Goodbye Sergeants are back! Well, they were for a bit. The band was asked by Sergeant Buzfuz’s Joe Murphy, who I used to play drums for, to headline a night for his Blang label at the White Lion in Streatham. It turned out to be for a charity called Music for Kids, who have an orphange in Nepal. We donated our fee back to the charity partly for the cause, and partly for the fact we didn’t deserve for being so fucking shit. God it was cold in there though: no heating. Apart from that, a good night.
So here’s the stop motion video for new track I Used To Be A Loner. This was, perhaps obviously, done by taking loads of photos in Matt’s kitchen. If you happened to catch on to the very low-key update when this was first uploaded, you may have seen a little bit more of me than you would’ve liked in one scene, so we re-uploaded it with a bit of extra blurring.
Anyway, hope you enjoy the song which we’ll be releasing (as the full version, this is an edit) some time in the new year. It’s obviously a bit of a departure from our previous output, but we’re just crazy like that. Matt wrote this one; I just did the crappy keyboard stuff that comes in later in the full version. Oh, and my beautiful voice of course.
You may be interested to know that last night was our third session of shooting for the new Goodbye Sergeants video. It’s for a new song that we’ve never performed before called I Used To Be A Loner, working title Toys.
The video itself is an animation, or possibly the term is “stop motion” as it’s mainly myself and members of the band being animated.
As you can probably imagine with this or any kind of animation, it can take quite a long time, but we’re getting there. I’ll post an update in due course.
For anyone who’s still interested in Goodbye Sergeants, here’s a preview of a new song called I Love To Piss You Off. This is just us laying down backing tracks in Rob’s studio in Bromley, so we’re recording a take of drums and bass, while the vocals and guitar are just guides, or at least that’s my excuse anyway. Incidentally, I hate the way I look in front of the camera, really self concious. Makes me cringe in places.
I thought this was worth posting anyway because it’s quite funny how it disintegrates at the end. Jon was in another room so we couldn’t actually see him, or apparantly, communicate with him. Most of the time we at least pretend we know what we’re doing.
Woah there. Goodbye Sergeants are playing in London this friday!
Where?: The Watershed, Wimbledon., with Just B, Kenwyn Drive and I Ludicrous.
When?: on stage time 21:00.
How much?: £5
Why?: Even newer new songs, reworked classics and free promo cds!
Which? : What?
It’ll be the last show for a while and should either be a really great one or a shambolic mess so hopefully see you there!
This an instrumental that Matt wrote ages ago. Here’s one of our first goes at it, so a little lacking in energy but not a bad start! I really need to get some new clothes though.
So what has been going on with Goodbye Sergeants of late? If you’ve been checking the site/blog or the myspace you’ll see things have been a little quiet, but that doesn’t mean we’re not doing anything, far from it! The last show the band played was back on June 1st, on the bandstand in Sutton town centre. Pretty random gig really, especially as our slightly-acquired-taste-noise was following 2 acts playing covers, you know of like, recogniseable songs! It was a great gig though, probably the best since MJ joined the band, and people seemed to actually enjoy the tunes too, which was an unexpected bonus for us! I remember the sound guy asking us if we could ‘tone it down’ before we went on; I remember ignoring that, then I remember getting really wasted afterwards and not a lot else. Oh, now I do remember jumping off the stage to go and sing with a child who seemed to be getting into the music, but then stopping a bit short when I realised I was scaring the hell out of her.
So yeah, as for ‘updates’ on GS, we’re currently working on new music, which is why we haven’t done any gigs for a while. Also, we thought it would be cool to have a bit of a break anyway, go on holidays, make music with other people, that kind of thing.
We went into the studio a couple of weeks ago, just before I went on holiday, and just spent a couple of hours getting down drums for 4 new tracks. jon’s obviously the best drummer ever, so it didn’t take him long to nail the parts. We’re then gonna record everything else ourselves. So far, Jules has redone his bass, I’ve re-recorded my guitars, and started the vocals for 2 of the tracks round Matt’s. I have to say, Matt is an absolute genius, not only with the guitar, but when it comes to production, it is just amazing listening to some of these first mixes he’s done, and I can’t wait for you to hear them once they’re finished. I’ll be posting some official updates on the GS site and Myspace when they’re up.
