You may be forgiven for thinking we’ve disappeared off the face of the earth during the last year and a half, but rest assured we’re back next year with a load of brand spanking new material! We’ve all been super busy doing personal stuff outside of the band like moving house and starting new business ventures and time has just gotten away from us. Now though we’re really excited and getting ready for the next chapter on our musical journey with the band. It all starts with a short set of completely new material this coming Thursday at the Rhythm Factory in East London.
You may or may not know that our drummer Ian is from the Philippines and recent events there with the Typhoon disaster compelled him to do something to help the many people there who have lost so much. So, in super quick time he has managed to put together this fantastic fundraising gig at the Rhythm Factory.
The event is headlined by fantastic indie pop noise merchants The Fireworks and also features rising stars of urban, Ooberfuse, R&B act Felicia Singson and solo artist Apple Jacob. The event also features close up magician Julius Dein in the Lounge room, a tonne of delicious Thai food and raffle draw for all sorts of great things like hotel stays and bottles of champagne. The flyer below contains more details and you can join the facebook event here
We’re really looking forward to playing again and helping to raise some money so why not come down and help us, it’s sure to be a great night
Hey people, Our album sessions have unfortunately ground to a halt recently due to a fairly major piece of studio gear (the thing that records everything) going ‘BANG!’. One evening I switched on the power to our studio rack to prepare for a session with Rob and the thing just blew, and then not a peep out of it. So we haven’t actually been recording anything for about 6 weeks now. Good news is that the gear has been repaired and is currently being shipped back to us so we should be able to continue next week
In the meantime I have been writing more songs and using my iPad along with an Apogee Jam to demo them and I have to say it’s been a real eye opener. It’s so easy to use with the Garageband and DM1 drum machine app, you can lay stuff down really fast. I’ll post a video soon showing me using it, as I think a lot of musicians who maybe haven’t tried it before would really like it. Amazing as technology is today, you can get bogged down sometimes using a computer and audio interface with all the settings etc. – it can really kill the creative spark if you’re working alone. Garageband on the iPad is so simple it feels like your using an old 4 track or something like that, the technical aspect is almost completely set aside and you can just concentrate on making music.
A couple of weeks ago I was in a shopping mall waiting for my wife and so had a bit of time to kill, so I found a seat and took out my iPad and started working on a song. Within 10 mins I had found a pretty decent synth sound and had laid down a part for the demo. I suddenly realised you can now make music anywhere! So now when I have been doing these demos I just record wherever I feel comfortable and am not stuck in the studio all the time and I have to say I love the freedom that it brings. When I’m done with the demo I can import it straight into Logic on my computer and continue working on it from there if I want. I sometimes find that takes or parts used on a demo end up being used in the final version so it’s great for doing that as well. So despite the inconvenience of not having a working studio for several weeks, something good has actually come out if it
Earlier this month we returned to the studio to begin recording tracks for our third album. We hired out the nice Soundstage rehearsal room at The Joint in King’s Cross for a day and brought down our gear to record the drum tracks for 4 new songs. It was a long, hard day but Ian managed to nail his takes for tracks with working titles of ‘Watching, Waiting’, ‘Never Enough’, ‘Sit Beside Me’ and ‘Delectable’. We plan to keep things fresh by releasing a single/EP as soon as possible in 2013 followed by 2-3 more over the course of the year. The album will then follow when finished near the end of the year. Here are some pics of Ian’s session
It’s been a few months since we’ve been active so we just wanted to keep you posted on what we’re up to. After taking some time to do some personal stuff in the summer we’re back working on material for album no.3. Our first recording session is booked for November (yippeeee!! ) when we’re planning to record 4 new songs, working titles include ‘Watching, Waiting’, ‘It’s Never Enough’ and ‘Sit Beside Me’. The songs sound different to what we’ve previously done on DOYA, with the sounds and themes being a little darker and more spaced out (if that makes any sense). In any case we’re super excited about it as it feels like a brand new chapter is starting for the band. We’re planning to release material as we record it and post video blogs of the rehearsals, sessions and any other random bullshit we get up to – so you’ll be able to take the journey with us until the album is finally released.
Gig wise we’ve decided not to play until the new year when we will announce a show with a set list consisting entirely of brand new material. It may turn out to be a showcase/party event – we’re not sure yet, but watch this space for more details.
