“Blind to the Beautiful” – lyric

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Finally conquered the missing 3rd verse tonight to deliver the 8th finished lyric on “A Feast of Consequences”. I know a lot of people will read this and consider it a very depressing song but I like to think there is a vestige of hope in it. I said when starting writing the words that I wanted to dissolve a … Read More

“All Loved Up” – Lyric

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Another new lyric, this time a bit off tongue and cheek at myself and a dig at the X Factor generation .We played this at Leamington Spa on the Saturday night and it rocked the house. As a song it’s slightly out of kilter with the rest of the album but a bit of comedy is necessary in the mix … Read More

Perfume River – lyric

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Finally completed “Perfume River” lyric after days of being uncomfortable with the last draft. Thought I needed an other verse to fulfill the “story” which would have imbalanced the music and taken it into “over egging” territory. A few words added and replaced and an awkward 2nd last verse tightened and it seems to run more smoothly and make more … Read More

Family Business and the Feast in the Fridge

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  I found it quite comical while I watched the “insights” graph on my Fish Facebook page plunge in the last week after the lofty heights surrounding the “Script” anniversary. I’d decided to back off from everything while my girlfriend and her 3 kids joined me in Scotland. It was the first time Simone’s family had come over with her … Read More

“Thistle Alley” – Lyric

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“Thistle Alley” is part 4 of the “High Wood” suite, the darkest and heaviest of the sections addressing the main assaults and the deadly war of attrition that occurred there in late 1916. My maternal grandfather, William Paterson, was serving with the 8th Battalion Royal Scots at that time and as a pre conflict miner he was with the entrenchment … Read More

The life of a Script

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Absolutely blown away at the reception and all the comments to the “Script” posts. The feedback took me completely by surprise. I did a couple of interviews in the last days and the event and album were glowingly mentioned.It’s difficult to relate my feelings in this instance. One interview was with Rachel Mann from The Quietus website and was based … Read More

“The Gathering” lyric from the “High Wood”

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Foss and I have had a very constructive couple of days and have managed to nail “The Gathering”. I admit to having been dreading this and there was a chance we might duck it after the recent forced changes in band arrangements and time becoming pressed.We knew exactly what we needed, something relatively quirky like a cross between “Institution Waltz” … Read More

Frank Usher leaves the Feast

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  Well I knew it was never ever going to be simple and I always try and remain on guard and vigilant in general for those spanners that appear regularly on the horizon. This one I saw coming for quite a while but hoped it would fall short or miss. In the end I decided I couldn’t ignore it and … Read More