For the last three weekends we've had people staying so I haven't been able to write about Dublin so that's why it's late.
I got invited to go and do some vocals for Paranoid Visions, they're putting out a single and an album, and I really love that bunch of people so I jumped at the chance to do something for my mates.
Got to Dublin airport and looked for Peter Jones who was going to meet us but couldn't see him anywhere. We'd got in ten minutes early so we assumed he was still on the way, Dublin airport aint that big, he definately wasn't there. So I said to Jona let's sit at the bar, you can see the doors from there and anyway I needed a drink cause I hate take off and landing. Nice cold pint, Jona went to get something to eat so I nipped in and got another one to see Jona coming back with Peter. He'd been there all the time but the muppet was sitting down so you couldn't see him behind the other people. Anyway we caught up on each others' doings and the headed off to do the recording.
The recording took place at Pauls' little set up behind his house, I had my usual butterflies because I didn't want to cock it up but I needn't have worried, Paul is really great to work with and we only had to do two takes on each of the songs. It took about hour and half and then of course it was time to experience the great Dublin hospitality.
A quick freshen up in our room, then Jona and me went round the corner - literally - to Sweeneys to meet up with Paul and Peter again. Upstairs there were bands playing, one was doing classic punk, you know slightly Ramones-ish, and Jona decided that punk music is alright. As the night went on more people turned up, quite a few said hello which was nice and then Dekko arrived with Aoifi the green haired bombshell who proceeded to take the piss out of me, so I took the piss out of Robin cause she was younger than me, had a bigger mohican than me and so she deserved it. A really great night was had by all, I really loved it but about 12.30 I started flaking so Jona and me went to bed.
Next day we walked around the Temple Bar area and passed the Button Factory venue where The Last Supper was held, that bought back some memories, went to a museum and then went to The International Pub where there was people jamming on guitars and stuff. A couple of beers and then back to the room, I noticed some cool jazz coming from the dining area so went to check it out and sat there for a couple of numbers, and then it was time to meet Peter and Dekko in the Foggy Dew pub where there was a great ska band doing all the greats - 5446, Al Capone, Monkey Spanner, ah I tell you for me it was heaven, great music. Fergus, who'd been at The Last Supper gig came over, Steve,what you doing here - I'm looking for Peter Jones and Dekko - they're sitting round here - and another great night. Dubliners, thanks for being the lovely people you are.
The Paranoid Visions single comes out on Louder Than War and the album,Escape from the Austerity Complex comes out 17th September.
Speak again soon, Steve.
Paul getting ready to record
The only way me and Peter can have a mohican
Letting it all hang out
Lovely end to a lovely day
The three degrees