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  • 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,…

  • Advice for the aspiring [blank]

    After cracking gigs at the weekend it’s been a rubbush old week in Ed land… a never ending stream of life poo or so it feels but this article by Cheryl Jacobs Nicolai in her blog Photodino really really cheered me up.. Advice for Aspiring Photographers (found via the consistently excellent “The Online Photographer“) The…

  • Oporto

    UPDATE Beautiful pics up by Phil Barber of The Sound Gallery up here: Original Post below: Great gig tonight at Oporto – it was sort of sonically chaotic but all the stops and pulls and pushes and breaths came in the right place. It moved. Great crowd for a Monday, in fact for any night…

  • Glasto Roundup – Part 2

    Friday is 1st gig day and we’re headlining the “Emerging Talent” Queen’s Head stage sessions. 20 minutes of heaven. Sounds amazing on stage and we’re quite overcome. The good weather threatened the pulling in of people to the tent, but immediately we start, the tent fills to around 800. Awesome response and 20 minutes of…

  • 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…

  • 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 You can hear now hear an archived version of the plug on “The Chain – officially the longest listener-generated, thematically-linked sequence of musically-based items on the radio” here: [soundcloud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…

  • October Tour – Day 2 – Jason’s Birthday – Ripon Beckons

    It’s Jason’s birthday. Wish him a happy one. First gig in ages last night and good to blow the cobwebs out at the Talbot. Always very welcoming, we get very well fed and waterred, it’s a pleasant way to spend 14 hours is the Talbot. Seemed somehow rowdier last night, in fact it felt like…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Hello from the long road…

    Just thought I’d do a quick catch up having been a bit quiet for the last couple of weeks. Ed and Rich have been working with another band down the Crypt (not sure I’m allowed to say who am I? Don’t know why not? Help?) (Rich: “yeah you can say – it’s that there Sky…

  • Bar of Lost Souls sessions (Day 5 Friday)

    Good day today – brass recording. James Hamilton (who did all the brass parts for architect) has had one song Animals Dine with me for 2 days and has written a full on orchestral brass part for it. More parts than players but we have several runs at it. The sound is just astounding. BD…

  • Bar of Lost Souls Session (Day 4, Thursday)

    Difficult day ahead. Last night’s track needs finishing – just a few bits. And then if we are to devote Friday to recording brass and still hit our 5 song target we need to do 2 today. I managed to get some lyrics finished last night on the way home and have the basis for…

  • Bar of Lost Souls Session (Day 3, Wednesday)

    Incredibly slow start. If you’re working these sort of hours I always find the third day is when it hits you – after that you can keep going for weeks. Or until you collapse. Trying to work around a song we’ve got a very rough idea for – it’s another 6/8 thing but fairly dark.…

  • Bar of Lost Souls Session (Day 2, Tuesday)

    Working on a track called Where the Wildness Lives today. It’s been kicking around for ages and this seems an appropriate project to air it. Piano based again – first line “I never believed in the concept of evil” – hopefully gives you some idea of what it’s like. Kick around a format sitting around…

  • Bar of Lost Souls Session (Day 1, Monday)

    So we’re in the studio to write and record some songs for a new show by the theatre company I work with, imitating the dog. The show is called Tales from the Bar of Lost Souls and is going to be made in Greece in September and will tour in the UK in 2010. Ed,…

  • One step forward two steps back (Thursday 30th July)

    Another brief blog – leaving for a weekend of living room gigs ahead. Classic Hope and Social planning – one in Edinburgh, one in London, one in Yorkshire. We’ve hired a car because none of us own one which is reliable enough. Should be great fun though. We’re armed with kazoos and sleeping bags. So…

  • French Supermarket Music (Wednesday 29th July)

    Very brief blog this one – rushing to do a million tasks before going back down the Crypt but if I don’t keep this up it’ll fall by the wayside. Bit of a brown day – spent most of the day on a slightly trite waltz thing which references Guns ‘n’ Roses songs. Bit odd.…

  • Crash Into Me (Friday 23 July)

    Late night Thursday (gig in Leeds) and early start Friday down the crypt because I’ve got to go early. We’re in by 10:30 armed with breakfast and lunch for three for under £10 from Posh Slice. It’s usually impossible to make any kind of tolerable sound before midday but we’ve decided to dedicate the day…

  • Relying on Ed for drums (Tuesday 21st July)

    Ed and Rich are late turning up so I set about the pump organ. We sort of inherited it via James (H&S trumpet player/brass arranger) and I’ve not had chance to properly road test it yet. What a thing it is. I always find that if I’ve been playing a certain instrument for a long…

  • A tidy house is a tidy mind (Monday 20th July)

    Back in to the studio today after a week away – Ed on holiday, Rich working with another band in there and me working on a show called Pedestrian in Bristol. Slow start in terms of music after I suggest that the crypt has just got too messy even for us to work in. Rich…

  • A response to Trent…

    A response to Mr Trent Reznor’s blabberings (pasted first) from http://drownedinsound.com/news/4137294-trent-reznor-offers-sensible-advice-to-new-bands-win-nin-tickets “Pay-what-you-want model This is where you offer tracks or albums for a user-determined price. I hate this concept, and here’s why. Some have argued that giving music away free devalues music. I disagree. Asking people what they think music is worth devalues music. Don’t…

