Sam Airey - Whiskey In The Jar
In Summer, Sam Airey and I teamed up once again - this time to record a bonus track to giveaway with his new Blackout Beer - his take on the ol’ classic Whiskey In The Jar
Kleine Schweine - The Party
Over the Summer I produced the debut full length from Leeds punk upstarts Kleine Schweine, having previously worked on 2 singles that would appear alongside 8 new tracks. The album was fund by a Pledge Music campaign, which led to much jollity in the studio, including an afternoon of guest backing singing, featuring the immitable Tom Robinson that deviated into a fully fledged singalong The...
I’m due a whole set of updates, and hopefully this is the start of a comprehensive round-up of what I’ve been up to. At the start of Summer I moved house and coinciding with a couple of bigger jobs upgraded my mix set-up - both in terms of what I’m using and where I’m using it. The big shift is mixing of my laptop which is more powerful than the old G5 installed at House...
Unfortunately I haven’t kept this blog upto date, which I’d apologise for, but I think the biggest impact it has is on myself! The reason I’ve been busy all good - house move, some good production work and lots of busy work with the day job at Leeds Metropolitan University. One of the things I have been busy with over the Summer is building their new web presence In good time...
Earlier this year, I recorded a couple of tracks for Born With Stripes. The first, ‘… You Stole The Laces From My Shoes’ was unleashed in March, and now they reveal the second - Sundream
Wanna Get Drunk and Fool Around?
Wanna Get Drunk and Fool Around is the new EP from Shark Teeth (né Blood Oranges) - 5 tracks we recorded throughout the course of 2011 (produced & mixed by whiskas at House Of Mook). I also play guitar on the track Work & Romance &lt;a href=”http://sharkteethmusic.bandcamp.com/album/wanna-get-drunk-and-fool-around”...
Soul Circus - Burn The Map
Soul Circus’s new double A-side single “Burn The Map/The Consequence Of Youth” is released on May 14th. Burn The Map was produced at House Of Mook late last year in the same session we recorded their Christmas single “Picture Frames” More info on the single release is can be found here
Sam Airey - A Marker and A Map
A Marker and A Map is the third release I’ve done with Sam Airey, but was recorded at the same time as ‘The Blackout’ single from last year. This EP features four tracks veering from stripped down acoustic, to a more filled out sound, as on lead track ‘The Unlocking’ below - where I also feature on electric guitar The Unlocking has already been featured heavily on...
Maison EP & Skins
I’ve talked a lot on here about Honour Before Glory - my solo project based almost entirely in the studio A few weeks ago I released The Maison EP - featuring 4 tracks showing different strands of the same song / idea. I think it gives a good demonstration of the different ways I approach recording, and also the variable nature of this project Last week, another Honour Before Glory track,...
Born With Stripes - '...Laces'
Back in January I had the absolute pleasure of working on a couple of tracks at House Of Mook with Born With Stripes - definitely one of the most exciting things I’ve had the fortune to work on (apologies for the superlative) They released the first track - …You Stole The Laces From My Shoes - a couple of weeks ago. The video is below, with a second track to follow soon
Kleine Schweine II
First off, an apology - the reason this blog hasn’t been updated much recently is not because I haven’t been busy, but because I have been very busy. As well as recording, I am not lecturing at Leeds Met University and combined with the planning of the forthcoming Live At Leeds The Unconference, a few things have slipped. But no more! At the start of the year, Kleine Schweine teamed...
A Spaceman Came Travelling
To join in the festive mood, I’ve recorded/produced a cover of A Spaceman Came Travelling for my Honour Before Glory project Listen and download for free below:
Soul Circus - Picture Frames (Xmas Single)
Continuing my recent quick turn around of records - a couple of weeks ago, I recorded this track Picture Frames with Soul Circus. This Xmas single is released in aid of the fantastic charity St Georges’ Crypt based in Leeds http://www.justgiving.com/soulcircus Below is the video to accompany the track, as well as a ‘making of’ that features a bit more information about St...
After recording the new Kleine Schweine single at Loom Studios, they have kindly added me to their list of regular freelance producers working out of the studios - so I will be doing more work there in the future!! Check out their website for more information: http://www.loomstudio.co.uk/blog/2011/12/01/whiskas-joins-loom/
Over the last 6 months I have been intensely working on a series of EPs that most likely won’t see the light of day for a not dissimilar length of time (Shark Teeth/Blood Oranges, Sam Airey, Monte Carlo, Honour Before Glory & Harry George Johns) It’s been refreshing therefore to in the last week work on two singles that will be out almost immediately. The first is the debut...
Back in August I recorded two tracks with The Barmines (né The Reign) that are being released as a double A-side single on 11/11/11 via bandcamp <a href=”http://thebarmines.bandcamp.com/track/once-over-lightly” _mce_href=”http://thebarmines.bandcamp.com/track/once-over-lightly”>Once Over Lightly by The Barmines</a> <a...
