What an amazing night! Wow!
A new crowd, totally up for it, a superb roster of quality artists and probably the best live sound system I've ever heard. Fantastic.
Nerves? What nerves? Despite my bloody mixer dying, we soldiered on and... Just blown away by the response.
Special thanks to Graeme and Stephen from Tunnel Club, Callum (Onism) and especially Adam from Sonomac for the loan of the mixer at such short notice.
Announcement: I had such an amazing time in front of such a brilliant crowd that we're going to release last night's set later in the year. The release will also include some of the songs which were left out simply because I had more material than was needed.
Probable release date: June / July 2019, with a provisional title Little Buildings.
Finally, the day of the gig is here and ... curiously, I'm not shaking with nerves. I have a few concerns, mainly involving technology and the fact that I was up at 6 am cloning the OmniSphere database drive because the live disc died last night. Timing, eh? Couldn't do it last week, could it? No... That would be too easy.
Thankfully, Jules kindly donated a disc so I didn't have to go banging on the front door of PC World at 9 am.
This is a different kind of gig for us. Whilst we've produced a fair amount of EDM in the past, this has usually been under the guise of our label partner Ion, and SkinMechanix has always been about the dark side of music and the human experience. However, SkinMechanix is currently better known in this part of the world and is starting to pick up interest in the local music press so...
... We're playing a dance/trance/club set instead.
And I'm loving it, frankly. Genuinely loving it. I've spent months in the studio working on this set and it feels so much like the good old days - say twenty or twenty five years ago - when all I ever did was work on new music.
Finally, and this needs to be said, parts of this performance are, for me anyway, genuinely moving, certainly more so that any of our previous gigs have ever been. Why? Maybe it's because these tunes have been - for the large part - overlooked, ignored and unloved for such a long time? Like the band, maybe it's time they got another chance to shine? Maybe it's because THAT special event is only a matter of weeks away? Who knows?
Alas, if you haven't got a ticket for tonight then, sad to say, you're out of luck because the venue is sold out. There is a waiting list in place although it's operating on a first come, first served basis. Have a go. You might get lucky.
What can you expect tonight? I've dusted off a few recent pieces - Roboscope and Fourmation - and both have been given a fresh coat of paint, and the old favourite Waving at Mono has been updated with new sounds and a new feel whilst retaining the original fun to play feel. However, a couple of others have been radically reworked to fit the audience, Know Fear and Flying Over Blue Waters being the most notable. I'm pleased with how they turned out. I hope you are too.
Anyway, that's it for now... Adios Amigos.
See you on the other side...
We’re delighted to announce another gig, this time supporting Tunnel Club at their forthcoming Northern Exposure Showcase to be held at the Little Buildings, Newcastle on Saturday March 30th 2019.
Strangely, this gig came about following one of Tunnel Club's remix competitions and, consequently, the style will be more Dance/Club as opposed to previous SkinMechanix outings, which were a bit dark and gloomy. (Don’t worry... we promise we’ll return to doing doom-laden synth noir soon enough...)
Truthfully, we had so much fun working on the remix project that we realised we’d stumbled into a new and very rich vein of music and this gig represented an opportunity to revisit a number of pieces from our back catalogue. The set list will include an even mixture of SkinMechanix, Ion and T-Bass tracks as well as some new pieces and, of course, a couple of Tunnel Club pieces.
As ever, there's more information and commentary in the Blog so have a skim through that and tell us what you think.
Thoroughly delighted with this excellent review by local music bible, NARC.
Short 'n' sweet. Just the way we like it.
Of the whole Northern Electric Festival, we had an amazing time. Quality acts throughout and, personally, we cannot wait until next year.
There's more information and commentary in the Blog so have a skim through that and tell us what you think.
Northern Electric Festival released the formal press statement detailing our appearance at
Like I said, we absolutely cannot wait...
Work on Sirens continues. Several new ideas where added over the last week although I've yet to decide where they fit into the grand scheme, if they fit at all. I have certain ideas as to where Sirens needs to go and, whilst some of the new pieces do lean in the right direction, they're not a perfect fit. We'll see.
Don't forget to have a look at the BLOG for further updates. This is David's personal take on the semi-mythical quest to put together the studio, the album and the gig. He's also promised to keep the potty mouth to an absolute minimum.
We're delighted to finally confirm that SKinMechanix will be playing at the forthcoming Northern Electric Festival in July 2018.
We'll be appearing at the Tanners Arms, Shieldfield on Saturday 21st July supporting our old friends, Tunnel Club.
More news when we have it.
Meanwhile, have a look at the above movie - a promo for the forthcoming album, Sirens.
SkinMechanix have been invited to play a short support slot at a forthcoming music festival. All information is presently embargoed until the organisers make their announcement but, suffice to say, we're utterly thrilled. This is exactly what we set out to achieve.
We absolutely cannot wait...
We've split the News section into two and created a new blog page which may be more appropriate to some of David's more obscure ramblings...
A cautionary note : this won't be the return of the infamous roasting blog, which infested these pages around ten years ago. This is a more gentle, more sedate version of that esteemed publication.
You can find the new blog here.