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March 1, 2010

Come Dine With Us

An evening of food, recording & shenanigans at our crypt… Come Dine With Us (invitation song) by Hope and Social “If music be the food of love, play on” Shakespeare “Play on, play on” Blackstreet featuring Dr Dre “Red red wine, it’s up to you” Neil Diamond Roll up! Roll up! As part of the – Read more

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January 28, 2010

New Album Sessions (25th & 26th January 2010)

And we’re off. Tuesday we pressed the big red record button and started laying down stuff for the new album. Tentative steps at first working on a little track called Ripples Rock My Boat. Really good day’s work but in some ways a tricky one to start with because we’re trying to get a mixture – Read more

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January 20, 2010

New Album Sessions (19th January 2010)

As Hux said on the last post – great day down the studio, loads of good ideas and tracks. Knackered by the end but started playing this tune just before we left – proof if proof were needed that all roads lead to Bluegrass… Enjoy. More on Friday… [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6HewpYo4XY&hl=en_US&fs=1&] Simon

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January 19, 2010

New Album Sessions (18 Jan)

Very quick blog – too late for much detail. Set up day today – a necessary evil I suppose but good fun. Photo below shows Hux taking a drum around the room to find the best location for the drums. More dirt than you could shake a stick at removed by 3rd hoover in final – Read more

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October 29, 2009

Global Enterprise Week Event – Lancaster University

Re-Posted from TheHuxCapacitor.wordpress.com MUSIC INDUSTRY PANEL EVENT: HAVE YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE IT IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS? We’re very excited to be speaking at this Grow Creative event hosted by Lancaster University and facilitated by Mushroom Concepts for the forthcoming Global Enterprise Week (followed by a performance at this gig) at 6.30pm, – Read more

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October 8, 2009

Cavendish Arms, Stockwell

Many many thanks to all you lovely people who made it to the Cavendish Arms last night. You were all fantastic, even @dunkr, whose kazoo solo was one of the weirdest to date. Seriously though, the participation in Buzzer Goes, Do What You Must and Looking For Answers was amazing. Thanks to Mr AG for – Read more

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October 5, 2009

BBC Radio 2 – The Radcliffe and Maconie Show plug

Chris Gregory (@MrFurrball on twitter), gave Hope and Social a big ol’ plug on BBC Radio 2’s The Radcliffe & Maconie Show recently. You can hear now hear an archived version of the plug on “The Chain – officially the longest listener-generated, thematically-linked sequence of musically-based items on the radio” here: [soundcloud url=”http://soundcloud.com/thehuxcapacitor/hope-and-social-plug-on-bbc-radio-2-the-radcliffe-and-maconie-show”] “I’ve heard – Read more

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October 2, 2009

October Tour – Day 1 – The Talbot

After two days rehearsal with drummers Ian Firth and Gary Stewart we’re in the van on our way to the Talbot Inn, Chaddersley Corbett. A 16th Century pub who won our second living room gigs competition. We love this place, not least because we get well fed, waterred and they don’t make us go to – Read more

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September 21, 2009

The Power of Love – Thanks to fans

Well it’s been all bubbling away behind the scenes. Plans for this October’s tour are coming together and through the wonders of twitter, facebook, BBC radio, youtube, crowd sourcing, blogs and TopMan we’re amassing quite a bunch of help. So thank you. Chris Gregory (@MrFurrball on twitter), in Kentish Town, gave Hope and Social a – Read more

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September 11, 2009

Glasto Roundup – part 1

(Also posted here) Well we played Glastonbury this year and you know what, it wasn’t bad [grin]. We’ve been back to the grindstone at the Crypt since, writing Hope and Social’s second album and 5 songs for Imitating the Dog‘s new Greece/UK project Tales From The Bar Of Lost Souls but, belated as this post – Read more

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June 23, 2009

Glastonbury Beckons

Well, it’s quarter to 10 on Tuesday night and most of the packing is done, I’m about to embark on a round of pick ups at all the chaps houses and then, in 6 wee hours we’ll be getting up to head to Glastonbury. It’s a lifetime ambition of mine, and for us all. Had – Read more

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June 13, 2009

Summer Tour

We’re enjoying this tour. It feels really good to have a record out and to play it to people who’ve downloaded the album or have bought it and are singing the lyrics back at us (the lyrics are up on the website now). The reception at the gigs has been unanimously great so thank you – Read more

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May 26, 2009

Glastonbury – Worthy FM, Thursday – “Emerging Talent” headline Friday – Acoustic Stage Saturday

Hope and Social are ecstatic to announce that we’re playing thrice at this year’s Glastonbury Festival:
A “Worthy FM” session on Thursday at 2-30PM.
The Queen’s Head Stage on Friday at 3-45 PM and
The Acoustic Stage on Saturday at 1PM

We’ll see you at Bruce too, just to the left of the mixing tent, 45 degrees from the back corner ten yards out. We’ll be the ones with the pear cider and the grins.

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April 23, 2009

San Francisco… Ooooh, and Hull!

So we’ve put a new FREE download up of a live take of one of our album fave’s “San Francisco”, recorded and filmed at the Crypt where the album was made. We recorded this one with Mike “Powerhouse” Heaton who will be joining us again for our forthcoming “Raw Talent” show with BBC Humberside, as – Read more

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April 4, 2009

Tour Roundup Part1

What an amazing couple of weeks, it’s been out and about, I’ll try and keep this succinct. We started out at Joiners on the 19th. Always a pleasure to go there – lovely people and a well looked after venue. Saw some of the tour regulars – keep your eye on flickr for the audience – Read more

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