Bug Prentice

New demo: Spoons
September 24, 2011, 4:48 pm
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I recorded this demo yesterday, using my new bass guitar. One day it will become a Bug Prentice track, where Ruth will play it much better than I did. Until then, enjoy.


New demo: Moustache
September 14, 2011, 8:39 pm
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A lo-fi little demo not to be taken at all seriously. Inspired by this clip from People’s Court, I wrote this song a while ago and promptly forgot all about it until today, when I found the guitar parts saved somewhere on my computer. I quickly recorded the vocal, mixed it and uploaded it for your pleasure / derision.

Backwards on the Radio
January 24, 2011, 10:27 am
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Recently we have received some strange comments about our music. While we do have a soft spot for unusual time signatures and dissonant chords, I don’t consider Bug Prentice especially “difficult.” So I was surprised when Stephen McCleod wrote that we “walk the line between genius and disaster” in his recent ArtRocker review of Nicholas Ray.

On Saturday evening, that very track was featured on BBC Oxford Introducing, as one of their Highlights of the Uploader. Once again we were accused of rampant experimentalism, with Sam King suggesting, “with a bit more structure and perhaps a little less experimentation, it could be a bit more easy to listen to.”

And then I heard the music they were discussing.

It was backwards.

Yes, I had accidentally uploaded a reversed version of the song, having made one in a moment of idle curiosity. After tweeting of my embarrassment, BBC Oxford Introducing presenter Dave Gilyeat was kind enough to reassure me that “a Bug Prentice track played backwards is better than over half the stuff we get sent.” He also agreed to play Nicholas Ray forwards on next week’s show.

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Not Yet:
A new rough demo, which will eventually become a Bug Prentice track.

New demo: Just Do Anything?
June 14, 2010, 12:42 pm
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Just Do Anything?
a demo by Ally

Many of my recent songwriting efforts have been inspired by Hollywood, from Woody Allen to Nicholas Ray. This one is a short, silly tribute to the great Orson Welles. Mahh, the French…

Note: I recommend downloading the MP3, the streaming version sounds a little odd to me.

New demo: Room On His Own
June 10, 2010, 12:17 pm
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Room On His Own (working title)
a rough demo by Ally

This song has been clunking about in my skull for years, but it wasn’t until recently I managed to concoct a satisfactory demo. The lyrics are adapted from an overheard conversation regarding a kleptomaniac seagull and anecdotes about the dark impulses of children, lest you fear for my sanity.