Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Nights onstage, and Nights on a bus.

Hi all!

Tuesday is currently in full swing, and by that I mean it exists and we're alive. Fun! Tonight I'm at Camden Monarch alongside my good friends Quiet Quiet Band, but I thought I'd take a moment to plug a couple of charity shows I have coming up:

Reading Oxjam Takeover @ Oakford Social Club
Reading, info & tickets etc

Alma Inn w/Joe McCorriston & Dave Giles
Bolton, free show

There you go.

Also, back in May we recorded a version of Nights on a bus at the back of the Roundhouse. Xtra Mile have collected up all the sessions that happened that weekend onto a nice easy compilation:

Here it is in the XMR shop.


Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Got Found

Yes, yes, I know. Months and months and I don't write and I don't call.

I could say I was out planning something huge for your next birthday, but eventually you'll find out that I've just been down the chip shop for five months and I've only come home in search of ketchup.

Oh, that and I finally released my third album, Get Found.

Don't believe me? Here it is:

It's been out now for four months and twenty-three days* and just to prove to myself it still exists I'm listening to it right now. As a single piece of work I think it's up there (maybe better than) things I've done before, even if it is probably one song too long. It's always been one song too long - problem was, every time I dropped a song, it suddenly felt one song too short. This is how men go mad.

What else happened? Oh yes, I hit the road to promote the album on a ten-date UK tour, with four of those sold out, making it the Most Successful Ben Marwood Headline Tour ever. I could pretend like that was anything to do with me, but it was probably something to do with my excellent touring friends and opening acts Non Canon (aka Barry) and Helen Chambers (aka.. Helen). We had excellent fun heading to places I personally hadn't been in a while and then it was Easter Monday and it was over and Barry and I went to an Asda and left with armfuls (quite literally) of cut-price Easter eggs for our loved ones.

Barry also made me this video, which is precisely fuck all to do with the tour but has everything to do with the album:

Is that it? Probably not. I also played the Roundhouse as part of Frank Turner's Lost Evenings festival (ta, Frank), played at 10.30 a.m. - yes, 10.30 a.m. in the morning - to some very hungover faces at this year's 2000 Trees Festival and probably some other stuff I've forgotten.

Life continues to be interesting and occasionally admittedly a bit of a struggle, mostly from a limited mobility/maximum exhaustion standpoint, but I'm delighted that I have 15 shows under my belt this year without being even slightly dead. 15 shows! Sure, you punk kids can do that in a week, but for me it's more than the previous two years combined.

I have some more shows coming up, but more on that another time.

I hope you're all well,

*(no matter how many years we get past 1990, describing any period of time still puts the start of Nothing Compares 2 U in my head)

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Bury Me In The Pantheon. Twice.

Hi all!

We're now less than two weeks away from the new album and tour. Come and join us!

Thu 6th HOVE Brunswick // tickets
Fri 7th LONDON The Monarch // free entry
Sat 8th SOUTHSEA Afternoon Show @ Southsea Sound // tickets
Sat 8th SOUTHSEA Evening Show @ Southsea Sound // sold out
Mon 10th BRISTOL Crofter's Rights // sold out
Tue 11th NOTTINGHAM Bodega // tickets
Wed 12th YORK Fulford Arms // tickets
Fri 14th EDINBURGH Opium // tickets
Sat 15th GLASGOW Hug & Pint // tickets
Sun 16th MANCHESTER Gullivers // tickets

Thanks everyone who snapped up tickets - we had to add an extra Southsea show due to demand, Bristol is sold out too and London looks to be busy. In all honesty, I've lost track of it all slightly amidst the promo activity for the album, but somewhere in amongst it all we released a second song from Get Found called 'Bury Me In The Pantheon', included below for your enjoyment:

Bury Me In The Pantheon, from 'Get Found'

Bury Me In The Pantheon, live in session at Reading's Rising Sun Arts Centre

It's a bit weird seeing my face in HD, but I'm getting used to it. The video at the RSAC was one of a few shot by Ben Morse with a new toy he'd borrowed from Panasonic, and the results are pretty neat.

Meanwhile, The Ocelot was amongst the publications who had good things to say about Get Found, John Kennedy spun the previously unheard 'The Church of No Commandments' on (don't-call-it-xfm) Radio X plus I sat down and answered questions for PRS' M Magazine and the excellent York bunch One For The Road.

