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If You Find Yourself in London Town – new single and video

This week sees the release of Ginger’s brand new single and video for ‘If You Find Yourself In London Town’ – the cautionary tale of living in our capital city that was originally written as part of the G·A·S·S· sessions, and more recently appearing on his latest album Year Of The Fan Club, currently available from Amazon, iTunes and other good retailers, and features a selection of other great tracks from the G·A·S·S· sessions.

Says Ginger:

“The video and song is a letter to a younger me, trying to make a name for himself in the big city. What to avoid and what to watch out for.

I’d have loved to have had some advice back when I moved from the North East, but I didn’t know anyone who had moved to London before me. This meant learning on the move, which was invaluable in gaining survival tips for my future. It was a very different place then, and well worth the cost of training to navigate.”

The single is available to purchase from Amazon and iTunes, and you can also stream it on Spotify.

Record Store Day Release – From G·A·S·S with Love

For this year’s Record Store Day (Sat 16th April), Ginger releases an amazing looking Sawblade vinyl disc of songs from the G·A·S·S project: The Ones That Got Away. Limited to 1000 copies.

Track listing:
Side 1: Friends Of Bill; Bloody Knees
Side 2 That’s A Nasty Habit You’ve Got There; Petit Mort

Usual Record Store rules apply: Record Store day releases are only available through Record Store Day Shops from the date of Record Store Day. You can search for shops near to you on the Record Store Day website but are advised to contact the store direct to check whether they will be stocking the release. Stores are not permitted to reserve for customers so you will need to visit the store on Record Store day to purchase.

CUTTIG EDGE NEW MUSIC the Ginger Wildheart record is something else! @banquetRSDfeed is listing them all on Twitter

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Says Ginger – G·A·S·S was an exclusive fan-club that I set up as a year long project that promised three brand new songs a month. An album, Year Of The Fan Club, was released with my own favourites cherry picked from the years worth of songs.

Out of 36 songs, however, there were always going to be fan favourites that stylistically didn’t fit on the album, but were undoubtedly popular enough to release on their own merit. So here it is, the songs voted by the fans, together on this highly collectible piece of limited edition vinyl. When I was a kid fan clubs fascinated me, and limited edition vinyl was like porn.

Please, then, enjoy a bit of both on this soon-to-be-available-on-eBay-only-and-sold-for-a-fucking-fortune item while you can.

In fact buy two, and sell the other when the market price goes up. Once this one’s gone it’s gone.

FRIENDS OF BILL:
Written and recorded in Los Angeles, a place where the spirit of Rock n Roll has lessened in proportion to the rise of sobriety. It’s like a fucking epidemic out there, sober people playing music with sober people while bemoaning the lack of action on the strip compared to yesteryear…when everyone was three sheets to the wind, presumably. Drinkers are usually politely shunned from association with the AA brigade, the hypocrisy of which, I’m sure, is not lost on the sober mafia of famous rock stars who simply made too much money, had too many choices and picked all the wrong ones. Anyway, I’m happy to say that not everyone in LA are sobriety addicts, including the four musicians who played on this song. And the engineer. And all the friends that hung out at the studio and partied ’til dawn.

BLOODY KNEES:
The very first song recorded for the G·A·S·S sessions. And as I drove to Atherstone, towards Majestic Splendour, Jase Edwards studio, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t unusually nervous. There would be many songs recorded over this insanely busy year, but only one song was going to kick it all off, and this song would either set a high bench mark or put us all in a perilous state of doubt. Plus I was playing all the instruments in this session (although Jon Poole would later offer some incredible musical input), so the stakes were high.
Of course Jase and I have worked together on many albums, and the session went like a dream, with the amazing Givvi Flynn entertaining us all with an army of voices. While a great song it itself, I will always be most fond of this one as the on that started the whole thing rolling.

THAT’S A NASTY HABIT YOU’VE GOT THERE:
Another song recorded in the Jase Edwards session that just fell into place. Even experiencing recurring vocal issues (long term throat problems that have no seeming cause according to medical science), appeared to add to the vibe of the song. Crooning was out of the question so I asked Jase if I could just shout it in a Geordie accent, to which he replied in the positive and I set about squawking in my native tongue over a few bottles of broon. I love the final song, that spiteful vocal performance matching the subject matter perfectly.
These things aren’t only sent to try us but to change things and, possibly, make them better.

PETIT MORT:
This one came to me in the middle of the night after my father’s funeral. I rushed into the quiet kitchen to record it onto my dictaphone, turning suddenly to see a shadow standing directly in front of me. Once the electric shock of fright had activated every standing hair and bumping goose on my body, I realised it was my own reflection in my mums glass door. I had planned to sing this one myself, obviously, being as the lyrics were so personal. But then the mighty Yolanda Quartey came to the studio and asked to have a bash at it. She nailed the emotion of the lyrics in such a way that I felt the same hair raising goose bumps that I’d felt back in that quiet kitchen. At which point the song became hers. I was never going to come anywhere close to capturing the raw emotion that Yolanda so naturally poured out. While a very easy person to love anyway, I developed even more of it for Yolanda after she made this song her own.

Year of the Fanclub – Out Now!

Ginger’s new album, Year Of The Fanclub compiling the top tunes from G·A·S·S· fanclub project, is out now.

Support independent music and get in now from:
Cargo Records
Amazon
Google Play
iTunes

Or listen online at:
Spotify

If you’ve enjoyed Year of the Fanclub, G·A·S·S· is still open for new signups, with another 18 new songs, 24 demos and much, much more.

