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Monday 21st July @ Day off in London
We headed out to the Greenwich Peninsula in the morning and took a trip on the Emirates Skyline – what an amazing view of the city. You get a little voice-over during the journey with the history of the area and some info about the new developments like The Crystal (Siemens eco building) and the forthcoming ‘Asian Dock’, which will welcome new businesses to the area for import & export trades.

View from the skylink

View from the skylink


We wandered round the area, which is also home to the O2 (ex Millennium Dome), which was a nice space, but without a concert or show on during the day it’s just filled with places to eat and drink. They have a great wall filled with old vinyl & CD sleeves, VHS & cassette tapes and old amps and TV’s where you can plug in headphones and listen to music.
Alexis at The O2

Alexis at The O2


In the afternoon we headed over to Shoreditch (one of our favourite areas in London) for some lunch and graffiti spotting. There is always loads of great street art in London & here is my favourite piece spotted on this trip so far.
Street art in London

Street art in London


After lunch we took a wander down to Hackney to check out the area and hand out some flyers before our show at the start of August at Power Lunches. It turns out Hackney is pretty cool too. We have friends that stay in the area but have never spent much time wandering the streets. We walked along Kingsland Road (which entertained me; the X-Factor boy band perhaps should have gone for a name that was more reflective of their style like Holland Park or Saville Row – but Kingsland Road now seems far too cool for them, even if this is where they stay). The area was pretty nice with cool cafés and shops.
Canal in Hackney

Canal in Hackney


We discovered a tattoo parlour, which had the most creepy dolls I’ve ever seen (I wish we had these for the ‘It’s Too Late Now’ video shoot last month).
Dolls

Dolls


In the evening we had a BBQ with our hosts. “A veggie at a BBQ” I hear you cry. Actually it was lovely! I had fresh corn-cobs, a lovely fresh salad & Joe’s famous Mediterranean Vegetable dish finished off with a large helping of banoffee pie.
Everyone else had burger and sausages from some fancy butchers, so everyone was well fed and loving the al fresco dining.
Carrie & Joe at Ealing Towers

Carrie & Joe at Ealing Towers

Tuesday 22nd July @ Travel to Paris
We’re super excited to be heading back to Paris and we both got up pretty early. After packing the bags (again) we walk into Ealing’s centre and grabbed some coffees whilst we discussed the sets for our upcoming shows.
There seems to have been a lot of last minute changes with this tour (in comparison to previous years), in particular, over the last few days we have been finalising the details for our show in Glasgow and thanks to the amazing attitude of Adam the drummer in Jen Stevens and the Hiccups and some help from The Academy of Music & Sound in Glasgow we should be ready to take the city by storm next month.
Sacre Noir at The Beresford Lounge

Ealing really is a lovely area of the city with loads of great places to eat & drink so we decided to grab a bite here before heading back to grab our bags & then off to Paris.

Alexis at St Pancras

Alexis at St Pancras


Arriving in Paris around after 9pm we went straight to our apartment (which is small but perfect for us) and then out to discover the area and eat more food. Italian for lunch in Ealing and Italian for supper in Paris

We are very excited to have arranged great shows in Paris with some fantastic bands. We have two shows with the amazing Trip-Hop/Rock band AsOne (our new favourite Paris band) and we will be joined by acoustic alt.folk acts Benares for our gig at AbracadaBar on the 25th and Popper Must (Be) at Au Chat Noir on the 26th.
For both these gigs I have been working with local band managers and promoters, which has made the process a lot easier. Not everyone I have been in contact with has been as capable, so I’d like to extend a special thank-you to Aubrey at (LABEL NAME) & Victor at Midnight Special Records for being so professional & helpful. You guys are amazing & we look forward to working with you more in the future.
We have already arranged some shows in Scotland for Midnight Special artist Michelle Blades & can’t wait to show them a good time in Edinburgh & Glasgow later in August.

