Today we have for your entertainment and edification an actual photograph of Craig Hughes & The Crow Bone Chorus in all our hoary glory plus a poster for the upcoming Glasgow showcase with Jim Dead at The Audio Lounge. Enjoy.
So, finally. The new Craig Hughes Two EP is available as a Bandcamp exclusive (download/streaming). Listen via the player below, then buy it for whatever price you see fit to pay, including of course absolutely nothing at all. You cheap bastard.
So the new EP from The Craig Hughes Two – yes, we’ve decided it’s an EP – should be out at the end of November. Called Off the Cuff, it’ll look like this:
As a wee preview, here’s the brand spankers new lyric video for My Side of the Veil. Please enjoy.
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.
Just as the year started kicking off work-wise, I was stricken with the flu. Highlights included four solid days of migraines and a false dawn a couple of days ago whereupon I delivered a guitar for sale to the city centre and just about ended myself. Symptoms have now died down to a mere wracking cough and occasional back wrenching sneeze, so it’s back to business.
I’m happy to tell you that the new Dog Moon Howl EP is called These Days and will be released (CD/download) during the month of March, which this year follows hot on the heels of February. The actual date is not yet set, but we’re planning an end-of-the-month launch gig in Glasgow, so, you know, expect it around the end of the month. Ish. More news on this soon, including a teaser track to be brought to you via the magic of YouTube.
Once that’s all sorted, The Craig Hughes Two will be releasing our mini-album, Off the Cuff, culled from a live-in-the-studio session we recorded late last year. With a running time just shy of a half hour, the tracks are a mixture of live regulars from m’back catalogue, now performed with significantly different duo-arrangements, and a couple of cover versions. We’re just waiting to get the licensing sorted out for the covers so we can decide on a release date – it will be available on CD and download; tape release TBC. A further update will follow once everything’s in place.
Things to have fallen significantly behind during this past near-fortnight of influenza induced inertia include blog updates and gig bookings, so I’ll be on those again properly as of later today. Expect some updates over at Ritual Objects of Sight and Sound and to the gig pages of www.craighughes.net and www.dogmoonhowl.com presently.
Brief update: there will be something of a flurry of Channel Nowhere activity over the next couple of weeks, so you can look forward (or not) to the release of the remastered Pennies On My Eyes on March 11th and a couple of gig announcements for both The Craig Hughes Two and Dog Moon Howl. Promos will go out for Pennies just prior to the release date and a lyric video for new track No-One Cares If You Die will be up soon on YouTube.
Told you it was brief.
As mentioned last post, much of my time of late has been taken up with the remixing and remastering of new/old album Pennies On My Eyes. This was originally a mini-album from 5 years ago which was released then as part of the split CD Graveyard Full of Blues with Sleepy Eyes Nelson.
The logic behind the remastering is simply that I was never happy with the original release. For various reasons, I left the mastering incomplete along with alternate takes and whole songs. In the meantime, despite its limited release – the CD was sold at gigs and from Europa Music in Stirling; the download was only available via my Bandcamp page (with the two halves of the project split up online, so Sleepy’s excellent Build That Coffin of Mine was available separately via Cheap Wine Records’ Bandcamp) – the albumette picked up its own head of steam, garnering a few good write-ups and an award nomination. My Side of the Veil became a live favourite while Oily Old Rag gained a new lease of life as the Dog Moon Howl song Tenement Porch Dog.
As with my first release, the demo EP Broke, Lonely and Guilty, Pennies… was recorded at my then home studio, the Channel Nowhere Secret Facility, basically a converted walk-in cupboard. Everything else I’ve released, under my own name or with Dog Moon Howl has been studio recorded and although there is a pleasing rawness to the original version of Pennies…, it sounds just too rough to me. I was obsessed with pushing the bass and curbing the top end at that time, and the end result is frankly dull. So, I’ve gone back in, brightened the sounds up, rescued a few additional tracks and compiled them together as a new, album length piece.
Of course, the original tracks remain lo-fi but hopefully with a touch more in the way of clarity and dynamics. I’ve added a couple of touches I wanted to try at the time but dropped due to looming deadlines. The three new tracks are Richter Scale for Heartache, which had already been recorded at the time the split CD was suggested although the mix was never completed, Stone With My Name Carved on It, a single-take moody, distorted solo slide guitar instrumental that I don’t even remember recording and No-one Cares if You Die, a banjo tune that started life as something else entirely. I matched the rediscovered banjo track with an old unused lyric and Bob was quite suddenly your uncle.
The audio masters for Pennies on My Eyes are being completed this week. Then it’s the turn of the artwork. As soon as possible thereafter there’ll be a physical release (CD and, it looks like, tape) with downloads available via Bandcamp and from iTunes, Amazon, Spotify et al via international digital distribution from CD Baby.
Watch this space!