A Year in Review as Chunky looks back on 2006.
A young family, moving house...And 2006 also saw us setting things up musically, i.e. home recording equipment, new microphones, a new drum kit, a new guitar and so on, a need to get our musical environment sorted and letting the creative juices flow...
It's also about being musically in control, let our independence reign on!! The internet has certainly helped us with that; we can now record our own songs, and put them straight out there on the web cutting out the big record company. Our virtual stage enabling us to hit a large number of people with over 4,000 of you visiting us on this site alone last year. Thank you!!
The rise of the download has also been a highlight of last year with our first single Pensioners Watch TV being downloaded all around the world, through sites including iTunes, and Napster.
We have had the opportunity to work and get together with some great musicians. As well as guitar master, Egly Lucas who featured on our 2004 single, ‘Pensioners watch TV', honouree Chunky member, Mairead Kelly has continued to play Irish harp with us both live and on recording. Her playing continues to excite and subtly move the songs away from the indie rock world. We did venture out in the summer for some afternoon shows where we were also joined by Raj Padam on percussion and would you believe contemporary dancers Inma & Ursula. The dancing was amazing and we hope to link up with them in the future. It was also great to meet up with Gavin Moore, Diane Ward and Tadhg Cooke, who came along for the ride. Great music and big thanks to them for being part of it.
Our live shows were cut right back, mainly with the addition of our young baby. With both being in the band, breast feeding and lack of sleep. It all took its toll. We had to cancel a few shows. Without a CD to promote it's just hard work. Without radio play and reviews it's an uphill struggle, so we just backed away from the scene (man).
We linked up with Jack Rabelais, who Carl worked with in 4,000,000 telephones over twenty years ago! Jack worked away on two of our tracks, ‘Suicide Bomber' and ‘Price You Pay', adding tapes, samples and treatments before mixing them - a very exciting collaboration, moving us forward, like a space ship...so we released the downloadable only double single, ‘ Suicide Bomber' and ‘Price you pay' . This was not a release as such, more of an opportunity to get something out there and for a limited time, making it available to download free (the hippy in us wanted it that way).
We were interviewed on 96FM in Cork and they played ‘Suicide Bomber' which will be featured on our E.P. ‘Clowns' in 2007.
Not quite neglecting Chunky, but lets just say a finger in all pies....Carl played drums for the first time with his old band 4,000,000 telephones in November as part of a the re-release of their album which they did 21 years ago. The band also recorded a session for a New York based radio show.
So bring on 2007. The story continues....