Monday 8 December 2014

Live Rev Rev album feature on Schott's List

Dan Schott has done a feature on the latest and last Rev Rev album.  There is a track available to listen to through his website - "Fields of Glowing Plasma".
The link is here

Thursday 28 August 2014

Shem activity and a SHEMBOID GIG!

Hello again everybody!

I've been doing lots of open mic gigs in Leeds and Chester lately.  Thor has kindly joined me recently and we're getting a set together and have about ten songs of mine that we've been playing so far.  Thor is playing bass guitar and I am singing and playing acoustic guitar and harmonica.  We are going to do much more in future and hopefully get some good recordings done and bigger and better gigs too!

I think that's just about it for Rev Rev now.  I can't see us working together any more.  Our last gig was at Telford's Warehouse on Friday 13th June 2014.   There is a clip from it on the Rev Rev tab.  Hope you like it....Neon Fish Are Flying....

I have been asked to do a gig at the Recon Festival in Leeds on Sunday the 28th September.  It is at Hyde Park Picture House.   I am very excited about this and been working out lots of ideas for it.  I have not done any Shemboid gigs for a few years now and I'm looking forward to working in that mode again.  I will keep you posted about this is an afternoon gig, I believe....

Okay that's all for now, thanks

Monday 7 July 2014

Getting out and about at 'Open mic' nights.

I have recently been doing open mic sessions at the Chemic Tavern in Leeds on Thursdays.   I have been getting together a number of old and new songs and practising them with acoustic guitar and harmonica with vocal. Some of the songs I've been doing are “Strangers Outside My Door”, “Jackdaw Alien”, “Sunrise”, “Green Fields Of England”, “Behind Every Face” and “You Take It All”. There are some new ones too in the shape of “The Burning Tree” and “All That Matters”.
I have also been working up some electric ones with backing drums – I have been practising “The Case Of The Missing Brain”, “Monster Face” and three more new ones, which are “Vampire Exposed”, “Mask” and “I Must Be Out Of My Mind”.
This is all a bit different for me. I have not been getting any gigs doing anything else, so I thought I'll try my hand at open mic nights around Leeds. Noise and experimental music does not really go down well with open mic crowds, so it has to be the songs. Eventually I'll work out some way of incorporating the two together, but for now I'm getting some experience doing the songs straight.
I have been working at writing a lot of new stuff as well as re-working older ideas.

There will be a new Shemboid album out sometime soon – when I eventually get the art work done and finally decide on the tracks. I'll let you know when it's ready.

See you soon,


Wednesday 26 March 2014

New Sights and Sounds

Hi I'm back from the outer reaches of goodness knows where and here with you all again.
Sorry I haven't posted for ages.....Ooops!
I have been working on new music for a new Shemboid album called "Following The Illusion", soon to be available via Bandcamp.
As a preview to this I have created a 14-minute mix of some of the sounds that will appear on the album.
It can be heard here.....
The mix is called "Following The Mix-Up"

There are also some new paintings, a series called "Out In The Woods" - some of which are here -
Alan Sharples - Out In The Woods #1 - 2014 - acrylic on paper

Alan Sharples - Out In The Woods #3 - 2014 - acrylic on paper
Alan Sharples - Out In The Woods #4 - 2014 - acrylic on paper