Posts Tagged ‘is tropical’

Tony Partridge

April 9, 2010


The gig at Proud Galleries went really well the other night. A strange mix of people, which i guess is to be expected in Camden on a Friday night, but we had a few people dancing down the front which was good to see. Is tropical played a blinder too. Love that song of their’s called ‘I think we’re alone’-sounds like i’ve know it all my life! Ended up in Punk in soho with one third of them and a few others: very drunk indeed. Thought i’d lost my wallet, which wouldn’t have been the first time. Got angry. Found it again. Was happy.

Just finished watching 24hour Party People. I’d been told i should see it and hadn’t had a chance to, but i recorded it when it was on the other night. It’s actually really good and i recommend it. Steve Coogan is great as Tony Wilson, although he pretty much plays Alan Partridge with longer hair. And there’s nothing wrong in that.

Just about to buy my tickets for the Hop Farm festival in Kent. It’s not far from where i live and therefore would be blasphemous not go, especially seeing a s a certain Mr B.Dylan happens to be playing! Can’t say no really…see you there?

There’s been a few more shows added to our calendar, so head on over to our myspace for more details. Tomorrow night should be good as we’re playing at the Scala for the Game launch night.


Gaoler’s x


Gig update

March 29, 2010

So, we’re playing Proud in Camden this Friday 2nd with our good friends Is Tropical. It should be a good one.

Also, we’re playing the launch night of ‘The Game’ at Scala on 10th. It’s going to be a huge night. James Lavelle is DJing! You can buy advance tickets from here;

Also, we’re pleased to announce our first two festival bookings have been confirmed for the Summer. There will be more to come on the festival front!

Check our website for up the minute gig listings.

John is playing a couple of solo acoustic slots at R Bar in Gravesend and Brighton. He’ll be debuting some new songs as well as performing alternative versions of all your favourite Gaoler’s Daughter classics!

2 Apr 2010 20:00
With Is Tropical @ Proud Camden, London
10 Apr 2010 20:00
The Game @ Scala Kings Cross, London
14 Apr 2010 20:00
The Staggs Head, Dalston Dalston, London
15 Apr 2010 20:00
John Sterry Solo Acoustic Show – R BAR Gravesend, Kent
20 Apr 2010 20:00
The Gaff Holloway Rd, London
21 Apr 2010 20:00
Barhouse Chelmsford, Essex
24 Apr 2010 20:00
The Hope Brighton
25 Apr 2010 20:00
John Sterry Solo Acoustic Show – R BAR Brighton
1 May 2010 20:00
FLU – Camden Crawl Camden, London
13 May 2010 20:00
Bloody Awful Poetry Club Camden, London
12 Jun 2010 20:00
BBC Introducing Stage @ Sellindge Festival Sellindge, Kent
9 Jul 2010 20:00
Lounge on The Farm Canterbury, Kent

Alchemy/Alcohol/Alka Seltza

February 22, 2010

Hello again. We’ve just had the tracks from the next E.P returned from mastering. They’re really sounding great. It’s going to be called ‘Alchemy’ and the tracklisting will be:

1.Boomerang Boy
2. Meet You On The Other Side Of The World
3. Sun Coming Up
4. Bad News

Been adding a few more shows to the calendar and things are looking pretty busy for the next couple of months. Here are all the gigs we have coming up in the near future, would be great to see you at them!

