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Offline Douglas

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Re: Thoughts on the new album
« Reply #15 on: Sunday, November 11 2012 06:20PM GMT-1 »
Bullet mics are just a type of microphone which you can sing into to make the vocals sound a bit distorted; looks like this:


They are usually used for harmonicas.
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Re: Thoughts on the new album
« Reply #16 on: Sunday, November 11 2012 07:22PM GMT-1 »
Has anyone called Benji "Judas" yet?!
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Re: Thoughts on the new album
« Reply #17 on: Sunday, November 11 2012 08:10PM GMT-1 »
A few weeks before Broadside came out, I was having an argument with someone who insisted that Bellowhead were a folk rock band and I insisted that they went (more like folk jazz if anything)....and then Benji ruins my argument by turning up with an electric guitar.  I'm not complaining of course ....
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Re: Thoughts on the new album
« Reply #18 on: Sunday, November 11 2012 08:57PM GMT-1 »
I personally see albums as a collection of tracks, rather than as one.

I still think sequencing on an album is hugely important, and approach things in entirely the opposite way (but then I do have days when I feel positively ancient  ::)).

I would find it very hard to listen to Broadside 'out of order', I think it comes across much better as a complete body of work  than as a whole bunch of 'singles' (it might be why the current single hasn't grabbed me in the way New York Girls did).

I agree with Outlandish Nightie that it could be the soundtrack for musical theatre - and a rather fine, earthy piece at that, along the lines of the Beggar's Opera maybe (just an idea  ;) ).



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Re: Thoughts on the new album
« Reply #19 on: Monday, November 12 2012 08:00AM GMT-1 »
Bullet mics are just a type of microphone which you can sing into to make the vocals sound a bit distorted; looks like this:


They are usually used for harmonicas.

Thanks!  I shall remember to take along my bullet-proof ear plugs then, as I'm not keen on that over-loud sounding vocal at the start of Byker Hill.

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Re: Thoughts on the new album
« Reply #20 on: Monday, November 12 2012 09:30PM GMT-1 »
Has anyone called Benji "Judas" yet?!

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I suppose the trousers are associated with rock bands and therefore electric guitars rather than folk bands.....

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Re: Thoughts on the new album
« Reply #21 on: Tuesday, November 13 2012 08:47PM GMT-1 »
A few weeks before Broadside came out, I was having an argument with someone who insisted that Bellowhead were a folk rock band and I insisted that they went (more like folk jazz if anything)....and then Benji ruins my argument by turning up with an electric guitar.  I'm not complaining of course ....

I blame the wah-wah pedal.  He’s never been the same since he got hold of that :-)

Yes, Hedonism definitely had a bit of a jazz vibe going on.  Some of the songs meandered too much for my liking and there was a brashness in the sound that’s not there on Broadside. Toning down the brass and bringing the strings to the fore makes it sound so much warmer.  I also think having more compact songs makes for a better flow.  (I don’t *think* I suffer from a short attention span, I just think it suits the Bellowhead style more to maintain a strong pace).

I think the main thing that gives it the feel of a musical is the ‘choral’ backing on almost every track – very effective and the first time they’ve made a strong feature of this (all members are listed as ‘vocals’).  There’s also a nice continuity in the opening and closing bars, so you really feel like you’ve had a ‘performance’.  I don’t know how much of this is down to Leckie and how much to the song arrangers but I think the final article is the most consistent to date.  Good stuff. 


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Re: Thoughts on the new album
« Reply #22 on: Wednesday, November 14 2012 04:12AM GMT-1 »
Still recovering from the Cardiff gig on Monday. I mean that in a good way, of course. I was just exhausted afterwards! 

Finally purchased a copy of Broadside. Will post comments when I have had time to give it my full attention. There was plenty of evidence of electric guitar from Benji, by the way.

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Re: Thoughts on the new album
« Reply #23 on: Friday, November 16 2012 08:48PM GMT-1 »
I had a fabulous time at the Cardiff gig and I'm glad some of us went in pirate gear - I didn't feel at all out of place, oh no!!

But I'm still stiff from all the jumping around, so off to take a nice warm Radox bath ....  aaaahhhh!

I LOVe the new album. My favourite track changes from day to day, but I honestly think it's the best one yet, without a duff track and with all the fun we've come to expect.

thanks guys - magic as always   xx

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Re: Thoughts on the new album
« Reply #24 on: Wednesday, June 12 2013 06:07PM GMT-1 »
Chris Evans played the new single Betsy Baker yesterday on his morning show. Hope it does as well in the charts as the others..!    ;D
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