I saw what Joe did for the Iron Chic artwork. It's incredible! Would he do stuff for other bands, if asked?
Do you mean the Iron Chic and Pacer split? Yeah he’s pretty good at the old drawing. He does do commissions for loads of bands too. I think his website is down at the minute (http://josephwilliamdesign.com/) but i think you can still email him at info (at) josephwilliamdesign.com if you want.
You guys seem amazing with the lyrical content and were fucking amazing last two fests! But what's the deal with the "Vegas? I ain't goin' no Vegas!" lyrics. They seem a tad at odds with the ONSIND cover and their philosophy. Am I missing a point because I don't know you guys?
Hey Andy, thanks for the kind words. That’s a great question. I wrote the lyrics to that song in 2005 when I was extremely bitter about a previous relationship. None of the words are actually mine, it’s a combination of dialogue from the film ‘swingers’ and the song ‘bitches ain’t shit’ by Snoop Dogg and I guess I felt like I could express my feelings through pop culture references to avoid taking responsibility for the hateful things I was saying. We’re not proud of that song lyrically and we haven’t played it live in a long time for that reason. I hope that answers your question, take care pal.
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Just a reminder that we’re playing a free show at The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch, London, this Wednesday. It’s with Apologies, I Have None and ONSIND. We’ve all got a split out together. You can stream it at Punknews if you want.
Then we play a house show in Southampton on Thursday to kick off the WTFest weekend. That’s with wegrowbeards, and I think Corrigan and 8 bit bear are playing too.
Then on the 22nd we’re doing an acoustic show with acoustic Leagues Apart and Helen Chambers in Manchester.
Right, i’m gonna go watch Sam Russo. Think that means I win.
Moustache Season is upon us, so I’ve registered for Movember to embrace the hair of the wild. I’ve pledged to support a 100% face grown moustache for 30 days to raise awareness and funds for men’s health, specifically cancers affecting men.
Now I’m on the hunt for trusty and fearless pioneers to join me by signing up for my team. Together we can change the face of men’s health.
We’ve had jobs/unemployment/university/drinking to keep us busy for a while.
But we are still alive. Just. So if you do want us to play any shows, just ask. The worst (or best?) you’ll get is a NO.
This weekend we’re gonna kick the new song writing back to life. So that should be fun.
We also now have all the tracks recorded and mastered for the ONSIND and Apologies, i have none split. Keep an eye out for that. It’s gonna be mega. Artwork is lovely too.
We’re also playing a couple of shows believe it or not. We’re playing the Red City Radio Pre-fest show in Kingston on October 16th. So many ace bands playing that. Get involved.
We then head out to our third Fest over in Florida. Our set may be a little different to our normal shows, but seen as we’re sandwiched with Pure Graft, Ssssnakes and Leagues Apart its gonna be a whole lot of fun whatever.
Then we’ll be playing the Split release show at the Old Blue Last in London, sometime in November.
Believe us when we say, not being a fully functioning band is the most frustrating thing in the world. We can’t wait to just get some new songs down and tour the shit out of it.
Okay, and where are we on the rich benefactor wanting to take us under their wing?
Calvinball are no strangers to being on tour. Which is suprising considering their lack of transportation, money and sobriety. So that is why we here at PMPD decided to ask the band to give us their 5 top tips to touring. If you are a new band, yet to play a show, you need to read this. If you are a band that has played a show, dealt with a hangover or left your guitars in a taxi, you also need to read this. And if you’re not in a band, you soon may want to be. We’ll let Matt and Dave take you into the crazy world of Calvinball on tour.
Okay, so this isn’t our fault, but we need help again. Our Saturday and Sunday shows (4th and 5th June) in Belgium and Germany have fallen through. We have some other leads we’re gonna try look up, but if everyone could post this all over Facebook, twitter, tumblr, the local post office notice board, then we’d be real grateful.
