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Frost* / Hello!
« on: July 09, 2016, 12:49:11 AM »
Hello all,

I've not forgotten about you honest. I'd just forgotten how time consuming it is to run this thing when it's going full steam.

What with the day job, finishing the album, sorting the gigs, doing all the promo and dealing with my dad's death in January, it's been a pretty intense 7 months. The response to the album has been fantastic and I want to thank everyone here who's helped spread the word, I don't think we've ever had as much exposure before or indeed as much love from the wider world. It's been amazing.

Thanks also to everyone who's come down to see us thus far. We've had a great time playing and all 4 of us are keen to do more having forgotten how much fun we have when we do eventually get together on a stage. The boys have astounded me nightly with their efforts and I'm honoured that they take the time to make space for this thing as they're all so super busy all of the time.

The next 4 shows will be an evolution of the first 4 as we've now had a chance to get a bit more comfy with the new stuff. I'm back down to a single keyboard for starters and the MIDI ironing board is restored and ready to go. :)

Once this run of gigs is done I'm going to take a bit of a break as I've been on the Frost* ride-on mower since May '15 pretty much and I'm finally feeling a bit jaded now. However I plan to get back at it with the remainder of the material I have here over this coming winter and then we'll be back out again, this time focussing on the EU next spring.

Before that though we have Ramblin' Man in Kent on the 23rd of this month (on at 2pm I think), Thekla in Bristol on the 29th, London on the 30th (Sold Out) and The Portland Arms in Cambridge on the 31st (5 tickets left).

Come and say hello if you're coming down to any of these. We do potter out afterwards looking for people to talk to. :)

Thanks again for being brilliant. We (and I) seriously appreciate everything you do for us.


Announcements / In or Out
« on: March 14, 2016, 08:04:28 PM »
Hello chums!

First off, thank you thems that have already pre-ordered the thingy wot we made. You're all lovely and fragrant and this means I can now order the tour t-shirts. :)

Secondly, I wanted to ask you what you wanted to do. Obviously the new site is now up and running, do you want me to link the forum up to it? Or do we prefer being a little shining castle of unique and lovely biscuit obsessives floating in the interwebbular soup?

Lemme know and I shall make it happen. Or not obviously.  :)

Ta. Jem

Gear Corner / Sub 37
« on: December 24, 2015, 09:39:04 AM »
Just treated myself to one as I've been a good boy this year, eez really good.

I blow a bit hot and cold on Moog stuff, both my Voyager and Little Phatty had tuning issues, but this little chap is marvellous.  :)

Gear Corner / System 1m
« on: July 12, 2015, 06:05:07 PM »
Jolly good. However, if you want to access the 4 voice polyphony you can only do it via MIDI. Using it via CV is a monophonic only experience. I think this is a bit s**t considering it's designed to sit in a Eurorack as you therefore have to leave a small gap in the rack to get a MIDI cable in round the back.

Other than that though it's a keeper, especially when you put other audio through it. The filter is luvverly.

Just wanted to share that as nobody else anywhere seems to have mentioned it.

Frost* / Gigs
« on: June 23, 2015, 07:56:07 PM »

There is a fair to middling chance that we might wheel the old gal around some venues next year once the album's out. If we were to pick, say 5 UK, 5 EU and 5 world destinations, where would you suggest?

I'm not saying we would actually arrive at all these places, but it'd be nice to get an idea of the scope of what's out there and who might rock up.

Ta innit.

Jem x

Gear Corner / Prophet 6
« on: June 23, 2015, 08:25:16 AM »
Being delivered today. :)

Total Sequential fanboy. It's all Tony Banks' fault.

Announcements / Hello!
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:19:00 PM »
Awrite loves?!

First off, sorry for not getting on here sooner, I've been stationed in London these last couple of days doing Gospel songs in German, long story...

Anyways, I just wanted to say a personal and truly heartfelt THANK YOU to everybody who came down, Nellie gave me me much feedback about what happened with the get in and I do sincerely apologise to those who didn't get in in time. It was ambitious with a 7pm door call and a 7.30 stage call, but Sunday was the only day we could get at The Scala. As it turned out, with It Bites appearing as well, my initial idea that hiring a venue 3 times the size of The Peel (having taken on board last year's comments!) would be big enough turned out not to be the case... I am sorry about that.

