We're super excited to announce that our next single will be 'Blood Is Thicker', which will be released digitally on June 22. You'll be able to get it from all the usual streaming services, as well as the DROMA Records store.
On the same day we'll be playing at the Local Live Showcase in Biddulph. There are still tickets available so make sure you buy some if you're free. It'll be a great night, streamed live on Facebook by the delightfully plump Fat Pigeon Live.
What an amazing weekend! We played two incredible shows, headlining Friday night in Birmingham and then an opening slot at The Underground on Saturday night. Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket and came out on some very wet and cold nights.
The running project that Gary and JT have started was meant to have its first chapter completed on Sunday morning, but due to the rubbish weather the Stafford Half Marathon has been pushed back to April. However, we did manage to record some documentary interviews that will form the backbone of the film about running and being in a band.
We are back live on May 1 at The Glebe, Stoke and then Lymelight Festival a few days later. We're starting work on our next batch of songs, with a view to release a single in the next couple of months.
This weekend is going to be another glorious slice of Ishmael action.
Last call for tickets to our gig on Friday (16 March) at The Victoria, Birmingham. Buy them from our store or ask us to put some behind the door for you. Oh and if you can't make Friday then come to our gig the following day in Stoke at The Underground, you'll be needing tickets for that one as well.
Just one other thing. On Friday we're starting work on a crazy project. Frontman Gary Wilcox and axeman JT will be running a number of half marathons (and some assorted 10ks etc) in 2018 whilst creating an accompanying mini-documentary that looks at the parallels between long distance running and being in an independant pop band. No jokes, there are A LOT.
There are a number of reasons for wanting to do this, but probably the most important is that we wrote a song about running for our last album, so there's definitely some cross over that will create mad dollar for the band. Somehow.
We will tell you more on Friday. See you there.
The band were an emotional wreck on Friday. We had members stranded on the mean streets of Kings Heath, others carrying all their gear on the train and a saviour in the very likely shape of Adrian Tasker who battled the elements to get two of the band to Congelton Unplugged. Our gig for the festival was great, a tight blast through two 45 minute sets of our acoustic tunes.
Stressful start aside this weekend was a high point for the band. Throughout Saturday we wrote and demo'd new material - including the blistering 'Blood is Thicker', which will be released as single in the coming months. In the evening we played a packed show at the Market Vaults, with support from the king of Stoke-on-Trent Merrym'n.
Saturday's gig was amazing and we're really thankful for all those who braved the rubbish weather to come and listen to us. We hope you enjoyed it?
Come down to either of these if you can.
Spring 2018 is looking like a mighty season for all of us on the good ship Ishmael. We have four gigs in March and our annual practice / song writing session. So expect some new material in our set list.
We're covering some decent ground across the middle of the country during this string of dates. If you're in Birmingham then please come to our gig at The Victoria on Friday 16 March (tickets.) For Stoke / Stafford people there's plenty to pick from, why not come to all of them?
We're very excited to get back out there. See you on the road...or seas...the metaphors get a little mixed.
It's been a great year for the good ship Ishmael. We released an album in May that has been well received by people and has set a standard for what comes in 2018.
On Tuesday 5 December we will be playing our last gig of the year at The Glebe in Stoke. Support will be in the shape of Jay Johnson. Come down and celebrate with us.
For more details go to the Facebook event page.