Little video from a Tor in Dartmoor

Hi folks.

I recently went for an adventure in Dartmoor. I used to study in Exeter and would go into Dartmoor there most weeks, I havnt been back for 7 years so I was excited to see the hills again.

I walked for 3 days and camped wherever I was when it got dark. It sounds romantic and ideal and in many ways it was but I also got ill, scared wet and cold!

This was shot on top of a Tor where i had a nap when the mist came down, not far from Widecombe-In-The-Moor.

2011 – So far

The sun is shining in the blue sky, a blackbird sings good morn and my overgrown and neurotically fenced in back ‘garden’ is partially lit up by warm rays in the north west corner.

This lucid depiction of my habitation can stand as a metaphor for my 2011 so far.

Lee, Susie and I have spent the winter months industriously toiling a new set together, testing out various band names and writing new songs and recording. (So that is the morning part of the metaphor, like the start of the year, yer?)

We played only our second gig of the year last week at Nambucca and showcased our new set. Gone are the days of forlorn silence and welcome are the days of people actually bopping along to the sounds. Yey. (this is like the blackbird singing….ish)

Although we have had quite a few months off,  in terms of gigs (like a neurotically fenced in garden) we wanted to get our new set to the point we were happy with it. Much has changed, Sooz now not only plays cello and sings but on her right foot has a kick drum and strapped to her left leg; some shakers!

(Now for the sun in the garden) So to the future? We are playing as part of the City Showcase festival on May 6th at the Eastpak shop on Carnaby street, 5pm…. Also we will have 4 new songs that will crop up masquerading as singles in the coming months, many more gigs and a tour to go with it, we’re even playing in Poland!

From camp Jonah Maddox, ergh that sound’s narcissistic, I bid you a farewell. X

Post Script –

Oh em geeee. I just ran out to my partially lit garden to scare a cat away, this cat is always there weeing and the like, and my cat, Radical, is a delicate creature and doesn’t appreciate other felines using her garden/toilet as their garden/toilet. On finding this cat aloof to my anger, standing with her back to me, carelessly disregarding my ‘tshhhhtthhh’ noises, I tapped, and i mean tapped, gently and almost tenderly tapped this brutish offender on the tail only to find it’s legs give way beneath it and the whole unit fall to the floor in fear. The, what I now realise to be, DEAF cat ran away with the upmost apologies and politeness. Guilt in-suede and lesson learned. Never creep up on a deaf cat. Someone should remove it’s ears so we all know, or maybe it needs a guide dog. That would be an amusing spectacle.

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Who cleans up a guide dogs poo?

New photos

Excellent muso photo lady, Harriet Armstrong, took time out of her busy day shooting Take That and the likes to capture our ugly mugs on digital celluloid.

Lee bought new jeans for the event and I heard he even had a wash but reports are unclear.

We sung a song to a horse  in Epping Forest, we climbed a tree and stood outside the now defunct Walthamstow dog track as people drove past and thought we were c’lebs.

Check out the whole lot here

Jonah searches for cast of Music video for Pandas Fighting.

So we are filming a music video for my song ‘Pandas Fighting’ on the first sunday of october at Hampstead Heath.

We need loads of lovely people to dress as animals and come join us, the band will be dressed as pandas in kigu suits (www.kigu.co.uk) but you can come as any animal you like.
Have a look here for inspiration – KIGU, there suits are awesome, and also here for cheaper options.

We will have a face painter there and the crew are all pros as are the post production between them responsible for music vids for Jamie T, Plan B, Calvin Harris and ads for Carlsberg, Florence and the Machine, Beyoncé and so on and on so is blatantly gunna look awesome even with my gurning face on it!

The key is to not come with just some cat ears on or something, but have a tail and a furry top etc, the more adventurous the outfit the better. We especially like full body outfits.

The idea is the band will have a day of shooting sync of their song dressed as pandas on the saturday, the sunday shoot will be for the animal party.

Basically the camera operators will be going around shooting animals in their natural habitat, playing rounders, drinking, reading magazines, picking their nose, fighting, kissing and anything else you can think of.
It is a normal party, it just happens to be all animals.

If you would like to get involved we would love to have you, we will have food and beer for all and should be a good laugh, plus you get to be in what will be an awesome video. Feel free to bring any props you think would be cool, inflatable footballs, cream pies, trampolines, bikes, aeroplanes, cabbages, whatevs.

Msg me or comment any questions, let us know if you’re going to attend, email our producer, jamie@jonahmaddox.com for any queries and send this invite or this link around to all you think might like this kinda thing.
The more the merrier.

Penultimate sessions in studio.

Spent some more time doing a bit more recording and mixing and with so little left to do I think there will only be one more session with Si in the studio before mastering can happen.
Very exciting for me, I put the 12 songs into a playlist today and it looked lovely.
Here is a little out take of a mellow tune I might hide in the album somewhere, this take wasn’t used, it was probably only the third or fourth million!

Recording is nearly finished – WHOOP

So all the tracks for the album are pretty much done. I have actually made more than enough and am now trying to figure out which ones to loose, a painful process I am going to liken to, with no bearing on experience,  having to choose which of my non-existent children I like best.

Me tinkering to get yet another tuning which makes me sound clever –

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And me and Simon at the desk

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Click here to visit Si: www.theloophole.co.uk

Lovely article on moi

This is a rad article written by Passions Unite, all very nice and all about me and a little bit blush worthy!

With acoustic guitar in hand as though it is an actual extension of his arm – no lie it’s like they’re one – and chatting with all the vigour that he puts into one of his spine tingling songs.  Maddox expresses his beliefs on the importance of  pushing music forward, “I find it frustrating when people say the best music has already been made. The Beatles obviously changed the world of music, but they were only building on top of what was there before them. Musicians should be doing the same today: building from the blocks left behind for them. The best could still be to come. Didn’t Oscar Wilde say something about how the only debt we have to history is to rewrite it?”

Link to an interesting little blog – Passions Unite