Very honoured to be on the blog feature of http://www.sparkleon.org/ this week (Sparklehorse Fan Website). It has a mini feature of the new album track ‘A supernatural Carnival of Demons’ which features Paul Mill on a borrowed junior drum kit (which I stupidly dropped off at the wrong garage) and an odd homemade cello from memory, a toy megaphone, and an outro solo by Ian Hinton-Smith that goes slightly mental. Thanks! 🙂
We have a smashing gig this Saturday night with WARM DIGITS and DJ Red Tin Dave at Hebden Trades Club (NME small venue finalist last year), and fantastic little real ale place. Pleased to be joined by the full Big Sad Face of Infinity crew in its current incarnation, Misters Paul Mill and Ian Hinton-Smith! 🙂
Facebook gig link: https://www.facebook.com/events/160167860814745/
Couple of photo’s courtesy of ‘Fire Man Dave’ Ford from the gig supporting Malcolm Middleton at Hebden Trades Club. I was tired as hell but it was a really nice evening.
Fire Man Dave is also a fantastic talent at eating and doing all sorts of dangerous things with fire… see here
‘Johnny Powell and the Big Sad Face of Infinity’ will be playing one last gig before the album is released and this will be at the beautiful Salford Trinity Church in Manchester not far from Victoria train station. They will be supporting Kirsty McGee and The Listeners will also be playing. The night is put on by the fantastic Little Red Rabbit Records based in Manchester.
You can buy tickets here for £5 – I don’t think there are many….
Read more about it here:
Here is a picture of the fantastic church… it looks amazing in this photo by Peter Rea.
Hopefully see you all there….
I never thought the day would happen with a slackers motivation such as is mine, BUT, the new album is almost finished!
It has been recorded entirely up at the beautifully decaying Wainsgate Chapel on the lonely, windy, shockingly freezing hill of Old Town above Hebden Bridge.
Here are some very short previews of the goings ons:
Hello. we’re playing at the Beatherder festival this weekend. The Perfumed Garden Stage on Saturday at 1pm. don’t forget to check out Red Tin Dave’s DJ set too.
SHort and sweet. See you there maybe?
JP and the big sad face of infinity x
What’s going on with the big sad face of infinity you ask?
Well, I never got round to talking about the gigs of recent with Drugstore and the Hey Manchester! gig with Last Harbour, who were a loverly bunch of folk. There were some other things I would have mentioned if my memory would kick in but there’s no point waiting for that now, it’s been way too long.
The newest news is the NEW album, finally up and running with recording up at the lonesome and beautiful old decaying chapel of Wainsgate on the hill above Hebden Bridge high in the pennines – it has special significance to me which makes it all the more precious a happening.
Yep, that’s the recent news, recording at wainsgate – going really well thanks to engineering skills of Mr. Mill, taking a real experimental approach – little DIY studio set-up going on, 14 songs possibly 15 – lots of thinking, lots of learning – lots of art installations, lots of biscuits. More people will be drafted in for recording soon too which will be nice. Nice not to have to play anything myself.
And finally, ‘The broken leg sessions’ EP released on the Rural Colours label last year will no longer be sold out soon thanks to Darren H of Dreamscope Productions for sorting out another pile of them – so feel free to order one on the web page now if you so fancy.
JP and the big sad face of infinity x
Well, a new years a comin’ so there’s some new gigs uploaded on the ‘gigs’ page of the website. first up is at the lovely Gaslight Club night at Oporto in Leeds. Also playing will be the awesome folkster Gary Stewart and the equally fantastic ‘Lymon Willis’ who are one of the best bands I’ve played with in the last few years in Leeds. Also coming are gigs at the Puzzle Hall, Sowerby Bridge on February 16th, a cracking little venue, as well as a support slot on Feb 17th at The Wardrobe, Leeds with ‘Cherry Ghost’ from Bolton who you can see on Jools Holland at the link below:
Following this, a home turf gig with ‘Drugstore’ at the legendary Hebden Bridge Trades Club!
you can see them here with Thom Yorke of Radiohead:
I’m also planning to play at ‘Paradox’ poetry/alternative night in Feb or March with ‘the big sad face of infinity’. The Paradox nights have got to be one of the best nights going in Manchester at the moment so come on down for a listen.. you never know what yer gonna get!
Oh I should mention that these gigs are more than likely to be in a band format rather than a solo set with the much appreciated presence and skills of Paul Mill, possibly Ian Hinton-Smith and hopefully, Chris Derrick at some of the gigs if they can make em’.
There may also be more gigs that I’ve forgot to mention as this update has sneakily turned into a ramble.
Hey, why not come watch this on Saturday? I’ll be playing a short set joined by good fellows Ian Hinton-Smith and Paul Mill. The Steals are playing too… can you resist?
That’s a shorty. bye.