Sadly, after a few years of incredible fun, we have decided to end Crackout.
While we are still the best of friends and intend on continuing with music, it just didn't seem right to continue with Crackout any longer. While we were involved with other projects, too much time had passed since we last toured and when we came back to play the recent gigs.
Although those gigs were enjoyable to play, we simply felt at odds with our past and unable to continue.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you all for your support,
Steven, Nick and Jack
31.10.2005 :: LUCKIEST MAN IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE We'd like to apologise for having to cancel our Aldershot gig on Saturday and at such short notice. Unfortunately Steven was in a serious car accident � somersaulting the car into a field on the way to my house, completely flattening and destroying the car but fortunately not himself, walking from the wreck to perch himself on a brick wall and call me (Nick) up. The police and paramedics proclaimed him the 'luckiest man in Buckinghamshire' and we were out of hospital early Saturday evening. The most earth-shattering letdown of the day was the fact the paramedics didn't put the ambulance siren on and I didn't feel as important and austere as I felt I should, and Steven was surprised when he wasn't wheeled on the stretcher at great speed, smashing through endless sets of hospital doors surrounded by an army of shouting people sporting the latest in surgical chic. In fact the whole journey from crash site to cubicle 'E' in casualty was little more than a gentle amble.
Although Steven will be looking rather battered and bruised, the good news (or bad news depending on your point of view) is we've decided to solider on and go ahead with the London gig this Thursday (3rd November) at the Luminaire in Kilburn, our first London gig in 18 months. Details are below.
Hopefully we'll see some of you there, and until then take care of yourselves and mind how you drive!
24.10.2005 :: TOWERS OF LONDON DATES A bit short notice, but we have booked two gigs for the end of this week, this time with Towers Of London, and they go like this:
Sat 29th Oct 2005 - West End Centre, Queens Road, Aldershot, Hampshire GU11 3JD
See the venue's website for more information or call the box office on 01252 330040.
26.09.2005 :: GIGS AHEAD, BROTHERS OF THE HEAD As mentioned in previous news, we said we planned to start putting in some shows to tryout our new material and see what it's like to be a 4-piece instead of 3-piece band. So far we've booked two (2) gigs:
Sat 15th Oct 2005 - The Barfly Club, 78 Digbeth High St, Birmingham B5 6DY
Visit the Barfly website to buy tickets and for more information or call the ticket hotline on 0870 9070999.
Thurs 3rd Nov 2005 - The Luminaire, 311 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR
If we do book more shows this year we shall let you know as soon as possible.
Now for some slightly different news: some of you will remember that we were involved with the making of a film last year. The production � Brothers of the Head � was launched recently to excellent reviews at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. Here are some links for those who may be interested:
When we hear more on when Brothers Of The Head is to be released in the UK and around the world, we shall of course let you know.
11.09.2005 :: GIGS SOON We're currently in our Buckingham studios, rehearsing with a view to playing some shows in October and November, which are being booked at the moment. We are also experimenting with what it's like playing with an additional member of the band, someone who can play keyboards, guitars, and sing backing vocals. It is an idea we have toyed with for well over a year now, and in light of the direction in which we are headed, increasing our numbers feels like a natural step to take. These gigs will serve as an experiment for us, trying out the 4-piece idea and a chance to play and fiddle about with all our new material in front of an audience; perhaps play a few of our favourite old songs too if the mood takes us. Our aim is to play for the sheer fun of it, devoid of pressure, and keep things low-key, almost a case of rehearsing but instead of in a studio, on a stage and in front of an audience.
As soon as we have the dates confirmed, we will let you know.
19.06.2005 :: RECORDING UPDATE We've just finished another stint in the studio and now have - along with the previous three tracks we recorded - seven tracks completed for the third album. The latest four are pretty varied: 'Are We Going Home Soon?' is rather jazzy, with a big swinging chorus; 'Everybody You Trust' is very hard and fairly fast (159bpm if you must know); 'Act Natural' is quite chirpy, while 'Have You Given Up?' is somewhat bleak in parts but with increasingly rousing choruses and even a guitar solo... very rare for a Crackout song.
We have also had several e-mails about the messageboard being out of action, which unfortunately it is, but we hope to have it back up and running in the near future, thanks to the industrious nature of 'Admin Dave'/Webmaster Natts. You see, the poor thing (the messageboard) has been a victim of odious and hateful glitches in the superstructure of our mainframe.
29.03.2005 :: START OF RECORDING THIRD ALBUM Just a quick note to say that we started recordings for our third album a few weeks ago in Norway, with Clive Langer as producer. We finished three songs, and the diaries of our experiences can be found, as per usual, in the diary section. We plan to head back in the coming weeks to continue recording.
15.12.2004 :: NEWS & CHRISTMAS GREETINGS Dear All,
It has been quite a while since last we reported any news and in that time much has happened. We have had quite a large break from being Crackout, but not a break from each other, which may seem something of a contradiction but let us explain...
