We haven’t written a blog in a while as we’ve been going through some changes and finding a way to make music more part of every day rather than something to squeeze in around everything else. It’s a scary move… fear of the unknown, not helped by endless features on the music industry being dead and there being no money in music etc, but it’s the only choice that makes sense and in the words of “What If”, a song on our new EP out next month: “What if it’s great, what if it’s not? We’ll give it all we’ve got!”
Watching this TED talk by Amanda Palmer on The Art of Asking, really spoke to us as someone making a stand against the negativity and naysayers, against the focus on album sales and money as signs of success and taking music back to what it should be about - the quality of the music itself and the connection with the fans of your music. Listening to the people who want to listen to you and asking them for help. There are some bands out there doing that really well - The Robbie Boyd Band and Matthew & Me are great examples - and the response they get back from fans proves it.
So in the spirit of asking we would like your help… you that are reading this blog and listening to Light Falls Forward. We’d like to know what you would like to see and hear from us and the music so that we can share more with you? We’d like to keep growing and writing and playing and sharing. We’d like to play all over the world, in unusual and unique venues, outside in the sunshine in fields, meeting people and discovering new music … maybe we’ll even get ourselves a LFF camper van. We’d like to make some videos that help tell the stories in our songs. We’d like to create music that helps you escape from the madness, that makes you smile or cry or both, that gives you goose bumps, that makes you feel as happy inside as it makes us when we make it. If you have ideas for places to play, if you know people who put on great nights we should talk to, if there are songs you think we should add bits to or songs you’d like to hear us cover, ideas for videos and people that make them, extras you’d like included on CDs, things you’d like to know… let us know on here or Facebook or via email. The image on here is one we’re thinking of for our next EP called ‘Sleeptalking’ - what do you think?
The next year is going to be an adventure and who knows where we’ll end up? But we hope you’ll be there with us along the way. We are going to give it our all and get a bit better at telling you about it too. This bit is the difficult bit, thinking about all the other stuff that surrounds the music and not just getting lost in our own world of writing and recording which you could do forever. To remember to eat, phone home, spend time with friends, walk in the country, look at the clouds, watch TED talks, watch movies, sleep…. inspiration comes from the space in between doing, and from listening. Thank you all for listening to us! LFF
Hi guys, we looked back at our diaries and realised that 2012 had been a big year for us so we thought we’d have a look back and see what hijinks we’d gotten up to.
We kicked off the year with our Debut EP - Songs & Shadows, which we had spent the end of last year recording at the lovely FIsh Factory Studios in Willesden Green. It was a great feeling to get people we loved into a studio and to spend a whole weekend just doing what we want to do forever.
This was our first go at touring and it was pretty intense! We played in five different countries in ten days, met a lot of wonderful people and played in some great venues. We did it because we wanted to see some old friends and thought “why not combine that with gigging as well?”. You can see some photos and read more about it here.
We’ve played some great gigs through the year and had a lot of fun doing it too. We played in the gardens at the Gallery Cafe in boiling sunshine, in the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden as part of the Urban Meadow Festival and in a mini big top at the London Orchard Festival. We also played to 7,000 scouts from around the world on the biggest stage we’ve ever played on at the Essex International Scout Jamboree, and got to play in the Palm Court at Alexandra Palace for their Summer Sessions.
Late last year we had had enough of trying to play gigs in the regular haunts with mismatched bands of varying quality and decided to set up our own nights. This started with the original “Light Up The Night” last December and we haven’t looked back. We put on two shows this year - Heartstrings and Music & Meadows - and they were great fun. We were able to ask friends of ours to play (Sea Stacks, Bleeding Heart Narrative, George Frakes and Union Starr so far…) so everyone got to see stuff that was actually good rather than submit to the lottery of band nights.
Having had such a great time touring Europe in Spring, we decided to go back in Autumn but this time just to go around one country instead of five. We went back to some places we played before and found some new places to explore as well. Every gig went brilliantly and we were given such a great reception, Cafe Galao even baked a cake for Charlie for our gig there on his birthday! We also sold all the EPs we took with us, just in time to start on the new one. You can read more about it here.
The Perfect End
We finished the year having one of our tracks - Here & Now - played on Tom Robinson’s 6Music mixtape and his evening show. We’re very happy to have been picked and hope this is the start of things to come.
We’ve also been back at the Fish Factory to start recording our second EP, Journey, which we’re very excited about and looking forward to getting to you all as soon as we can. More news on that will follow soon.
It’s back! Having had such fun last year we’re doing it again!
Light Falls Forward presents Light Up The Night at The Boogaloo – an evening of music and light to raise money for Crisis. The bands will play in darkness lit only by the light the audience brings so bring torches, head torches, lanterns, phones, keylights… whatever you have to light up the night.
With a line up of great London bands, all featured on BB6 Radio recently as part of Tom Robinson’s Mixtape series, starting with the beautiful harmonies of The Paper Shades, followed by the cinematic sounds of Sea Stacks and finishing with Light Falls Forward playing our mix of acoustic folk together with a string quartet.
It’s free entry but we are asking for donations to raise money for Crisis so please give whatever you can on the night. There will be mince pies baked by the bands on sale too to raise more money.
Doors open at 7pm and music starts at 7.30. Come and celebrate 2012 and a great cause before heading home for Christmas.
The Paper Shades – 7.30pm
Sea Stacks – 8.30pm
Light Falls Forward – 9.30pm
The Boogaloo. 312 Archway Road, N6 5AT, nearest tube Highgate.