Make Model <makemodel>
It's been a pretty hard, emotional week for us all - Lewis has left the band with immediate effect. This has come as a huge shock to us all and has forced us very quickly to decide what to do about our current commitments.
We have decided to cancel all our current live commitments and take some time to regroup. We really apologise for these cancellations - it's not a decision we'd make lightly - but promise to be back out on the road soon. Any tickets bought for our up and coming shows can be refunded from the point of purchase.
We are NOT splitting up - Make Model lives on. We'll emerge when the time is right and Make Model can begin a new chapter. We feel strongly that it is time to become more of a collective, to stand as equals and move forward with confidence. It has been a roller coaster of emotions over the past 18 months, during which we have recorded a debut album of which we are very proud. Though its fate is as yet undecided, there is no way we plan to roll over.
For everyone who has believed in the band, we are truly grateful for your continued support. Our thanks also go out to our close team, especially our management, and Iain and Dave who have been there from the start.
We are confident of a bright future with a fresh ambition to make exciting music. We believe that when you are knocked down you emerge stronger - that's exactly what we plan to do.
See you in a bit.
Ray, Aimi, Gordon, James and Ken
|LSB Out Today||4/21/08|
|The LSB is out today details as follows:|
There are a whole bunch of formats and new tracks and remixes.
These can be bought online at www.recordstore.co.uk/makemodel
or you can get the 50p download of the LSB at www.7digital.com/artists/make-model/...
or on iTunes
or you can pick it up in your local record store!
CD - CAT: MMCD0010
01. The LSB
02. The LSB (Phones Latino Mix)
03. Over & Out
04. Saturday Night Obsession
05. The LSB (Video)
7" Vinyl Part 1 - CAT: MMV0010
01. The LSB
02. Over & Out
7" Vinyl Part 2 - CAT: MMV0010X
01. The LSB (FOUND's Broken Ground Remix)
02. Saturday Night Obsession
iTunes Download Bundle - CAT: 213 5205
01. The LSB
02. The LSB (Phones Latino Mix)
03. The LSB (FOUND's Broken Ground Remix)
04. The LSB (Demo)
Digital Download 1 - CAT: 520 0275
01. The LSB
02. Over & Out
03.Saturday Night Obsession
Digital Download 2 - CAT: 213 5195
01. The LSB
02. The LSB (Phones Latino Mix)
|Tour Dates - some changes||4/5/08|
|Ok, we?ve got some good news and some bad news...|
We?ve been offered a little stint on tour with popular Scots rockers The Fratellis, starting from the middle of next week. Unfortunately, this means that we will have to cancel some of our own dates on the current tour - don?t worry though, the wheels are already in motion to get them re-scheduled.
The affected dates are as follows:
Aberdeen Snafu 10th April
Dundee Doghouse 11th April
Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire 13th April
Cardiff Barfly 16th April
Luton Club NME 17th April
So, really sorry if you?ve got tickets for those gigs already or were planning to come along, but I?m sure you get how important it is for us at this stage to take this opportunity to play to a lot of new people, especially as we?ve got our single coming out.
Like I said, we are working to re-schedule the dates, so please bear with us and accept our humblest appologies. And this bit of cake.
|That was fun...||3/18/08|
|well well well. back in the UK, back home in Glasgow. I?ve just ripped off my wristband and cast it to the floor (it was making my wrist sweaty and uncomfortable) - so that?s it. SXSW is officially over.|
We got back last night about 5pm, after a solid 24hrs of traveling, the flight I can only describe as grueling, but we all fell asleep on the gatwick-glasgow leg, even Ray "I can?t sleep on planes" The Biz Black. ha. Wasted no time in getting horizontal when I got in, slammed on some Flight of the Conchords which I got at the airport for a reasonable �12.97 and passed out. I woke up this morning to some total Fandan pneumatic drilling RIGHT OUTSIDE MY WINDOW. This would never happen in Texas!!! At 9am!! I told him, "some of us are on the nightshift, pal" but he?s still going strong. This is war.
Anyway, you can check out our video blog from the trip on YouTube, as ever under the MakeModel07 username. Parts 1 to 3 currently uploaded, with 1 more to go I think. Also there?ll likely be some photos and the like stuck up on our Bebo page sooner or later. Sooner. There's some stuff up on NME.com too, and if you're into that then we're going to be in the magazine tomorrow I think. zow.
