So, i thought i should blog and catch up on the E30! After pricing up the cost of doing the V8 conversion properly, i opted for a steel-linered, alloy block M52 2.8 BMW motor, stroked out to 3.0ltr with the Rotating Assembly from an M54 3.0 engine, and with an M50 inlet. Here’s the pics of the complete strip-down engine rebuild. Block acid bathed, skimmed to raise the comp a little, bores honed, head bathed and skimmed, practically new everything. Not cheap, but well worth it, and a thing of beauty ha!

So, 4 and a half years after we split up, Fandangle are back! We’ve all done a lot in the years since, and the time is just right. So yea - the band that brought you this, the most uncomfortable but most fun to shoot video (there’s not a lot of standing room in an aeroplane!!), are ready to assault ears - add up the facebook page by clicking [here]. Expect some UK dates in a few months, and maybe even some new music….

The (other) new band is also coming along too, hoping to have a promo cd together by the end of the year - Things have been slow, due to being hella busy!

Pictures from the second of two sessions laying drums for the new band’s album! Room mics sounded, once again, sweet as. Nick and i attacked some two-person percussion, check out the set up in the 8th picture - Hella fun..

Allister smashing it last night in Bristol, TOTAL sing-a-long gig!  My pals Everything We Left Behind played a blinder as support too.

Allister smashing it last night in Bristol, TOTAL sing-a-long gig!  My pals Everything We Left Behind played a blinder as support too.

Some pictures from the first of two drum tracking sessions for the new band’s album… Beautiful sound! Check out the tiny trick snare that’s set up in the kit photos - Swapped to it for two certain parts of a certain song ;)

Lovely blurry pic of tracking drums for Virus’ new single in their local hall - Epic sound!!

Lovely blurry pic of tracking drums for Virus’ new single in their local hall - Epic sound!!

Portable (8-track multitrack!) rig for recording 51st State’s album gang vocals in the same hall we tracked their drums in. Samsung Tablet purely acting as a posh notepad!

Portable (8-track multitrack!) rig for recording 51st State’s album gang vocals in the same hall we tracked their drums in. Samsung Tablet purely acting as a posh notepad!

New pair of wings for the BMW’s front end respray - Excited to get the bodywork fully beautified before putting exciting things under the hood..
Progress on 51st State’s new LP motoring on at a good rate, and we’ve just taken on local Punks Virus’ new single too. Must post some pics of the drum session for 51st State - The drum room was HUGE!

New pair of wings for the BMW’s front end respray - Excited to get the bodywork fully beautified before putting exciting things under the hood..

Progress on 51st State’s new LP motoring on at a good rate, and we’ve just taken on local Punks Virus’ new single too. Must post some pics of the drum session for 51st State - The drum room was HUGE!

Ok, so it’s been a while since i blogged.. well, anything! Been busy as hell (Just how busy IS hell?) but things are finally back to normal! lots of music stuff to go on about but first, time to get a bit automotively geeky! This is H_____ (Still needs a name!), my new ‘91 BMW E30 - After years and years boring all of my friends talking about and planning to buy one, i finally did it! She’s a 16v 318iS to anyone that has a clue about these beasts, and is rust free, though we’ll be restoring the bodywork back to perfect over the coming month or two. Plans don’t end there though, oh no.. The summer will see a 4 litre BMW V8 sit under the bonnet -  Might as well put brown seats in now. It’s already about ten times more exciting to drive than my Toyota Avensis Estate!!

So, almost exactly a year ago to the day, Nick and i took a day off from work and our then-band Upbeat Allstars to head into my old studio with our buddies from Soul 73 to do a sped-up Ska Punk cover i’d arranged of “Santa Baby” - A year later and i’ve finally gotten around to mixing the damn thing!! So here it is - enjoy! 

