I don’t do covers very often. Infact, it’s probably one of the main reasons why my guitar playing is nowhere near as good as it should be given the length of time I’ve actually been doing it. Reproducing other people’s songs just isn’t something that comes naturally.

Anyway, sometimes these things just happen.

Back in another life and another band I shared a stage with these chaps, and it struck a chord tonight for a whole set of reasons, and I thought I’d have a bash.

Check out my massacre of ‘Moving to New York’ by the Wombats below.

moving to ny by unexpectedbowtie

The best kind of songs are the ones that you can still play with friends in the pitch black on a beach after too much alcohol.

One set of commitments has finished for the next few months, and another set have taken its place. There never seems to be the balance that lets you survive to a reasonable degree whilst leaving space and time for music, or other… stuff that’s done purely for the love of it.

Once things settle down, hopefully there’ll be some tangible progress on the whole collaborative-sample-thing. The wonderful FOE have agreed to send some bits and pieces over, which is incredibly brilliant. You should have a follow of them over on their site.

Infact, they’re so good that you should watch the video below. Hannah plays all of the instruments on the record herself…. parallels to the bowtie, although I can’t claim to be quite as good looking as she is.

In a wonderful development, the gloriously helpful lady at the Subway depot called me up to say that my keys had been found.

Almost as good as that itself was the wonderful symbolism in the fact that they were handed in in Govan.

To celebrate this, I finished off a track with a long name.. (as well as a Jack Daniels or two)

‘be suspicious of well written lines (they’re the ones they’ve practised)’

is listed up above, along with the others.

For many years I’ve listened in to SongFight! where people write and record a song to a pre-given title within the space of one week.

It caused much anguish since a) I had no recording gear to speak of b) Writing a song in that space of time that I didn’t hate would have been like parting the red sea.

So with much pomp and ceremony, this week I submitted my first ever songfight song – ‘Crashing Cars, Awarding Stars’, and would like to call upon you fine people to go and vote for it.

I don’t win the chance to go on a world tour, or to ‘shadow an NME photographer for a night’; there’s no sexy women in g-strings waiting, and definitely no champagne. All there is is the sweet sweet taste of success.

So, instead of clicking refresh on Facebook, why not head over and vote for unexpected bowtie?

Hello.

After a year and a half in the musical wilderness, I’ve managed to get over the deep-rooted lovehate relationship I had developed with my guitar to come up with this latest endeavour.

It’ll involve mandolins, glockenspiels and other wonderful things, and is thanks in no small part to the influence of Mr. Toby Hayes of ‘Shoes and Socks Off’ – pictured above enjoying a jacuzzi next to my bespectacled self.

Have a listen to ‘smoke and rabbits’ here, and check back to see what might unfold.