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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

It's Terribly Exciting, I'm Practically Asleep...

Well it's been a busy few weeks! While the NME have released their 'Cool List' of 2006, we've been getting our new song 'Ain't Never Been Cool' out and about and on the radio and in the press. We're off to Stockholm on Friday for our gig at the Debaser and have to be up at stupid O'Clock for Toby to pick us up in Alan the van and take us to the airport. Daddy Nat's already in Sweden wheeling and dealing so we have to make our own way there! Eek.

Meanwhile..just when we thought this whole recording malarkey was over for a bit, a certain Radio 1 DJ has got in touch and asked us to record something VERY SPECIAL INDEED..Hmmm..don't know how much I can tell you now...EXCEPT THAT IT'S VERY VERY EXCITING, and way cool.

Will write again soon with our tales from the road..

Al x x

Thursday, November 09, 2006


I know, I know, I missed you too... It's been a while hasn't it?

We've all had a little break while lots of stuff is being done to the album to make it sound even more pretty...(technical know...stuff), but it ain't pretty being back in the real world with no band, so we've unpacked the guitars and dusted down the drums and the 'Soul are back in action. Yay! There's mumblings that some super exciting things are about to happen and I've even got the old sewing machine out in preparation for the next gig on the 18th. Oh yes. New Lucky Soul album. New dress.

Lots more to follow so keep them peepers peeled!

Ali x x x

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Oh my god! It's only finished.....! Tracklisting to bec confirmed, but everyone is very excited. Toby scooted halfway across London, just so he could get his grubby paws on it... blimey

Sunday, October 22, 2006


Friday, October 20, 2006

50, Mavis, Ruff, Soaked. In that order.

Well, while the others are are contacting their lawyers and suing themselves, I'm still here at the battle front tearing through the last few songs in our cannon.

Obviously at this moment I've been kicked out of the control room again whilst George tinkers with live favourite "The Great Unwanted". At least that's what he tells me, for all I know he could be emailing the mixes off to MIX4U and playing solitaire for an hour.

Still we're hanging onto schedule by our teeth and everythings really starting to shine. With only 50 hours to go till pens down and we have to hand our work in at the front of the hall, it's gonna be tight but just fine. I'm sure I won't be saying that Sunday morning when I'm crying and smashing my head against the piano.

Be twixt listening and pointing and head shaking sessions today, I've been taking in loads of music for future influence/ piracy. Some real good stuff over the last couple of days infact.

Like these:
Esquivel- mad latin percussion arrangements kind of bossanova style. crazy stereo sounds, I believe Stereolab are big fans.

Ennio Morricone- He's most famous for his haunting soundtrack to Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns, but this was a CD entitled Mondo Morricone and was a selection of soundtracks from Independent Italian Films in the early sixties. spellbindingly beautiful stuff.

The Kinks- Village Green Preservation Society-works very well in the country.

A bit of Mavis Staples. Check her out if you want to hear A VOICE. It's biggger than the both of us, baby.

Some Barry White produced woman that I can't remember the name of

More Bert Jansh

Head by the Monkees whils making cheese and chutney sandwiches. Didn't match, turned it off

And finally a bit of pastoral english? alt country kind of stuff by a band called HEM, which is George's wife Fe's favourite and very pleasant stuff it is too. Got some oboes in it. Could possibly be used on some Channel Four heartrending British film. Just the right side of sweet really

Dog Update: I went for a brisk evening's constitutional earlier. As darkness fell my mind wandered onto American Werewolf In London. "Stick t' road, stay off the Moor etc" when I was startled by heavy breathing behind me. Usually this would be one of my many eager lady fans desperate to catch a glimse of their best travelling troubadour. Not tonight though, It was just a dirty great Dalmation.


P.S. Would the owner of the grey Ford Focus that aqua-planed past me at 9:30 this morning covering me from head to to toe in muddy water, like to contact me with any ideas as to how to get the salt marks off of me desert boots. Thanks.

