Tuesday, 4 September 2012

In the darkness, I will find you... oops sorry, I thought that was your elbow.

Afternoon all.

Right, the first blog in a long time! Chris did write one but never posted it. Shock…

So this is the friendly catch up, imagine its over a cup of tea and we're bitching about someone that is really fat no and the people from school who have got 7 kids. 

Ok, so down to brass tax, a lot has happened since the last time we spoke. A little bit of sport in London called the Olympics happened but mainly we released our album ‘We Raised the Flames and Built a City on the Ashes’ on 6th August and so far seems to be receiving a positive response, which is a huge sigh of relief for us after all the self doubt and nail biting that we (well, I) had about it.

Thank you to everyone who has brought it and listened to it so far. If you haven’t and wish to, you can purchase it at www.minorartists.com/store.

The album has also brought our first in depth review, which was done by the lovely folk at God Is In The TV and you can read it here: http://www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk/2012/08/13/sunrise-over-europe-we-raised-the-flames-and-built-a-city-on-the-ashes-minor-artists/.

A particular favourite line in it for me is “during ‘Escape is an Art, Art is an Escape’, there are a few seconds before the chorus, when (mixed incredibly abrasively) a bass note practically says ‘ fuck this, fuck you, you are a twat, this is all bullshit, I’ll be at the bar watching the world burn …’ In case it isn’t obvious, this is a very VERY good thing.”

I’m glad that listeners pick up on the little details in the music like that as when we recorded the album they seemed so throw away.

The other big news over the past month is that we have released to music videos. They aren’t full of women in bikinis, money, bling and big cars so we havn’t yet reached the heights of west coast rap but you never know, our next album may well have that quality. Check them out below

Little Spoken Wars

The video for ‘Little Spoken Wars’ was filmed in St Nicolas’ church in Dormston where we recorded the album. The last time the church had heard this track it was in separate parts, so it was nice to come back and fill it with the sound of the complete article. It was directed by (ever increasingly) renaissance man Chris Donald and filmed by Verity Milligan. It was a fun day although we were all sick of the song by the end! Thanks to them for their direction, time and effort.

Follow Me Around

The video for ‘Follow Me Around’ was the vision of Yorkshire based director Benjamin Poffley, a friend of Chris Donald’s. He was given the album and it was left to him to choose a track that he could create something for. It’s a truly wonderful piece of work that we incredibly proud of and we are so grateful for Benjamin’s time and effort!

More virgin ground upon which we are walking is merchandise. We have t-shirts and posters based on the plethora of fine artwork Katie Maxted gave us for the album and it is available from http://sunriseovereurope.bigcartel.com/ or from us at gigs.

What else?

The next Watchfires is on 15th September down at the Flapper and playing we have new post-rock boys Prayers, loud frantic extraordinaire’s Terrors and mellow evocative folkers Oh Stockholm! We’ll be playing our moaning shit-cake music as well. This will be a good one (they all are though aren’t they?) so we expect to see you there. Yeah you.

Quick story about Prayers. Prayers are very likeminded to us as they are also morbid post-rockers who like the darker side of things, see why we like them? The Sunrise Lock-Up curse has struck again. The band we were previously sharing with split up which is the second time that’s happened to us. Leaving our third lock-up seemed inevitable until newly formed Prayers came along and saved the day. I was on holiday when they played their first gig so I can’t comment with authority on their sound but everyone else in the Sunrise camp speak very highly of them.

Ok, now we’re all caught up I’ll let you get on with your life.

Thank you all for your support and see you soon.

Good hunting

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