In Stores Now is back in business with a bunch of great acts lined up- every time we think we’ve sucked the well dry of new musical talent, a bubble comes up and shocks us, reminds us of what an amazingly talented wee bunch we all are.
Like Statues contacted me directly through the site with a link to some new tunes they had been working on – including this first one, A Journey To Speak of. I’ll tell you what I told the band – that I’ve been at this band recording malarky for a few months now, and this is one of the loveliest tracks I’ve heard in ages. Period.
The band played in a hallway – because we couldn’t fit the drum kit through the door or move the piano without re-tuning it – so this track was played across two rooms – benefitting from the reverb of the entire hallway and – well – it’s just brilliant. It took a few takes to get this right – and you can hear our relief at the end of the clip. But it was worth it. Bravo Like Statues.
Then it wouldn’t be In Stores Now unless we shook things up a bit – the guys had an unfinished experimental instrumental track they wanted to try out. Normally I’d shudder at the words “experimental”, “unfinished”.. you get the picture.. but for some reason I trusted them. Then when we spotted the location, an old shed full of noisy hollow farm equipment – it all fell into place.
Have shed will play. I humbly suggested the band played a cover of Nick Drake’s “Man In A Shed” for this one – but they didn’t know the chords. It’s open G to f5 with a capo on the 2nd fret in case you’re wondering. This did just as well though.
To finish off, another single contender – “Fracture The Facts” – with some quality bongo playing and an audience of ..er.. cows of course.
Like Statues launch their EP on 4th October in Auntie Annies in Belfast – I urge you to be there.
Camera: Will McConnell
Filmed in Lisburn, July 2010