Oh and if anyone would like to check out the sprawling metropolis where I've spent the last month, jave a look here:

Andrew Laidlaw (thought the Old Grey Whistle Test was a sheep dog programme as a child and missed out on early music education)

Dear all, i have been asked to post the following statement from the record label, before you read it, and to defuse any tension please look at the following picture:


We at Ruffa Lane Records would like to distance ourselves from any prior post in which it may have been suggested that members of the band may have increased in size during the recording of the album. We do not believe in pointing fingers, but aggrieved band members should look to their management company (Faith Management)… as he did it.

Nicholas Woodhead
Ruffa Lane Records

(We may have defaced posters in the past)


Oooh you cheeky monkeys!

My dear blog-watchers and LS fans,

It has become apparent that while we've been slaving away in the studio over what is now believed to be "one of the finest independent pop albums of recent times", putting in 12-hour days, every day, pushing ourselves beyond what we thought possible, risking our lives being mauled by dogs and chased by bulls, it seems that our charming record label have had nothing better to do than tamper with Lucky Soul posters and search the web for incriminating pictures.

This, dear friends, is because they miss us. They really have nothing better to do! We can pity them, of course, but let it be known that just like Dexy's Midnight Runners, we too have the master tapes (aka hard drive) and EMI on speed dial.

Ali x

Thursday, October 19, 2006

It had been noted that during the recording progress Lucky Soul had let themselves 'go' a bit. I think it was the chocolate only diet to stave off the cabin fever. Dont worry kids, I've got the sauna fired up already... so where's that amphetamine sulphate..... "Aliiiiiiii come here"

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Hey Chuck, Can We Get A Horse In Here?"

One of the advantages of recording and mixing with the aid of a computer instead of tape is that that you can be a lot more flexible and flit from session to session.

If you don't keep focused that could be a problem, but as long as you're sensible and set yourself resonable time limits, then it means you keep fresh and your ears don't get tired and bored. This in turn helps you make more measured and honest mixing decisions when you can look at the mix from in front rather than being buried inside it.

It also means that when, even when we're mixing I can still get a moment to SHOEHORN IN MORE STUFF. This was the case last night night when the bulging suitcase of a sweet pop that is "One Kiss Don't Make A Summer" was prized open with a crowbar and we shoved a HARPSICHORD in.

nb, historical note George's Harpsichord is a quality piece made by William De Blaise. The only other time I've seen one is in the Jean Luc Godard film "Sympathy For The Devil" about the making of The Stones' song, at Olympic Studios. Sounds great, so much better than yer virtual stuff.

The suitcase didn't too much sitting on, the harpsichord is only a little melodic arpeggio in the chorus and evrything that lives in our songs is carefuly placed, but I thought it might be nice to write a list of The componants in "One Kiss" to show you just how much gets on a Lucky Soul track and makes us sound a bit different to most bands.

Here goes

Drums,Bass,Grand Piano,Fender Stratocaster(electric guitar), Fender Telecaster, Six String Acoustic guitar, 12 String acoustic, Cello, Viola, Violin, Suitcase Rhodes(Electric Piano)
Girl Vocals, Girl Double vox, Girl Harmony, Boy Vox x2, Boy bDouble Vox, Guiro, Triangle, Hand Claps x6, Egg Shaker, Cabasa, Harpsichord, Tamborine. No Horse. Yet.

See if you can find them all when it comes out. We have tracks that have more in them than that sometimes. Just wait till we can afford a gospel choir.

I'm very pleased with "One Kiss". It's finally flowering after a long journey, it sounds wonderfully lush and very pop with just the right amount of heartbreak.

So we've got all sorts on the go now, Add Your Light nearly done and Get Outta Town sounding brilliant and completely mental. "It's yours" clicked earlier and "Ain't Never Been Cool" is marching along. It's all sounding rather good.

George as we speak is firing up the next track so we think new songs as well as carrying on my musical education. Today we've had:

The Byrds "Turn! Turn! Turn!" which is up high on the shelf and I fell crashing to floor whilst trying to reach it. Don't worry rhythm guitar fans, my hands are OK.

We had the B52's Wild Planet.... bit hectic for the morning really.

Some crazy Joe Meek produced stuff by some yodelling cowboy,

But best of all folk hero Bert Jansch's "Jack Orion" which I find really calming but dead spooky at the same time. It sounds like death on a windy shore.

Take Care OUt There

A x