Last night, we organised an event in Parliament with the UK's Minister of Culture and Digital Economy, Ed Vaizey, to celebrate
I was first approached to write for film in 2014. To celebrate the reopening of Manchester's Central Library, Manchester band Everything Everything were asked to curate a week long series of events which they titled Chaos to Order.
Being in a band means there isn't always much we can do to help causes through our work. So if we're asked, we try to take the opportunities. What's going on in Syria at the moment is so obviously pertinent, so present. The politics are enormously complicated and we don't profess to know half enough about it. But at its core is the biggest humanitarian crisis of our lifetime, and human beings who simply want to survive, who want their children to be safe. So, we and some other great musicians are doing a little gig this Friday 22nd to help raise money for Syria (we're DJing).
To be completely honest with you, 2015 hasn't been a vintage year for music has it? Sorry about that!
A festival tour, where you're encountering different bands from all over the place day after day, is even more likely to fill your brain with the most insistent variant of demented earworms. And so, upon my return from Fink's June/July festival run, I present to you, with the assistance of Spotify, my latest Festival Trip Tunes...
Everything Everything frontman Jonathan Higgs admits he and his bandmates locked themselves in a Welsh farmhouse to write
As I survey the place one last time to see if we've left anything crucial behind, I notice that all the bars of chocolate are still sitting, untouched, in the fridge. After a quick glance around, I shrug and stuff them into my bag. There you are, Fink touring party. I've confessed. It was me.
The process is so powerful and motivating (and not only because of the time constraints; deadlines can be marvellous things). Such strong imagery can provide direction to writing that you just don't get by sitting down in front of a blank page every morning. The images, from the culture of a by-gone age, are wonderful, and a natural inspiration for song.
How much fun can you have in a field? A lot if you're heading down to Victoria Park on Saturday May 25th.
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