Friday, 23 November 2012

Christmas Songs & other musings

The festive season is fast approaching, every shop window is being decorated & every store is playing the seasonal songs we all love to hear.

The Christmas song genre is obviously something very close to our hearts, especially as our own festive offering has been very good to us since its release in 2010, it has brought us mainstream TV airplay in Australia & made it to radio both in the UK and United States. 'All I Want Is Christmas'  was inspired by our love of the really great festive tunes, it seemed to us that no-one wanted to write good new ones anymore, we set out to both deliver a good old sing-along Christmas tune whilst paying homage to the great Christmas songwriters, time will tell if we achieved that but the single is going extremely well online again this year.

All I Want Is Christmas

In December we'll be heading to the Apollo Manchester to see Squeeze in concert. Been looking forward to this gig since about 1978! Never got to see them in their heyday, but I'm sure they will be worth the wait. Difford and Tilbrook are genuinely one of the finest songwriting partnerships to come out of the UK since Lennon and McCartney & deserve their place in the history of British music. Additionally, every night's entire set is being recorded and made available immediately as part of a 3 CD set which also includes the Packet Of 4 EP  - Squeeze's first set of new studio recordings in 15 years! Now so far as I'm aware, that's a first, who said the old brigade can't innovate! Pics to follow in the next blog. Will be great to be back at the Apollo, it has been a mainstay of the Manchester music scene for well over 30 years and has an atmosphere that somehow the bigger venues in the city aren't able to replicate, we've had some great nights over the years in the 1930s art deco former cinema which is also now a listed building, but especially gutted to have missed The Buzzcocks reunion gig there in May this year.

At the opposite end of the career spectrum, we are looking forward to seeing a fine young band later  this month. Loor a Los Heroes are a four piece indie band hailing from Newton-le-Willows and Ashton, we'll be seeing them at a gig in Warrington, I'm sure they are destined for a big future.
Their latest EP is excellent, check them out at:
Whilst on the subject of new talent, please take time to check out an awesome new young female artist, A me B hails from Golborne and is an exceptional talent who can be heard regularly on BBC Introducing, Rinse FM and most Manchester radio stations, this young lady has a huge future in front of her, please check out her music at:

One gig we didn't get to see in November was The Killers, Brandon Flowers unfortunately had to leave the stage four songs into their first night in Manchester, he was suffering from a sore throat. The gig on the following night, which we had tickets for, was also cancelled. All's well that ends well though as the guys have rescheduled for February and it should be top night!

Another treat coming up in December will be a visit to Manchester's Christmas markets, this annual event is something that has grown and grown over the past decade, and is now arguably the best in the country, definitely worth a visit if you're in town and looking for pressies!

On the subject of pressies, there are plenty to be found at a great little online shop, are offering 50% discount on all items to fans & readers of The Summats blog, be sure to use the discount code HO2012 at the checkout to get your bargains!

Big news for the band as we now have two female vocalists, Becky Dawson has joined The Summats & will make her debut on the next single, due in June 2013. Becky has been rehearsing with us for the past few weeks and has co-written a track called 'Anymore' along with Sam, Toe and myself, a real band effort this one which the girls will take lead vocals on. The next EP track listing is almost finalised and we are looking forward to getting the songs out there for you as soon as we are able.

So much to pack into the blog this time, but hopefully got it all in there. Have a fantastic time in the run up the big day on the 25th, hope Santa brings everything you hope and all the musical treats you can listen to without your ears busting!

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Till next time, take care and keep smiling.



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