Tag Archive: Album
Sorry it has been a while, been busy both personally and musically – I now have a new rehearsal space which is fantastic – just pay for the electricity jobs a good un – well happy with that. The album is still being finished and now has a proper title. “Age Of Contempt” – and it will be delayed in being released, – Looking at releasing it in July now and maybe with the last download tagged onto the end of it. Reason for the late release is that I have been booked to play TWO festivals in August and September and want it ready for then – Rebellion in Blackpool which i am overjoyed at getting coz I didnt think I ever would get to play it and Undercover in Margate – Not forgetting that I am doing Blank Generation at the end of May but may be pushing it to get it done by then.
The live situation will carry on as it has as I am still working out the kinks for doing it live with backing tracks so you will have to put up with me shouting acoustically for now.
There is also a new vinyl in the offing – if anyone remembers my first proper release on vinyl was “We Are The Enemy” which was a split with Andy H – well, we are doing it again – we are releasing another very limited edition vinyl of 50 copies on clear vinyl with 2 CDs (one for each of us) and a few badges thrown in for good measure. It will be out for Halloween and the vinyl will have a Halloween based them for it – My CD (1 of the 2 ) at the moment, will contain tracks that never made it to the album, tracks, some that have only ever been released digitally or on compilations as well as a couple of other new ones – its almost going to be an album. May do another pre order on it – and those who paid for the full package last time will get both vinyl and CD (my album and The Split) because it doesnt look like the box is going to happen (i will refund if you would rather do that) – keep coming along to gigs and supporting live music and i will see you at the bar
I have been a bit busy recording the album so have been a bit quiet – the good news is that it’s nearly finished. It has the working title of “ABSOLUTION” whether this will be the final name or not reamins to be seen.
I have done things a bit differently on this as when i realeased “Past its Sell by Date” – which was essentially a bunch of demos and a few released download tracks, most people preffered the tracks done with programmed drums – so that is what i have done for the album, programmed my own drum patternes. There is 13 tracks in all including three totally new tracks I have never played live or have been on any release and a total of six that weren’t on the last release and those that were are in a totally different format. This will be my last physical release for a while and will be released as soon as i can afford to get it done. If you want to know what the track listing is then you will have to wait til it’s released – there are one or two surprises on there which I am happy about.
Onto the gigs – I will not be booking any more gigs for this year at the moment – I will consider any offers of gigs but i want to concentrate on getting the backing tracks ready to use live. When thie backing tracks are ready and I have worked out the logistics of it all, I will be booking a couple of selected gigs with full support and a headline act, it wont be me as I don’t want to headline.
I also have a new project that is being worked on at the moment. The new project has a name and will more than likely just be a recording project, more news of this at a later date.
head over to the gigs page for the updated list of booked gigs and I will see you at the bar
I have an nexpected new release – its a pay what the fuck you want download – so if you dont want to pay just stick a zero in the box and away ya go
7 Tracks Recorded live at The Castle in Sheerness on 10th December at my mate Dean’s Surprise 50th birthday including a brand new one (Trigger Warning) , a cover of a The Warriors song (Predator) and a song only available on vinyl (Buy Consume repeat)
We had problems with the DI box and had to ditch a few songs and all of my pedals so this is the only set I have done without my beloved Chorus pedal
Recorded as a video by Tony Phipps, the video was a bit dark and quiet so i ripped the audio boosted it a fair bit, left all the mistakes in, including the very out of tune Generation iDiot, took out all of the dead space and this is the result. Enjoy
What has 2017 got to offer then – Well for a start I will be unleashing Russ Crimewave 2.0 on the world – It will not be known as Russ Crimewave 2.0, just Russ Crimewave but shows will (hopefully) be billed as a non acoustic set even tho I will be using an acoustic – confused yet?? There will also be a non acoustic album, half of which has already been recording and will contain old and new songs done with a drum and bass backing (no not D&B) – There is already a title and provisional cover art for it. I may, depending on reaction, record an E.P of cover versions that I have done live, not sure on this yet.
Gigs – I have gigs and some special ones as well (a couple TBC yet) including two festival slot at BLANK GENERATION & UNDERCOVER festivals which I am bloody chuffed to have been asked to play. I am doing a gig with one of my all time favourite bands the night before the Blank Gen festival and they will be headlining that as well. First gig of the year will be at The Harp Club in Folkestone with The Hose and others yet TBC – The giglist is updated with CONFIRMED gigs – some of them have a headliner to be confirmed, others have a support to be confirmed but I am definite
In 2017 I shall continue to be angry about the state of the world, politicians, other stupid people and numerous injustices in general and will be adding a spoken word piece to some gigs about SMART technology and other surveillance devices that are imprisoning us in our own minds – as a friend said – We are on a prison planet. Sentenced to death, suspend for life.
