Politics, voting, democracy… I’m sure you’re all sick of reading everyone’s opinions on Brexit.
Yesterday I had the day off for Caden’s sports day. I was faffing about, deciding which t-shirt to wear, when Caden said, ‘Can you wear the “don’t think, everything’s fine” one?’
This all started as a way to get out of bed in the morning. If you’re like me and struggle to wake of a morning, the trick is to NOT THINK. Just get up and clean your teeth and get in the shower, by which time you’ve woken up and no longer jonesing for the snooze button. My morning mantra became ‘Don’t think. Everything’s Fine.’ It worked so well I had it printed onto a t-shirt from one of these custom web places.
I happened to be wearing the t-shirt at a Xykogen recording session where I was recording vocals from the lovely Mark Eris performing his brilliant lyrics satirising Cameron, Boris and the Bullingdon Club, but it didn’t have a chorus. I just pointed to my t-shirt whilst recording the take and Eris perfectly delivered the line, and it became the Xykogen song Xembala. The music is largely made up of scraps of music written by the legendary Lee Chaos that I stitched together with a live bongo take from Amon Zero. Last year I filmed some footage during one of my lunchtime walks around the city, and Mog Warbeast filmed Mark doing vocals in a shed. This is that video. It’s political. It doesn’t say anything about the European Union (formerly known as the EEC).
Disclaimer: The man telling people not to vote at the started of the video does not necessarily represent the view of anyone involved in the making of this song.
Joyful, yet scary times as my second solo electronica EP ‘Back to the Battlefield’ is now out into the world awaiting judgement. I’ve done all I can, it’s now over to you to bang it down your ear tunnels and see how your brain responds to it!
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It’s also available from iTunes, Spotify, Deezer etc.. as well as free download sites if you don’t believe in paying for music.
Nb: Second track, ‘My Fight Is Nearly Over’ is something I’ve been working on for a while, and early version of it sprouted a second head which evolved into SPUCKTUTE’s, ‘I Blame The Human League’.
My new EP, ‘Raelism: Back to the Battlefield’ is away to the distributors and will soon be available to hear… It’s the follow up to last year’s ‘Freedom Within the Prison’, which thankfully got some really lovely reviews. 🙂
eg. “In its entirety, the Freedom Within the Prison ‘s twists and turns are what make the thrill ever so special and engaging. Not knowing what to expect at any point just when you’ve thought you figured it out is something to appreciate in a time when music can sound so samey. Volting through 80’s synth electronica grassroots prove to be well under Rael’s forte.” – Ear Milk
“Like the great Mike Oldfield, the imagery he presents is unhindered by words playing their part or taking centre stage, Max Rael offers realism, the chance to impose your thoughts onto his music and although nothing ever really compares to Mike Oldfield, so nothing ever compares to Raelism… A superb E.P. an electronica love-in.” – Liverpool Sound and Vision
“as the music veers into slightly more adventuresome territory as the almost suspenseful dance inspired music shows off his more daring side as he demonstrates on Freedom Within The Prison that he is willing to take risks with his music.” – Listen Here
This Friday (07/02) we’ll be celebrating my sisters’ birthday, Beardy Ted’s 40th and Del Alien’s 50th birthday with a party/gig at Hertford Corn Exchange. Doors are at 7:30pm, it’s open until 2am, and we have three bands and DJs to keep the party going. Lineup: Nine Day Decline, History Of Guns, Jesus Hooligan. Free entry.
After this gig we will be putting History Of Guns back in it’s box for a while, maybe for good… or it’s possible it might all carry on without me. Either way we’ll be giving it 100%… it’d be great to go out on a good one.
It is with an enormous sense of relief I can say that the album I’ve been producing for the past two years at considerable cost to my mental health for Xykogen, is finally available for free download from here: