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12th Dec 2005 Another new album, more photos and reviews

 

Over the summer, Martin sat in his room writing a whole bunch of songs on his acoustic guitar and then recording them into his computer, fleshing them out with live drums and other instruments. We've been sitting on these songs for a while, unsure of exactly what to do with them, but recently we've just thought "ah, what the hell, let's just stick 'em on the site as they are." So here they are, presented for your pleasure as The White Album. All tracks from the album can be downloaded for free, with lyrics to follow soon. We'll also be pressing up a limited number of copies, to be given away free at future acoustic gigs. If you'd like a copy, just e-mail us at thebastard@colonelbastard.com. We've already played Marya at a recent acoustic gig, and we're working on a full band version of Love Child, so expect to hear those and possibly other tracks from the album at future Bastard shows. If you'd like to read a little more about the album, check out this recent thread on the we're all neighbours site.

In other news, we've uploaded photos from last month's gig at the Portland to the gigs page, and added three new reviews to the reviews page (one of the Portland gig, one of Halcyon Days, and another one of the APU gig in October).

16th Nov 2005 Photos, reviews, more free tracks and a competition

 

This month's updates:

-Photos from last week's last minute acoutic slot at The Portland Arms uploaded to the gigs page.

-3 new reviews on the reviews page (2 from the APU gig with Architecture In Helsinki, and one of the album)

-The Day I Met The Bloke From Hollyoaks uploaded to the Bubblegum Bears page. (Also, ...Hollyoaks and Surf The Sexx.Net can now be streamed from our Myspace page).

-A vain attempt at trying to sort out the links page. Was terribly out of date, is now a bit better but still a work in progress. If you would like to be linked, just drop us a line.

-Studentbands.co.uk are running a competition on conjunction with Distorted Minds. The winners get to play a support slot at The Soul Tree in Cambridge. Please go and vote for us: http://everythingandnothing.org.uk/music/distortedminds.php

-Don't forget to come to the gig this Friday (the 18th) at The Portland!!!!!

24th Oct 2005 Lots of gigs and press

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Well, we've had a very busy month since the Halcyon Days album launch. We were interviewed for the first time by Juliette Burton of the Ely Standard for their Band Of The Week feature. Then there was a review of the gig in the October issue of The Fly magazine, and also a review of the album itself - all of these can be read on the new reviews page (plus some other reviews which have been floating around the 'net for a while now).

We've also booked up a few gigs for the coming months, the most exciting of which is our biggest show yet this week supporting Architecture In Helsinki at APU Student's Union in Cambridge (as replacement for the cancelled Dogs gig earlier in the month) . View details of all upcoming shows, plus photos from last week's show with Unit at LSE on the gigs page.

Other updates this month:

Brand new Bubblegum Bears page - download the lead track and view artwork for this promo CD which will be given away free at future Colonel Bastard gigs.

New Colonel Bastard pages up on Myspace.com and Studentbands.co.uk - at the moment you can listen to streams of Bubblegum Bears and Peter Sissons on these sites (other tracks to be uploaded later).

A new Cambridge-based podcast has been set up. Head on over to Cambridgeriffs.co.uk to hear the first show, which features You're A Secretary from Colonel Bastard.

28th Sep 2005 Photos and writeup from launch night, plus two more gigs!

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First off, a big thanks to everyone who turned out for the Halcyon Days launch night a couple of weeks ago - all the bands were on top form, and we even managed to sell a few copies of the album! Photos and writeup from the night have now been uploaded to the gigs page.

Recent weeks have seen a flurry of activity in the Bastard camp, including an interview with the Ely Standard (to be uploaded soon with any luck), and even a couple of very exciting new live dates for the coming months. The first of these is a week Thursday (6th October), supporting up-and-coming indie rockers Dogs at Cambridge APU Academy, and looks like it's gonna be our biggest gig so far!! Then we're off to The Portland in November. For full details, as always, check out the gigs page.

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1st Sep 2005 New album finished! Details of launch night, plus photos from recent gig

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That's right: our new album "Halcyon Days" is now complete - final mixing sessions took place over the weekend, and we're currently just waiting for the artwork to be printed up before it can go on sale. To view the full track listing and lyrics for the album, check out the new Halcyon Days page right away. You can also download an mp3 of the track Peter Sissons for free - this song been completely remixed and had guitar parts added since we gave it away on a CD earlier in the year, so it's definitely worth checking out.

Your first opportunity to purchase the album will of course be at the launch night on 15th September at the Man On The Moon. We'll be selling the album for £5 at all gigs in future, but it will be available for £4 on the night, so make sure you turn up and grab yourself a copy! Full details of the night are of course on the gigs page, along with some new photos from our last gig there back in June.

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23rd June 2005 Writeups from recents gigs, two new demos

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Uploaded photos from the Portland gig at the end of May, as well as writeups from this and last week's gig at the Man On The Moon (photos from that night to follow soon). That lot can be seen on the gigs page.

Also added two new demos to Martin's demo page - the seasonal In June, and the lilting and atmospheric Cheese Before Bedtime.

