Jan 2014 | Irish Public, thoughts on songwriting.

An uncharacteristically quick report this time about a few things that happened throughout January.  We at UN headquarters are doing a lot of behind the scenes work which isn’t ready to report or unveil, including a new website which is coming before the next single and will hopefully be a better experience for you all.  But, some things I can speak about fully for now…

» IRISH PUBLIC – Friday 14th February, 2014

We’re playing a set for the Ephebia people in Irish Public (Terni, Italy), along with the band Scimmiasaki. There’ll be some new material played, before we retreat for a while to focus fully on getting forthcoming releases ready.  Full details about the gig here, including directions and the facebook event.

» ZOOM H6 & New Equipment…

Added a Carl Martin Hot Drive n’ Boost to my pedal board setup, as well as the T-capsule for the Zoom H6 recorder which means that we can record 6 inputs now from the live gigs.  The plan is to upload a lot more of that stuff for you to hear, and to capture something definitive down the line hopefully.

» A bit about songwriting & the next album “Parlour Tricks”…

Thought I would unleash a bit more info about the material towards the second album.  Frequent followers of ours will know that we have been playing some songs written since the first album, three in particular are “Destiny Does The Splitstep”, “Don’t Wanna Kill For Religion” and “Jefferson Was Right”.  Some songs that have recently moved near the top of the pecking order to make the next album are “Greatest Revival” & “Age of No Innocence”.  Since I effectively left the island of Ireland as a place to live and work, I’ve found myself being asked to explain what I mean by saying I was born and grew up in Northern Ireland.  So I wrote 2 songs in particular, which are biographical and rooted in the two cities/towns where I spent my growing up.  It sort of crept up on me, but I guess I’ve done the Van Morrison thing of writing more about Northern Ireland and the city of Belfast since leaving it, as I ever did when I was there every day.

Anyway the results are very welcome, and these songs feel like they’ve raised the stakes on my writing as a whole, and on the first album, which is one of the things I was trying to do.  It’s been too long since we released any new music, basically because of music business reasons and obligations, which are too derisory and depraved to mention, but I thought I’d let it be known that writing is going very well and I’m confident that the coming material will be worth it.  Also there should be a steadier flow of releases this year, and henceforth.  That’s a promise to myself as much as anyone else.  So… will write another blog at the beginning of March and you can ask me anything on Twitter until then!….

There’s a lot of free music at unquietnights.com/music, but if you download there as opposed to buying the album, atleast join the mailing list, our facebook page, or follow on twitter so we can stay in touch.

Until the next one… www.facebook.com/unquietnights

» Don’t forget…

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