So yeah - Calvinball and Arms Aloft are looking for two European shows on those dates. If you can help then get in touch at:
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Not Shy Of The DIY - Transatlantic 4 Way Split 7’ - First of a series…
In a genre widely regarded within itself for being ever positive, Calvinball have always taken a slightly less “everything’s gonna be ok” approach to their lives. In the real world everything isn’t all happy clappy, things don’t always go to plan and everyone isn’t avidly “posi” every waking moment of the day, that would be goddamned hell. To me, Calvinball epitomise the bona fide and more profoundly honest aspect of what most of us come to call “punk rock”, this song especially. The fact of the matter is that positivity isn’t about grinning insanely about every minute of the day and finding a silver lining in every turd life may throw at the back of your head; it’s about the realisation that sometimes you find yourself kneedeep in a pothole filled with shite, then stepping the fuck out of it. We’ve all woken up feeling like the inside of an arse (if you haven’t, what are you doing?!), but I know no other group of people that manage to roll with the punches (and these are double ‘ard Rocky punches) more successfully than Calvinball. With every release you can read between the lines to find stories so bizarrely absurd you’d hardly believe it true if you had never met this Wildcard* quartet. Atlanta (from their upcoming split with Arms Aloft) is no different. It encompasses the worryingly familiar feeling of making the absolute nuts out of a fairly shitty situation.
“She said “I could ring some friends and try and fill this room out”
We said “Fuck off, let’s not pretend, we’ll just hang out with ourselves” “
I don’t for a second believe that on the night in question Calvinball didn’t drink their whole supply and smoke until the end, because sometimes that’s the most positive outcome you can get from driving 9 hours to a cancelled show. Atlanta embodies that feeling that envelops you when the only cure for a bollocks situation is the company of your best mates, and isn’t that the shit?! The answer to that is of course; yes. To me this song, and this band, are about more than being continuously positive, it’s about a more mature (Calvinball, “mature”, surely no?) approach to getting on with the shit without bitching and moaning about it, because if you’ve made it through life so far without any upsets, I’ll personally make sure you’re hunted down and your nose is well and truly rubbed in the dirt so you can experience what it’s like to live (read: party). Or alternatively I’ll get Matt to put a crippler cross face on yo’ ass and believe me, you’ll tap or die.
In summation; buy the split, go watch Calvinball as much as you can at their dates with Iron Chic and their Arms Aloft tour and don’t smoke crack.
P.s, I’m gonna start using “browned out” as much as possible.
Wildcard= One who’s behaviour is as recklessly unpredictable as it is hilarious.
Wow. You think about our songs way more than we do. Cheers.
Like dropping your toast but it landing butter side up...
That’s what being in Calvinball is like.
For a while now our pathetic existence has been crumbling away beneath us; our drummer has no knee, our guitarists have no guitars, our singers are either drunk, heavily hungover, or crying, our band has no means of transport, and none of us could pay for a twix even if we clubbed together. But our bassist does still have a bass…despite his best efforts. How the fuck that happened we’ll never know.
Anyway, we’ve been putting out a few pleas recently for people to help with guitars, driving us round, and generally stop us from quitting being a band. So we just wanted to say a massive Thank you to anyone and everyone for helping us. We’ve gone from what looked like a ‘throwing the towel in’ situation, to lucking out big time. Well, as much as we could anyway (see the toast simile). And we thought tour may be off, but it’s not.
Cinderella will go to the ball!
If I name everyone who’s helped I’ll only forget someone, but you know who you are, and you know how much we appreciate it.
We do this band to have fun and hang out with people who like the same shit as us. Calvinball is just four incredibly stupid guys. But we’re held together by other incredibly stupid people who for some reason think it’s worth it.
So yeah, consider us sorted (until next time), and although we still appreciate the offers of guitars etc, you can stop now.
OJ WARD AND THE DTS OJ Ward and The DTs features singer/ song writer Oliver John Ward and the rhythm section of London Punk Rock outfit The Apostates. It is a heavy, passionate show of melodic punk rock. Oliver has been touring hard for the…
First off, thanks so much to everyone who’s offered help with guitars, it’s awesome and we can’t thank you all enough. However, in true Calvinball style, we’re having another crisis.
We’re playing 3 shows with Iron Chic when they come over in a few weeks. We’re playing in Birmingham on the 12th, Manchester on the 13th, and then heading to Crash Doubt Fest for the 14th and 15th. It’s gonna be incredible and Iron Chic are absolutely gonna kill it. The problem is that we don’t have a car, and we can’t really afford to hire one. So, we’re looking for someone to drive us round for those 4 days. We’d obviously pay all of the petrol costs and we’d buy you beers and shit as a thank you.
If anyone is driving to these shows anyway, is at all interested, or knows anyone they think might be interested, give us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can sort out proper details or whatever. Even if you’re only going to, say, Birmingham to Manchester or only Manchester to Lincoln etc., that would be awesome too! If anyone could help out in anyway we’d be forever grateful.