26 Feb 2010 20:00
Jack Came Here to Party – DJ set Islington, London

27 Feb 2010 20:00
Bar Mondo Dartford, Kent

2 Mar 2010 20:00
Lavender Trust Benefit – Last Days of Decadence Shoreditch, London

4 Mar 2010 20:00
229 Great Portland St Marylebone, London

5 Mar 2010 20:00
BBC Radio Kent 2nd Birthday Party @ Quarterhouse Folkestone, Kent

9 Mar 2010 20:00
Tom Williams Single Launch @ Old Blue Last Shorditch, London

12 Mar 2010 22:00
White Hart Corby, Northamptonshire

19 Mar 2010 20:00
Studio Theatre, Roundhouse Camden, London

10 Apr 2010 20:00
The Game @ Scala Kings Cross, London

20 Apr 2010 20:00
The Gaff Holloway Rd, London

21 Apr 2010 20:00
Barhouse Chelmsford, Essex

24 Apr 2010 20:00
The Hope Brighton

13 May 2010 20:00
Bloody Awful Poetry Club Camden, London

Had a really fun night out at Ronnkie pop at the Flowerpot in Camden the other night. It was absolutely packed in there as it so often is. The Supernovas played a great set, as did the Is Tropical boys who were Djing afterwards. Ended up in the Macbeth with them at some kind of lock-in. Then woke up in Brockley with a headache and holes in my clothes.

Adios amigos

Take a Drag or Two interview

January 16, 2010

Here’s a recent interview we did for a French webzine called ‘Take a drag or two’. thanks to Jessyka.

What about the name ? It’s unusual to take your name from a children’s book, is it your child’s soul that comes out from it ?

John. Children are free from cynicism and fear; everything is an adventure when you’re a kid. It’s that sense of escapism from those baggages of adulthood, that the Gaoler’s Daughter alludes to.

Alfie. I wouldn’t necessarily class Wind in the Willows as solely a book for children, it has been read and loved by children and adults for over 100 years.

The character ‘the Gaoler’s Daughter’ (from where we take our name), is the key to the toads escape and she holds a definite place in my heart, she is a symbol for escapism and for hope.

There is also a definite similarity between us (John, Alex, Ben and myself),and the four heroes (Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad), in the sense that we combine our skills and personalities to reach a common goal.

Ben. I agree with what Alfie said. Music and Literature can influence each other. That seems perfectly natural to me.

Last month you supported Babyshambles on their UK tour, was it a great experience ?

John. It was great to get out of London and play to lots of new faces. Playing the bigger venues definitely brings out the best in bands. Plus we got free food!

Ben. We played with Pete last year at The Studio in Liverpool’s launch party. We also have a long history with the Babyshambles boys; Alex and I were in ‘Littl’ans’ who used to support them and even recorded a song with Pete.

Alfie’s old band ‘Larrikin Love’ supported ‘Babyshambles’ at Mont Matre in Paris too.

I also played drums and percussion on Adam Ficek’s ‘Roses, Kings, Castles’ – ‘Apples And Engines’ EP and on his forthcoming album.

Everything seems to happen really fast for you : your debut EP, the tour with Babyshambles and soon the release of your second EP. Is it hard for you or just pleasant ?

Alex. Very pleasant.

Ben. It may seem quick if you have only just heard of us but for us it’s been a long road already. We love it hard though and we wouldn’t have it any other way. I believe that each band should ‘earn their dues’ and earn the respect of their peers regardless of what the individuals in that band have achieved before.

What are your projects after the release of your second EP ‘Alchemy’ ?

John. Maybe get a tour together around Europe too, after the next release

Ben. Yeah, we’ll just keep working on more of the same. We are writing new songs and planning to record soon. We’re also booking and playing as many gigs as we can. We really want to keep the momentum going.

You all come from different bands that are representative of London scene but it sounds pretty different from what we ever heard from you. Was it what you expected with this new band ?

Ben. The thing about this band is that it started as a Sunday afternoon ‘Jam session’ in Camberwell. We never had any agenda or rules. We played ‘Drum n’ Bass’ grooves, South African grooves and even some Country and Western tunes! Whatever we felt like.

After a while though it became obvious to us that we had actually created a ‘band’ sound that was ours. We still live by the ‘no rules’ spirit but we’ve played together so much now that whatever style of music we attempt to play, it sounds like us.

