Our new album is available to download now! You can name your price (i.e. you choose how much you want to pay, or not pay at all if you’re especially skint/tight) – but with added perks if you do decide to pay above a certain, very reasonable amount!
Good afternoon. Watch this.
For those of you who don’t know, Sound It Out is an independent record shop based in Stockton-On-Tees. Its literally 10 seconds walk from our old practice room. Every current member of Das Wanderlust has worked in the shop. Myself for a couple of years, on and off. Wesley for about a zillion years up until a couple of years ago. I think Laura has done a couple of shifts too, if memory serves.
Tom, who owns and runs the shop, was one of the founder members of Don’t Tell Clare, the DIY label that put out our first few releases. The Clare in the name Don’t Tell Clare is Tom’s fiance. The name ‘Don’t Tell Clare’ is quite apt, as Clare really hates our music. Fair enough, I say. She’s a really nice person so we don’t hold it against her.
Anyway, this other nice person called Jeanie Finlay is making a documentary about Sound It Out, which is cool because Sound It Out is definitely the kind of weird, eccentric little shop that you see less and less of these days. You’ll see from the trailer that its a film that needs to be made. Excitingly Jeanie is using some of our music in the film, which is a first for us.
So where do you come in? Well, firstly you could send the following film around all of your friends. That would be great on its own. Then, if you’re really enthusiastic about supporting this project, you could donate a little money towards the making of it – as little or as much as you feel inclined to or can afford.
‘Someone To Pull Crackers With’ picked up its first national airplay on Radio 1 last night courtesy of (of course), Mr Huw Stephens. Thanks Huw! Its snowing outside, and there are three pheasants hiding beneath a bush. How Christmassy do you want?!
Our new Christmas single is available to download now. There is a catch though, and its all to do with charity. You know how it is. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS. Merry Christmas!
We were guests on the second hour of Bob Fischer’s radio programme on BBC Tees this evening. We had a right old chinwag.
Yes, its now been five years since we played our first ever gig, at The Georgian Theatre in Stockton-On-Tees – which I suppose marked the start of our official existence as a band. We played for twelve epic, genre-defying, era-defining minutes. Twelve minutes that would change the world forever.
In the five years that have passed we have acheived more than we could ever have anticipated, and yet we have acheived practically nothing – leaving a mark on the public conciousness so microscopically small no scientific instrument has yet been invented that could measure it.
We’ve ploughed through umpteen band members, some of whom we’re still friends with, some of whom (justifiably, perhaps) still barely talk to us. We’ve released one demo EP, three 7″ singles, one album, and shortly a Christmas single. We’ve been reviewed in the national press (both favourably and less so), recorded radio sessions of varying quality for 6 music, Xfm, and at Maida Vale for Radio 1, toured all over the UK and Europe, and made a lot of friends on the way.
Ten days ago we played our 207th gig, at The Empire in Middlesbrough supporting our infinitely more popular and succesful friends The Chapman Family. We decided that gig would be a watershed for the band, and that we’d no longer be playing anything that we have released up until this point. Two songs from that set (‘Robot’ and ‘Orange Shop’) we played at our first ever gig, and we must have played a couple of thousand times by now. We’re still really proud of everything we’ve released up until now, but we have no desire to play any of it anymore. This is all incredibly self-indulgent I know, but if you can’t be self-indulgent on your own blog where can you be?
So this winter marks the beginning of a new chapter for the band. We’ve decided that we’re not going to be playing any gigs until April or May at the earliest. We’ve already begun recording our second album, and we’re some distance into writing the third. We’ve long since given up any idea of trying to ‘make it’ as a ridiculous waste of time, and instead have realised that the only thing worth striving for is to be absolutely as good a band as we can be – both on record and live. We realise that in the past we haven’t always been, and that’s a pretty disappointing feeling.
When we do eventually return, you should hopefully notice the change. We may not emerge from our chrysalis as a spectacular butterfly, but we will hopefully at least be a fairly interesting moth.
Until then, thank you to all the countless people who have helped us over the last five years. Its been… emotional.
Andy (& Laura, & Wes)
There we go, that’s looking a bit more respectable. Lots of content. Our intention is for this site to become the ultimate Das Wanderlust resource. Its what the general public have been crying out for.