HAPPY NEW FEAR everyone
HERE’S SOME DIY
That is the name of the compilation album that “Fit For Work” appears on
the link for the full review is here
I apprear on this 3 times as myself, on guiitar with DeKadanCe and bass with Surgery Without Research – If you dont want to read the whole thing which is highly encouraged as it is a cracker of a review – here are the review bits of all 3 tracks
Russ Crimewave donates one of the best songs of the entire collection with the gruff and raucous one man pulse ‘Fit For Work’. An antagonised masterpiece of raw, off the street musicianship that speaks to many folk who are at the brunt of the governments cold-hearted approach. Of course the bending fiddlers of those free fruits need a thumping but our artiste is concerned with those that are truly suffering and being told to get up and do that which they are not capable of. A searing piece this, a real miffed construction and a stand-out cutlet from a lengthy bout of absolute quality.
… the following westernised wank off of ‘What About You’ by DeKadence are a great couple of bedfellows with this latter song acoustically distorted and somewhat cavernously haunted and throwing the CD into new rhythmic realm. Folky and fucked this is a nice place to visit and keeps us alert as to what may come next
Surgery Without Research
Surgery Without Research plough on with a street based roughness, clout back with common people’s coarseness and bring to the table raw and ready silage from a sewer of discontent. Lacking frills, this open wound called ‘Pig Government’ bleeds threat and no matter how unprocessed it is, the fact remains that stuff like this is the backbone of a scene sometimes too pretentious for its own good.
The album proper is coming next so please get voting on what tracks to go on it.
I thought it would be quite a laugh to do this “Fund A Crimewave” camapign as a bit of a piss take with the entire idea of it being to release three CD’s. That was it, one bunch of demos, one acoustic album of proper versions of some of the demos plus a few new ones and one “band” album of the same, as reasonably cheaply as I could without stiffing myself for too much money which I haven’t got. I had a look at some real “pledge” or “funding” camapigns and reckoned I could do that on my own, completely DIY from start to finish. The entire lot.
Being as I have a small fanbase and am probably going to end up funding most of the CD’s myself, I thought it would be a jolly wheeze to take the piss out of the real campaigns and add things in like “a guitar string” or “your words recororded” or even a beer stained printed “signed set list” which, lets face it, I could print out any old time take it to the kitchen spill a bit of beer at random and tread on it to give it the authentic “been on the floor at a gig ” look (i haven’t but I could) You could even get yer mitts on “handwritten lyrics” – Yeah I will just take a couple of minutes scribbling out some lyrics i know off by heart, on copy paper, during my lunch break, squiggle my name on it and sell the entire lot for silly amounts of money and if someone was really stupid they could buy my guitar and have a private gig for a grand. I was rolling on the floor laughing my head off at this coz if anyone WAS stupid enough that would be me with a new guitar, all 3 CDs recorded and pressed (small run DIY … remember) and a few quid towards putting on a gig with a reasonable headliner if i could afford it.
Yeah that will be great, everyone will find it funny and realise im taking the piss, maybe pre-order a CD or download and maybe go for one signed (or get it cheaper and get it signed at a gig) or maybe pre-order the last one in a box (for all 3 CD’s) I was going to take the piss a little bit with the box set or the “limited” t shirt and was going to take the proper “piss take” items down after a while. Then something happened. I got a request for some hand written lyrics and a set list and i thought, hold on a sec!!! what the fuck is going on? I have only been doing this a week, someone I know is taking the piss here and has absolutely zero intention of actually wanting the lyrics or set list and are maybe feeling a bit sorry for me and bunging me a few quid without me knowing who they are and just watching me flap about it for shits and giggles. Yeah that’ll be it.
Then I get an e-mail with set of words in it and some pennies bunged into my paypal account I thought yeah it’s definitly someone having a laugh with me, til i noticed the address was in Japan … erm.. they’re fucking serious… what the fuck… so the joke is now on me as I am going to have to do things properly and record tracks for people and hand write lyrics on copy paper. Im just a bit stunned by this so have decided to leave the “no longer a piss take” items up there. I was going to remove them just leaving about 6 options but I am not going to now, so if anyone else had thought about “funding” me thru one of the “joke items” please get in contact first and I’m bloody sure I can sort something out with you that won’t take the piss.
Thank you to the people who have funded this project so far. I can afford to get the CD pressed in a jewel case now but after the “extra funding” I want the first CD “Past Its Sell By Date” to look a bit better so am going to hold back on ordering for a while and hopefully sort it out in a DigiPak and also get a few done in a Jewel Case for those that dont like Digi’s if these are affordable options – thank you for your generosity so far. I ‘m quite blown away by it all.
I know a few people have found this site before its official release on 12th Sept and a couple of you got lucky yesterday by managing to get the downloads before they were even started so I have made them available as from today. It says pre-order on the button, ignore that, just carry on.
The download has a variable price set so you can pretty much pay what you want – there is however a minimum as i still need to fund the main release. If i could afford to give it away i would. Thanks for taking part and downloading the album.