The new album is coming along nicely. We had just completed tracking a song that clocks in at almost 8 minutes long. Yes, this song was clearly Patrick's "Hey Jude". In fact, I am beginning to believe that Patrick McKenzie was a Beatle. I can't think of too many writers who wrote songs in this style, mantra and all. And with the familiar groovy theme - all about love and its positive energy. Which of course is a fab thing. We need that vibe today.
We are hoping to squeeze 30 songs on to the two discs, but a few of the Patrick songs that we have selected are epic in length, so we may have to cut a few tracks to make everything fit right. Still, its turning our to be a real corker! I am convinced that this is by far our best album.
Anyway, I just wanted to check in and let everyone know that the music is sounding great, everything is running smoothly and love is in the air.
Well, as some of you may have noticed, Kirkcaldy is no longer on Facebook. As fate would have it, after having been hacked over a series of weeks, it was decided to delete the account. Ah but by deleting that account, so went the Famous Groupies Facebook page. Yes, that innocent bystander was also lost to the tragedy that is the Facebook drama.
But not to worry, you can always reach us here and we will be updating regularly with news on the new album (which is currently under construction), as well as other related subjects.
And speaking of other related subjects, I received some cat pictures today from Orange Records. It seems that our new mascot, Rambo, is doing quite well and is now "officially" an indoor cat. (see pics below). Yes, this wonder cat is enjoying life indoors and wanting for nothing. Traci, the kind woman who has taken Rambo in for the remainder of his twilight years, she says that he is totally a lap cat and will spend hours on any warm lap he can find.
She also said that Rambo is much like a dog in that he follows everyone around just to see where they are going. We are all delighted that Rambo is all fixed up, healthy, clean and living the good life. All of this is thanks to you, you kind hearted folks who donated so generously to his surgery. We can't thank you enough, but we hope a new double album will suffice.
And speaking of the new double album. It is officially decided that Black Apple will be a double album filled with ALL new songs. No Best Of disc I'm afraid, but we figured this was a better plan all the way around. So, you can bet on at least 28 new songs or more. It may take us a bit extra time to finish, what with all the extra songs we have added, but we hope it will be worth the wait. We think so.
It's been fun tracking the new songs so far -and composing for brass instruments. A few of these tunes certainly have a Band On The Run vibe, which we think you will like. Big Orchestral vibes with real instruments, no samples. The real deal.
Famous Groupies would like to thank everyone who gave to the Animal fundraiser recently, and thanks to you it was fully funded. Goal achieved! And not only did you help to save a beloved animals life, you have also secured your pre-order for the NEW double album - BLACK APPLE - (already in progress).
Black Apple was originally set to be a 'Best Of Famous Groupies' record, but that quickly evolved into a split album. One disc featuring the best songs we have already released, and the other disc featuring brand new songs.
Well, as the recording process rolls on, we have found it difficult to stop adding songs.
What does all of that mean to the record?
Well, it means that rather than give you one new album....we may be giving you two. It means that we may do away with the Best Of disc and feature new songs instead.
So, you will more than likely get an actual double album of brand new songs. Perhaps this will be our White Album, for real.
It's all good news today!
Okay, back to work we go!
It's time to shine some light onto the brilliant and talented Rosie! Not only is she a superstar for Famous Groupies, Rosie Abbott McKenzie has been making music long before Famous Groupies came to be. Last year she married our very own Gavin McKenzie and she was formerly inducted into the McKenzie family (and we could not be more thrilled!). Rosie has been releasing her brilliant music for sometime now, and her albums can be found here --> Bandcamp
I encourage you to sample her latest release, Magnified. It truly is otherworldly. And get this, Rosie plays every single instrument on that album. Every. Single. Instrument! She does it all ....vocals, piano, guitars, drums, violin....you name it and she plays it. Her songs are eclectic, thought provoking, melodic, magical creations. Every one of her albums is a sonic picnic on a summery day.
We are so lucky to have her as a Famous Groupies bandmate, and we look forward to making more music with her soon. Ah, but the best news is that she is currently writing and recording a new album as I write this. We look forward to that release sometime in the near future.
Lets raise a glass to you, Rosie! Cheers!
And thank you for all the great music that you give to this world.
Fun fan made covers as made by our friend, Abel Martinez. Please enjoy them as much as we did!
Maestro Nick Frater has released a stellar new album called "Earworms". And it truly does live up to its name, chock full of catchy songs! I encourage all to check it out here. Shindig! magazine gave it a 5 star review!
And, the LPs ship with a bonus CD secret album; The ReButles (the imagined solo careers of The Rutles! It is an 8 song EP, all fab songs to be sure. Nick invited me to sing lead on the track "Baby I'm Amazing". Here is a track list, and with these titles you know the EP is already a smashing corker.
01. Stuck In A Rut
02. Baby I'm Amazing
03. The Lost Weekend
04. Hah Hah
05. Sodor And Gommorrah
06. You Only Live Once
07. When We Were Eighteen
08. The Last LAugh
Go buy your copy of Earwoms today, and get the bonus EP by The ReButles
Thoughts and scribbles