Archive for November 2010
Ok, this blog is a short and sweet shout about the new single, new album, video and a few other bits.
I’ve just returned from a small solo tour of Germany, Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Munich. As always I met loads of great people and it constantly reminds me of why I do these things.
Some of the venues were busier than others but the prize for me went to Munich, the crowd understood the RKC thing and it was great to hangout in the atomic cafe after. Big thanks to all the venues for taking a punt on me, lot’s of venues and promoters out there book big names that will sell out and make ££££ but you guys do it for the right reasons. When I’m a famous pop star, I’ll give you a ton of freebies.
So the RKC thing is in full swing, album released next Mon! Don’t expect to hear the music on this thing called radio as I have no plugger or no big PR behind me so it’s up to you to dig it out from itunes/spotify or our site.
As you can see I’ve put a few offers on the site for all you that haven’t got the first album or ep’s etc.
And…..let’s not forget this tour, I wanna see yer faces there, it’s a 6 or 7 piece band touring it so give us some love.
And If you haven’t signed up…go sign up to my mailing list, all it takes is your email and you can download all the demos.
and….here’s the new free single and video.
To buy or not to buy that’s the question?
Also before I forget – thanks to everyone who asked me questions. here’s the article in full. Big thanks to all that took part especially Sue and Ross for sorting it out.
Roses Kings Questions
As we go to press, Adam Ficek is gearing up for another Roses Kings Castles outing, to celebrate the release of the new self-funded album “Suburban Timebombs”. He’s just back from playing several gigs in Germany and about to embark on a full band tour of venues across the UK before also taking in venues in Italy. Taking time out of his hectic schedule, he agreed to let YOU interview him…
We put the word out on various forums, social networks, Twitter – and so on – that questions emailed to us at email@example.com would be passed on to Adam, that he’d answer at least a few of them and that the results would be published. After a slow start (not helped by Adam’s web access being broken just when he was supposed to be letting everyone know about this!!) the questions flooded in.
After floundering around in a sea of questions for a bit we finally built a raft, found dry land and got things vaguely organised and here at last is the resulting ‘interview’ – the questions YOU asked and Adam’s replies.
What is the best Babyshambles track recorded in the studio for Shotters Nation which didn’t make it onto the album and why?
I think everything we made got released with the album and b-sides etc, apart from some rough takes of ‘fireman’ ‘torn’ and ‘I don’t know that man’. I’ve got all the demos and out takes so….
What is the best Babyshambles track recorded in the studio for Down in Albion which didn’t make it onto the album and why?
352 days was a song that came together quite late, Patrick wrote it and was going to be a possible single on the next album but circumstances, etc…
I have noticed you have LOTS going on. If you’re not DJing, playing live with RKC or creating projects with Gary Powell, you’re gardening, building a studio, recruiting band members and juggling family life. How DO you keep on top of it?
It’s really hard to find time, sometimes I do feel that I should just dedicate all my efforts in one area, but all the creative output seems to lead to the same place so why not? Family stuff, well that’s the most important. Cut all the bullshit out of the industry and we are all ‘uwe-man beans’ – I wish more people would realise that, they eventually do but it takes time.
When and why did you decide to expand Roses Kings Castles, and will this be a permanent fixture?
In a toilet in Spain, I decided to as I had no choice – the situation in Babyshambles had deteriorated for me so I needed to evolve my side project, quite simple really. I always wanted to play with more musicians but the touring budgets didn’t allow, they still don’t but hopefully it’ll work out somehow.
Would you rather have a bionic arm or a bionic leg?
A bionic arm.
Would you rather have your face and body but the brain of a chimpanzee or be a chimpanzee but have your human brain?
I’d like the head of a chimpanzee and the body of a wasp.
Would you rather do a duet with Lily Allen or a sixtet with Girls Aloud?
If you could duet with anyone, who would you choose?
I like Kate Rusby’s voice, not all her stuff but there’s a pureness to her singing.
I like Graham’s guitaring, I’m still working on getting him in.
I like Dan Treacey’s words, we’re releasing stuff in the future.
I like the way Doorly makes drums swing.
What will become of the Adam Ficek/Drew McConnell bromance now that you’re no longer in Babyshambles?
With regret – that’s all over.
How many jumpers do you own?
Too many, but I’m into dark colours at the moment.
