I'm off on my summer holidays early tomorrow morning. Really excited. Can't remember the last time I went away in July for something more than a few days in a little tent with a couple of tins of beans and some paracetemol. Myself and a friend are driving to Pamplona for the San Fermin festival (that thing where crazy people run with bulls through the street each morning) and then heading to Barcelona for a few days. Spain getting to the World Cup final - their first ever - on Sunday night is the biggest blessing we could've asked for, as the whole country is likely to reach new levels of partying should they win. Man, I hope they win. At the end of the week we make the daunting 12 hour drive back to the UK, heading straight to The Windmill in London to see Tall Ships, Tangled Hair, Hold Your Horse Is and loads of friends such as Stagecoach, Screaming Maldini and Cat Matador playing the annual Alcopopalooza all-dayer. It's also my 27th birthday. I think it's a very safe assumption that Sunday 18th July 2010 will be lost to my duvet.
Typically the week I dare to go away on holiday looks to be our busiest in a while with all manner of action going on. Some of this I'd been keeping under wraps but I trust you, dear blog. So here's the scoop...
- On Monday Talons will make a previously unreleased recording, 'Trevelyan' (yep, like Sean Bean's character in Goldeneye), available as a free download through Music Glue. This preceeds a tour only CD we'll be releasing in Septemer, featuring all of their recorded material to date. The anthology is currently lacking a title and my suggestion of 'The Electric Dwight Yorkestra' seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
- Sticking with the "free music Monday" theme, Hold Your Horse Is also have a new download going live. It's the first track from their forthcoming EP, 'Rammin' It Home', and is a damn catchy little number. It will be available from their website and coincides with the announcement of their mammoth, 28 date UK tour with Shoes And Socks Off. Which leads me nicely onto...
- A new week obviously means a new video. Number 7 of 10 from the new SASO record, 'Robin Hood Waiter Champion Have-Not' (number 6 is here, by the way). This was actually the highest budget of the series, clocking in at a whopping £5, mostly blown on a kite and gaffa tape, although a couple of Twix's were also involved. I love this video and it'll be made available exclusively via Punktastic, as part of a minisite alongside an interview with Toby, a bunch of free MP3 downloads and more. Be sure to check that out when it goes live on Monday morning.
- Also next week we have numerous mailouts and press releases set to auto send, detailing the above and a whole lot more, including the return of Adebisi Shank. The lovely Irish boys hit the UK in mid-August for a series of dates ahead of their new album release. I don't think you have to be the smartest Adebisi fan in the world to guess that it's called 'This Is The Second Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank'.
- Also in next weeks mailout is the rather tasty looking list of upcoming Tall Ships gigs. Yesterday the band were confirmed to support Maps And Atlases on their October tour of the UK, so add that to the dates with 65 Days of Static, Futureheads, Tubelord and Errors, and it's going to be pretty difficult to avoid this lot for the rest of the year. Their second EP is out in late September and the masters should be awaiting me upon my return from Spain. Expect much gloating.
That's all I'm gonna give away for the moment. There may be one or two other new and interesting pieces of info leaking out (along with lots of updates on hopefully not being gored by a bull) on Twitter and Facebook, so keep an eye on those and I'll see you in a week or so, tanned and tired. Ole.