Welcome to our practice studio….
We’ve been using this place since about January and I have to say I love it. Nice clear PA system, plenty of space, funky lights and a gigantic mirrored wall. It’s not just for being vain, it makes it way better for me as normally I have to spend gigs staring at the back of Roger and Charlie’s heads.
Anyway, having a room like this to come back to is getting quite important for us. Since we’re such a tiny band we used to have stripped back acoustic practices without any amplification: fun… great for songwriting… but it misses out that ‘on-stage’ experience that you only get from going through a proper sized PA system. Sure it’s loud, and you get that horrible whining feedback if someone points a mic in the wrong direction, but its the only way you can really know what that new song is going to sound like before you hit an actual stage.
We’ve been writing a bit more recently, so hopefully once we’ve tried out some new stuff in this room, we’ll be ready to play it at one of our regular London circuit venues. In gig news, we’re all looking forward to our gig at the 02 Islington Academy2 on the 28th of September, so make sure you’ve got it pinned down in your diary. The aim is to pack the place full of NP fans and have a massive party. We’ll send out an update to everyone the moment the tickets go on sale. Can’t wait to try out some new stuff there too.
Oh an you might notice the sideways snare drum at the front of the room… Charlie wants to do something more interesting with his feet so I’ve given him a snare drum. It sounded pretty cool in practice so now we just need to work it into a song. After he’s done that I guess i’ll be fired…