In the meantime, Matt is also lending his skills to another little project I’m involved with…
So, after our pretty successful jaunt up the M6 at the weekend to play the legendary Cavern Club and Lennon’s, we return to a slightly more local setting for us by playing the Sutton Town Centre Music Festival on Sunday 1st June.
We’ll be playing on the Millenium Bavarian Beer Garden stage (we think that’s basically the bandstand near The Moon on the Hill), at 3pm. We’ll be on after 2 covers acts, so naturally we’ll probably confuse the hell out of everyone, but there you go.
Goodbye Sergeants are playing 2 shows in Liverpool this weekend as part of the International Pop Overthrow Festival:
at The Cavern Club on Sunday (25th) – on stage 14:15,
and at Lennon’s on Bank Holiday Monday (26th) – on stage 17:00
Check out http://www.internationalpopoverthrow.com/ for more info on the festival, but for your convenience, here are the lineups for the 2 dates/venues we’re playing:
Sunday, May 25.
The Cavern Club.
12:45 Ben’s Diapers
..1:30 Steve Roberts & ZenBank of England
..2:15 Goodbye Sergeants
..3:00 Private Jets
..4:30 The Generous Days
..5:15 Rinaldi Sings
..6:00 Paul Bevoir
..7:30 The Temponauts
..8:15 The Broken Hearts
..9:45 The Afternoons
10:30 We Should Be Dead
11:15 The Cherry Bluestorms
12:45 The Anydays
..1:30 Robert Post
Monday, May 26
1:15 Mark Sander and The Evil Geniuses
2:00 The Low
3:30 The Making
4:15 The Generous Days
5:00 Goodbye Sergeants
5:45 The Tamborines
6:30 Peter Colours
Hope to see you there!
Thank the Lord for the Art Genius of Jon Shortt for giving us all a reason to get up in the morning! Yes, it’s another beautiful flyer, for another beautifully noisy gig, this time tonight at the Bullet Bar in Kentish Town, on stage around 10:30.
This is our only headlining London gig for a while, and we’ll be playing a load of new stuff, which is obviously very exciting for us, and makes it marginally less tedious for you. Hope to see you there. Check out a location map here: http://www.bulletbar.co.uk/map.htm
OK, so it’s not called Long Island any more, it’s now the Mosaic Bar, but yes Goodbye Sergeants are doing a gig there on 3rd April. Me and Jules used to live in Sutton, and Jon still does (kind of why we moved away really), so it’ll be great to play somewhere we’ve been turned away from so many times for not having the right shoes on.
I was just searching for stuff on the band on Google when I should’ve been working and I stumbled across the fact that our ancient demo version of Over So Soon seems to have crept up to Number 1 on The Mag’s download chart for February. Who’d have thought it?
Check it out here.
There are some photos up now on the Facebook page from the Heatham House gig on 26th Jan. Thanks to all involved! We had a great time, and considering we’d only rehearsed with Matt 3 times beforehand, it couldn’t have gone better.
We’ll be taking some time off doing shows for a while (unless we get asked to do any particularly exciting ones!) to concentrate on new tracks, and rehearsing with new members of course!
See you soon!
We will be playing an ‘all ages’ show once again at Heatham House this Saturday (26th Jan), so if you’re a regular down there and saw us last time, we look forward to seeing you again. This will actually be a very different gig than usual for us because perhaps surprisingly, Matt Jarman (Dissident Sound Industry) will be playing guitar with us, after only a couple of rehearsals. We will even be playing some new material written with him in the last 2 weeks, so it’s gonna be pretty crazy. Check out the venue website for more info.
That’s right, it’s official. Matt Haynes, known to millions all over the globe as “The People’s Guitar Hero”, “Norris”, or just plain old “McCartney” has decided to quit the band to persue other interests like smoking and playing Guitar Hero.
Matt was of course an original member from when the band formed back in late 2005, and will be missed by the many millions of fans he accrued over his 2 year service, who to be honest, probably thought he was actually Paul McCartney.
Matt’s glorious guitar can be heard, of course, all over the Live At The Buffalo Bar EP, and on the (s)hit single Boy Band Kind Of Way (still available to download on iTunes by the way!)
(photo: Annette Rickard)