Just another very quick “things for sale” post again - Quirky vintage crystal microphone. All details in the ebay listing - [click here] :)

Just another very quick “things for sale” post again - Quirky vintage crystal microphone. All details in the ebay listing - [click here] :)

Very quick “things for sale” post - Put a pair of 60’s/70’s Valve Reel-to-Reel Machines on ebay last night, 99p start - If that’s your kinda thing, check them out :) Find the ebay listing by clicking here!

Very quick “things for sale” post - Put a pair of 60’s/70’s Valve Reel-to-Reel Machines on ebay last night, 99p start - If that’s your kinda thing, check them out :) Find the ebay listing by clicking here!

Been a while since i’ve blogged - Dropped the ball or what! To make it better, here’s a picture i took in my mirror driving back from Tori’s folks the other week.SO! a few people already know this, and many don’t, so here goes - I regret to say that i am leaving Upbeat Allstars. It’s been an awesome year and a half, and properly breathed life into my soul after being in the Fandangle/New Riot family for so long, but it’s just not for me anymore for many reasons. I’d already dropped out of things until Christmas since the start of October. Sadly, the guys didn’t get sorted with their fill-in guitarist quite in time, so had to cancel some dates of the UK tour, which is a shame for all involved, but yes, my decision has become a permanent one. Would like to say a MASSIVE thanks to everyone that helped me get UA up and running along the way, and hope you continue to do so as they carry on :)Anyway…! I’d long been thinking about a second, much more politcally and socially voiced project, something that’s become much more important to me over the years - so i guess second now becomes first, and i’m excited to be working on it ready to launch on the public in the next few months. One thing i can divulge is that it involves some awesome people, one of which is one of my old Fandangle bretherin Craig… Watch this space! 

Been a while since i’ve blogged - Dropped the ball or what! To make it better, here’s a picture i took in my mirror driving back from Tori’s folks the other week.
SO! a few people already know this, and many don’t, so here goes - I regret to say that i am leaving Upbeat Allstars. It’s been an awesome year and a half, and properly breathed life into my soul after being in the Fandangle/New Riot family for so long, but it’s just not for me anymore for many reasons. I’d already dropped out of things until Christmas since the start of October. Sadly, the guys didn’t get sorted with their fill-in guitarist quite in time, so had to cancel some dates of the UK tour, which is a shame for all involved, but yes, my decision has become a permanent one. Would like to say a MASSIVE thanks to everyone that helped me get UA up and running along the way, and hope you continue to do so as they carry on :)

Anyway…! I’d long been thinking about a second, much more politcally and socially voiced project, something that’s become much more important to me over the years - so i guess second now becomes first, and i’m excited to be working on it ready to launch on the public in the next few months. One thing i can divulge is that it involves some awesome people, one of which is one of my old Fandangle bretherin Craig… Watch this space!


 

So, i’m just packing up my clothes and getting ready to head out on this - Our European Album release tour. Must put the albums in the van - Sort of important!

So, i’m just packing up my clothes and getting ready to head out on this - Our European Album release tour. Must put the albums in the van - Sort of important!

Not very often do i use my actual blog for this, but this sickens me so much i’ve been thinking about doing it for a while, so here you are - The SHOCKING way animals are treated in China. I’m not trying to get people to not eat meat or anything like that, i’m no vegetarian nor do i think that is the solution - We, as human beings, have the capacity to at least only use humane means, and certainly not act in such a reckless, cavalier and frighteningly non-plussed barbaric manner. How these people can cause so much pain to these animals and keep a straight face, or even a smile, is what gets me. 

Things CAN be done about this - Click here to sign a petition for a start, that already has 71,000 of it’s target 100,000 signees.. And a short hunt on google will take you to many, many more. Not eating meat isn’t going to stop this sadly, as you’ll never get the world to follow suit and the more time wasted trying to turn the world, the longer these animals suffer - But putting pressure on these outdated governments, to put laws in place to only use instant, painless methods, regardless of the extra cost, and heavy fines for any cruelty, would stop a lot of suffering in this world for those creatures that can’t speak up for themselves, and is certainly a much more achievable task, and one that could happen a lot quicker with the right support…