Today’s post title is from erratic musical genius Babybird.
I was late to music – playing it, at least. I was told at eleven that Iâ€™d never be musical* (which is a pretty shitty thing to be told by a music teacher, isnâ€™t it?) and I didnâ€™t play my first note on a guitar until I was fourteen. That note was the bass line from Eddy Cochranâ€™s Câ€™Mon Everybody, a song I still love.
I was in bands from about 16 to my mid-thirties, with varying degrees of success: we did some decent gigs but, as Iâ€™ve written before, stage fright meant that the live side of things didnâ€™t really do it for me. Unfortunately the bit I really did like, writing and recording, never quite lived up to what I hoped it would be. Iâ€™ve never been in a band that had the budget, the time or the expertise to really get things right in recording studios. Thatâ€™s a real shame, because some of the songs Iâ€™ve been involved in over the years have been pretty damn good – which is why I donâ€™t have a problem digging out some of my favourite ones and trying to get them right many years later.
Itâ€™s the best part of a decade since I played a gig, and I donâ€™t really miss it – but I did spend a year or two where I wasnâ€™t making music or writing songs, and with hindsight that was a pretty low period. Musicâ€™s a crucial part of who I am.
I started doing music seriously again about two years ago, when my brother and musical sparring partner David and I put together DMGM and ended up releasing Good Times, High Times and Hard Times. Thanks to the internet I know exactly how few people give a shit, but thatâ€™s not why we do it: we do it because we enjoy making noise. Music is its own reward.
And now thereâ€™s a whole bunch more coming.
As with the last album, the stuff weâ€™re doing is all over the place stylistically. Thereâ€™s NIN stomping and the odd outbreak of disco, some really squelchy electro-pop and some nods to various musical inspirations such as Faith No More, Talk Talk and The Human League. And I genuinely think itâ€™s the best stuff Iâ€™ve been involved in: Iâ€™ve finally lost my fear of looking like an arse, so the musicâ€™s more honest and ambitious than ever before. Itâ€™s a pity that Iâ€™m doing it at theÂ point in my life when the fewest number of people are likely to care: as much as Bono talks bollocks most of the time, heâ€™s bang on when he talks about the fear that songs youâ€™ve poured years of your life into wonâ€™t be heard.
Anyway. Hereâ€™s a new song. It’s called All Messed Up and you can have it for free.
This is the first thing weâ€™ve put out since Hope And Faith jinxed the Scottish independence referendum, and itâ€™s going to be joined by others really soon. If you like it you can download it for nothing from our bandcamp page, and if you do please ignore the pay what you want option: the plan is to keep adding tracks as and when we finish them, so itâ€™s unlikely weâ€™ll hit the limit on free downloads. All we ask is that if you like it, please tell someone else about it.
As ever, if youâ€™d like to use our music for anything just drop me a line.
* Some say Iâ€™ve spent the 30-odd years since proving that particular point.