Pandamouse Collective I @ St Chrysostom’s Church, ManchesterAldous RH, Dear Leaders, Irma Vep, Obsidian Pond
25.07.14 Pandamouse Collective I @ St Chrysostom’s Church, ManchesterAldous RH, Dear Leaders, Irma Vep, Obsidian Pond
25.07.14 Pandamouse Collective I @ St Chrysostom’s Church, ManchesterAldous RH, Dear Leaders, Irma Vep, Obsidian Pond
25.07.14

Pandamouse Collective I @ St Chrysostom’s Church, Manchester
Aldous RH, Dear Leaders, Irma Vep, Obsidian Pond

25.07.14

We’re staying in our quaintly crumbling house for another year. Here’s to more basement gigs (sorry neighbours)

FIND ME - video synopsis

I was really inspired by the lonely, haunting feeling I got listening to this song (Find Me).

I started to think about all those times in movies when they have a girl trapped in a basement or little girl victim cliché. I wanted to explore the male gaze inherent in that. I wanted the audience to really notice the visual language of the cliché almost to a point of absurdity.

I believe people often think that these issues are just about the politics of it but just as important is the form, in this case it’s so rigid and exhausted that it’s become limiting. Simply having a female ‘lead’ really did wonders because by having her in control you feel something is off with the picture.

by Siobhan Schartzberg (director)

bit.ly/dlfindme

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An education

Tonight was an excellent ending to what was an otherwise terrible morning and a forgettable afternoon. The order of the day was late trains, rude people and the general feeling that the banal paraphernalia floating around a typical working day is usually to be tolerated, but that it will occasionally rear its head and bite you in the behind. In short, it was a massive waste of time.

That is until jumping on the 55 and making my way out to kinda-Walthamstow way to see P and F. F is a friend and former colleague, while her boyfriend P is a shit-hot composer and musician who had kindly agreed to lend us some beautiful condenser mics in our quest to record drums for our new songs and have them sound vaguely passable, perhaps even GOOD.

What this turned into was really eye-opening, as P advised me on some different recording techniques and the endless possibilities available simply through sampling isolated sounds and turning them into something completely different altogether. It was simultaneously humbling and ridiculously exciting, like being a kid again in an expansive sweetshop of endlessly filled shelves, except with P’s home studio as the shop and a panoply of effects as the brightly coloured confectionery sitting in jars - once too high to reach, but now firmly within grasp.

Aided by a few bottles of ale and the largest home-baked choc chip cookie you’ll ever see, it was a reminder that spending time in the company of those who share the same interests and passions as you will always be one of the most gratifying aspects of life. That, and the fact that you should never stop learning.

You can check out a taster of what P does here.

Definitely not a New Year’s resolution

Hello world.

Sorry we’ve not been in touch that much recently..

We’re still here though, and are working on lots of fun new Dear Leaders things. They’re going to be the best yet, by some quite considerable way. We’re going to be busier than we’ve ever been, and it’s fucking great.

Think of it not so much as a New Year’s resolution, more just the nagging realisation that we’ve not had all that much to show for our few short years on this Earth. Think of it not so much as a desire to get rich, famous and bloated (that just doesn’t happen anymore, folks), but more that there’s great things to be said about making music for the sake of making music and sharing it with people, $$$ not being the primary concern. And finally, think of it not as something to do in your spare time, but realise that being in a band with your best friends, and doing it all you can with it, is the most fun you can have.

Like a strangely poignant reminder of how quickly things get packaged up, consumed and then spat out on to the scrap heap, I stumbled across this blast from the past in the shops the other day. Although having said that, apparently that Dane Bowers guy went on to build himself a successful career on the telly…

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Strange huh? I bet The Other Guys Out Of Another Level would have a few stories to tell about the importance of enjoying the music-making while it lasts.

See you all soon.

Love

DL x