So there. Now we're up to date, my room is stacked high with new albums, t-shirts and other little trinkets to sell and all that remains is to say: see you out there.


Friday, 17 February 2017

Tour dates: an update

Hey all,

I'm writing this late at night on Friday, February 17th and tomorrow I have a hometown show, my first in six months. It'll be a try-out show for some of the songs I'd like to play on tour and there'll be favourites too, all part of my mission to make this upcoming tour the Best Tour Ever.

I figured now the album announcement is out of the way, I might give the tour a little extra push. Here's a reminder of the dates and an update on ticket links etc:


Thu 6th HOVE Brunswick // tickets
Fri 7th LONDON The Monarch // free entry
Sat 8th SOUTHSEA Southsea Sound // sold out
Mon 10th BRISTOL Crofter's Rights // tickets
Tue 11th NOTTINGHAM Bodega // tickets
Wed 12th YORK Fulford Arms // tickets
Fri 14th EDINBURGH Opium // tickets
Sat 15th GLASGOW Hug & Pint // tickets
Sun 16th MANCHESTER Gullivers // tickets

All shows with Non Canon
All shows with Helen Chambers exc. Scotland

For those of you who missed out on tickets to Southsea - I feel your pain. Tickets sold out within a few hours for it, so we're working on a solution. I'm told that if you want to register your interest/stay up to date with things for a potential extra Southsea show: usernametakenmusic@gmail.com is the address to email.

Other than that, the amazing Banquet (my favourite indie store) now has 'Get Found' up to order. I've added that link to the previous post, but here they are again:

Xtra Mile Recordings: http://smarturl.it/GetFound-XMR
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/GetFound_iTunes
Banquet: https://www.banquetrecords.com/ben-marwood/get-found/XMR130CD

Stay tuned for more gubbins,

Wednesday, 8 February 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen and Gazorpians,

It is with great pleasure that I, Benjamin Marwood, announce at last my third full-length album, herein referred to as Get Found.

Get Found is out on 7th April 2017 on CD/download via the good people at Xtra Mile Recordings, who continue to put up with my shit.

Get Found has thirteen songs on it, and at forty minutes long is at the absolute maximum of my musical attention span:

Tracklisting begins

1. Punched In The Mouth (Part 1)
2. The Church Of No Commandments
3. In Black and White
4. Enraptured
6. Nights
7. I'm Wide Awake It's Boring
8. Bones
9. Baby You're A Mess
10. Bury Me In The Pantheon
11. Kick Out Kick On
12. The Devil Makes Work For Jazz Hands
13. Friends, Close

Tracklisting Ends

All songs were written by me, except for Baby You're A Mess which was written (and initially recorded and released) by Tom Crook/Band of Hope. Naturally, the one I didn't write turned out to be the best one and you can hear it on Soundcloud right now:


You can order stuff right over here:
Xtra Mile Recordings: http://smarturl.it/GetFound-XMR
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/GetFound_iTunes
Banquet: https://www.banquetrecords.com/ben-marwood/get-found/XMR130CD

I have various things to say surrounding the writing and recording of this album but that's for another day or maybe never (or, at least, for the liner notes). Suffice to say, I'm incredibly proud of this album and what it represents - so much so, that I'm actually going to try and take to the road for the first time in three years:

Thursday 6th BRIGHTON Brunswick*
Friday 7th LONDON Camden Monarch*
Saturday 8th PORTSMOUTH Southsea Sound*
Monday 10th BRISTOL Crofters Rights*
Tuesday 11th NOTTINGHAM Bodega*
Wednesday 12th YORK Fulford Arms*
Friday 14th EDINBURGH Opium
Saturday 15th GLASGOW Hug and Pint
Sunday 16th MANCHESTER Gullivers*

All dates are with Non Canon
*dates are with Helen Chambers too
Tickets are hopefully available already, from wherever places normally do tickets.

Thanks massively to the XMR gang and to Barry Dolan for getting the record & tour off the ground.

Hitting publish on this post and actually telling people about it marks the end of a long road for me, though hopefully not the kind of road that your sat nav guides you down, swearing blind that this is the way to Leeds and all of a sudden you're in the sea. Hopefully at the end of this long road, there'll be ice cream.

To ice cream,

Sunday, 20 November 2016

2016: Two shows to end the year

November is here and nearly done.