This weekend just gone, we made the trip up north to play some shows with UNFUN and Pudge. I’m still not sure whether it was an awesome weekend, or a total disaster….It was kinda both.
Awesome - shows we’re a lot of fun. We got merry and hung out with our friends. It was really nice to just be back up north. Also, Man city beat Man United to get to the final of the FA cup. Shit like that doesn’t happen. I’m still so happy about that.
Disaster - we lost our guitars and it doesn’t look like we’re getting em back.
Fuck. That. For. A. Bag. Of. Shit.
I mean let’s be honest, we’re a bunch of idiots at the best of times, and we’ve done some pretty stupid things, but this takes the biscuit. We also lost our brand new pedals, phone chargers and some tshirts. I don’t have money to buy new clothes, nevermind guitars!…
I’d tell you the details but it’s half frustrating, half plain embarrassing.
You could have helped us out by buying merch, but we’re so broke we can’t afford to get any merch. Hahahaha Ha…Ha……ha…..ha…..heh
We also have a few awesome shows and a european tour coming up real soon, that we really wanna do.
So what I’m asking is, if anyone out there has any semi-decent guitars they were looking to sell at any point, or even think about a long term loan, please give us an email, because we’re in the market for some…but we’re a tiny bit poor and we can’t afford to head out to Denmark street and go all Richie Rich.
So if you could re-blog/retweet this. Pass it on. Tell all your friends. You can make it a funny story about this bunch of pricks who somehow manage to be in a band despite all being useless in their own special ways, and then hit them with the shock ending of how the actually really need your help. Tug on the heart-strings an’ all that.
This is going on our split with Arms Aloft, due out May 2011.lyricsCM Punk is right. What am I doing with my life? If I ever wake up feeling this shitty again I’ll fucking cry. I threw up in the sink while you were shotgunning to Blink. I think I browned out, I don’t know much but I know it’s Joe that stinks. We spent 9 hours on the 85 and I’m not sure we made it there alive and if I ever see this town again it better be with my best friends. It’s happening again, just want to hang out with my friends. But now I wanna die, we drank our whole supply and we smoked until the end. When does this party stop? I think I’ve had about enough. My insides hurt, I’ve got a half soaked shirt. 'Cause self control is tough. She said “I could ring some friends and try and fill this room out” We said “Fuck off, let’s not pretend, we’ll just hang out with ourselves
I'm writing this to stop myself watching disney films...
We’re all really lazy so we don’t say much on here very often. But in between hating money and each other we do, do some things.
We just finished a string of shows with Thousandaires. Those guys are now nolonger a band and it’s a fucking crime because they’re incredible. Awesome band. Awesome guys. Who know every awesome band there is. And have every awesome story you’ve ever heard.
We also did a Manchester show with Apologies, Bangers, Just panic, Ssssnakes, and Throwing Stuff. Manchester never disappoints. Too much fun.
We actually took a camera this time!…This is one of the 7 (that’s right, 7) photos we took:
all of the others were in Brighton too, just before we set off back to Manchester, in rush hour traffic, to go out for Adam Bilboa’s birthday. It was worth it.
So yeah. Next.
We recorded some stuff that’s being mixed now. One track will definitely be out real soon on the next Not Shy release. The others…well who knows.
We’ve got some shows coming up this month. Two with UNFUN - one in Leeds (15th) and the other in Sheffield (16th). Then we’ve got k-fest at the end of the month.
And yeah, we have a european tour coming up with arms aloft at the end of May. I figure Joe’s gonna have the poster done soon, and we’ll try spam the internet with it properly at some point, but seen as it’s all confirmed now - here’s the Arms Aloft and Calvinball European tour:
Sat 28th - Sheffield (at The Earl, Boozey Du 2 w/ loads of bands)
Sun 29th - Glasgow (at 13th Note)
Mon 30th - Manchester (venue tbc w/ Leagues Apart and Throwing Stuff + more)
Tues 31st - Cardiff (at Buffalo Bar)
Weds 1st - Kingston (w/ wegrowbeards at The Fighting Cocks)
Thurs 2nd - Southsea, Portsmouth (at The Edge of the Wedge)
Fri 3rd - Paris, France (venue tbc w/ Bangers and Cynics)