First some news: the results are now in and I am now Master of Arts (with distinction) in West Midlands History. I may not be The Doctor, but at least I am The Master...
Readers of last week’s blog will be aware that this Thursday sees the digital launch of the second volume of my Automata Wars trilogy, The Front Line. The Front Line was launched in paperback format in July last year, at an event in Birmingham which featured bands, comedy, readings and more. For a digital launch, though – where better than a digital radio station? On Thursday 8-10 (Greenwich Mean Time) the GASP web-radio show will be dedicated to the digital book launch, with a host of suitably matching music. We are NOT taking bets on whether Automaton will be played. That’s just too easy.
Finally, last week saw me attending another gig – this time down in deepest darkest London. On a black Halloween eve, following a sunny day looking at things in jars in a museum, and going on a Doctor Who walking tour, I saw the Memepunks (interesting renditions of 80s classics with a satyr on lead vocals and a pharaoh playing a blistering geetar), Gladstone (who coincidentally played at the physical launch of The Front Line last year. This time with their original line up, some classic toons and a ‘disturbing’ new one – you have been warned!), and headliner Aurelio Voltaire. Voltaire spend pretty much the entire gig talking to the fans – when he was not personally manning his merch stand he was on stage accompanying each song with a varied narrative. He was alone with only an acoustic guitar for company, and he played a great set – marred only by some very, very loud people talking. I’m not actually sure the sound in the venue was the greatest I’ve ever heard – muddy, and slightly lost for all three acts, while Gladstone had some bass amp problems, and a resulting foreshortened set – but regardless, the bands were enthusiastic and a devilishly good time was had by all...
I'm a writer of steampunk/ fantasy fiction, singer/musician and writer at LM Cooke Music, singer in the parody band Mediaeval Biaetches, occasional historian, and co-presenter of the Gothic Alternative Steampunk and Progressive web radio show. Here I will ramble vaguely about stuff. Friends, countrymen, and people who aren't countrymen, lend me your ears...