Do you think The Beatles were/are over-rated?
No way. Better than the Stones.
What was the first album you ever bought?
Can’t remember.….the Dubliners
Are there any good new bands around these days or are they all rubbish?
I’m more touched much by electronic stuff at the moment, just a matter of time though until something comes and kicks the band thing up again.
Would you rather wear Crocs for a year or Uggs for a year?
Uggs, especially in winter.
How do you feel about being a fashion icon for women everywhere?
It was always going to happen.
(Won’t you tell me) Where have all the good times gone?
They moved to the Continent. It’s lovely there and Audrey loves the wine.
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Be very wary.
Would you ever consider a perm?
Yes, it’s something I’m considering for 2011.
Have you ever considered becoming a vegan?
I like the concept and I don’t think it’s right that animals should suffer for us and our taste buds but, I’m not a vegan. I would like to be. Hypocrite.
Fruit or veg?
Fruit but veg is more important.
Which of your songs are you most proud of?
Inner Love, One Born Every Minute, Unstookietitled.
What has been the best moment of your career?
It’s yet to happen … but probably looking across at Patrick at some point and thinking, this is what all the work was for, the years of graft, perhaps the first tour of Shambles ‘05 time.
With hindsight would you do anything differently?
Yes, I don’t really want to embellish it, but if I knew then what I know now I would have …..
Favourite shop in Midsummer Place?
Would you describe yourself as an intuitive person?
Which super hero / villain would you be?
Can you please tell us something about the other musicians in the RKC band?
They’re all computer generated.
Do you ever get recognised in public and if so how do you feel about that?
Not really, sometimes it’s nice for the ego, other times I just want to be left alone to buy some marmite in Tescos.
Who are your favourite drummers?
Alan Wren, Mitch Mitchell, John Marshall, Robert Wyatt.
Who are your favourite lyricists?
Morrissey, Robert Wyatt, Syd Barrett, Dan Treacey
Tea, coffee or hot chocolate?
Depends on the time frame.
Do you eat cake?
Yeah too much.
If you could only play one instrument, which one would you chose?
Where was your best audience and why?
It changes but recently – Munich, I just felt like they understood the music and the performance.
What were your influences for “Suburban Timebombs”?
A lot of it was written during a slightly troublesome time so it may have been influenced by that, or maybe not.
Are you on bad terms with the members of Babyshambles?
I don’t speak to any of them or their circle, except a few of the techs.
Would you consider working with Peter again?
At this time I don’t think that is a really an option.
What is the inspiration in your lyrics?
Things just pop out, it’s only later that I realise what they were about. I find a lot of lyricists try too hard to write meandering poetic lines, it can often come out as trite and cringeworthy.
How would you recommend getting publicity in London?
Pull a media stunt.
How do YOU get publicity?
It’s linked to being in Babyshambles and spamming.
Do Belle & Sebastian inspire you?
I like their melodies.
What is your favourite poem?
Bah Bah Black Sheep.
Where did you get the name “Roses Kings Castles” from?
In a dream.
You seem disillusioned by some of the ways in which the music industry works. If a major label were to approach Roses Kings Castles, would you decline an offer?
I’d snap it up. I would need to have creative control though! Major labels can press buttons we littl’ans can never do.
How much do you think the music industry will have to change in the next few years?
The whole thing will completely change; it’s scary and exciting at the same time. I just returned from Germany – I played a venue in Frankfurt called the Yellowstage, this venue is a recording studio and label. I think the future is going to be like this, the whole thing is ran from a passionate stance but they also have enough business skills to know who and where to tap into to make it work. A great ethic. Check it out and support.
What bands have influenced – and continue to influence you – the most?
I’m inspired by bands that just put their heads down and tour/record and put the hours in, bands that have worked hard to achieve.
So there you have it, we hope your favourite question found its way into this interview! As I’m sure you all already know the album is out on itunes on the 7th (itunes pre-order) and elsewhere on the 8th (www.recordstore.co.uk and all usual outlets). Meanwhile you can check out the new free single Subtleties of Love and video here. If you have more questions then go find Adam at one of his many upcoming gigs – see http://www.adamficek.com and http://www.ficekforever.net.tc .
A big thank you to Adam for agreeing to do this and thanks to everyone who sent in their questions.
Ross & Sue