It all started when our producer friend Clive Langer called us up to see if we would be interested in playing on a film soundtrack that he had been asked to score, to which we wholeheartedly agreed to do for it is such a delight and honour working with the man. Before long, we were invited to meet the film's directors who promptly cast us in the film and - after the soundtrack had been recorded - we were put into acting rehearsals, which turned out to be the most horrifically terrifying experiences of our lives. Beforehand it seemed a very romantic, idyllic little job we were embarking upon, being movie actors and clearly on the right road to the Oscar that my mantelpiece and I (Nick, your modest news teller) have always so rightly deserved � my acceptance speech promised to be a work of enlightened prose, rich in life nourishing humility, ready to help the human race to new, wonderful heights of ecstasy! After my speech there would be nothing left in the world but LOVE! But NO! The truth of the situation soon set in: that these rehearsals were ungodly, nightmarish experiences. We would wake in the morning thinking it was all a horrible dream and then reality would dawn: we were up at 5am for a reason... to get on the train to London to try and act but instead make fools of ourselves in front of very talented, very professional actors who were probably coming to terms with the hellish knowledge that they were having to work with a troupe of perpetually hungover, flaky musician-types who were devoid of any acting skill whatsoever!
However, with the tortuous rehearsals over, and the first day of filming under our belts, we could not be happier. What started off as a great time recording a soundtrack that turned into a hideous practise-acting ordeal, swiftly ended up becoming perhaps the greatest experiences of our lives, surrounded by hugely talented people with abilities that will forever be beyond our comprehension. On a 24-hour basis, questions such as the following flew about our brains like a beautiful, searching flock of milk-white Doves:
"How can you work that camera? It looks so complicated and so very easily breakable." "How do you do someone's hair like that, and so quickly?" "How do you 'focus pull'? It seems mind-numbingly difficult." "How do you spend your life pretending to be someone you're not?" "How does anyone organise all these hundreds of people into an orderly army of film-making resolve?" "How do you take a novel and fashion it into a script, and not make a total shit show of it like I would?" "How do you make someone look like they have a black eye - without using physical violence - and how do you do it so adroitly?" "How do you manage to vocalise trade term likes: 'Rolling', 'Action', 'Checking the gate', 'And that's a wrap' in such a commanding but non-aggressive manner?"
So after the time of our lives - and my being renamed by crew and cast to something more fitting for the gin-fixated on-set diva I became: Millard de Christopher - we are back to reality and back to being Crackout, albeit a very inspired, focused Crackout, all the stronger for our extraordinary little brush with the Silver Screen. Since returning to musicianhood, we have completed some pre-production rehearsals with Clive and have quite a number of new songs which see us moving off to new musical pastures, but of course always giving a nod and a modest embrace to the best elements of our past achievements. We will let you know when we get to work on recording the album (probably early 2005) and also with more details of the film (release date, how magnificent we all look, etc.).
To end with dear readers, we hope you are all well and would like to wish you a merry Christmas and the happiest possible New Year, and look forward to seeing some of you again come 2005.
Nicholas, Steven, and Jack
P.S. We�ve been having a few troubles with our Crackout e-mail addresses, so if you have e-mailed us over the past few months and not had a response, it is not because we are rude, but because of the modern wonder of spam. We're trying to get back up to speed at the moment.
P.P.S. 'Oh No!' has been nominated by Xfm DJ Marsha Shandur for their Best Album 2004 poll. Feel free to vote for it via this page here
16.08.2004 :: WE'RE ALIVE Dear All,
As most of you are aware, EMI decided to close down our record label - Hut Recordings - just before we embarked on the tour with the sublimely lovely Haven. The closure meant an unfortunately very abrupt end to the promotion of our second album, 'Oh No!' (an apt title if ever there was one!), so now we're back to the studio in Buckingham working on demos for our third album, which as it happens are trundling along very nicely, and it is here we will stay until we feel ready to commence recording said album (which we may or may not call 'Happy, Happy Rainbows Everywhere!'). Other than that, not very much more to report other than you will notice the entirety of the diaries for the Haven tour are now up on the diary page, and please accept our apologies for our somewhat lengthy silence... but you know what they say:
"Silence is golden, speech is silver" (and here's that again but this time in German: "Reden ist Silber, Schweigen ist Gold").
Steven, Nicholas, and Jackalous
P.S. Here's a pretty picture that everyone can enjoy:
27.05.2004 :: DIARY HAVEN It's been a while, we know, but our Nick has finally been writing his long-winded tour diaries again. The first six entries, from the Haven tour, are up now here. More soon.
23.04.2004 :: TOUR TICKETS TOMBOLA Our UK tour with Haven starts today, and so if you've not managed to get tickets, you can attempt to win them in a competition run by The Raft - it's right here - clicky clicky.
Nick plans to write diary entries and take photos on the tour, which we hope to publish on here as quickly as possible for your reading and viewing pleasure.
16.03.2004 :: OH NO! OUT NOW! Yes, the week of release is finally upon us, and you can now buy our second album on CD and 12" vinyl in all good record stores. Not only that, you can also read about it in its new discography page, including lyrics to all ten of the tracks on the album. Buy it! Or else.
09.03.2004 :: CHARTS Well, we almost did it... just one tiny place off the top spot. Thanks to you guys, 'This Is What We Do' got to No. 2 last week. In the UK Rock chart. No. 65 in the more popular overall singles sales chart, but that's not important really.