TV No TV
I have a new Honour Before Glory track available free with the new Rock & Roll Circus compilation - A Collection Of Calamity Vol. 3 &amp;lt;a href=”http://rockandrollcircus.bandcamp.com/track/tv-no-tv” _mce_href=”http://rockandrollcircus.bandcamp.com/track/tv-no-tv”&amp;gt;TV-NO-TV by Honour Before Glory&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; As usual,...
Candy Bar Girls
Earlier this year, I was asked to submit some title music for Channel 5’s upcoming ‘documentary’ series Candy Bar Girls I didn’t get the gig, but I’m still pretty pleased / proud of the bespoke track I wrote & produced from scratch in a short period of time Written / produced by whiskas, vocals by Katrina Sophia Peel
Round-Up: Aug 2011
Sam Airey’s single The Blackout was released to great success with Radio 1 and Radio 2 play from Huw Stephens & Steve Lamacq receptively, as well as extensive airplay on Radio Wales, and just today on Lauren Laverne’s 6music show. We’re currently finalising mixes for an upcoming EP The Wind-Up Birds released the following Paul Morricone-directed video for Meet Me In The...
this is broken lines
Those following all whiskas exploits thoroughly, will realise that a couple of weeks ago I completed and promptly released the Honour Before Glory album - entirely written and produced by myself, and performed in the majority I’m extremely pleased that it’s generating a lot of plaudits, for it’s production as much as anything else. You can stream the album here, and buy it...
BBC Radio Play
Many thanks to Messrs. Stephens and Lamacq who played Sam Airey’s Endless Sea and The Wind-Up Birds’ Popman on their Radio 1 and 6 Music shows receptively this week Huw Stephens Tracklist / Listen Again Steve Lamacq Tracklist / Listen Again
Sam Airey - The Blackout
Sam Airey’s forthcoming single ‘The Blackout’ is released on 18th July with a launch gig at Leeds’ Kirkstall Abbey to coincide B-Side ‘Endless Sea’ is featured in a previous post, but ‘The Blackout’ is below. There are more tracks to come from the sessions that will be released later in the year More info at www.samairey.com
The Wind-Up Birds - Meet Me At The Depot
The Wind-Up Birds popped to Mook a couple of months ago to record two tracks for a forthcoming single - “Meet Me At The Depot” and “Pop Man” The single will be released on Monday 27 June. It will be available in three flavours: a strictly limited run of 200 7” singles (including free digital download with every copy), an equally limited CD, and the usual digital...
Sam Airey - Endless Sea (Live At Leeds Mixtape)
Sam Airey & I have been recording a number of tracks since the start of the year, for release in various formats The first fruit is Endless Sea, released as part of This Is Fake DIY’s Live At Leeds mixtape. The mix also features Blood Oranges, The ABC Club and naturally Honour Before Glory tracks I’ve been involved in
You Animals - Crimes, Creeps & Thrills
In Summer 2009, You Animals came up to Leeds to record some tracks for a single. A few changes later and the 3 tracks we recorded ended up on their debut album ‘Crimes, Creeps & Thrills’ Theme From Your Animals / Everyday Is Like A Friday Night / Own Worst Enemy Listen to the album on Spotify here Watch their video diary of the recording at Mook below:
Johnny Foreigner - Tru Punx / Elegies
In September 2010, Johnny Foreigner recorded two tracks: Tru Punx - released as a split single with Stagecoach also Elegies For Post Teenage Living Parts 1 & 2 from ‘You Thought You Saw’ EP http://bloggyforeigner.blogspot.com/2010/09/i-got-something-mcs-can-kiss.html
Honour Before Glory - Maison
The latest Honour Before Glory track I’ve finished is Maison - featured on numerous blogs, and played out by Huw Stephens on Radio 1 at the start of 2011 Kind words: Sweeping The Nation Faded Glamour My Band’s Better Than Your Band Real Horrorshow Tunes
Blood Oranges - French Word For Love
Blood Oranges debut single, French Word For Love (above) b/w Alone By The Waltzers was released in November 2010 on 7” via Things To Make & Do Records
Wingman - The Skate Song
Wingman is Harry Johns, ex-Old romantic Killer Band, now bass player in Dinosaur Pile-Up. We did a load of demos in Spring 2010, and Fear & Records picked up The Skate Song to release as a single, b/w N64, that got picked up by Steve Lamacq and others
Arthur Rigby & The Baskervylles - White Houses
Arthur Rigby & The Baskervylles are an 8/9 piece chamber pop band. White Houses b/w Heroes was released in October 2010 and the follow up will be on it’s way shortly
Sam Airey - Seasons Change
<a href=”http://samaireymusic.bandcamp.com/album/seasons-change-ep” _mce_href=”http://samaireymusic.bandcamp.com/album/seasons-change-ep”>Season’s Change EP by Sam Airey</a> Sam Airey’s 5 track Seasons Change EP was released in March 2010, picking up fans from Steve Lamacq on Radio 2, and leading to support slots with Villagers and more throughout...
The ABC Club - Friend Of Mine
Debut single by The ABC Club, released on Things To Make & Do, featured Friend Of Mine, produced in the studios at Leeds Met University, as a double a-side alongside Thieving Magpie