Watch this space for another very exciting collaboration. Rachel Montiel is by far the most captivating and enigmatic singer I have worked with. We rehearsed together only once performing a rather haphazard version of "Wild is the wind" as a duet. The chemistry was explosive. It was enough for me. I knew we have to make an album. I am quite certain that when we give birth to this particular baby it will take your breath away.
It was sad to hear about Roy's death a few weeks ago. He was a significant character on the Clacton music scene through the 80's and beyond. Roy was a partner in the Falling A set up for a brief period whilst we had the shop. He worked in the shop often as well as bringing bands like the Prisoners, Fast Eddie, Jah Warriors and countless others to Clacton. He briefly played bass in a band called North which also featured members of Living in Texas and the March Violets. Their one cassette release "Aurora Beaurealis" was produced by the legendary Martin Newell. He had a brief spell replacing Peter Ashby in Spasmodic Caress. He borrowed my bass guitar for this video. In later years he owned and ran the shop Melody's in Clacton which was always a treasure trove of musical discovery. It's been 30 years since I last saw him but Roy is one of those characters that leaves a lasting impression on you.
I would appreciate any support that you can give for Joe and his team of former ODAAT graduates in doing the ODAAT Three Peaks challenge this summer. We run an amazing addiction recovery programme which changes lives in a radical way. Lot's of love and respect for those that engage in the programme. It takes a lot of courage, humility, an honesty that would challenge the average man in the street and a willingness to change. It's powerful and inspiring to be around. Thanks to Joe for volunteering and giving up so much time and energy for organizing this.
Seven Days (Dub)
Two rare Frenzid Melon tracks are now available as FREE downloads. These are exclusive tracks that were not included on the recent compilation "Clacton". The album is a collection that spans Frenzid Melon's diy cassette releases between 1977 - 1981. These two free tracks are "Earthlight" & "Seven Days DUB mix 1". Earthlight is lifted from their 1978 album "Graffiti Spastic Plastic". Both tracks have a special place in Frenzid Melon history as the original version of "Earthlight" was one of three tracks recorded at the inaugural Frenzid Melon recording session before the idea of releasing cassettes ever entered our heads. The original sessions were lost but we created an alternate version for our second cassette album. At the other end of the spectrum "Seven Days" is a previously unreleased track. It was the last track Frenzid Melon ever recorded just as we were beginning to morph into the insane picnic. It featured in the early insane picnic set. There are a few rehearsal recordings kicking around of the very first insane picnic sessions. It's interesting to note that "Seven Days", "New Image" and "Another Victim" all spilled over from Frenzid Melon and formed very much the early part of the insane picnic sound. "Seven Days" along with "New Image" had been considered strong contenders for the first single. Once the insane picnic emerged from our first studio session we had the complete "Four days in April" e.p. , a new direction emerged and all traces of Frenzid Melon were dropped. The original "Seven days" is included on the "Clacton" album and we felt that this previously unheard dub mix would be a good freebie. These two exclusive downloads are available here
I am very happy to report that Stone Premonitions have released the new Census of Hallucinations e.p. "Imagine John Lennon". I play wind synth, mellotron and sax on this release. John Simms from prog / psych legends Clear Blue Sky also guests on the e.p. It's getting very positive reviews and some radio airplay and is a taster for the forthcoming album.
1) Part 1: In Ruins
2) Part 2: Conspiracy Of Silence
3) Part 3: Faculty Of Mirrors
4) Part 4: He Who Can Manage Camels
Credits: Tim Jones - vocals; Kevin Hodge - acoustic guitar; John Simms - guitar, guitar synth, keyboards, backing vocals; Mark Dunn - bass & cello; Paddi - drums & percussion; Terri~B & Maxine Marten - backing vocals; James Jones - narration of his poem "Lost In The Lakes"; Barry Lamb - sax, wind synth (EWI) & mellotron on Part 1
All songs written, engine-eared & produced by Census of Hallucinations for Stone Premonitions 2014
Thanks to Mark Craney for additional engine-earing
Lyrics and final mix by Tim Jones
Additional backing vocals by Maxine Marten
Available from Stone Premonitions
"It's conversations come, they're empty as a drum"
Captivating. Blank & Jones inspire me.
Heading for Morocco today. Looking forward to making some great recordings to use in a future project. News about that soon.
The new Census of Hallucinations album "Imagine John Lennon" is finished and ready for imminent release. I am a big fan of COH and respect Tim as a musician, producer and man of integrity. I am honored to play sax, wind synth and mellotron on the album and though I am potentially biased my initial listen at the playback is that I am gob smacked. This is an incredible piece of work. Keep an eye on the Stone Premonitions website for information on the release date.
Check the about me page for info about me. I guess the idea of a blog is to have a personal scrapbook of sketchpad ideas, archive moments, memories and general stuff that will give an insight into what inspires and motivates me.