Monthly Archives: September 2011

Numbers Station – new Kowa Axis live album.

Long time no blog.

Life’s been very busy of late. Real life, work, slowly becoming a freelancer, appearances on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ (yep, really, on the sofa), but not much new material.

I’ve been recording the odd idea here-and-there, but nothing along the lines of what I’ve released before.

I want Kowa Axis to be flexible enough to take on different formats. It could have phases where other musicians are involved, where the music can take on a more ‘song-based’ structure. I might do it, I might not. My decision.

In the meantime, a few people have been badgering me to release a live recording, so I have.

Recorded in London in mid-June 2011, in front of a very patient audience, I give you; Numbers Station. Unlike ‘Live & Dangerous’, and probably every other official live album ever, this one contains no overdubs. There are a couple of edits, that I’ll admit. At one point between…er… ‘pieces’, someone seemed to use a fire door right by a microphone. It kept freaking me out when I was listening back on headphones, as it sounded like someone was walking round my house, so I’ve removed it, lest you suffer the same terrible fear. I probably should have left it in to be all Judas Priest subversive, but it’s too late now.

The only other cut was a tiny section where I laid down possibly the worst ever performance of the verse riff from Van Halen’s ‘Hot For Teacher’, following a request from the audience…*sigh*. I removed this more for reasons of vanity really. I’ve been really enjoying the ‘Best Of Both Worlds’ guitar tab book of late, if only they’d shouted ‘Jamie’s Cryin’ or ‘Why Can’t This Be Love’.

You can stream it using the link above or go to the Bandcamp page to download it FOR FREE! Obviously I would be a millionaire by now if I was charging for these songs, such is the universal appeal of my music. Music, that brings nations together and could possibly end wars. But I do this for you, not for material gain.

There are technically three songs on the album, but in all honesty, I felt it was more pretentious to try to come up with three track titles months after the tracks were improvised than it was to put out a single 24 minute long track.

The album title refers to something that is equal parts intriguing and terrifying.

Get Googling and find out more.