Wrote this a year ago, and it remained in draft until now.

General News

It is the year 2020, we are all so severely brought down by the weight of absolutely everything. Unbelievably, we seem have carried on regardless.

In November last year I pootled off around the UK in a car. Yes. I know! I was presenting a performative look back at my debut record ‘The Complete Guide to Insufficiency’.

This is roughly how it went:

Setting off Bell Lungs - Manchester Bell Lungs - Cardiff Merch - DTB and Thor&Friends Bush Hall stage Hyde Park Picture House

The first show was a very intimate affair up in Eaglescliffe at The Waiting Room. Getting into my stride as far as facing an audience again goes. Being so familiar and friendly it’s a good place to start. I took the uncertain step of actually talking to the audience and didn’t feel uncomfortable about it. I think it might be something to do with my age and my new status as a a father. The next day in Cardiff – The Moon – this is a proper music venue with sticky floors an matt blackness. A bigger audience. I still went off with the chit chat. I subsequently went right in with the improv stand-up routines jammed betwixt my maudlin songs. Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, etc etc… Joined by some of it by the inimitable Bell Lungs, who joined me for parts of my set. A couple of shows with Merz, who had come over from his new base in the USA to promote the 20th anniversary of his first album. I didn’t mention how I had excitedly awaited it’s release all those years ago, in the same month as I excitedly awaited the release of Peloton by The Delgados. Anyhow – two big shows were the Leeds one at the Hyde Park Picture House, where I didn’t have the foresight to stop the looped projection at any point during my performance, and the London shebang down in Bush Hall. What a wally I was. A film of that show is available to stream somewhere.

So, those were the beforetimes.



EDIT: I have since relocated to Tokyo. I will endeavour to provide an update when pandemic fatigue allows. Mange tout!




The Complete Guide to Insufficiency is 10 Years Old. Official Statement.

General News

“Ten years ago this year we ‘finally’ released what had been about a week or two’s work up to that point: The Complete Guide To Insufficiency. I say ‘finally’ because it was a short road, of minimal struggle, but nevertheless kind of a chore to not only convince anyone that I could be an artist (myself included), but to actually get the world to be bothered to listen to that art. I am extremely grateful to each and every one of the four or five people along that road who helped, lent an ear, gave of a little bit of effort to that project, and to some of the projects that followed, but who have probably turned their backs on those to come. I am honoured and humbled by my fan, for their wavering support and love over the past ten years. I wake up every day trying to muster some motivation to give something back to them that they can rock to and be proud of, but frankly it is often more effort than seems worth it. Ten years later I am still the same insufferable bore from Otley, still here, still lurking in the shadows near the door. The doors may be open, but I promise you I will continue to lurk just outside them, or failing that finally yank them shut”