Sunday, August 21, 2005

Pukkelpop trivia

Robin was the last artist to be interviewed in the live Pukkelpop broadcast by Studio Brussel. Strangely enough Robin hung around in their studio when they wheeled in the champagne right after his interview. How odd! ;-)

During the Pukkelpop sound check Robin treated us with a part of a new song he wrote. I only managed to decipher parts of the lyrics but it sounded as great as ever. It lyrics seemed to have a sort of religious them: “I’m glad that you found Jesus” and “God knows…” but I’m pretty sure that as usual there’s gonna be a twist somewhere.
Talking about new songs and the new album: the last hurdle seems to be getting the whole band in the studio at the same time. Once that is accomplished recording can begin.

Robin was recently dubbed “Mr White” by Jonathon Donahue of Mercury Rev fame. Anyone who’s seen the photos from this summer’s gigs, knows why.

Funnily enough when I was typing the Pukkelpop review the song “Fly, Robin, fly” (by Silver Convention) came on the radio! I kid you not.
“Fly, robin fly
Fly, robin fly
Fly, robin fly
Up, up to the sky”

My review and many more will be added to the tour section in the next few days…

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Frequenze Disturbate

Last weekend Sophia played a gig in the beautiful settings of Urbino, Italy. Judging from the reviews I managed to track down, they played in a sort of acoustic setting with just Robin and his guitar, the string section and a double bass. Robin played acoustic versions of 'Bastards' and 'Oh my love' (which was dedicated to Adele Bethel of Sons And Daughters) without any amplification during a power blackout. This was the first time that 'oh my love' was played with just a guitar.
I had hoped for a rendition of 'You only tell me you love me when you're drunk' with Adele, but alas. Maybe at Pukkelpop!

Talking of Pukkelpop, I wonder if someone is currently packing her flaming red wig and maracas...

Anyway there are already some great pics of the Urbino gig in the tour section and I should get some more soon.
BTW, the internet can be a funny thing sometimes. I just came across a 'review' of a 3AM party in an Urbino bar with Robin Proper-Sheppard and the guys Echo and the Bunnymen. Alas no pictures. ;-)

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Hooked up #4

it's that time of month again:
'Hooked Up #4' (La Merika's club night)
This Thursday night, 4th August 2005
93 Dean Street
(Just off Oxford St, opposite Tesco)
Soho, London
8:30pm - 1am

DJ's from La Merika, Robin Proper-Sheppard (The God Machine/Sophia) and other special guest DJ's will be playing records from the Stooges/Brian Jonestown Massacre/The Duke Spirit/Jesus and Marychain/BRMC/Dylan/Smashing Pumpkins/Joy Division/Echo and the Bunnymen/swervedriver depending on who's djing at the time!

The new La Merika single 'Go Let the Shadows Die/Hooked Up' will be played in it's entirety for the first time ever! The 7" is scheduled for a Fall release on the Flower Shop Recordings.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Pukkelpop time-table

Pukkelpop have just released full time-tables for the festival. They're still subject to changes (there's always a number of bands that cancel) but it's a start.
The Marquee line-up has changed a bit: Morcheeba got a different spot and Ghinzu has been added. Sophia is still headlining and get the 22:30-23:45 spot which means they have a 75 minutes set.
There's no big overlaps with other good bands: only a tiny bit of Nick Cave and The Dresden Dolls, so that's ok.
Check a large jpg of the Saturday time-table right HERE.