Hoping your 2017 has been better than mine. And that my 2018 will be better than yours, what with turnabout being fair play and all.
A friend’s Facebook post of the “what song would you want played at your funeral?” variety got me thinking. Robert Johnson’s They’re Red Hot, perhaps? Tom Waits’ What’s He Building? Ultimately for me, it would most likely be War Pigs by Black Sabbath.
The mourners, should there be any, are to sing along with the guitar solo in a “woah-woah” styley as shovelfuls of dirt are dumped to the rhythm onto my budget chipboard casket. As the song ends, a loop should start of mid-’80s coked-up Ozzy exhorting a pigs’ blood soaked arena crowd to “Go fucking crazy!” before affirming, “we fucking love you!” The loop should continue playing until everyone in attendance gradually gets the message and trudges miserably away through the inevitable rain and mud.
“Go fucking crazy!”
“We fucking love you!”
The Crow Bone Chorus
With our first rehearsal under our belts (and a good one at that) , I’m happy to say that my erstwhile band mates in Dog Moon Howl, Bryan Campbell and Ally Tennick, are joining me in a new project: Craig Hughes & The Crow Bone Chorus. We’ll soon be bringing new music to a venue near you, by which I mean a venue near us, as well as selections from my studio releases and more besides. The plan is now to record and release my next album, which I’ve mentioned here before, under the Craig Hughes & The Crow Bone Chorus banner. The album is unlikely to be underway before early 2018 but we should be playing our first gigs before the end of this year.
The Craig Hughes Two
The Craig Hughes Two is about to be resurrected on the live scene after a year’s layoff for heavy rocking purposes. We’ll be gigging again from Sept/Oct with our new mini-album to flog.
I’ll be posting regular “work in progress” updates here from now on, so do watch this space.
Work continues on the upcoming releases. Here’s a preview of the new Dog Moon Howl E.P. These Days in the shape of a lo-fi video (knocked together out of some under-exposed rehearsal footage) for the title track. The tune itself is perhaps a bit of departure for the band but I believe we’re all seriously pleased with it. I know I am.
Look at that, my goodness. 2017 already.
One way or another, this is going to be a very busy year, for me at least. There are new EPs from both Dog Moon Howl and The Craig Hughes Two due for release over the next few months (details to be finalised for the Dog Moon Howl one at our first rehearsal of the year next weekend). A series of self promoted gigs, possibly marking the return of the old That Devil Music night. A limited edition run of “hand stamped” CDs and a similar tape run of my back catalogue. Regular updates over at the Ritual Objects blog (and this one). Some other stuff.
I hope you’ll find something in there that appeals. Keep checking back.