Here is my personal brief summary of South By Southwest:
Texas is good, Austin is better. We did 4 shows and 2 acoustic sessions. The first show was the Bebo party and it was outside in a backyard type setup, which was a really good warmup and a nice friendly crowd. perfect induction. free bar. free t-shirts. no barbeque.
2nd gig was the Clash magazine showcase, that evening. This was probably my favourite. It was mental cos we had to load all of our gear on from the back of the room to the stage at the front near the door, and it was the longest room in the world. It was really busy too, which is surely a good thing. So the vibe was pretty amazing, and after we?d played hooked up with the lovely Ris and the lovely Angie for some after hours fun - we went to Austin Childrens Museum for some kinda gig/party scenario which was kinda surreal. Sort of like turning up at glasgow science centre, drunk, excited, and being let loose on all the fun activities. Crystal castles were supposed to play but some sort of car accident excuse was deployed so we went cruising in their austin friends? car a la Dazed & Confused (we didn?t take out any mailboxes but trashcans got it....) and ended up at this party where the pool was red (?!) and the music was pumpin? and the people had drunk all the booze so we didn?t hang around for long. There was a sign up saying "don?t wreck the place, don?t be a dick, thanks, mgmt". draw your own conclusions from that. I like to think I was at mgmt?s party. sweet.
Gig 3 was another afternoon job at Latitude 30. An afternoon of Scottish bands. It was great, like Sleazy?s in the sun, everyone was there plus more. our set was a bit of a shambles due to 10 minute changeover time but I hope it was a loveable shambles. Gutted cos we couldn?t stick about to watch Sons & Daughters, we had to load straight out and straight into the Wave Rooftop for the 4th and final show. We got a soundcheck!! went really well, I think we probably played best at that one. what a way to close the day, like U2 on a roof. kinda. After that chap I headed off to see MGMT, the cribs, and NERD. oh what a night. Other highlights for me included Crystal Castles, Holy Fuck, Most Serene Republic, Frightened Rabbit, the Spin party (free bar. ouch), pickup surfing with Joe Lean (get me), drunk swimming with Magnus (what a way to start the day) and just the ever-amazing weather.
the only regrets I have are that (I?ve just realised) we didn?t eat any barbecue. only 1 steak. we had to come home. our washing machine?s broke and we?re going on tour in 2 days...
this is looooooong eh? at least the pneumatic drilling has stopped. I?m going back to sleep. g mm x
|SXSW and such||3/8/08|
Well today we packed up all our gear for the journey to Ameeeeerica! we had a wee practice too, just to get things all sorted, during which I enjoyed the privilege of dueting with JC in ultra-rare renditions of Sickness and Alive-Alive O. White wine Saturday, it could catch on...!
Anyway that's really got my juices flowing and I'm getting pretty excited about SXSW. It's our first time out of the country. Check out the tour bit to see the show's we're doing if you're gonna be there. We'll doubtless have some highs, some lows, some real drama and tension and of course some inane fools on camera to show you by the time we get back. Can't wait!!
The BBC's mini-site covering the event is featuring us along with the other Scottish representators, here is the link:
so we're off on Monday, flying out on Tuesday, back on Sunday. Sorry in advance, but I won't be able to keep in touch via the messages while we're out there, because the American's have a different diameter of Internet over there and the adaptor to fit a british machine is very expensive, and I don't have a license to use it.
but know that we still love you anyway.
Please place your bets now on the following:
- member with the most meat-sweats
- member not coming back
- 1 or more pairs of cowboy boots returning
- greatest drunken hissy-fit
- most excellent 'vibemanship'
see you on the other side
|The Catastrophic Destruction of Cats||2/23/08|
First of all, thanks/sorry to all the 17,037 people who have read our blogs so far! Wow. Don't you have anything better to do?! Rather be "practicing the piano" would you? only joking, of course you don't! ha. Laughable!
We're in Exeter tonight, playing at Club NME. We've done a few 'Club NME' dates now, it's going great, much better than expected! Hullo, thanks, yeaow to those in attendance.
