- PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Time for an update for all you lovely people out there
Well its been all systems go. We played the Half moon twice on 20 April and 29 May to some great audience responses. Its fast becoming our second home. See the live pictures on our pictures page. Thanks to Paul Slattery for all the fantastic photos he takes at all the gigs he attends. A great gig for Jeff Mundays 50th birthday on 12 April with our good friends The Fallen Leaves, The Superminx 70 and the Groovymen, and we took part in the International Pop overthrow festival in London.
We have finished recording two new tracks "remember the days" (see our music player to the left!!) and "whats coming next?" which have been played on the super "glory boy" radio show and will be part of the next retroman blog. Thanks Steve and Alan for all the support. Backing tracks for more songs are recorded and just need the usual overdubs and mixing which we hope to complete during August. The new album is coming along, at last.
Upcoming gigs can be found on our shows page. Due to holidays etc they are a bit sparse at the moment but keep an eye on the shows page for regular updates
A 7" single. The two tracks above are being joined by two tracks from our good friends THE LOOP to bring you a fabulous 4 track E.P. Just finalising details at the moment for a hopeful autumn release. Its gonna be limited so keep watching for updates.
And Finally ..... One for your diaries. We have been invited to play the CLACTON scooter weekender again next year. Get booking your caravans NOW. If its as good as this years event it's going knock the socks off anything else you do in 2014.
- GREAT TIMES IN MARCH 2013
Hi Mod friends and family everywhere.
Thanks to you all we have had a brilliant March.
Firstly the Clacton Scootering weekender from 22 March 2013 - 24 March 2013. We had a blast. As usual the PAST TENSE kept the mod flag flying both nights until closing time. Played with five great bands over two nights CHRIS POPE'S THE CHORDS, THE LOOP, THE THEME, THE MANNIQUINS and THE SHA LA LA'S. Lots of dancing for which we apologise (we do our best) and lots of new friends made. It Snowed but that made it have more of a christmassy feel. The quote of the weekend for the vegatarian order for food - Waiter "HAM, EGG and CHIPS without THE HAM" priceless !
Secondly the fantastic MARCH OF THE MODS final show in Brighton on 31st March. What a night. Everyone there for the same cause, to contribute either as a band or audience member to make the event something special. Six great bands all sharing equipment and doing it just for the fun of it. Each band went down a treat with the audience, never diminsihing in numbers, but being there for the cause. As a band we were blown away yet again by the response and this posting by Eddie Modculture (one of the organisers) which appeared on facebook the next morning - "March of the mods Brighton, the best 3 minutes of all the events i went to that month, a few young mods stood calm as you like waiting for the PAST TENSE to play their next tune and they go with "Wolfman" then those young lads start avin it big time, now I fooking love that, because that's what music is all about for me, totally losing it and you've no idea why, respect to those lads and respect to a fantastic band, if you love The SONICS then you will love this tune....class."
At this point we would like to give a shout to the AA recovery van driver and Wayne Lundqvist Ford. After breaking down half way home on Sunday night after the March of the Mods, the cup of Coffee and shelter from the cold from Wayne and the tow home from AA recovery after waiting only 1/2 hour were most welcome.
A few new gigs up for April - see the gig page for details. If anyone would like to put us on at their venue please don't hesitate to get in touch.
More news to follow shortly. The band will be recording this month for a possible vinyl release in the summer - Watch this space.
- MARC RILEY - HE SAY YES
Well the quiet January we were expecting turned out rather nicely, thank you.
First of all we were added to the bill at the QUADROPHENIA night at the Fiddlers Elbow in Camden. A great saturday night with new friends made, and none lost. Thanks to Dan for adding us to the bill.
Then, the following saturday we were asked to support POPE, The Loop and The Groovymen at the 12 Bar Club, Denmark Street, London. Thanks to all that came along. It must have be a good one as it was well gone 3 o'clock a.m before we got home. Hopefully Albert will forgive the band one day. Don't ask.
Then, low and behold, the fabulous MARC RILEY goes and plays a track of ours on BBC 6 MUSIC. Its on the playlist for Thursday 24th January if you want to check it out. In his immortal words.. "The Past Tense, I am liking that!"
And to round off the month a play on FM radio. If you were listening to FM 97.2 last week you might have caught us.
Going forward we will be out of action in February but return with a BANG in March when we play the Saturday night with POPE and The Loop at the Clacton Weekender and then the following week play the Sunday leg of The March Of The Mods down in sunny Brighton. The Mighty Gary Shail "Quadropenia" to MC this one. One event to say you were at. Its all for Charity too so there are no excuses.
New gigs added to our gig list so why not come along and have a good night out.