Obviously, just as bad would be us hiring something too big (Hammy O?!) and us all rattling round it slightly embarrassedly, thus destroying the atmosphere, so I can only hold my hand up and apologise for underestimating the event. I would genuinely welcome suggestions for suitably sized venues going forwards. Us and IB are considering doing some more double headliners next year so do please get involved in the plans, you are THE most important part of these things after all!  :D

I have much news to bring you very soon. I just have to do some legal stuff first with one piece of news and try and quantify the rest, but rest assured there is much goodness to bring.  :D

In the meantime, again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such wonderful, kind, supportive, loving people. I wouldn't and couldn't do it without you. 8-)

Have a peaceful Xmas and see you bright and early in the New Year. New Frost reports will quickly explain why.  ;)

Jem xxxx

Frost* / So...
« on: August 08, 2012, 12:01:10 AM »
Hello all!

Right... finally back from the G3 thing. Huge gigs, great fun. Am now proud to count Steve Morse and Dave LaRue as my friends, indeed  I shall be going to the Flying Colours gig in London in Sept to catch up with them so I'll no doubt see some of you there?

Mr Vai was a gentleman. Playing "For The Love Of God" in the grounds of a 14th century Italian castle on a summer's evening just as the sun was setting is a memory I shall take with me to my grave. It was awesome.

Satch was, as last time, both a joy to work with and an inspiration. He also had me in stitches regularly. He was intrigued by Frost, mainly as a result of watching a few of the Frost Reports and that he completely got the humour and then built on it with a variety of glorious (but sadly unrepeatable) ideas for the future of the band, I think, speaks volumes. He's completely aces.

All the members of the G3 bands - Dave W, Eric Valentine, Phil Bynoe, Allen Whitman, Jeff C, Drew, (PLUS the fabulous crew who bust their arses night after night on our behalf) were also fantastic company and very welcoming to the Brit with no track record on the road. It was a very happy tour throughout and that I both miss it and and am glad to be home in equal measure I think is the perfect result.

However, that's in the past now and we've got the Frost*Bites gig to sort out plus finally finally getting cracking on F***. It's our turn now!!  :D  :D


Frost* / Update
« on: June 02, 2012, 06:31:09 PM »
Hello loves,

Sorry for the never ending apologies about my shoddy attendance record. 2012 is turning out to be the busiest year I've ever ever had as a professional musician.

Obviously you know about Radio 2 now, it's been 4 years in the planning and has been the holy grail dayjob gig for me ever since the charts and I fell out. Blunders played a blunder, sorry, blinder last week and everyone was blown away by the manner of the man as well as his formidable chops. Sadly not mutton chops...

Then there's G3. The good news about that though is that as with all touring and almost entirely unlike my dayjob (26 days straight working without a break and counting, 12 to go!) there is a great deal of hanging about doing nowt therefore I have plucked the fatted MacBook from the Apple tree and filled it with many goodies to enable me to fill all the waiting about time with writing. For Frost. I'm looking forward to that as much as I am to playing decent venues with decent hotels, decent fees, decent catering and not a splitter van in sight.

By the time I alight at Gatport Airwick on Aug 6th, I should have much progress under my belt. I'm extremely excited by this as I have to say the winds of Frost (ahem) have truly gripped me again and I'm absolutely raring to get going good and proper. I expect the writing will carry on into Autumn and Winter with the serious recording starting next Spring. Drums, guitars and hopefully bass will all be recorded at Sphere Studios in Battersea. Franc there got me the most fantastic drum and guitar sound ever this week and I want that tone on my album, no question. Same for the guitars. There'll be none of this virtual carp...I want air moving.  :D  8-)

Anyways, I can't say I'll b e back soon, but I shall try. Happy Jubidoo dear hearts. Enjoy the time off, have a beer for me.


Other Bands / new IB album
« on: January 30, 2012, 11:25:53 PM »
JM just sent it to me. I've just listened to it.

It's f***cking amazing.  :D  :D  :D  :D

You will LOVE it. I promise you.

