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Blinking and Breathing

Upcoming gigs


Saturday 25 July, 9pm – House of Machines, 9pm, Free Entry. 84 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town
Sunday 9th August, 7pm – House Concert, Spaansgemacht River Road, Constantia – call Simon on 083 503 9328 for details
Thursday 3rd September, 8pm – Album Launch and ‘Song a week’ exhibition opening, Youngblood gallery, 70-72 Bree Street, Cape Town
Friday 2nd October, 7pm – Alma Cafe, 20 Alma Road, Rosebank – call 021 685 7377 for bookings

News

‘A song a week’ exhibition

We’re very excited about a new project which has risen out of the ‘song a week’ project. Band manager Zanri Kritzinger has commissioned 52 illustrations, one for each song, by illustrator Sanet Stegmann. Each illustration is inspired by the song and includes a selection of lyrics, and will be framed in a special frame that includes a CD of the song. We’re in negotiations with youngblood gallery (70-72 Bree Street, Cape Town) to open the exhibition in conjunction the launch of the album, on Thursday the 3rd of September.


New album in production

Simon, Ross and producer Chris Tuck are busy recording the best of the ‘song a week’ songs for the new album. Because there are so many great songs from the blog, it looks like it’s going to have to be a double album. As far as possible we’ll be using the beautifully recorded blog versions on the album, adding further instrumentation where necessary, but also re-recording a few from scratch. The working title for the album is ‘Partly cloudy and mild with scattered thundershowers’. Check out the photos from our first session on the photos page.


A song a week

In February this year, Simon completed his “song a week” project, where he wrote a song every week for 52 weeks. The results are all up on the blog, beautifully recorded by Chris Tuck: www.asongaweek.simonvangend.com.


New video

Our first official video for the new album is getting some heavy traffic on youtube. Produced by Ross Campbell, filmed in Simon’s kitchen, here’sAm I the Worm?

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