- MONSTER TUNES - ENTER THE WOLFMAN
- Then - and I'm sure this had something to do with the arrival of my friend Dave - the evening suddenly shifted up a gear. Main support the Past Tense powered through one monster tune after another - seek out the astonishing 'Wolfman' - I think there's a couple of versions on YouTube. This was the most successful marriage so far that night of melody and muscle. They are lucky to have one of those drummers who might be moving so fast he could be having an episode, yet every clash and pound is floor shaking and absolutely precise. The fact that (as I found afterwards) he rejoices in the name of 'Nuts' only adds to his charismatic allure. [Read More...]
- Putney Half Moon. A night to remember
- Next up it's The Past Tense and they nailed it tonight with the best performance I've seen from the band yet. Starting with the fantastic "Lost Without Your Love", they power through their tight, perfectly formed little nuggets such as "Poison Arrow" and "My Baby". They play a catchy new song called "Remember The Days", and follow that with even more great songs, "Angel Face", "The Optimist" and the classic "The Wolfman". The band end on "Jimmy's Love Song", a tribute to Quadrophenia, with it's urgent, strummed guitar intro it really raised the temperature. They got a well deserved encore too and treated us to "Out Of My Mind" before disappearing to wild applause.
- CHRISTMAS THANKS
There really are too many people to thank individually this year so to anyone who has:
a) come to a gig
b) released anything
c) set up a gig
d) played us on the radio, internet or otherwise
e) bought our CD's
f) laughed with or AT us
g) played a gig with us
h) lent us amps etc to use at a gig
i) conversed with any of the band on facebook etc
j) listened to us "rabbit on" when we have had one too many beers
k) reviewed our live shows or CD's
all we can say is THANK YOU. 2012 has been a blast. You all know who you are and it wouldn't have been the same without you.
2013 is starting quietly with no gigs planned until Mid March. Then we start on a run in March, going in to April, May and June. We will keep you posted.
2013 will definately see some new songs and recordings. Watch this space
Have a great christmas and new year.
KTF- Andy, Ken and Nuts
- ROYALE RECORDS
We have signed for the newly launched Royale Records and promotion. Roll on 2013 when we will be gigging and recording on a regualr basis. Thanks to the guys at Royale for believing in us.
Our last gig of 2012 is at the Putney Half Moon on Friday 7th December. A right Christmas knees up to be had with The Len Price 3, The Fallen Leaves and The Legendary Groovymen. Come and say hi if your coming along
A new track has just been recorded ready for release in 2013. The charity March of the Mods tour for cancer research culminates in Brighton and London over the Easter Bank Holiday in March 2013, and the bands playing those two nights are to appear on a special limited edition CD. Our new track "Whats Coming Next?" will appear alongside all the other bands.
Finally a big thanks to The Loop for putting us on in Cambridge on Saturday 1st December. A great night was had by all. Can't wait to get together again in 2013
- OCTOBERFEST IS OVER
All good things must come to an end and so it does for our four gigs in four weeks through October. We had a blast. Again thanks to all of you who travelled to see us at the 12 Bar Club, The Half Moon or The Grey Horse. We go on about this but it really means a lot to the band to see friends old and new to have a chat and a laugh. Special thanks goes to the 2 Marks from the great band, the Lemontops, who came from Middlesborough, Andy from Fruits De Mer Records all the way from the U.S.A and to Dizzy and Tania from Detour Records who came to the Royale Records Launch.
No Gigs in November yet !!!! (Email or call us if you need us), so a chance to work on the new material that we have been playing around with over the summer. Two new tracks are finished and were showcased at the Grey Horse. No apologies and Remember the Days. Thanks for the great response to them. We think they fit in well so are now part of the ever expanding list of songs available to play at gigs. Three more new tracks are almost there and will be made ready over the coming weeks. Who knows we may even play one or two at our December gigs !
Talking of December gigs don't forget we are playing with the fantastic LOOP in Cambridge on Saturday 1st December. Its at the Corner House, pop in if you are in the area. Then our big local Christmas bash at the Half Moon Putney featuring Us, The Len Price 3, The Fallen Leaves and The Legendary Groovymen. A definate date for your diary of Friday 7th December. This is gonna be big people.
Upwards and onwards. KTF
- THE STORM AFTER THE QUIET
Hi Everyone. No i'm not refering to the weather here in the UK but the great news that the PAST TENSE are over their summer vacations etc and are hitting the road for a mini tour in October. I say tour but its really us playing in a few venues around town, playing with and playing to friends old and new. The details are on our shows page but to save you looking any further here's the list of dates.
3 October - 12 Bar, Denmark Street, London - with the Fallen Leaves
6 October - Putney Half Moon, Putney, London - Royale Records launch party
12 October - 12 Bar, Denmark Street, London - with the Chords UK/Pope
19 October - Grey Horse, Kingston - With The Jetsonics
Then further ahead in your diaries -
1 December - Cambridge - with The Loop
7 December - Putney Half Moon - Xmas Party time with The Len Price 3 and Fallen Leaves
22 - 24 March 2013- Martello Beach Caravan Park - Mod Weekender with Chords UK, The Theme
31 March - The March of The Mods, Volks Bar, Brighton