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THE LAST HURDLE

On the train heading to the studio up near Cambridge to do some writing and recording. The sun is flickering and flashing through the trees and windows on the train, that’s a certain way to trigger a migraine. I’ve had to put my sunglasses on, I look a bit like a jackal with my black hat, black puffa coat and now black sunglasses, I have no intentions of starting a fire and I’m not carrying anything illegal. I’ve been on a blog lull of late and haven’t entered anything since the big slab of photographic evidence from The Quest for Mont Blanc. That seems far away now but I know she is still there waiting and taking anybody who chooses to attempt to summit and touch the top of her head. So from the open space way up on top of western Europe’s highest point to the crammed stuffy germ filled carriages of trains zooming to the capital of England. Nobody wants to sit next to someone else, including me if I’m honest and I’ve been carrying the lurgy for a few weeks now. Starting from my nose to my head, then my limbs and now my chest, which is just where I didn’t want it to set up phloem camp. Its hit me hard enough to have to cancel my final endurance test of the year which was my first ultra marathon of forty five miles down on the Dorset coast this Saturday. I’m truly gutted, I wanted to sign the year off with a big test and now I cant and it’s made me itchy and irritable. Fuck you germy virus fucks. Get out and don’t come back no more.

I’m not sure why I’ve not blogged of late, maybe I’ve been doing too much and finding the actual time to sit and write out what’s happened seems like a memory slog . A few random past thoughts are – Touring with BirdPen across Europe was like the miles we covered, some were long and slow and some went quickly and I enjoyed most of the ride, a record new zero funds made on the merchandise in Stockholm, a blown tire on the Autobahn, shady Czech traffic cops, horrible Swiss border Nazi’s, tambourine thief’s in Berlin, chocolate cake in Bern, happy faces at the front of the crowd, serious arm crossers at the front of the crowd, nobody at the front of the crowd. Dancing till dawn, coffee and doughnuts, good luck charms, welcoming promoters, backstage invaders, going deaf and vomiting, needing sleep and needing more sleep. The birds will always find the antennas and we will continue to transmit.

I’m on route to the studio to record vocals and guitars for new Archive material, Darius and I spent a day together last week demoing some ideas which I’m exited about, we then spent six hours watching a world war two three part drama and ate lots of food. Perhaps we were fuelling up for the oncoming fuzz marathon of playing live in 2015. Next year will be full on from what I can see and the new album, which is called Restriction, is out January 2015. It will be great to get it out there on the road. So 2015 will bring a whole wedge packed whack of new sounds. I will have three albums out by the end of spring. Archive – Restrictions in January BirdPen – In The Company Of Imaginary Friends in March and We are Bodies in April of which The Kendal mad man Robin Foster and I just mastered this wonderful album in Abbey road. Always a special place to work and topped off nicely by getting to see Underworld perform live straight to Vinyl in Studio one, what a nice way to celebrate finishing the album. Sometimes my job is truly the best job in the world! I don’t know how I’m going to remember all the words I have written though.

Final words and am gonna close this one, I’m DJ’ing with the Manglebird and a bunch of dear friends this Saturday, then off Warsaw and Berlin for Restrictions playback party’s next week. I have to admit I’m gutted my legs wont hurt, guess I’ll open the sets with Road to Nowhere by Talking heads. I am Dave Pen

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6 responses

  1. Don’t worry Dave. 2015 will be a beautiful mountain in your life! wonderful music, great tour, nature whatever you want. we talked together after beautiful birdpen show in Cologne. What a fantastic new album. Amazing music!
    I am not Dave Pen. I am Caminopilger Heiner, walking the mountains from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela in may 2015. See you in Maastricht and Cologne next year. Take care!

    December 4, 2014 at 10:22 am

  2. Jeff

    Hi Dave,
    Sorry for you, that you had to cancel your ultramarathon … 100% in condition fit is complusary of course! myself , happy to keep 12km/h for a 15km run.
    About BirdPen’ shows, once again , thank you for the pure pleasure i had during these true performances (Lifeline, Like a mountain, Lost it … ) come back asap in Belgium
    Waiting now for Restriction, excited as usual
    Take care until then

    December 4, 2014 at 1:19 pm

  3. Glynn

    Nothing like Mangling a few Birds , is there ? X

    December 4, 2014 at 4:05 pm

  4. Francois

    Thanks for the news! Take care of you.

    December 5, 2014 at 4:23 am

  5. Get well soon and watch those ballons…….;)

    December 5, 2014 at 12:02 pm

  6. Christelle

    I Dave,
    Thank you so much for these very “good” news. 2015 will be a good year for you and the music 😉 I hope to see you with Archive in Nantes or Rennes (or Nantes AND Rennes… I don’t know).
    My new brittany life offer me some gigs next to me and i’m so happy for that. Maybe I will see you with Robin next to the sea 😉
    I wish you the best.
    Don’t forget to sleeping and have time for you 😉 Take care of you. Cheer up!
    Hope to see you soon.
    Christelle

    December 10, 2014 at 7:43 am

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