Dec 042006

Both Mini-MaFt and Mrs-MaFt are ill… great… puke and poo everywhere! Seriously!

It has just dawned on me how much I need to get done this week! Not only have I work to do but I also need to get some decorating done at the In-Laws. Then on top of that, tomorrow night we’re off to St Georges Hall in Bradford to see ‘Love So Amazing 2‘ – a collection of modern worship stuff. Mum and Dad are singing so we’re off to support them. Ro, Punk Worship bassist, is operating the projector for the night so he’s gonna spam it with PW2 adverts so I’ll have to get a photo of our massive promo!

I also need to get the laptop’s prepared for various events at church this week: Thursday is Brigades Christmas event, Saturday is PW2 and Sunday I’m on the rota to project the normal worship service… Thing is, I can’t get hold of the church laptop until Wednesday and I’m STILL waiting for people to send me what they want putting on it!

So, that’s about all!

See ya


Nov 272006

“It’s stupid, contagious
To be broke and famous
Can someone please save us from punk rock 101
My Dickies, your sweat bands
My spiked hair, your new Vans
Let’s throw up our rock hands for punk rock 101″
‘Punk Rock 101’ – Bowling For Soup

I had a message via MySpazz yesterday saying how the Punk Workshop I was running sounded like a great idea and this guy was going to try get some of his friends to come along.

Now, hopefully, it was a simple typo that was supposed to read ‘Punk Worship‘ and the poor lad wasn’t actually expecting a workshop on how to be punk…

In case I am actually mistaken and he WAS wanting a punk workshop then below is my quick guide on how to be punk depending on your age:

Young Punk:

  • ensure your wardrobe consists solely of: atticus, lowlife, vans or black clothing
  • deny you are ’emo’
  • slag Green Day off for ‘selling out’ after releasing [insert any Green Day album title here]
  • listen only to the latest ‘cool’ bands
  • claim loudly that [insert last week’s ‘cool’ band here] have sold out because they got radio airplay
  • only go to see your mates bands and download their cd instead of supporting them
  • have a MySpace page with your friends made up of bands you’ve never seen and your school chums
  • explain to everyone that being ‘punk’ is about not following fashions and thinking for yourself then go around dressing the same as everyone else…

Old Punk:

  • hate new punk rock groups for at least one of the following reasons: they have good quality recordings, they’re in it for the money, they’re too young, it’s just not ’77
  • wear an old, tatty leather jacket with some dodgy 70’s bands Tipp-Ex-ed onto it
  • go on constantly about ’77-’79
  • show how much you ‘hate the system’ by working 9-5, 5 days a week, for a multi-national company that exploits cheap labour in China
  • explain to everyone you meet that ‘punk’ is about not following rules or a fashion but then dress the same as every other punk and slag off various groups for not fitting the punk rules that, according to your own beliefs, don’t exist anyway…
  • never shut up about the time you saw [insert any 70’s punk band here] at [insert any small pub name here]

OK, so that was slightly tongue-in-cheek, but some people annoy me! Having said that there are 2 ‘types’ of punk person that I respect:

  • 1) The young punk who’ll go to see old bands and respects the fact that this is where their current ‘new’ bands got a lot of their inspiration from
  • 2) The old punk who accepts that times change and will go to see and support the new punk bands

That’s all for now, I feel I may have babbled! Anyway, it’s not ‘punk’ to moan about stuff that’s not government (old punk) or fashion (young punk) related…


Nov 132006

On Saturday night I, once again, witnessed the greatest band in the world playing live.

Scru’, Jim and me headed over to Leeds Uni to catch the Rancid gig. Absolutely fantastic stuff! About 30 songs covering all their albums over the last 15 years as well as a couple of Operation Ivy songs thrown in for good measure. You can’t beat the best punk band in the world coming back for their encore branding acoustic guitars – how weird it seemed but it sounded awesome.


A good night was had by all. And a sober night too, flippin’ £2.70 for a can of Carling…


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Nov 102006

According to MediaMonkey these are my top 10 most listened to songs:

Welcome to The Black Parade- My Chemical Romance
Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
The Darkest Places – MxPx
Blessed Be Your Name (live) – Punk Worship Band
Stars – Dude Fish
Punk Rock Princess – Something Corporate
You’re Beautiful- James Blunt
The Story – MxPx
Friendly Fire – 3Dbs Down
Divide, Devoid, Devine – Chucky No Stars

What a mixture eh?! Wonder how different that list will be on my laptop… That’s for another day!


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Nov 072006

Well, the blog has gone all black n orange! My two favourite colours. Well, not my favourite colours, more my favourite colour scheme! More changes to come, this is just the start for now!

I’m finally gonna get around to updating my site – well, that’s a massive over-statement, the plan is actually to just change the main page to make it either a link to the blog (regularly updated) or the main site (badly updated) – at some point I’ll actually update the site a bit but since Mini-MaFt has been born I’ve not had much chance to write any songs so it’s a bit pointless so far! Still, it’ll get done.

I recorded the vocals for OPEN YOUR EYES last night which sound pretty good. Just a few more finishing touches and we should be able to get some samples up and get them off to the printers too.

Right, break over, back to work!


Oct 232006 will be recording a mini-album on November 4th with the aim of providing fundage for future PW events. And also to add a kick-ass CD to your collection!

It will feature 4 or 5 new recordings (more details later), a live track from Punk Worship earlier in the year; technology permitting, it should also have some special magic enhanced CD content including a video. There might also be a little extra there too….

So, why am I telling you this? Well, we figured that if a handful of people pre-ordered the CD at a special reduced cost of £5 (plus 50p postage) this would help us with the initial funding for getting the CD’s duplicated and the artwork printed. Normal price will be £6 (plus postage) and all profits (around £2.50 at full price) will go towards future PW events which, at present, cost us around £300 (hire/purchase of equipment, admin costs etc etc)

I’ll post details in the near future about how you can pre-order OPEN YOUR EYES either by cheque or through PayPal – keep checking too as well as your inbox – what? you mean you’re not signed up to the mailing list?! DO IT NOW: PW Mailing List

Open Your Eyes


Oct 122006

Today as I was walking around town for a bit I noticed more and more people walking round with music blasting out from their phones. Well, I say blasting, it’s hardly loud – just more of an annoyance.

Back in the day the kids had ghetto blasters perched on their shoulders – they looked like complete tits but at least you could make out what music they were listening to. These phones may be alright as music players when you have headphones attached but through a crappy little speaker it’s just pointless.

Maybe I just don’t understand, you know, with not being part of the MySpace Generation – I never really got into MySpace and I doubt I’ll ever get into listening to music in poor quality either…

Much cooler than hanging a phone around your neck…