My friends really are the most inspiring people I know. I'm sure this is the same for everyone, whether they realise it or not. Would you have read that book or seen that one film if yr friend hadn't recommended it? What makes you happier than seeing yr friends succeed? Yr friends are yr friends for a reason and it's nice to sometimes take a step back and look at the things that make yr friends so great... go on... take a moment...
...right, now yr back in the room, I want to tell you a little bit about the group which forced me to do what I do, and I'm really glad to be able to call them friends.
I first saw Lesbo Pig at Truckfest many moons ago. They used to be based in Oxford and then moved to London before kind of splitting up. They decided to do some different things (which I'll go into in a bit) but I always love to go back and listen to their 3"CD At Home With Lesbo Pig and trying to work out how much I ripped them off when I started writing Winston Echo songs. This track here is from a Homocrime compilation (which I also had a song on) I'm pretty sure it was recorded for an old Careless Talk Costs Lives radio show, but don't hold me to it.
Along with a pair of characters called Michal and Lisa, Irene has pushed Lesbo Pig to one side and started shouting loads in the rock band Corey Orbison (or The Corey Os or The Corey 'Boring' Orbisons.) Based mostly in possibly my favourite part of the country, Bristol, Corey Orbison play fast and loud and I am quite comfortable in saying that Michal has one of the wildest vox going. These kids are involved in so many supercool extra-curricular activities it's unreal, most notably Local Kid and Cafe Kino, which I haven't visited yet but I'm sure is suitably amazing.
Now then, Ros is close to being a proper Rock Star. As well as her own songs as Ray Rumours, queer punks The Battys and Spanish language campfire pop band Sisisi Sisisi Sisi, Ros plays bass guitar and other instruments for the international megastars Electrelane. I've played with Ray Rumours a bunch of times and it's always always amazing. Undereducated got to release her first CDr (along with our friends at Stitch-Stitch) and it really is beautiful. This song is a new one I believe.
In Other News. I'm doing a column for Music For Squares magazine, it's all written up and will be in the new issue, due in April. If you read it let me know what you think. Also if yr not in Northampton (it's local) and would like to see a copy let me know and I'll see if I can't pop one in the post for you.