Swansea was last night, and it was mental. The venue was Sin City, which is quite a grungy place, in a good way. Everyone was out of their tiny little minds in the Friday tradition, but I love the Welsh. There's not really that many Welsh people up in Scotland, comparatively, so it's brilliant to be surrounded by Welsh accents! Normally all I get is impressions of Welsh accents, made by jokers in pubs, which is a diluted soda-water sort of replacement for the real columbian un-cut Welsh you get down here. Brilliant. We were in Xfm South Wales doing a session and I was mightily impressed by the Welsh all-star line-up they've got on their presenting books: the guys from Goldie Lookin' Chain, Dirty Sanchez, Stuart Cable, and Nicky Wire is the 'Director'! Come on Xfm Scotland, step up! I want to see The Proclaimers, Rab C Nesbitt, Dominik Diamond... oh wait..
Just just just just got confirmation that we're supporting Editors in Glasgow on Tuesday night, which is a rather tidy little gig... it's at the Academy, which is massssssiiiif. wow. I'm psyched.
We did a gig at The Cluny in Newcastle a few weeks ago, which Channel 4 filmed (nice of them eh?) for this thing called The JD Set, so it's going to be on TV on the night of Friday 29th February at 1.30 am... which I suppose is technically Saturday morning rather than Friday night. But shut up, it's Friday night, after you come in from the pub, or after you've watched the NME awards or a movie or whatever.... check it out.
The album's finished!! We finished up recording at the start of that week passed there, and it's off in the post to get mixed by Rich Costey in NYC, yeaow! Should be ready and with you sometime in the summer hopefully! It feels.... exciting, relieving, weird...scary ... haha. Can't wait to hear it once the mixing's done though. That's all I can think about now!
I'm sure Lewis will be along shortly with more on that...
The countdown to Texas continues... starting to believe it's real now. I've never been to the USA before. I'm intrigued to find out if it actually exists or whether the whole thing's been some sort of government scam for all these years. Surely no real place could be so... sorry I'll shut up now.
Going to see Metronomy in King Tuts in Glasgow tomorrow night, if we get back up the road in time... (8 hour drive from Exeter, dontcha know... not including wee wee stops). By which time I will be ganting for a drink. If you're going, mine's a vodka tonic. thanks. see you there. thanks. see you there. thanks. thanks.
I'ma shuddup now.
oh yeah, and cats beat dogs. end of.
we're sat here in newcastle, in the cluny, waiting to go on the telly. I've never been to newcastle before and it seems charming. We're having a brilliant game of 'famous geordies to put on the guestlist' and talking soup. So far on the geordies front we've got Paul Gascoigne +1, Kevin Keegan +1 (honorary), and Ant + Dec. The soup is roasted pepper and tomato or spicy parsnip.
Anyway, we did the last of 4 shows with British Sea Power last night in Leeds. It was in this place called the Irish Centre, which reminded me of a venue up in the highlands we've played a few times, all social clubby and carpets and tombola machines in the dressing rooms. the gigs have been going really well, last night was my favourite so far. the opening band was called the Shrieking Violets and they were obviously mad and obviously brilliant. ! later on the cornet player from BSP had an accident falling off the PA, so our sympathies to him. the night before the other band on the bill were the very french John & Jehn, who I really dug. Sort of hypnotic grinding french poppy noise. sorry to use the word french so much there...
So thanks to everyone who's been there early to see us with BSP and enjoyed it, we've had a great time. They seem to get a really nice sort of crowd, all dedicated long-standing and such. Blood Red Shoes is next, we're joining them for a few gigs next week. Comin' atcha.
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It's a bit later on now, we had to go and play poosticks for the telly. You know how these things are.. Ken won twice so I'm a bit bitter and I think it was a fix. Congratulations to him though, I wish him all the best in a long and illustrious career in poosticking. Tune in friday nights from about midnight on CH4 to see all the action.. it'll be on sometime, watch this eh space.
Tomorrow we're going to Manchester. we're doing a wee session for Mark Riley on BBC 6 digital radio in the evening, i think it's on from 7-9pm so check it out please. I like mark riley. ahhh, the days of mark and lard, warm milk, school, the smell of fresh turpentine.. takes me back. I can't wait to meet the man himself. Lardy. I wonder if he still lets people call him that..?
