

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If the pleasure of finally playing another gig with our pals Amplifico in a tiny, intimate venue wasn’t enough, we’ve taken the spirit of collaboration and mutual admiration (MCS) to new heights and put a wee CD together of each other’s tunes!

Donna called a couple of weeks ago with the great idea that we record a cover of one of their songs and vice versa as a one-off gimmick for our gig in Henry’s. Off we went to the wee studio the ‘fico are recording their album at in Fife and spent a hilarious day getting our efforts to hard disk.

Of course, we did the sensible thing and went out to a party until 6 in the morning so that we were nice and fresh for the 9.30am start… As a result of our tiredness, you may detect a slight slowing of tempo during our version of “All Your Sins”…

Amplifico‘s cover of “Donkeys and Elephants” is amazing. Neither band had any idea how the other band would interpret the songs until the tape was rolling and it was so interesting to hear the various individual and collective musical trademarks from the ‘fico. We kind of realised our own style came through too which is something you don’t really think about when you’re so close to your own material and simply writing.

It was such a fun and interesting project that we’d recommend any pairing of bands who know and respect each others work to do it. This was so cool for us because although Amplifico and we have followed and loved each others music since the days of previous incarnations of the ‘fico, stylistically we’re totally different.

There could be a spotlight on the Edinburgh music scene album project on startup here!

Anyhow – the fruits of our hungover labour will be available exclusively at saturday’s gig in Henry’s! All the more reason to get to Ripping Records and snap up the last few tickets if you’re not too late! See you there…

April is the cruellest month…

Well, April already and a very busy month for us as you can see from the gigs page. Hugh made it back in one piece from Canada where he went off-piste Heliboarding (presumably using a helicopter to go down a mountain because a snowboard is just not quite dangerous enough. We’ve asked him to explain but we fell asleep after the first ten minutes because he’d only got out the words ‘helicopter’, ‘hover’, ‘mountain’, ‘guide’ and ‘snowboard’ due to the lengthy vowels necessitated by his ridiculous accent. If ever a man needed to be a musician to express himself…) As gecko 2, Moose and Marty participated in the excellent Spectrum 2 event where they performed between DoPE and Amplifico – pretty much literally. It was a big crowd in a smallish space and lots of fun so cheers to everyone that was there.

You’ll be pleased to know that the promised new songs are starting to come to fruition. We’ve got one up and gigging already (The Doo Doo Song) and the others will be arriving real suddenly. We’re planning to do a little recording this weekend and the results will be available sooner than you might think, although not what you might expect… We’ve also received a request to use some of our music in another short film so watch this space. Ennio Morricone do every film after all, can he? On the subject of audio-visual crossovers, Mike Corbett-Reakes – the guy who did the artwork for ‘Mentum..’ – will be showing his new work upstairs at Cargo for a few days from Thursday, so go and check it out. Hope to see you at one of our gigs this month! Enjoy the sweet showers…

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