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27th May2005 Two more gigs, one new demo

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Two new events have made their way up onto the gigs page, both of them at the Man On The Moon (which is fast becoming our spiritual home in Cambridge, or something). The first is with our good friends The Furious Sleep on June 16th, and the second will be a special event to launch our new album, entitled "Halcyon Days" (we've finished recording it, and it's currently in the mixing stage) - that'll be happening on September 15th, supports yet to be confirmed.

We've also uploaded a new song to Martin's demos, called Listed Building. This one's been sounding pretty rocking in rehearsals, so there's a good chance we'll be playing it at the Portland on Monday. Be there!

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18th April 2005 Photos from Man On The Moon gig, two new demos

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The gigs page has been updated once more, this time with a brief writeup of last Wednesday's tippytoptastic gig at the Man On The Moon, plus various photos from said evening. Also added one new date to the list: Monday 30th May at the Portland Arms - a R*E*P*E*A*T promotion.

Lastly but not leastly, there's a couple of new demos for your listening pleasure, these come in the shape of:

-Funny How You Say, uploaded to Ben & Martin's demos
-There And Back, uploaded to Martin's demos

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3rd Mar 2005 Photos from Portland gig, more promo tracks!

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Uploaded some photos from last Friday's gig at The Portland Arms - check them out on the gigs page. Again, we gave out some more free CDs at this night, so for those of you that didn't get one (unlucky you!) or just didn't turn up (shame on you!), these tracks can be downloaded below.

*** Update 2006 - links now removed. Sorry, you'll just have to buy the album!! ***

Also this month, our track Company was featured on the Cambridge podcast - head on over to their site to hear the latest show (Episode 7). Much thanks to them for that :-)

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23rd Feb 2005 Amended gig details

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Updated the gigs page to correct a few details of the upcoming gigs. Also added a new date: March the 26th at the Barley Sheaf in Liskeard, Cornwall. Hope to see all the old regulars there! :-)

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15th Feb 2005 2 more gigs lines up, 3 new demos uploaded

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Exciting news! We've managed to line up at least a couple more gigs for the coming months: first off we'll be opening at the Green Mind 4th Birthday Party at the Portland Arms next Friday (25th), and then we're back at The Moon again in April for our first headline slot, woo! For full details of these nights (other acts, etc) just check out the gigs page.

And in keeping with our recent habit of uploading 3 new songs each month, the following have all made their way onto the site:

-Train uploaded to Martin's demos
-Bash Street Kids uploaded to Martin's demos
-I'd Have Been There uploaded to Ben's demos

Oh, almost forgot - there's also a review of our demo CD up on kingofquiet.tk - click here to read it.

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22nd Jan 2005 Photos from Man On The Moon gig, promo tracks available for download

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Hey there! Check out the gigs page to view a whole bunch of photos, plus a short writeup from Thursday's gig at the Man On The Moon. Apologies to anyone who missed out on one of our free promotional CDs - if you are one such unlucky person then don't fret, 'cos you can download the tracks from the CD by clicking on the links below:

*** Update 2006 - links now removed. Sorry, you'll just have to buy the album!! ***

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12th Jan 2005 Photos from the Christmas gig, news of upcoming gig, and 3 more demos

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Happy New Year! The Bastard had much fun during the festive period, starting the day before the Barley Sheaf gig with the now customary group trawl around the charity shops of Liskeard, in search of suits and hats to dress ourselves in during our performance. Martin went for the old man's tweed trilby whilst Russell was lucky enough to find a rather fetching brown deerstalker. Unfortunately, Ben's head was too big for any of the hats that were found so he had to go without, and Chris was branded a "square" and berated for being "tied to society" due to his reluctance to join in with the shenanigans.

The gig itself was a great success, even if the interior decor and lighting of the Barley did make it look like some kind of BNP rally-cum-devil worshipping ceremony. New songs were unveiled by the bucketload and included Jack Jackanory, I Think She Thinks I Fancy Her, and There And Back (which was hastily learnt on the day of the gig, but still managed to rock quite mightily). Long-time fan and mentor Paul Program was invited onstage to lend his vocal/keyboard talents to his own Cher Practised Coldplay, as well as a slightly wonky cover of The Smiths' This Charming Man. Thanks to everyone who turned up - it was a great night and we hope to do it again whenever we're all back in Cornwall (summer, perhaps?) To view the pick of the photos from the night, as well as the full set list, head on over to the gigs page right away.

Also on the gigs page, you'll find news of the band's upcoming date supporting The Furious Sleep at the Man On The Moon in Cambridge. We're aiming to begin the new year as we left off the last one, so this should be a top show - The Furious Sleep are easily one of our favourite local bands and always put a lot of energy into their frenzied performances. Be there!

Last but not least, we've also uploaded three new tracks to the various demo pages. These are:

-Company uploaded to Martin's demos
-Jack Jackanory uploaded to Martin's demos
-Sweet Cold Embrace uploaded to Ben's demos

Company is one of our best new songs, and has quickly found its place as the opener in our live set. If nothing else, make sure you at least check this one out, as it's a pretty good sounding little demo that Martin has put together there.

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