05.03.2004 :: THIS IS WHAT WE'VE RELEASED Yes, our latest shortform release, 'This Is What We Do', is available from this week in all good record shops, and you can read all about it in the discography on this page here.
In other news, the single is on Xfm's evening playlist, got a 4 star review in the Sunday Mirror, though only 2 K's in Kerrang!, and our forthcoming album 'Oh No!' got 3/5 in the latest Q, and 7/10 in the latest issue of Rocksound (58), in which we also have a double-page spread featuring Nick in a bath of oil, and have 'Out Of Our Minds' on the cover CD.
Additionally, we were featured in last week's NME due to the proud appearance of their journalist Mark Beaumont in the 'This Is What We Do' video, and have another full-page feature in the March issue of The Fly entitled 'Oh Yes!'.
Oh yes indeed.
10.02.2004 :: GIGS AND TOURS AND RELEASES AND MAGAZINES... We are afraid to say that the two shows we had planned for 16th (Taunton, Club Mamba) & 17th (London, Feet First) of February have been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. However, we plan to reschedule the Taunton date for later in the year, and much more significantly, we're joining our labelmates Haven on their UK tour in late April/early May. The 12 dates are as follows:
Fri April 23rd - Oxford Zodiac Sat April 24th - Middlesborough Empire Sun April 25th - Glasgow QMU
Tues April 27th - Liverpool Academy 2 Wed April 28th - Nottingham Rescue Rooms Thurs April 29th - Stoke Sugarmill
Sat May 1st - Sheffield Leadmill Sun May 2nd - Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms Mon May 3rd - Bristol Fleece & Firkin
Wed May 5th - Norwich Waterfront Thurs May 6th - London Shepherds Bush Empire Fri May 7th - Manchester MDH
Tickets are �8 (�10 for London and �9 for Manchester), and available at gigsandtours.com.
In other news, our single and album release dates are now both in March. Apologies for delay! 'This Is What We Do' comes out on the 1st (you can vote for the video on MTV2's NME chart here), and then our second album 'Oh No!' (4 star reviews in The Fly and Big Cheese) is available from the 15th. Check out the Feb/March X-Ray magazine (Issue 12) for a feature with Steven about him playing golf (and talking about the album).
Lastly, it's our pleasure to announce the winners of the album cover competition - the prize being that they have their photos on the forthcoming cover of our forthcoming album, 'Oh No!'. Names:
Kathleen Ellis Ben Leonard Sam Duggins Martin Spychal Sophie Sharpe Michael Rudge
Our warmest congratulations to the six of you.
22.01.2004 :: FEET FIRST A couple of gigs to annouce: firstly, to celebrate our single release on the same day, we headline at Caf� Mamba (sounds like we'll have to whip up some sambas, songos and bossa novas for this one) in Taunton on Monday 16th February. The next night (17th) we will be guests at Camden Palace's Feet First club night, probably on stage around half midnight as it the usual slot.
In other news, links to a behind the scenes video montage of the 'This Is What We Do' promo are now on the right of this fine home page.
21.01.2004 :: THIS IS WHAT WE DO Basically, we release music, and then hopefully you buy a copy or copies of it. That's what we do.
The single release of 'This Is What We Do', out on February 16th, will be on 7" vinyl, and for the first time for us, on two CDs. The vinyl (HUT174) and CD1 (HUTCD174) formats will feature the radio version of the single, and our cover of Beyonce Knowles' 'Crazy In Love', while CD2 (HUTDX174) will have the album version of the single, new tracks 'You Snooze You Lose' and 'Nobody Does It Right', and also the animated A-Ha 'Take On Me'-style video for the single (that new mailing list subscribers were treated to last week).
If you've not seen the video, links are now available on the right of this page and in the media section. We've also got a clip of the 'Crazy In Love' cover as featured on the forthcoming single for those of you who just can't wait to hear how it sounds. Click those links baby.
11.01.2004 :: VIDEO EXCLUSIVE On Monday (12th), Crackout mailing list subscribers will get access to an exclusive viewing of the new video for 'This Is What We Do'. The special link to view the video will be sent to all on the list, and this will be the only way that you can see the video before it goes on TV. All the details of which stations you can see the video on will be here soon.
So, if you're not subscribed yet - what are you waiting for?!? Simply fill your details in on the left side of the screen.
We've also got streaming clips of our new single, 'This Is What We Do', in the column on the right. It's going to be released on February 16th by our fine friends at Hut Recordings. We'll have the video and some behind the scenes footage coming soon.
07.01.2004 :: GOMEZ SUPPORT Well, firstly Happy 2004 from Crackout. Hope those of you who got them liked your special tour poster, and it is now furnishing your walls well.
To start the new year we are pleased to announce that we're supporting Gomez at their sold-out show at the Mean Fiddler in London next Monday (12th January). Even though the gig is sold out we have two tickets to win, so you have the chance to be there with us.
Well done to Phil Harlow who won the tickets.
Also, we'll be announcing a full tour of our own very soon - details here as soon as we have them.
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