Year Of The Fanclub gets full UK and Japan release

Ginger’s new album Year Of The Fanclub, the retrospective collection of songs that came out of the year-long G·A·S·S· project, is to get its public release on 12th February.

G·A·S·S· produced 3 brand new songs every month for a 12 month period – Year Of The Fanclub showcases 12 of those 36 songs, and shows off the many talents and styles of Ginger’s song-writing talents. The tracklist looks like:

1. Down The Dip
2. Honour featuring Courtney Love
3. El Mundo (Slow Fatigue)
4. The Last Day Of Summer
5. Only Henry Rollins Can Save Us Now
6. The Pendine Incident
7. Do You?
8. If You Find Yourself In London Town
9. Toxins & Tea.
10. No One Smiled At Me Today.
11. Ostracide
12. Don’t Lose Your Tail, Girl

Rave reviews for the album have been coming in thick and fast – have a read at what others have been saying at Cack Blabbath, Maximum Volume Music, Raw Ramp, Devils Gate Media and All The Time I Was Listening.

You can pre-order it from Cargo Records and from Amazon.

There is also a Japanese release of the album, which includes 3 extra bonus tracks (Bloody Knees, Friends Of Bill and That’s A Nasty Habit You’ve Got There), and is available now from HMV.co.jp and Amazon.co.jp.

If you’ve enjoyed Year of the Fanclub, G·A·S·S· is still open for new signups, with another 18 new songs, 24 demos and much, much more.

Ginger’s London Songs & Words Show

Ginger is planning a ‘Songs & Words’ tour in the spring, to tie into his G·A·S·S· project. We’re pleased to say that the first show has been announced at London’s Leicester Square Theatre on Sun 26 April 2015. Tickets are now on-sale.

This tour is Ginger’s first combined spoken word and live performance, charting from the first Wildhearts album to the award winning 555%. It’s not a pretty story, but there is plenty of drama and a happy ending.

Ginger & Courtney Honour Video

From Ginger’s G.A.S.S. project, see Classic Rock for the exclusive video of Honour – a duet with Courtney Love, in advance of release as a single.

G.A.S.S. (Ginger Associated Secret Society) was launched earlier in the year and is updated monthly with new songs, videos, demos and masses of other new content. GASS Lite, a free taster month of the project is now available: http://g.a.s.s.co/lite

G·A·S·S· at the halfway mark

Ginger’s online secret society project, G·A·S·S, has reached the halfway point of a year’s content, leading off with the anthemic “Don’t Stop Loving The Music”. G·A·S·S has now released 18 new Ginger songs and 12 demos with the same number to come in the 2nd half of the project.

This month’s other main songs are a cover of Tim McGraw’s ‘The Whiskey and You‘, and the rifftastic ‘Ostracide’. The demos are ‘Molly O Lindy’, one of the lost Alice Cooper demos, and a thunderous cover by Ginger’s Mutation project of Venom’s ‘Bloodlust’.

Along with this, every month features podcast, video, Ginger’s diary, amazing artwork and all manner of other content! Not bad when it works out at £2.50 per month. http://g-a-s-s.co/

Here’s a few of the things that people are saying about G·A·S·S· this month:

The Perils of Percussive Penmanship

Forging ever onwards in the quest to add more gems and future classics to the already bulging catalogue of songs released to subscribers of the G•A•S•S• project, Ginger has been holed up in the studio of late along with Jake Szufnarowski and one Alastair Hercalees Duncan. As is the way with these things, being cooped up has led to between-takes fun and games – and a spot of inanimate-object abuse to which the studio hasn’t taken particularly kindly.

Ginger explains: “The studio are actually charging us for writing on this horrible little mini rack tom skin, in case future clients are offended.

I’d be more offended by being shown this toy drum in the first place.

Anyway, let’s have a G•A•S•S• competition to win it!!”

So there you have it. Keep an eye out for your chance to win the skin – a one-off item, and a bit of recording history that G•A•S•S• subscribers have the chance to get their hands on.

You can check out the membership options and subscribe to G•A•S•S• here.

G·A·S·S· month 4

Month 4 of Ginger’s online fanclub project G·A·S·S· is now available at http://g-a-s-s.co/

This month leads off with ‘Honour’ a duet with Courtney Love. Down The Dip and If You Find Yourself in London Town complete the lead songs for the month.

Here’s a live airing of If You Find Yourself In London Town from Camden Rocks earlier in the year:

The demos section includes the unexpectedly popular Melanchoholic and an early version of Begin From Within which has a wildly different arrangement from the final 555% version.

Here’s a few of the things that people are saying about G·A·S·S· this month:

Ginger’s Halloween Hootenanny

Ginger has announced a Halloween Hootenanny show at Wolverhampton Slade Rooms on the 31st October.

Tickets are on general sale from: http://www.wolvescivic.co.uk/-/show-details/102896

The show will feature the Ginger Wildheart Band, Eureka Machines, Oaf, Tropical Contact and other special guests, followed by an aftershow party with Ginger and others DJ-ing until 3am.

Ginger says: ‘I’m very excited to present my first Halloween special, an event that I hope will develop into a Midlands tradition if this one goes well.

I’m gathering together six of my absolute favourite bands to perform, including Eureka Machines, Scaramanga Six and The Ginger Wildheart Band, and there will be an aftershow party with the likes of myself, Chris Catalyst, Rich Jones and Random Jon Poole acting as resident DJs for the night.

Don’t make any plans for the next day, this Halloween we plan on bringing the biggest party of the year.’