Official Secret Shine News: What news from the Secret Shine camp?
- Sad news first. Keith Girdler of Blueboy sadly passed away on 15 May
after a battle against cancer. I can't say that I knew Keith very
we played lots of gigs with Blueboy back in the early/mid nineties and
Blueboy's first single `Clearer' came out on Sarah on the same day as
first EP `After Years'. I remember talking to Keith around that time
both of us sharing similar excitement about our records. Despite the
differing musical directions of our respective bands, Keith and
wrote some really beautiful, melodic pop songs and we're hugely
amongst the Sarah `set' and beyond. Our thoughts and condolences go
his friends and family.
June 7th was Secret Shine's first and last gig of 2007. Thanks to
who turned up to the Louisiana in Bristol. It was a great night and we
really enjoyed airing a couple of the new album tracks. Also playing
night were The Great Admirers and Vincent Callan; both artistes have
recently released material on the Secret Shine `communal' label
`Razorblade'. If you want to find out more about these two acts then
their myspace sites (myspace.com/thegreatadmirers and
A week after our gig I found myself back in the Louisiana watching the
Beatnik Filmstars - a band who I hadn't seen since Secret Shine
them back in 1995!! It was great to see some familiar faces, even if
looking a little older...and that includes myself - the hairs that are
failing out of my head these days are grey :( Also on the bill that
we're a Bristol band called `Countryside'. I was vaguely familiar
having met them at a soundcheck last year but I'd never seen them
their set. I have to tell you I was blown away by this band. They
elements of Flaming Lips, Grandaddy and the shoegaze thing, as well
grunge and invention of the Pixies. Their songs have those grandiose,
to-die-for hooks but are also allowed to meander and hover in the
I've since met Stephen from the band and he's a top bloke. I'm hoping
persuade them to release a record on Razorblade, if they're not
by some major before I get the chance!
But back to all things Secret Shine. It's pretty exciting here at the
moment. The album tracks are starting to really `grow' (not in length
stature of course) in rehearsals and we can't wait to start recording.
We're scheduled to record in September with an album release date
certainly for Jan 2008. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to divulge
but an American deal is pretty much in place for the release and we
actually have some UK label interest - even if slightly vague at the
moment. Because of our intentions to get this album recorded and out
`properly' then all live plans for 2007 have been scrapped, including
planned trip back to America in November...BUT, we've started to
love the live thing so we intend 2008 to be one big Secret Shine
well, if nothing else then a US tour is imminent. Wherever you are -
your bags and come and join us there!
And as I write this it's Sunday evening, June 24th. Jamie, Dean and
are all at Glastonbury watching The Who or Shirley Bassey in the
rain up to their knees in mud. We're only a few miles from Glasto
Bristol and as the latest storm passed over my house I texted Dean to
of it's imminent arrival. `It's already here' was his down-hearted
know I sound smug sat in my cosy house watching the Glastonbury tv
as yet another NME favourite take to the stage to play their set by
but I'm not sure if this festival holds any real magic any more. It's
probably age or cynicism, or just nostalgic reflection on the couple
times I went in the early nineties when the current breed of
Doherty-chasing music fans we're still the minority.
This week it's my thirty sixth birthday and I'm not saying that to
encourage birthday greetings or presents (an ipod would be cool) but I
realise I've been part of Secret Shine now for 16 years!
Next time I get in touch I'm hoping it'll be to tell you that, after
long, we'll be uploading some more downloadable stuff on to the site,
including some clips from our trip to America last year.
Until then, take it easy
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