The End Of The Pier
06/05/07 @ 04:33 PM post a comment
Live performance video of Spillage shot at rehearsal evening in Wraysbury. Original song 'End of the Pier', a tale of love, murder, justice and a trip to the seaside....
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Theo McCleod (Vocals & Percussion) and Graeme Gleaves (Guitars, Mandolin, Ukulele) make up Spillage. The band was formed in 2004 to, basically, play live, write, record and have a good time doing it !! Spillage is based around Middlesex and Berkshire.
Why this name?
Theo and Graeme were in the pub having a deep debate on ideas overflowing from mental sources when someone spilt some beer and the name came from that !
Do you play live?
Spillage play live as and when. We have performed on the pub circuit but it can be more trouble than its worth. We do a lot of charity gigs and would like to get involved in festivals. If anyone wants to book us for a festival or as a support then get in touch, because of our minimal set up we are very quick at setting up and getting off stage which is favoured by a lot of event organisers!
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
The MP3 revolution is the best event to sweep through the music industry in living memory. All of a sudden ANYONE can use the Internet to get their material in front of a global audience. No more trying to push dodgy C90 cassette demos. This really is a golden age of free music for the people by the people.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
We have no ambitions to be superstars, we are aware of our own limitations, this is all about the 'Having a good time all the time' philosophy.
Theo and Graeme met in 2003 at a Jam night in Staines (Middlesex) where a drunken 12 minute rendition of Kind Hearted Woman was the highlight of the evening. The pair decided to form a band a couple of months later and that's where they are now. There was never a plan to form a two piece duo it has just happened that way. Various members have been tried out to augment to duo to a full 'more traditional' line up but finding the right people can be very dificult.... Theo and Graeme are both very laid back people about most things but have very definate ideas about how they want to write and perform their music. When the right personalities come along then it will happen, but not before.
The band has it's main influences from both the bluesmen of the 1930s such as Robert Johnson, Son House, Tampa Red and the like along with Punk and New Wave Bands such as The Clash, Bauhaus and The Stranglers. The problem with the blues is that the sentiment of the music will allways hold true but singing "I wondered this lonely highway 61 all alone" when you come from the home counties seems a bit of a fraud!! What Spillage try to do is take that influence and combine it with their own experience and make it their own, a lot of the songs are about places we frequent such as Junction 13 and Havana Bar Blues; or are inspired by people we know such as The Canoe Song.
Don't know - We haven't been everywhere yet!
Graeme;Guitars - Yamaha CPX-8 Acoustic and Fender FR48 Resonator; when in electric mode it is either a Switch Ultima IV or a Variax 300 through a Line 6 Spider III combo. For recording an Ozark Mandolin and Samsung Ukulele are brought out from time to time. - Theo uses whatever he can blag!