As soon as the temperature drops and the nights draw in, time flies by, as if time exists in proportion to sunlight. Still, in a couple of days my (gigging) year really will be over, as I play the final shows of 2016:

Tuesday 22nd Nov: Joiners Arms, Southampton (tickets)
Thursday 24th Nov: Upstairs @ the Garage, London (tickets)

Both shows are alongside Xtra Mile's own Northcote and Jon Snodgrass, both of whom I'll be gigging with for the first time. Exciting.

Generally, the year has been good. I mean, the aim was to release the album and maybe do one or two shows, but instead I've managed to get into double-digits for shows and accidentally neglected the album.

The album is done, named and hopefully there'll be real, actual news on it soon. I could, and will, write at length about it once I can tell you more (otherwise I'll just be writing vague nothings) but for now let's just say this: I'm incredibly proud of how it turned out, and I'm working hard to find it the right home. See. Vague nothings.

Take care

Saturday, 10 September 2016

2016: the year of the music

Hello friends,

I write this on Saturday, which as everyone knows was voted Day Most Likely To Be Awesome in its school yearbook. Tonight I'm off to see PUP in Kingston with my friend Emma D, and during the day I'm sifting through a longlist of 51 songs for this week's (40/45 minute) podcast over at editradio due on Tuesday, which is a new podcast record. Fifty-one!

Anyway, Emma and I were also trying to see PUP yesterday (London) and Sunday (Southampton), but both those shows sold out. I'd like to see Pinegrove, a new band I'm really into, on Tuesday in London but sure enough that's sold out too. So instead, I thought I'd start this blog by hailing how excellent 2016 has been for music so far, highlighting the kind of thing that's been filling my ears over the past nine months (though admittedly, some of it was from the tail end of 2015) and generally enjoying the annual rebirth of the music industry as another festival season gets the fuck out of the way, new music starts popping up again and our favourite acts hit the road to play venues which are clearly just too small. Not that I'm any one to talk.

If everything's gone to plan, there'll be a Spotify playlist at the bottom of this page. Listen, enjoy, shuffle it or don't do any of that. But there, I've done my bit to keep recorded music alive for another week. If you like any of it, I encourage you to purchase it.

Of course, what's really been in my ears these past few weeks is the new album. I finished recording my parts in July, all the other stuff got done in the first week of August and we hotfooted over to Old Blacksmiths on the outskirts of Portsmouth to start the mixing process with the emphasis on getting it right instead of just getting it done. A month later and it's all coming together and the artwork is in progress (well, kinda - trusted artist Cat has decided to give birth to a little human which not only takes up her time, but who she also refused to name either Naismith or Lukaku, a blatant sign of disrespect). Once the mixes are done, we'll sort out the track order, cull the worst bits and send it off to be decorated with cream and berries or whatever actually happens during the mastering process.

I'm not unhappy about the prospect of the album not being here yet - as we've already covered, 2016 has had its fair share of excellent records and there are plenty of other shows to go to so I'm not bothered about delaying releasing, touring and generally promoting an album for a little while longer. The general state of my day-to-day life is OK, but deteriorates quickly if I don't look after myself, so the prospect of daily travelling, late nights, hard floors, irregular meals and a forty-plus minute nightly stage workout is something which I will happily postpone if I can. I'll get there, though.

Album (still unnamed) is sounding great although the events surrounding this one mean it's the actual act of recording and releasing it which is significant to me, not how the damn thing sounds. I could overdub it with screaming goat noises and still be happy with it though I should highlight that fans of screaming goat noises will probably be disappointed on first listen.

In the meantime, after one show in 2015 my goal for 2016 was ten shows, and I'm up to nine right now with two more to be announced shortly, so I guess we hit that goal. Give me a huge hello if you see me in any of the following places this Autumn:

24 Bristol Louisiana (SOLD OUT)

16 Southampton The Joiners (tix)
24 London Tooting Tram & Social (tix)

The other two shows will be in November and will be announced shortly, though anything outside of the South won't be happening until next year now.

Thanks to everyone who has made the shows so far so special, including an incredible (if technically inept) 2000Trees set, a roasting Reading show back in June and some fun under the railway arches at House of Vans with Frank Turner, Sam Duckworth and Ben Morse (thanks folks).

In the meantime, here's fifty minutes of my favourite songs of 2016 And The End Of 2015, for your Spotify ears. Athankyou: