It is hard to believe, and yet easy to recall that it is four years since the end of Manning.
It’s even more amazing to realise that in the brief first 12 months with Face The Music we performed more gigs than my entire stint with Manning produced.
I look back at it with some sadness. The 8 piece band was a great experience, especially playing RoSfest, touring Europe (if 2 dates can be considered a tour), and recording on 5 albums (including the initial development of an entire section of one of the songs on Root, Leaf & Bone for which I was never credited)
Ididn’t enjoy it after Summers End in September 2012. It was like we treaded water for 12 months until the inevitable self destruction. Being in a band with two people you really don’t like is not a good way to be.
Looking back though, here are photos of the good times (and some of the bad times).
I always loved this shirt. It’s about 20 years old now!
Tonight I’m rehearsing with Ethryll, however, I’ve just had a quick walk to Maplin in Sheffield; passing City Hall on the way.
The students are collecting their honours. Cue some obscenely ugly suits.
I am sure in 20 years they will look back at the hideous check patterns with skinny fit legs and think “what the fuck was I thinking?”.
I’m sure they think they look cool now.