I am supposed to care about this
The noise of the neuro-rain, showers all my sight
Relief from this, just a second, but the clouds come, then the black sky
Love and hope build worlds and safety but the dereliction of state freezes the frame
I am no longer THE one, I am one of many. A cog. Still useful, but less vital
The names matter as fuel for the eternal story that spins. Without them there are just pictures that roll down and back, down and back emotions mean less, their value poorer
Alone to face the day and alone to face the night. Alone with everyone else
This is supposed to matter, but the words spoken are too slow and the purpose too pointless
Shout it out! Tell them the waste in the endeavour, but I know better, far better than this
Routine is comfort and absence
To matter again in someway or form, to be part of something more
To share and feel a completion, a dualness
Gather the streamers for the final advance, there’s a wave of nothing coming
I’ll be performing an acoustic set at the Rolleston Arms, in Swindon on Wednesday 12th October. I think this might be my last gig for the year. Maybe bring some Mars Bars (why not). I suspect there will be some confusing guitar playing and some grassland management advice given, but who knows for sure.
This gig will also be the debut of my collaboration with IndoorGoblin, which is pretty different to our solo music and, of course, a set by IndoorGoblin herself.
So come along say ‘hi’ and spread the word (like margarine).
Full details are here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1796468710596059/
Next weekend looks to be an exciting weekend for Grasslands with two live performances over the same weekend.
Saturday 27th August – The Little Big Festival Presents: …And Now for Something Completely Different
First up on the 27th August we have ‘The Little Big Festival Presents: …And Now for Something Completely Different’ featuring The Big Heart, Grasslands and IndoorGoblin in Swindon Old Town Gardens (in the band stand).
I will be bringing along my full electronic set up, which should make proceedings two-parts interesting and one-part in danger of all going wrong, but where else would we all like to be?
The performances kick off at 12:00pm and should carry on until around 3:00pm and entry is free.
More info can be found here:
Sunday 28th August – Treefest (Acorn Stage)
Then on Sunday I will be playing an acoustic set at Treefest at Westonbirt Arboretum, which is a wonderful festival with all sorts of fascinating musical folk performing from 27th-29th August.
I’ll be playing on the Acorn Stage at around 12:00pm on Sunday 28th August 2016, but be there from 11:00am and watch all the cool performers!!!
The full music line is here:
Treefest tickets £10, Under 18s free
Pre-order tickets for Treefest here
‘Everything must come to an end’
Part diary, part collage, part mixtape, ‘The 17th Year’ documents a life-changing year through audio samples, writing and songs. Music featured in the mix includes an updated recording of a Quintessence song (one of Tom’s former bands) and a new song by No Side Effects. The mix also includes the voices of Adrian Wallington of Two Short Planks/No Side Effects and Sumita Majumdar of IndoorGoblin.
Grasslands – Burn After Listening
Susanne Sundfør – Darlings
Ben Folds – Capable of Anything (Grasslands Overdub)
The Vaccines – Dream Lover
Nils Frahm – Our Own Roof
Grasslands – Grounded/Floating
Grasslands – Too Many Knives
The Magic Lantern – Guilty Hearts
Reading by Adrian Wallington – The Temple
Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part of Me
Low – What Part of Me
Reading by Sumita Majumdar – Monument
Lanterns On The Lake – I’ll Stall Them
No Side Effects – Final Forecast
Reading by Sumita Majumdar – Atomise & Reform
School Of Seven Bells – Open Your Eyes
So much is happening over here in Grasslands universe that I rarely have time to write it all up for the blog.
2016 has seen Grasslands performing live for the first time (despite having spent years and years writing and recording songs) and has even seen the addition of a new Grasslands member!!!
With three gigs under my belt, and another three on the horizon, I thought I would give you a quick update on the events of the past few months.
Gig #1 – Roaring Donkey – April ‘16
First up was an acoustic gig at the Roaring Donkey, supporting George Wilding. I experimented with some electronics for ‘The Ball Starts To Move’ which seemed to go down well. My new 12-string suffered from stage fright and decided to de-tune, so I eventually abandoned it. We have since been to counselling together to discuss what went wrong between us. Maybe I’ll recount that experience some other time.
Gig #2 – Baila Coffee & Vinyl – May ‘16
For this gig at Swindon’s best coffee shop, Baila Coffee & Vinyl and part of ‘The Renegade Sessions’ I was supporting the amazing Vienna Ditto and I decided to have a go at a full set of electronic goodness. My musical friend, Indoor Goblin, helped me out for this gig on keyboards, glockenspiel and harmonies. We thought we blew up the PA at one point, but all was good in the end. The crowning achievement of this gig was finally being able to perform ‘Ambient Groceries’.
Grasslands had so much fun performing with Indoor Goblin that she is helping me play some other gigs too. We also hope to play some music with Vienna Ditto again in the future.
Gig #3 – Desk Cowork – July ‘16
Desk Cowork had a party and Grasslands was invited. along with singer songwriter George Lewis Todd. This gig was subtler than the previous two and provided a bit of background music for various party chats and ping pong games. A few Quintessence songs from the long lost past crept out of hiding too including ‘This Train’ and ‘See You On The Otherside’. My car broke down on the way to the gig, so I taxi’d to the venue and had the opportunity to drink lots of gin in the aftermath, which is always a good thing.
In my next blog I will detail the next set of gigs planned for Summer and Autumn.
I’d also like to thank Songs of Praise for all their support and offering me performance slots this year these guys are great!!!
And so… as the hours of the day draw to a close, you can now experience my first mixtape made with an iPad while alone in a hotel in Scotland.
Enjoy the night time!
We were made in the dark: