However the the trip did not get off to a good start- 4 hour flight delay at Gatwick plus the 'got to be at the airport two and a half hours before flight' courtesy of norwegian.com, won't be recommending their management skills, no customer service representation at all and didn't answer the phone - you can imagine what I actually think but am far too polite to say and don't like resorting to profanities. Of course no mention of delay until after we'd gone air-side, then every half hour as it approached 'Go To Gate' time the expected departure slipped back half an hour, seriously mind numbing. Will recommend Vueling though, pronounced Wueling, who we flew with on the way home.
|Vic, Jordi Valls & Ben the Shape|
You can have a look at the accompanying book to The London Punk Tapes by Jordi and then buy it! : http://issuu.com/actar/docs/londonpunktapes
|Vic & Mates Mates by Lluis Huedo|
This is also when and where Gert's new toy makes it's debut, you may well be sick of it by the end of this blog. Wanted to get a camcorder for a while - it will open up a world of opportunities for secret squirrel to capture those unguarded moments 'on the road', amongst other things! Technique needs a bit of work to say the least and I rather unfortunately lost the instruction booklet on way to Catalunya ( had them on CD-R at home ) so was limited to film, zoom in/out and volume and a lot of too fast panning and handshake, don't think Lee and Tracey have much to worry about! So, here we go my first ever video at Ramon's Farmhouse in Vic The rehearsal room (farm outbuilding) was incredibly hot and sweaty and so Gert decided to brave the mozzies and gnats ( and yes did get bitten to pieces by some vicious little beasts) and sit outside in the gathering gloam with Vic and Mates Mates belting out 'Take Over' from inside. It's psychedelic man.
Back inside and this one is Mates Mates rehearsing their song Residencia, the one used for the Marc Riley jingle- you can sing along- duh duh duh duh duh duh duh MARC RILEY and then just keep repeating. (Andriu is hidden behind the pillar)
Made the right choice with the Aparthotel Silver. Highly recommended, situated in Gràcia, central and convenient for Festigàbal, very friendly and helpful staff, good breakfast selection, clean, very reasonable and a lovely room, which leads nicely in to Gert's next production ' Room With A View' (sorry E.M. Forster, and to add insult to injury I prefer 'Enchanted April' by Elizabeth Von Arnim ). Not sure where the 'voice' came from, but fairly sure it's not mine or the gnu's, hints of Mike Leigh's 'Abigail'.
Going in sequence with the video delights this next is from the sound check. No real crowd yet meant I could stand in front and get everyone in the frame. 'Whip Rules' from the famèlic Vic and Mates Mates 7", first time it's been played live. A few copies available from Vic at gigs and mail order from famèlic.
And limiting it this blog to one more video, don't want to over do it, so the opportunity to compare and contrast with the 'outdoor' rehearsal version above, this is 'Take Over' live at Festigàbal 2013 La Festa Major de Gràcia. Go next year, or any year, if you can, it really is a spectacle, set over 3 days with an eclectic mix of music and each street competing for best decorations and IT'S FREE. I GRATIS. http://www.festamajordegracia.cat/
' Born to be a Rebel' had it's live debut on the Subway Sect Marc Riley session on 22 July, listen here to whole session- http://www.vicgodard.co.uk/marc_riley_session_270713/Marc_Riley_Session_220713.html
On the 1979 Now front there's been a bit of a lull, Vic's hoping to re-start recording when everyone's back from their hols. (Update 13 Sep- back in studio at the end of the month)
November 22nd Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh
November 23rd CCA Glasgow
After much discussion and rumination 30 Odd Years is going to be the next gnu inc offering tentatively planning for a release in December. So L&R Vol 3 will have to wait and decided to leave re-releasing What's the Matter Boy until after the Sounds in the Suburbs Presents Vic and the Sexual Objects performing 'What's the Matter Boy' gigs in November. Then can include live versions by the SOBS, the original LP tracks and downloads all together.
Vic and the gnu started compiling a track list for 30 Odd Years and have now decided on what looks like the final track listing, including as many of the requests as possible-
Forgot about this from 1982 from SFX music-If you ever wanted to know how to make burgers Vic's your man!
The Whaligoe Steps- a very evocative piece by Douglas MacIntyre in 'Caught by the River'- http://www.caughtbytheriver.net/2013/08/the-whaligoe-steps-edwyn-collins/
Probably the best live review the Sect have had- from 229 The Venue March 2012 by John Robb - http://louderthanwar.com/subway-sect-live-review/
If you want an insight into Catalonia under Franco 'Franco's Prisoner' by Miguel Garcia is the one to go for: http://www.christiebooks.com/ChristieBooksWP/?s=Franco%27s+prisoner&searchsubmit=
Vic put me on to 'Intodown', have a listen and see what you think, free download available-
and The Olive Shoots- https://soundcloud.com/theoliveshoots/sets/ep-2013-clips-coming-september
And it's still summer , hard to believe here in Blighty- Mirabilis Jalapa or the four o'clock flower in full bloom, behind that a Callistemon or Bottle Brush and next to that Nicotiana.
Clunk Click Presents VIC GODARD & SUBWAY SECT + SPECIAL GUESTS TBCNEWCASTLE: Star And Shadow Cinema
FRI 29TH NOV, 2013 8PM http://www.wegottickets.com/event/228492
Spinning Chilli Presents VIC GODARD & SUBWAY SECT (6 piece) AND ASBO DEREK CHRISTMAS SPECIAL BRIGHTON: The Green Door Store
FRI 13TH DEC, 2013 7.30pm http://www.wegottickets.com/event/234123
|6 Piece Sect at Green Door Store 05/04/2013 Courtesy of Phil and Shelley at Spinning Chilli|
Symptomatic Presents VIC GODARD & SUBWAY SECT (6 piece) + ASBO DEREK
LONDON: The Water Rats
SAT 14TH DEC, 2013 7:00pm http://www.wegottickets.com/event/232006
|Poster by Andrew P Shaw|
AND tickets available soon for VIC GODARD AND SUBWAY SECT + THE HAMSTERS + THE ANDY T GROUP
HEBDON BRIDGE TRADES CLUB SAT 30TH NOV http://thetradesclub.com/
Last one- 'Blackpool' Catalan style at the sound check Barcelona-