  • Living Room gig…

    Just done a Living Room gig at Julia’s in Huddersfield. Lovely. Fans from pretty much the start of it all they’ve been through good times and bad times with us and are such good friends now. Julia’s few words before we played were incredibly touching and, as with so many people who support us and…

  • Back in the Bad Seeds (Wednesday 8th July)

    Earlier start because of earlier finish. (Now on a train to London for a meeting tonight). We were in for 11ish (always ish with us, well me) and playing straight away. Worked on a fairground/Bad Seeds thing about death or murder or Satan or something… not sure… a little bit reminiscent of These Walls but…

  • Not brown but definitely tan (Tuesday 7th July)

    I’ll be quick because I’m missing a program about Rufus Wainwright – and as I’ll miss his opera next Sunday, probably through a hangover, I may as well glean what I can from the TV. So today – started around midday after another morning of frantic emailing, catching up, image creation (with slightly disappointing woodcut…

  • Back in the saddle (Monday 6th July)

    Hectic morning getting life organised (I’m in the middle of two ITD projects, one of which is being run in Greece, as well as a new project starting next week so mails-a-plenty in the mornings) before heading over to the crypt for 12:30. Usual first day in the studio – setting up, tidying up, putting…

  • Back in the studio

    Exciting times. We’re back in the studio today to start some new material. No idea what it’s going to lead to at this point but here we go. I’m going to attempt to blog every day in some sort of diary form whilst we’re in there. I may well fail to do it but I’ll…

  • Quick Glastonbury thoughts…

    It lived up to all expectations of how good it would be, how moved we’d feel to be playing it finally after 10 years of wanting to be there. All the gigs were good but the 45 minutes on the Acoustic Stage and the hour leading up to it were amongst some of the best…

  • 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…

  • That’ll do pig, that’ll do…

    I’ve got 5 minutes to write this before I have to dash but just wanted to say something in the hiatus between tour and Glastonbury. It’s been a really special run of shows – partly because people can finally hear the album but mainly because of the atmosphere created by everyone in the room. I…

  • 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…

  • Architect of this Church…finally…

    At last our album is out in the world (get it now!), free to roam wherever it wants to, free to make the same mistakes as we have and find its own little place to settle down. It seems like an age since we sat down in the Grove pub in Leeds to discuss what…

  • 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.

  • JD set and stuff that life throws up…

    On the train to Exeter from London now after a great night at the JD set last night. Usual amount of self control means that the tiredness dog is stalking the corridors… Short but thoroughly enjoyable set in a wonderful venue (first time at the Luminaire) and met some interesting/amusing/mental/posh people – thanks to all…

  • It’s late but it’s lovely…

    Yes, yes, yes… it’s late, I’m sorry. I’ve taken on too much and dropped the ball – I guess being in a casino at 5am had something to do with my tardiness but legally I’m allowed until midnight to get today’s gift online so here it is… and what a corker. It’s Gone – we…

  • 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…

  • New Download

    Alright, alright… better late than never, sorry it’s taken until 11:59 to get this week’s download up. Some lovely photos to use as desktop images. A real treat next week, fingers crossed. Right must dash… my life has been take over by imitating the dog’s Kellerman project…it’s a strange life…

  • Moving monitors with your mind…

    Just on my way to Birmingham to do a photo job and it’s so early and I should be catching up on work but I’m too knackered cos me and Rich were up working till 1am last night and then I didn’t get to sleep till 2 and I was up again at 4:30am and…

  • New download…

    Tired tired but eager to please, I’ll send this message with some ease… to brighten up your Wednesday morn I’ll stifle yet another yawn and drop through cyberspace a gift, a gem we’ve found whilst we did sift the over-flowing file store of JPEGs, MPEGs, Docs galore… 5 live tracks and interview, from holy rooms…

  • Empty churches, use them now!

    We did the ELFM (http://www.elfm.co.uk/) session on Saturday afternoon and it was an absolute joy… I think the audio will be up on the site on Tuesday and we’re trying to get hold of the mp3 to give away some day soon. Broadcasting for 24 hours from an old Methodist chapel in Seacroft the space…

  • 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…

  • The Black WidowMaker – The saga ends

    Well the Black Widowmaker had one more go at killing me. On trying to start her, a heavy plastic smell began to emanate from the engine compartment, and lo-and- behold, on opening that up, smoke filled the cab, and flames were visible by the engine itself.

  • Glastonbury – Big News

    Hope and Social to Play Glastonbury 2009.
    Possible Main Stage slot.
    Guinness World Record attempt.

  • Oh lordy!

    It’s web2 tastic! I’m gonna have a little tweet about this and then upload a video to my tv channel….here we go, new site, new blogging-twittering- nothing-to-talk-about-but-we’ll- talk-about-it-anyway interface… We demand the right to be cynics but we also demand the right to exploit and enjoy the technology! So what’s the story? We’re counting down…