NEXT SHOW
Summer Tour 2014: Gig 5 Thursday 24th July @ La Dame De Canton (Paris)
2 sets of electronica spanning both Sacre Noir LPs with some other gems thrown in for good measure and perhaps a little cover or two too.
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Gig 1 – Thursday 3rd July @ The Roxy 171, Glasgow

AlexisSs at The Roxy 171, Glasgow

AlexisSs at The Roxy 171, Glasgow


The first gig of the Sacre Noir summer tour 2014 was as a duo at The Roxy 171 in Glasgow, “a fantastic wee intimate space for live music”. The bar upstairs is really lovely with super friendly staff and a cool menu, which included Buckfast Stew. We have been working with HouseCat Promotions when booking shows for this summer in Glasgow and the booker, Charly, did a fantastic job with the line up for this show. First up was the fantastically talented Josephine Sillars, a singer-songwriter based in Glasgow.
Josephine Sillars

Josephine Sillars


Josephine turned up with her Yamaha and an ironing board; instantly I knew I was going to love this girl. I’d watched her music video ‘Hurricanes’ online so I was expecting a pretty good show, but had under estimated just how good a pianist she is. Her set showed off her composition skills to the max and despite being really tired (she had just moved flat) she sang as well as she played. Being a literature student, her songs, as you’d perhaps expect reflected her ‘nerdy’ side, with lyrics inspired by Seamus Heaney, random meetings and werewolves. To be fair, Josephine has been working on the Glasgow based web series ‘Cops and Monsters’ and the werewolf song is from that project, but she is a self-declared nerd and her lyrics are well worth paying attention too. My favourite track from her set was ‘You (Are Not The Reason)’ which you can listen to on her tumblr page.

Next up was Megan Airlie with her ukulele, playing a mixture of original material and covers. She was joined for the last two songs in her set by a guitarist and percussionist, which was lovely and really provided a nice contrast to the rest of her set.

Megan Airlie

Megan Airlie


Her voice is mature far beyond her years and her cover choices alluded to her musical inspirations; 60’s surf pop (Beach Boys) and jazz (Nat King Cole). Her cover of L-O-V-E was really nice and my favourite track from her set.
Then we had an acoustic show from Model Jet Pilot, who are usually a very noisy 5-piece. We got treated to two boys (Ross & Gordon), two guitars, some catchy tunes and slick harmonies, I really think they should record an acoustic EP but will also make an effort to catch there full band show at some point, as I imagine it would be right up my street.
Model Jet Pilot (duo)

Model Jet Pilot (duo)


They played a mixture of old tracks from their ‘Welcome To The Future’ LP and a few new ones too. Their online presence seems to be pretty limited but you can check them out on bandcamp.

So finally it was time for Sacre Noir to take to the stage. We started the set with a new, unreleased track ‘Heartache’ and finished with the next single ‘It’s Too Late Now’ and filled in the rest with a mixture of tracks from both LPs and even debuted a live-loop version of ‘Print Message Here’ from the Demo Recordings III EP. We played 3 unreleased tracks in total and they all felt good. ‘Rebels & Loners’ is a classic Sacre Noir ballad and ‘Afrika’ (soon to be re-named) is a more up-beat track, so they both had their own vibe to bring to the ebb and flow of this set, which I felt worked really well.

Sacre Noir on stage @ The Roxy 171 - photo by Charly Houston

Sacre Noir on stage @ The Roxy 171 – photo by Charly Houston


Our sound engineer for the evening was Neil from KIC Studios, who did an amazing job and we can’t thank both him and Charly enough for helping us have a great first night of tour.

Our next gig is as a trio with Phil on guitar at the Corbridge Festival next weekend. Set in the beautiful grounds of Tynedale Rugby Club in Corbridge, along side the live music there will be range of attractions to entertain the whole family. Headliners this year are Big Country with Rozalla and Ball-zee also on the bill.
We will be performing for The Academy of Music & Sound (around 5pm) with some other fab acts taking to that stage from midday.
There is also and acoustic stage with great acts like Talk Like Tigers (who we’ll miss due to clashing stage times) and Chris Helme (Seahorses) so once we’ve wrapped up on our side of the field we’ll need to flip a coin to see which stage we’ll end up at for the rest of the night.