In the meantime here’s a few tracks which have been doing it for us in the last few months
“Shibuya Crossings release a cracking double A-sided single in the form of Gamla Stan and I’ll Meet You At The Station.
Lead track Gamla Stan is a vibrant indie rocker that recalls the classic likes of Teenage Fanclub and Fountains of Wayne, especially in the way the band meditates on the tragedy of missing love and the brevity of life’s little moments in its lyrics. I’ll Meet You At The Station slows down the pace a little but is a lovely mid-tempo offering that wears its heartfelt sentiments on its sleeve in totally endearing fashion. If its predecessor carried more of an indie/alternative vibe about it, then this track is soaked in classic rock values.”
“As ‘Gamla Stan’ continues it becomes more and more obvious that this is quite a track by Shibuya Crossings. Steeped in mid-nineties influences (Sparklehorse, Dinosaur Jr, Teenage Fanclub to name but a few) there’s an easily missed strength through gentleness about this that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. 7/10″
“New single from Shibuya Crossings Gamla Stan / I’ll Meet you at the Station gives a cracking little insight into this trio’s new Album DOYA (Depend on Your Alter-Ego) released last summer. While these two tracks have all the hallmarks of great British pop, the influences of the three band members singer and guitarist Declan Harrington, bassist Rob Toshman and Filipino drummer Ian Escario range from hard edged punk to contemporary pop. And I mention that Ian Escario is Filipino only because how many other Filipino drummers can you name? (And no, that’s not a competition.)
Gamla Stan is all foot-tapping backbeat, guitars and vocal melodies that fair trips along. I’ll Meet you at the Station is a much more thoughtful ‘lost love’ song revealing the quality of the band’s song-writing. A great advert for the band and a sufficient hook for this listener to check out the album.”
We’ve just got our hands on the finished video for ‘I’ll Meet You at the Station’ directed by Gavin Randall at Melting Point Media. The song is one part of a double A-sided single with ‘Gamla Stan’ as the accompanying track. This will be our last release from the DOYA album, so as a wee pressie from us to you you can download the entire single for FREE! Just click the download link on our sidebar ->>>
Full details are now available for our St. Patrick’s Day show at Heroes supporting The Chakras. We’ll be onstage at 9.20pm . Also on the bill are The Wholls, David J Alexander and James Canty. Entry is £6 or you can email us to be added to the £5 cheap list. As it’s Paddy’s Day we’ll have a little treat in store for you With several Irish acts on the bill and the Guinness flowing, what more could you ask for?
We regret to announce that due to unforeseen personal circumstances we have had to cancel our show at the Buffalo Bar next Weds 22nd Feb. We apologise for the short notice but unfortunately on this occasion it could not be avoided. We hope to see you all at our St. Patrick’s day gig at Heroes in Kentish Town on Saturday 17th March, it should be a great night.
To kick things off, first we’d like to wish you all a very Happy New Year. It promises to be a very exciting 2012 for us with loads of stuff happening including the release of a double A-sided single in the Spring, plenty of live shows and also some brand new material. Yes folks, we’ve already begun working on some new tracks that are lined up for Shibuya album number 3! We hope to start recording in March and we’ll keep you posted with how things are going.
In the meantime we can announce the following shows
February 22nd, Buffalo Bar, London
March 17th, Heroes, Kentish Town, London (St.Patrick’s Day Party)
So it’s approaching that time of year again. It was only a few weeks ago that it was 30c outside here in London and that it still felt like summer in October. Now we’re half way through November and reality is biting along with the weather and we’re only weeks away from Christmas. How the hell did that happen?
After quite a year with the release of DOYA, we’re now ready to say goodbye to 2011 in style with our Christmas Party at the World’s End in Finsbury Park, North London. The gig is on the 8th December and promises to be a night to remember. We’ll be giving away some freebies, including albums and the odd T-Shirt, and as with all our party gigs, we will be feeding you as well! On this occasion the more festive mince pies will be on offer as a wee thank you for all your support this year. On top of that, entry to the gig is FREE! so indirectly we’re buying you an extra drink as well So make sure you get December 8th in your diary and join in the fun. You can let us know you’re coming through our facebook event and don’t forget to ‘Like’ our page if you haven’t already. We’ll be playing one or two new songs which hopefully will feature on album #3 next year, so a great chance to get a sneak preview.