I feel sorry for bands that are confined to the style and image that they have created for themselves from their conception. It must be very hard to live like that. Music is and always should be free and easy. Do what you feel, not what you think is cool!

John. I agree with Ben. We never sat down at the start and said ‘what do we want to sound like’, our sound just evolved naturally, which I believe is the best way to go about things. Otherwise I think you risk sounding contrived and could end up a parody of how you started out.

Let’s talk about From Russia With Love, where comes the idea to talk about Alexander Litvinyenko from?

John. Well it’s just such a fascinating story. It sounds like a James Bond film plot, but it actually happened. For some reason the whole situation really struck a chord and angered me, and the fact that nobody has been held accountable is a travesty.

What was the best gig you ever played ? the worst ?

John. I enjoyed Nottingham Rock City because the crowd watched us with open minds, and had a lot of energy that we could feed off. The venue was perfect too, like a kind of ‘Shakespearian’ theatre with two tiers, giving it a really intimate feel.

Perhaps the worst was when we played the Luxe in Spitalfields. We had a nightmare just getting there. Driving all around London trying to get bass amps and various other bits of equipment; and then our van got a puncture. We played to about ten people in the end, so it was probably not worth the hassle!

Ben. Yeah, that was a trial that night at Luxe. Birmingham O2 Academy was great for me because my eldest brother saw me play for the first time ever. I was really nervous playing in front of him.

Alex. Nottingham Rock City was great!

My worst was definitely that gig at Nambucca in Holloway road when my mandolin had gone really out of tune and it sounded awful. I was trying to drunkenly tune it whilst playing. The gig was recorded on video camera and every time I see it I cringe. We had some great nights at Nambucca but that gig was a nightmare for me.

What are the bands you currently enjoy ?

Alex. I’m enjoying us. I always love listening to Ian Dury or The Fall.

Alfie. Bands I am currently enjoying are Fiction and Filthy Boy.

Ben. I’m working my way through the 6 X CD Miles Davis Quintet Box-set at the moment. It’s great. Tony Williams is my favourite drummer ever! Even when he was only 17! New bands I love are Babe Shadow, Fiction, Is Tropical, Rum Shebeen, Savants…

John. Really into John Martyn at the moment, but locally I’m loving ‘Filthy Boy’, ‘Tom Williams and the Boat’, and the ‘Smoke Fairies’.

Our webzine is called ‘Take A Drag Or Two’, if you could take a drag or two on the cigarette of someone famous, who would it be?

John. Audrey Hepburn just so I could look all demure with that cigarette holder. Failing that, Bob Dylan.

Alfie. I’d take a drag or two with Snoop Dogg (for obvious reasons), and it has always been a dream of mine to record with him.

Ben. I always wondered what one of those huge Bob Marley coned spliffs taste like, They look as though they would be really harsh on the throat. I reckon I could only manage to ‘take a drag or two’ before my throat seizes up.

Back In The Game

August 4, 2009


After a month off from gigging, we’re finally back in the game, playing a really enjoyable set at the New Cross Inn. Twas a good night, filled with familiar faces and our favourite bands; cherry-picked to play by us!

Chinese Fireworks company played an energy filled set first, shot with machine-gun drumming and biting, witty lyrics from their charismatic frontman. Top guys reppin’ north kent!

Fiction were up next and really got the crowd excited with their call and response type songs, throwing in some slick melodies that creep up on you all unexpected like.

After a set from us…which i can assure you was a blinder, it was Is Tropical‘s turn. They rounded off the night in a typically party-like fashion, and played Seasick Mutiny which was featured on this week (and is a tune). These boys are one of my favourite live bands around, and may even be better than the band they spawned from: Ratty Rat Rat.

DJ Sunny Wray got people grooving after the bands, playing some downright disgustingly dirty dubstep, with some dnb in there for good measure. This made sure everyone went home with smiles on their faces, making for a top night all in all!

Roll on the next one!

gaolers x