NEXT SHOW:
Summer Tour 2014: Gig 2 Saturday 12th July @ Corbridge Festival
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Pre-Tour shenanigans & excitement

Summer Tour 2014 - Postcard

Summer Tour 2014 – Postcard

As another summer approaches, Sacre Noir returned to the live circuit with a pre-tour show at Edinburgh’s Citrus Club on June 21st. The gig was set up as a birthday celebration, and local acts (favoured by the birthday girl) turned out in force to show some love. Also on the bill was one of my favourite local riot grrrl acts, The Fnords. I have long been a fan of their surf-punk styling’s but it’s been a really long time since I’ve seen them live and their set was, as expected, fierce. A half-hour set peppered with old and new tracks and full of energy. Other acts on the night included birthday girl Pat’s bands P.A.L, Third Bass (whom she didn’t get to play with on the night due to breast feeding responsibilities) and the Incendiary Bats. I hadn’t seen any of these bands before and was super impressed with the line up. P.A.L have a great track called ‘Alex’ – definitely my favourite of theirs from the night and there were some mighty fine guitar and drum skills on show during the Incendiary Bats set (the bass skills on show during this event were of course evident in all bands except Sacre Noir).
We played as a trio & tried out a new original track, currently called ‘Rebels & Loners’ and also our new cover track ‘Open Up’ by Leftfield. The crowd were great! They were really responsive & reacted well to the new additions in our set. It seems like ages since we’ve played live together and it was a great warm up for this summer’s tour.

Next up was a super Sunday practice session at Bainbridge Music on Iona Street. We booked in for a double session; 1st up a trio rehearsal for the shows on July 12th at Corbridge Festival & 17th at Bannerman’s Bar, Edinburgh, then a duo rehearsal for the first night of the tour at The Roxy 171, Glasgow. 6 hours of rehearsal with a break for lunch at Café Casablanca on Leith Walk and one broken pedal (Phil’s Digitech 2nd edition Whammy – oh no) and I think we’re about ready hit the road.

AlexisSs ready for super Sunday Sacre Noir session

AlexisSs ready for super Sunday Sacre Noir session


We’ve made some changes to the set up and are planning on unveiling a few new songs this summer, so I can’t wait to kick things of on Thursday with the first of two House Cat Promotions shows we have this summer. HCP are a Glasgow based promotions machine that have put together a great line up for us to begin our summer in style.
Sacre Noir @ The Roxy 171, Glasgow

Sacre Noir @ The Roxy 171, Glasgow

Before this however I had a small business trip to Birmingham, where I saw this great advert at the Adidas store:

Adidas store Birmingham

Adidas store Birmingham

Then Alexis & I went to see the marvellous Beth Orton at the O2 Academy in Glasgow. Last year we saw Amanda Palmer play in Edinburgh before we went off on tour & it provided us with an extra kick of inspiration and this year seeing Beth was not dissimilar. She has decided to play just 3 shows in the UK to promote the re-issue of Central Reservation. Both Alexis & I performed tracks from this LP as part of our final year Degree shows, so it was an amazing experience to watch her perform them live. Her band was amazing; Ted Barnes (guitar), Ali Friend (bass), Daisy Palmer (drums), Sam Amidon (violin – Beth’s hubby) and an amazing keyboard player whose name escapes me, but his and his fellow band mates playing was exceptional.

Beth Orton live at the O2 Academy, Glasgow

Beth Orton live at the O2 Academy, Glasgow


I really liked Daisy’s backing vocals and the general calmness that they exuded on stage was stunning. Track of the night, although I enjoyed every minute of their set, was Devil Song. This was that track I included in my degree show and listening to it performed live, really brought back memories of my college days and why I wanted to be a performer back then. On reflection I’m sure my ideals haven’t changed all that much.

Summer Tour 2014: Gig 1 Thursday 3rd July @ The Roxy 171, Glasgow
House Cat Promotions Presents: Sacre Noir//Josephine Sillars//Megan Airlie//Model Jet Pilot (Solo)