Normal Service Will Be Resumed Presently…

The Bedlam Six gig calendar is disconcertingly bare. It hasn’t had this much empty space on it for at least five years.
We will be announcing new live dates soon but for the next few months I’ll be donning my “sensible label director” hat and working on the preparations for the Debt Records fifth anniversary celebrations alongside my co-directors Biff, Dan and Gemma. More news about that soon.

That’s not it for Bedlam duties though; we have some new music videos planned and will be starting work on arranging/demoing the songs for the next album in the coming weeks, so there should be no shortage of updates here and on our various social media nodes (even if Bessie our tour van is having a much deserved rest!).

Bessie

If you haven’t yet listened to our most recent album “Youth” there is an entire website devoted to the record at www.bedlamyouth.com where it can be streamed and/or purchased in its entirety (plus there’s all sorts of information about the studio sessions and stories behind the songs scattered about the place).

En avant!

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Last Stop: Manchester Deaf Institute

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The Bedlam Six’s final UK album launch party (for this album anyway) will take place this Friday (28th March) at Manchester’s Deaf Institute.
Support comes from my good friend Becca Williams. Entry is £8 advance and £10 on the door.
Tickets and event information can be found on the venue website.

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Washing Dirty Linen In Public

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© Sara Harris 2014We chose to round off the promotion week for the new Bedlam Six release with a public recording session. We thought it’d be interesting if the climax to all the album launch parties up and down the UK was an open studio event in which we’d start work on the follow-up record. The circle never ends…

The logic of this decision was, with hindsight, perhaps a little questionable. Yes there’s a certain poetry to one album segueing directly into another but, practically speaking, no musician is ever at the height of their powers after a stint on the road. I’d already lost my voice once while on tour and a good half of the band hadn’t slept for about three days straight.

But if there’s one thing I’ve discovered about such poetic gestures (or “PR gimmicks” as some people call them) it’s that they have a habit of bringing out the best in us. This little project was a lot of fun.

For us the first stage of any recording is to lay down some good quality demos that we can later listen back to and start forming concrete arrangements for. Once we’ve got the guts and general character of a song in place we can get a better idea of its final incarnation. Our audience tends to only see/hear the finished version so we figured it’d be interesting for people to witness these formative stages (where we decide on tempo, argue about harmonies, work out solos etc). Our label Debt Records is always harping on about making these processes more transparent so we agreed to be the guinea pigs for a new series of public studio gatherings. Thankfully it was hardly a chore, the location in question was the lovely back room of one of Greater Manchester’s best pubs: Salford’s The Eagle Inn. Even Guy Garvey turned up!

Here’s how we got on with brand new song “Lately”

And here’s a slightly more delicate number “Let Me Down Slow”

Drinking With The Bedlams

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At 9pm on Wednesday 5th March the Bedlam Six will be convening for a live stream of new album ‘Youth’ with us providing an increasingly inebriated commentary of decreasingly relevant and accurate facts about the record.
Follow this link to listen and chat with us:
http://mixlr.com/debt-radio

Debt Radio is on Mixlr

You can listen directly on your computer, tablet or smartphone using your browser (Flash is required).

Android users can use VLC or a similar media player to listen through a browser.

For Windows, Mac and i-phone a Mixlr app is available for free from the App store or form the following link:
http://mixlr.com/broadcast/