Never let it be said The Daylightz sat idle on their arses. No. We have been busy. Writing stuff that expands our catalogue. And we have taken the good advice not to throw the baby out with the bathwater, so the favourites will remain. Like a stain on the carpet, classics like Chihuahua aren’t easy to erase.
Patience, Grasshopper. Eventually we will emerge like a butterfly from this hiatus, and then you’d better lock up your small dogs…………………
Yes, an EP record – Live at the O2 – is in the shops.
There are two formats: vinyl single in plain sleeve, straight outta Stiff, Rough Trade or 2-Tone (£8) and limited edition colour gatefold with 7” single and CD which includes bonus track (£10). Songs are Oi! (You Can’t Do That!), What? Nothing! and Ouch! We’ll be playing all of them at our O2 show on 29 April (£12).
This month sees the release of our own brand of marmalade on the Noise Boys label.
It comes in ‘Single’, ‘EP’ and ‘Double concept album’ sizes. Prices are £2, £4 and £6 with all profits going to the band’s favourite local charity ‘The Listening Centre’, which offers low-cost counselling to people in Oxford who need it most and can afford it least.
“We wanted to do something quirky, tasty and peculiarly English, like our music, with a hint of Dr Feelgood, The Kinks, Madness and Ian Dury about it”, said band spokesman Julian Sharples. “I had the idea when I heard Pulp on John Peel and I’m so happy that it’s now bearing fruit.”
“If this proves successful we hope to jam in the autumn. Plum, greengage and blackcurrant are particular favourites.”
“Marmalade has been somewhat under-represented in the music industry. The Scottish band ‘Marmalade’ and Labelle’s hit ‘Lady Marmalade’ – “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?”, being the main flag wavers. We hope to change that”, said Julian.
If you want to buy a jar, come to our marmalade launch event at The Wheatsheaf on Friday 18 March.
Chasing Daylight is more than a band. Its a way of life. Its a global phenomenon. And now its an online retail giant too with the launch of our range of innit T-shirts. They come in 8 colours and are available in sizes from Small to 3XL, for people nearly as fat as us. Colours available include Banana, Blood and Chocolate, which, coincidentally, is the title of our new album.
On 30 July we decided to turn Julian’s office at The Jam Factory into a studio. We hired Rossco to mic everything up and recorded 7 songs straight to 2-track.
You can hear them – warts and all – here. It was hot. It was fun. We learnt a lot. And the warts were far outweighed by the beauty spots. All-in-all we’re pleased with the outcome and hope you like the tracks. Please give us your feedback here.
We decided to play at a party my back garden the night before the Cowley Road carnival. Had a great soundcheck. Took 90 minutes and by the end of it we were ready to rock.
Only problem was that I forgot to OK the open air gig with the neighbours, who quite rightly complained bitterly and we decided to pull the plug. We packed the gear up and played 4 songs with an acoustic guitar and a tambourine instead.
Anyway, it was definitely the best soundcheck we’ve ever done.
The rig was superb – a KV2 system supplied by Rossco PA and Sound Design. Like a loud hifi. Too loud as it transpired.Thanks to Mark Kozuch, for setting up so effortlessly and creating such a great sound. He was very good at packing away too – very quick.
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