Oh yeah, we did the video for The LSB last weekend there, (and it was The Biz's 21st birthday) it's sort of a post-apocalyptic runaround type sketch, where we're in this old mad Volvo army vehicle scouting the streets and hills for naughty people! and kids threw rocks at us and we had to run!
ok that's all I can think for now, I'm off to get some soup. Red pepper and tomato, since you asked.
|It's usually about this date, the 4th or 5th, that we have to wake up, take stock and re-enter the real, cold world after the joy and bluster of the artificially heated, heady bluster of the festive season. We're forced to accept that this is us back at the start. A respectable 3 days of recovery time have elapsed, people are back at work, the numbers of the date are all small and full of potential. There's a whole year ahead and if you want to feel at least semi-decent and a functional part of the world by the end of it then you'd better start thinking about making some progress.|
This is the feeling. I bet you know what I mean. And I bet you too are staring out the window as the last light of the "day" makes its tenuous excuses before fading into the folds; streetlights and puddle reflections echo the empty sentiments of overspill from office block windows. Yuck. Anyway, as I said better get on.
Not that I wish to consume you with this sort of spirit so early into the year! No! Let's alleviate with some reminiscing....
We had a good Christmas, and I'm not afraid to speak collectively here. We all went off to our little separate homes (mostly up in the Highlands but also Dundee), ate some, drank some, relaxed some, partied some. Me and Ken went walking in the hills (sort of) and I was delirious in a world of motorised transport.. that's right, I was once again re-united with The Automobile, after a year of anguished separation brought on by city living. Open country roads! Bliss... I'd forgotten how much of the music I enjoy and make is enhanced by driving. For at least 3 years, much of my musical taste was dominated by the stuff that was best suited to high velocity transit, and it was brilliant fun to see how the music I'm listening to at the moment changed when enjoyed from behind the steering wheel. Most of it was amazing too, with particular highlights being NYPC, Holy Fuck, Feist and Patrick Wolf. Also Fantastic Mr Fox has just done a wonderful remix of Sickness and the Found remix of The Was - both touched me in special places.
For New Year's Eve or Hogmafuckinnay as traditionalists have it, well sir I went to Optimo in the old Fruitmarket. It was pretty special, Dan Deacon was Djing in the crowd IN THE CROWD I said. Tim Sweeney threw down (lingo check, please, someone cool?) some amazing surprisingly heavy shiiiit. I was wild with awe. He even looked after my female accomplice's handbag for a while (although admittedly perhaps unwittingly). And I got some amazing photos too, but I've since lost my camera.
We're all heading up north again tomorrow, to join Mr Gale in his Highland retreat and work on some more 'finishing bits' for the album. This is seriously us on the home straight now. We're staying at the Casa de Magnus once again (see summer's bebo pics) so all you sheep better watch out. So just this weekend of recording, then a wee while more in Ca Va back in Glasgow and that's it! Touch wood. (Touch me.)
I'll let you know how it goes.
And maybe show you the best bits, if I can find my camera.
How was your festive season?
How are you going to make 2008 work for you, like your own personal life-sherpa?
Lots of good tidings,
|Why is it so dark?||12/12/07|
Obviously it is winter and all, but maybe if you're from climes further south than glasgow you're not fully aware how dark it gets up here. It's supposed to be daytime, but I can barely see the screen in front of me for the thick black darkness that envelopes my oculars. Maybe that's a bit over the top, but it's pretty gloomy.
Moaning about the season: done.
We got back from our tour with Malcolm Middleton yesterday, we played Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and Manchester with Malc & Co, as they strive to strike the top of the charts in time for christmas (please buy his single. even if you think there's no hope, that an x-factor will breeze it, just get one anyway as your way of helping stick it to the man. that man being cowell).
Manchester was a complete rush of a day, we were all delayed getting up from london and got a 10 minute soundcheck, the venue were being precious about doors and refused to put them back so we had a soundcheck audience! I think they were suitably impressed though, lucky devils they got to see double make model! haha.
The show was great though.
London's Scala resembled a sauna with aspirations to be in the guinness book of world records for capacity. I love Malcolm's audiences, there's such an eclectic mix (eeeeugh sorry) of people and musos/music connoisseurs that they're right up for whatever you hit them with, and when we hit them, they took it!!!
thanks you guys for arriving good'n'prompt and checking us out.