Frost* / 24th!
« on: December 24, 2011, 04:13:21 PM »
You know I'm not one to swear, but holy j**** **CK*** ***TIN* F***!

You people floor me. I've just had a gander at the 24th on the advent calendar and...well what can I say?

Thank you SO SO SO SO SO SO SO much.  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D

You people really seriously should start a band! And I really mean that. It's an amazing piece of work. It's like an unreleased track from Selling England By The Pound, so many nice influences there. Lovely chord sequences too, and I don't say that coz I wrote a few of 'em. ;)

What's also nicely relevant is that Google are offering an option for snowflakes to fall over the screen at the moment. Obviously, I had that on to add to the vibe!  :lol:

I'm blown away, flattered, honoured, chuffed and awestruck all in one big globule of thingy. Absolutely brilliant.

Merry Christmas everybody, not just to those involved. I hope you have a fab time filled with good stuff, but and also some peace from whatever's getting atcha right now. To those involved, I'm now going to go to Tunbridge Wells so I can buy a hat that I can take off to you. Genius' every one of you.

The Frosties are the best people in the world.  8-)


BTW, Ron, what can't you play?  :lol:  :D

Frost* / thank you thank you thank you
« on: December 17, 2011, 04:52:57 PM »

You were AWESOME! Thanks so much for coming down and making it the night it was. I couldn't have done it without you.  8-)

I hope you had a good time, we certainly did. I've never known it so hot in there! It was  lovely to chat to everyone afterwards as well. Has it really been a year?

Thanks again from all of us in the band. Have the bestest Christmas and I'll get to work on putting this Frost report together.  ;)  :D

Jem xxxxxxxx

Other Bands / me und satch
« on: October 06, 2011, 12:34:17 AM »
hello again!

dunno if anybody posted these at the time, but here are some YouTube films courtesy of Curtarist of me onstage with the Satch man. Seems like only last week. Shame really as actually, last week feels like about 10 year ago.  :D  :D

Sorry about the sound, I was busy.  :D

I know that Jeff C ran a click all night to stop things from running away with themselves, so if needs be, just dub the actual tracks onto the footage and pretend it's me!

Frost* / Hello
« on: September 28, 2011, 08:40:23 PM »
Hello loves! God I feel like TBE, suddenly popping up out of nowhere.  :lol:  :lol:

Sorry for the radio silence, I've had a bit of a year. Back now though and raring to go. :D

Thanks SO much for selling The Peel out. I was totally blown away that I'd not been forgotten. So touched by that, thank you.

I promise we'll have a right laugh. Some old old songs will be played and some not often played songs too. AND JM and I shall be supporting ourselves with some songs and banter too.

And then there's the new album.  :D

Back soon. Happy Wednesday everybody.

J xx

Announcements / New DVD latest
« on: January 26, 2011, 10:17:41 AM »

I just thought I'd update you with where we're at regarding the new DVD. As ever with this band, it's not been the plainest of sailing so far. Cut a long story short we keep being buggered about with dates. The problem we have is that as we only want 2 days, Rockfield are reluctant to commit to that in case they get a big name block booking in which in commercial terms is perfectly understandable. However, as a result, our initial dates of 9/10 March couldn't be confirmed. My good friend Rob Reed (who's being an absolute star in helping get this whole thing sorted) then suggested we go to a different studio also in Rockfield (How many cool residential recording studios does one town need??!) who had availability on the 14/15th March. So I checked with the band, bearing in mind everybody, especially Blunders, has a mad mad schedule. Miraculously we were all free so I gave Rob the big Yay! for that. Hurrah!

Then we get email last night saying "Unfortunately, another client has just extended their session by a week until 23rd March however I can offer you 3/4th March or 24/25th March as alternatives".

Now at this point, I'm getting a tad exasperated. To be honest I've not even bothered emailing the rest of the guys about this yet as I'm getting a bit tired of continually changing the goal posts. I know that Craig can't do the alternative offered dates so currently we're at an impasse.

I'm going to email round in a minute to check everybody's schedules (again) for April and May and then we'll have to take it from there.

Anyway, I just thought I'd keep you in the loop. This WILL get done. It's just a question of when! Ah, it never rains... :lol:


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