Posts Tagged ‘rum shebeen’

Secret Garden Party

July 26, 2010


it’s Ben here.

What a great weekend we’ve just had at Secret Garden Party. We played on the Strummeville stage and, as always, we had a lot of fun hanging out there with the Strummerville crew. Enjoying the warmth of the campfire with us were lots of other bands – Mystery Jets, Rum Shebeen, Supernovas, Wild Wolves, Dekay, The Peeps, Nimmo And The Gaunletts. Overall, the festival had a really good vibe but Alfie’s black eye is testament to the fact that not everyone there was full of peace and love… Nevertheless most people were there to enjoy listening to music in a beautiful countryside setting.

This Thursday (29th) we’re playing a free gig at Hoxton Pony. It’s the launch of a new club night called ‘Hoxton Live Sessions‘. Playing there with us will be Keiran Leonard. We also we feature on the first Hoxton Live Sessions Podcast along with great new band Two Wounded Birds. Look out for them. They’re great! Download it and enjoy. We’re looking forward to a great night on Thursday. See you there.

Now I’m going to sleep…. Nite


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.

Raining Cats and Dogs

November 29, 2009

Hello Hello Hello

On friday we played at a place we’re very familiar with-The New Cross Inn. We’ve rehersed there many a time and we always have fun when we’re there, whether it be playing or partying. Our set went well and we played a few songs from our upcoming E.P ‘The Only Way to Travel’ and some newer material due for release in the near future.

Alfie and I bought chicken just before the gig which is nearly always a good move. In Dixie Chicken they give you ketchup and mayonnaise in the same pot. Now, i know what you’re thinking…’this could get messy’….but it doesn’t! they arange it in such a way it looks like Yin and yang. Complementary opposites within a greater whole… 

Rum Shebeen were fantastic and just seem to get more entertaining the more I watch them. At one point a man dressed in a lion costume jumped up on stage-this was a particular highpoint!

The headlining band, The Entertainment, we’re great too, seeming to weld funk, rock and rap into a surprisingly palletable force.

After the gig we stayed at the ‘inn for a while then headed to a party in Camberwell which although wet was fun, until the council came and told everyone to ‘leave now’. So we did and we went back to Dave’s (singer in Rum Shebeen) flat. He had a really cool dog that did seem to divide opinion. I personally liked it, although it was heard to have been called ‘good looking rat’ and ‘rubbish cat’.

Looking forward to loads more gigs coming up in the next few weeks to support our debut release, ‘The Only way to travel E.P’. You can buy it from our website here, or on itunes, as well as many other places which i’m not sure of.

Also don’t forget our E.P launch, this friday at Puregroove Record Shop in Smithfield, London. Let’s make it a good one!


gaoler’s x

Baaare Caramel Coins In The Bank

November 25, 2009

Yo yo yo!

Apart from the weather, I hope everyone has had a lovely day. Striding out along the Brighton seafront, with umbrellas and small children flying past like a scene from Genesis/ a Beyonce video really brought people together, as it always seems to. Many ‘I can’t believe the weather, can you?’ glances were exchanged before I gave it up as a bad job and went home for a cup of tea. Had a butcher’s in HMV before I went, and saw piles and piles of Susan Boyle’s face on her album cover staring out at me. I left soon after.

So yeah our E.P is finally nearly released! On the 1st December to be precise and we’re having a knees up to celebrate. There’s a facebook event created for it which you can view here for more details.

There’s a couple of articles written about us on various websites and blogs. Click on the links below if you fancy a read:

Also, you can pre-order our E.P here so you’ll get it as soon as it comes out at Puregroove

There’s a load of gigs lined up over the course of this next month in support of the E.P, so it would be great to see you at a show in the near future-this Friday we’re playing with our good friends Rum Shebeen with plenty of other great bands at the New Cross Inn. Looking forward to that one! Check our myspace for more gigs here…

I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas, gonna have to dig out my ‘Howard the Halifax Man Sings Classic Christmas Songs’ album. Never fails to get me in the mood. That and Quality street. Might have to just buy that Dylan Christmas album too, still can’t believe he’s made one-Respect.

Until next time…

Gaoler’s x

Let’s Consult My Beard

August 21, 2009


After a couple of weeks of frequent gigging, it’s time for another update. Last night we played in alfie’s old stomping ground, twickenham (The Red Lion a.k.a Filthy Mcnasties) and although the journey home was it was worth it. Our show went without a hitch save for a dodgy 9volt battery (the tongue tinglers as i like to call them) and the impenetrable spiderwebfortress of guitar leads that restricted movement somewhat. There were some excellent characters there too, including a man called ken (We’d been told about him earlier; he’s somewhat a local celebrity) with a fantastic beard who danced gazelle-graceful throughout our set.

Rum Shebeen played just before us and were on top form, with Dave Ashby neglecting his guitar in favour of a rainstick and some splendid dance moves (i think i might even have seen a moonwalk).

Earlier in the week we played The Macbeth with Babe Shadow, a band we also played with in Stoke Newington last week, and just get better and better everytime we see them. Some really haunting melodies,  and stunning outside-the-box guitar work.

On the business side of things, 360 have just finished drawing up the final draft of the contract, and all our pens are poised ready to sign it as soon as we can.

And with the ink still glistening on the page, we’ll head into the studio to finish off recording the second E.P at Alchemea Studios, after the drums and bass were recorded last week (and are sounding sweeet!).

See you soon,

Gaolers daughter x