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The new album has been postponed – Having listened back to it and played it at a couple of people i am not happy with it so have scrapped it. Start again time.
REBELLION & UNDERCOVER FESTIVAL – I will be taking a load of T Shirts to both and what I have left of the last album and a few copies of some vinyl comps i am on – I am trying to get a shorrt CD together of new songs but am rapidly running out of time so may use the Demos for the unreleased album as a Rebellion / Undercover only release – so if you are not there – you cant get one 🙂
More gigs coming up – website will be updated soon – for up to date info please go to my Facebook page
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
Pre album single release – Introducing what i have called Russ Crimewave 2.0 – basically me an acoustic and some backing tracks.
Two cover versions SUBVERT (zounds) and a Trumpified “Jackbooting in The USA” (Surgery Without Research) with two other tracks one not going on the album “You’re A Terrorist” and a non album version “This Means War”
Its a quid to download all tracks (all monies going to fund the album – both covers are free individually) and there will be a limited hand assembled CDR in a paper bag with a few things thrown in it to justify the 3.50 (free postage tho) for those that dont do digital.
I woke up to a message on Sunday morning – Do I want to play a gig with Glen Matlock tonight – do I want to do a gig with an absolute legend in my hometown, five minutes from where I live – Well i was a bit worse for wear after watching a rather blinding set from Irish punk rockers the Defects and still on a “big buzz” from an amazing Killing Joke gig the night before and it just didn’t register, i went and had a cup of tea and then it hit me – fuck – its Glen “fucking” Matlock, he of the Sex Pistols & Rich Kids and one of those responsible for a very young me turning to punk music and letting it ruin my life ever since. Yes of course i was doing it – no brainer really and i would be paid too – absolutely splendid – whats the time? – ooh fuck its nearly three and all i have done all day is drink tea and fanny about online. I had to change my strings (good move) write out a longer set than usual (not a problem) rehearse said set list coz i hadn’t played a few of them in a while (bad move) went and soundchecked (good move) the stupidly went to the pub beforehand (very bad move) to settle the nerves a bit and bumped into a few people I knew, as you do in your local, told them to get along to the Ramsgate Music Hall, they wont be disappointed (I think they were)
I turned up to the gig with 40 minutes spare before i went on, I had had a few but I was OK (I wasn’t), I had only had a couple of pints, another one or two won’t hurt (it did) – I get up play the first notes and completely forgot the opening words of a song I had been doing for ages, ironically “We’ve forgotten” being the first two words of it, i stumbled thru the swiftly rehearsed following song, completely bolloxing it up and then finally settling into the set, thoroughly enjoyed it and even sold a couple of CD’s and made a couple of new fans which was nice.
Then like a tit in the dressing room i manged to spill my beer all over Glens brand new books, well one of them got it worse than the rest so i bought it (at a discounted rate of course coz it was beer damaged) apologised and made a swift exit after the obligatory selfie. Glen didn’t bat an eyelid congratulated me on a nice set and cleared the room just before he went on, doing a rather short (to my pissed head) set but it was rather good with a couple of Pistols numbers a Rich Kids song and I believe a Small Faces tune and a fair few others – Thoroughly nice fella. One to cross off the list of legends I have had the privelidge to play with, although would like a do over on this one as it is the second time I have made a tit of myself in front of Glen. The other being Borders in Brighton about 14 years ago but thats another story.
Here is the selfie with Glen and my ole mate Paul
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.
Sales of the new CD were going spectacularly well when the “secure transaction” function ceased to work coz the bloody cerificate had run out and when do I find this out – 5 days later when someone tells me – loads of site vistors but zero sales – couldnt work it out.
I have now got it running again (thanks technical help for once you were very helpful) so apologies if you were one of the people who tried and failed to get a CD or download. Everything should be working again.
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.
Nearly halway towards the cheapest option for the first of the CD’s so I am pretty chuffed about that and twould like to do things a little bit better but as this is completely DIY i will get whatever is available for whatever funding I have at the time – even if that means cutting down on the amount of CDs i get pressed, I can always get more if I run out.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far.