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Hello kids,

We’ve updated the Coosticks Website. It’s all spangly and new.

Listen to and even own some original Coosticks music, check out the photo galleries and the Live Notice posters, watch a sprightly collection of live performances, stare in slight disbelief at the vaguely impossible Levitating Man, check out our live dates and come see us play (see Live Notices below, next one’s tonight at The Nelson Tavern in Mudeford from 8pm), grab yourself some free wallpapers for your desktops and lose yourself in the varied images on offer every time you turn your computer on.

We hope you like it.


G @ Coosticks HQ


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Juxtaposition and the endless…

Blue Nile again. In Saturday Night, they seem to sing, “a quarter to five when the storefronts are closed in paradise”. I love the juxtaposition of the time, the shops and paradise – it grabs my attention every time the song gets to that point. Words are so powerful sometimes.

One thing that we commented on several times during our recording stint the other week, was how the possibilities just go on and on. You add one note, one voice singing a word, one pluck of a string and you can then go a million ways with it. I felt those possibilities as we composed together and it was really exciting. But they also become fewer as you add more to the song. I Want You Bad is a good example. As I added instruments and riffs and voices, I realised it was shaping into something more intricate than this:

I Want You Bad

but each time I added something, I was having to get more specific with it in order to make it fit. And I love that! I love the honing of something you’ve created into something that ultimately will be more refined if you’ve done it right.

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Everything Changes When The Red Light Goes On

During the first week of January, I spent three days with a friend making music. We started to mess around with stuff that I had done preliminary recordings of and we composed a new track together. That was really exciting. Also, when we played a small segment of the new composition, we got what could be a second track too. Each of the days was a fairly intense 10 – 13 hour stint during which we managed to attack 4 or 5 songs which is amazing and they sound incredible already. I had a vision of these songs being very acoustic but when we started to put down electric guitars, everything came to life. It’s been a very exciting start to the year.

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Camden Bar Set List – 12th December 2011

Four Seasons In One Day

I Want You Bad

Somebody To Love

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Coo Vid

Here’s a couple of video clips of my last outing to Camden, one of mine and one of Elton’s – enjoy!




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Winter Wonderland

I’ve been enjoying Gemma Hayes’ album Let It Break, her best since her first, along with Bon Iver’s second album and Bombay Bicycle Club’s A Different Kind Of Fix, but my favourite album of the year has to be 50 Words For Snow by Kate Bush.

I bought it yesterday, unsure of how much I would enjoy it based on the reviews that cast a disapproving eye over the ‘casting’ of Elton John and Stephen Fry.

Five listens in and I absolutely love it.

It’s slow and spacious. The piano seems the perfect instrument to conjure up cold, glacial weather and yet, as many reviewers have said, the whole album has a warmth about it, as though it is wrapping you up against the cold. This may have to do with the recording itself, the sound of the instruments is exquisitely deep, subtely and expertly played, Kate’s voice soulful and emotional throughout.

The opening track is a wonderful way to start. Kate’s son delivers an openly naive vocal performance on Snowflake with moments of enunciation that echo the emotional depth with which his mother sings, especially on the line, “look up and you’ll see me” at 7.53.

I was completely thrown by Wild Man when I first heard it a few weeks ago. Not for the first time with a Kate Bush track, I didn’t expect what I heard at all and could hardly comprehend it until the third or fourth listen.

The album seems to have sonic nods (very subtle ones, mind you) to Aerial and Hounds Of Love and on the title track the kind of idosyncratic idea that made Pi so appealing lyrically on Aerial and Stephen Fry’s performance is wonderful, he’s surely the only person who could have done it with such a perfect mix of reverence and humour, and with that almighty voice. Elton also delivers a performance that ranks among the best of the latter part of his career on the highly emotive Snowed In At Wheeler Street.

I came to the same conclusion as Radio 4’s John Wilson during his interview with Kate, that “Misty” is not an actual snowman. It is in keeping with Kate’s lyrical interest in love and sensuality and feels like a centre to the album – it feels like the flip side to Aerial and a lot of the album reminds me of my favourite track on Aerial, A Coral Room, which is perhaps why I love the album so much.

This album takes me away to somewhere wonderful, the tunes are slow and soft and have a melancholy that, rather than being depressing, seems loaded to the brim with hope and possibility. It works beautifully as a long, languorous whole and further confirms that there are no artists out there who can be appointed ‘the new Kate Bush’ because there’s only Kate Bush herself and then those who pretend in her shadow.

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Some days you’re up… #1

I wrote about Monday straight after but it was too soon. I didn’t get to nail, in words, the feeling that the evening gave me. It was a real shock to find I wasn’t going to be plugged in. At the point of singing it was great because you know that what comes out your mouth is what is hitting the people opposite you, even if I did over-compensate during the first chorus of Secret Heart and wail a bit. When you’re miked up there’s always a period of time, usually half a song where you’re accustomising to your voice coming out the monitors or to the sound people honing things and it means you can’t quite get into the performing straight away, or that’s my experience anyway. Here, it was like singing in your bedroom, albeit a big, beautifully decorated bedroom with a bar and lots of attractive people in it. Come to think of it, that sounds like the kind of bedroom I could get on with. The whole evening had a ‘singing round the campfire’ feel to it, no egos, no competing, just everyone having a go and I loved it. I also love the look of the place, the posters, the art by people I know (and whose work I really like), the really cool photo of Reg, the poet and the light teasing I’ve received ever since for running after her. I imagine it vaguely feeling like places in the sixties might have done, a small, bohemian club with creative people letting it out for a short while, just in order to do it. Great stuff.

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