Edinburgh and Glasgow... I've not mentioned you yet but let's just say.... you know. You know
Anyway that was the last run of gigs for us this year!! Mental! It's been an amazing year though, and we've been lucky enough to be able to do all sorts of stuff I would've never guessed at a year ago, not even with one of those magic paper-foldy-flap-lift games girls used to make in primary school. So thanks, year, for loving me like a mother bear. Don't turn around and shit on me on the 31st and bring me a 1st prize in the Perez Hilton look-a-like competition run by a web-based facial comparisons guerilla site. That's the one thing we don't want to happen.
I think we're all going to Death Disco this weekend. Staff night out!!
Other news, Turnkey have been dicking me around something chronic. I wouldn't like to discourage you from taking your custom there, but just make sure you're not in a rush, or in the autumn years of your life, that's all I'm saying.... Oh and you shouldn't be too fussed about your stuff working properly when it does arrive either.
Umm..... what's left to say. Ken's working on the footage from the tour, probably knock up a nice piece. MakeModel07 is our YouTube page, it'll go up there eventually.
Finishing touches going onto album....
Some photos from the Manchester gig: http://www.flickr.com/photos/meeshy_...
taken by the lovely michelle.
Some photos touched up amazing doctor stylee by our pal Martyn who is currently in Canada: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...
I've got to go and buy some presents now before I can't see anything. What do you buy for your gran? what do you buy for your dad? Anybody else thinking 'Oxfam Unwrapped' all the way???
|We heart FOUND. And mulled wine.||12/7/07|
|FIRST UP, some bad news I'm afraid....|
bad news if you're a local to Hull, Swansea or Exeter, as we were due to play Club NME nights in those towns on the 13/14/15th of December.
unfortunately, due to recording schedules (we're trying to get our debut album finished) and rehearsal commitments (we're trying to get the songs on the album ready to play live) we will be unable to do these gigs. We thought long and hard about whether it was possible to do it all, but it just isn't. Dagnamit.
sorry! and we promise to be back in Hull, Swansea and Exeter ASAP, with a big basket of muffins and a small dog with big eyes.
thanks for understanding, we still love you.
MAKE MODEL/FOUND CHRISTMAS GIG
Big love to you guys who came along to our little shindig in the Out of the Blue art gallery in Edinburgh on Tuesday there. The gig was a rip-roaring success, as it's the first time we've tried something like this. I think the FOUND guys are old hands at it, and it showed cos their lighting and visuals set-up was unbelievable. The whole place looked amazing, I can't describe it with any justice but luckily the lovely peeps from Forest of Black (them what made our video for The Was) were along to the day's events as they unraveled. More news on that as it emerges... ooooh oooh and we had Geoff (M Allan, pint scientist) along in the Ca Va mobile studio (or "the big EMI van parked outside" as The Herald would have it.... ??!! wtf?? anyway check it out: http://www.theherald.co.uk/features/... )
So thanks loads to FOUND for sorting out loads of the cool stuff, like the mirror board which unfortunately never made it all the way to fruition, but which I think now has pride of place in Aimi's living room! found, check them out and big them up. They've a new album out and it's mezmerising like a sexy hypnotist.
we're frikkinn getting there alright?! haha, it's nearly there it's nearly there. getting some mixes done over the next couple of weeks.!
look at strange things and faces on our YouTube page to pass the time and see what sort of capers we've been acting out. Search out MakeModel07 (so almost last year..!), that's our username.
Other than that, I've been to some amazing gigs this week: Patrick Wolf, playing solo well kinda, he had a fiddle player too. He's a total queen but a proper entertainer too... the songs sounded pretty cool all naked and stripped down. I'd still like to see him employ a 10 piece band (at least) though. Get on it, Wolf! Also saw Dananananaykroyd - consistently bringing home the bacon, every gig I go to I'm like "come on guys, suck, just once, just a little, maybe just don't totally blow the roof off, you're making the rest of us look bad here, maybe just take the fall.", that's what I plead before each gig. Quite demeaning really. But no, they always come out with "No sir, we must, we must conquer, in a jovial idiom!" So it's settled, they rock. McLOVIN!!!
And Malcy, Malcy, Malcolm Middleton of course... i've seen him a few times before, just him acoustic stylee but this tour he's got himself a kickin band and the new songs are sounding like sullen gold. There's one called Blue Plastic Bags (I think). It's about taking home yer cerry-oot....
oh right shit I gotta go to Stirling!!
zaow, see u there