Posted by on May 10, 2012
It’s been quite some time since I’ve updated this page as I’ve been concentrating on activities with The Reverse and the recent release of our *wildly successful* single “No, I Don’t Want to See Your Stupid F**king Band”. We’re also working on songs for a second album, so are busy in the process of recording new songs.
In the meantime however, I am delighted to have a song included on forthcoming album “Songs About Albums Vol 1″, released by ace blog “The Album Wall“.
It’s the first original song I’ve released as Nat The Hammer and is featured as a teaser for the whole album on Soundcloud now. It’s called “Long Car Journeys” and is about R.E.M. and their album “Murmur”.
Here’s the link to all the details about the album and where you can hear “Long Car Journeys”
I also performed as Nat The Hammer at the beginning of this year as I hosted the Under the Influence Steve Harley special that was curated by the wonderful Papernut Cambridge. They acted as a house band, so I had the wonderful priviledge of performing my cover with a band that included Ian Button, Jack Hayter, Robert Rotifer, Citizen Helene and one of my all time heroes Darren Hayman.
A really wonderful evening! Check out the Under The Influence facebook page for pictures and videos coming soon.
Having taken the last few months to focus on the release of the debut album by my band The Reverse; “Kind Words For Cruel Times”, I’m dusting the cobwebs off my faintly ridiculously named alter ego, Nat The Hammer and doing some solo gigs.
This year it’s ‘Utter!’s 10th birthday! Having re-written a special song and been unable to perform it live when Richard Tyrone Jones staged his own funeral a few years ago, this time I will play “Richard’s Funeral” for the first and probably last time, as well as a couple of other songs.
Lots of great comedians, spoken words acts and music all making an appearance.
Kicks off at 4.30pm and i’m on around 6.30pm
This is another UTTER event curated by word smith Lee Nelson.
My face is plastered all over the poster, which means I can go around telling people that I’m headlining, even though there is no headliner as such and the whole event has a much more democratic supportive focus, with no real hierachy… still nice poster.
The Reverse @ Buffalo Bar 17th April
Next weds, 17th April see’s my own band, The Reverse, return to the live stage for a full set for the first time in nearly two years!
We’re giving away a 4 song CD album sampler to the first 20 through the door. Advanced tickets for £5 from: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/38373
Or £7 on the door.
There are some other great acts playing including, the wonderful James Wolf and the hotly tipped The Daturas.
The headline act is the great Johnny Panic & The Fevers, who are coming down from Liverpool to launch their new EP.
UNDER THE INFLUENCE NEWS:
Thanks to everyone who came down to our Suede night last month! A special mention must go to David Barnett who as well as entertaining us with his hillarious quiz somehow also managed to perform twice! Videos of performances now online (http://www.youtube.com/user/UndertheInfluenced) , including two original songs from The Melting Ice Caps and Rob Britton uploaded today.
For our next Under The Influence night we’re delighted that Helen McCookeryBook (http://www.mccookerybook.com/) and Acton Bell (http://www.myspace.com/actonbelle) are our guest hosts. They’ve put together a fantastic collection of acts set to pay tribute to Jefferson Airplane and showcase their own songs including: Martin Stephenson (http://daintees.bandcamp.com/album/martin-stephenson) , The Magnetic Mind (https://www.facebook.com/magneticminduk) , The Home Office (http://www.myspace.com/thehomeofficeband) , Guy Harries, (http://www.guyharries.com) Trees & The Slipways (https://soundcloud.com/trees-and-the-slipway) and Portia Winters (http://portiawinters.com/) as well as Helen and Acton themselves.
22.04.13. 7.30pm, £3 at The Boogaloo, 312 Archway Road.
We’ve also set up a new facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/undertheinfluencenight) and got special hosts Slate Islands (http://www.slateislands.com/) lined up to curate a very special event on May 20th. Details of which to follow soon.
UTI @ The Great Escape Festival
In other news we’re excited to be taking Under The Influence down to Brighton as part of The Great Escape Festival on May 18th at Mrs Fitzherberts.
As Billy Bragg is headlining on the Friday night, we’re dedicating the night to the Bard Of Barking.
TGE wristband holders get in free.
Otherwise it’s £4 on the door.
The event starts at 7pm!
MON 21st JAN 2013: UNDER THE INFLUENCE BOB DYLAN SPECIAL
I’m hosting the Under The Infuence Bob Dylan tribute on 21st Jan 2013
A showcase for great new songwriters, each act performs two of their own songs and one cover version by the featured artist of the month.
This month we pay tribute to BOB DYLAN.
Hosted by Nat The Hammer
The Lucky Face
Entry £3 (still a bargain)
MUSIC STARTS: 8PM, THE BOOGALOO, HIGHGATE, 312 ARCHWAY ROAD,N6 5AT
020 8340 2928
WEDS 16th JAN 2013 NAT THE HAMMER AT THE ISLINGTON
FIRST GIG OF THE YEAR AND IT’S FREE ENTRY!
New acts night at The Islington 1 Tolpuddle Street, N1 0XT London
Also playing are:
Sun 2nd December Tottenham Festival: Folk at Bruce Castle Museum (afternoon gig)
As part of the Tottenham Festival I’m performing at “Folk at Bruce Castle Museum” on 2 December between, 1pm -5pm. I’m onstage around 3pm. FREE Entry! Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, N17 8NU
An afternoon of new Folk in the tranquil setting of Bruce Castle Museum. Curated by one of London’s top Folk promoters, The Local other acts performing include: The Keepsakes and One-Eyed Wayne.
Fri 16TH NOV: THE END FESTIVAL (VARIOUS VENUES CROUCH END)
I’m very excited to be confirmed to play The End Festival on Friday 16th Nov!
Organised by The Local: The End – is a Multi-Venue Music Festival for Crouch End on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 November 2012 across various Crouch End Venues. It’s going to be an amazing event with loads of bars restaurants and even shops putting on live music over the two nights.
Established acts such as Gravenhurst (Warp records), Peggy Sue (Wichita), Anna Meredith (Moshi Moshi) will be performing as well as unsigned acts such as One Eyed Wayne and Orlando Seale & The Swell who have graced the Under The Influence stage in the past.
Nat The Hammer will be performing on the Friday night at 9.00pm at Rileys Ice Cream Parlour.
For more details check back here, or look on the Local website.
MON 19TH NOV: UNDER THE INFLUENCE: LOST INDIE BANDS OF THE 90S
On Monday November 19th we plan to pay tribute to all those lost indie bands of the 90s.
Bands who may have once been proclaimed to be the next big thing, but for one reason or another have been resigned to a simple footnote in pop history yet are still fondly remembered by dedicated fans everywhere.
So if you remember a time when Radiohead were more often found as support act for Kingmaker, a time when Jamie Hewitt’s distinctive artwork made you think of Senseless Things rather than Gorillaz, if you like Richard Hawley’s solo work but secretly still yearn for a Longpigs reunion or believe that Northern Uproar were the band that Oasis could have been, then this is the night for you!
Entry £3 (still a bargain), Music Starts: 8PM, The Boogaloo, Highgate, 312 Archway Road, N6 5AT
Follow us on twitter and use the hashtag #LostIndieBandsOfThe90s to tell us which bands you’d like to hear covered. https://twitter.com/underthein @underthein
I was joined by a special guest Emma Cunnife who joined me onstage at Under The Influence to sing a Kate Bush cover!
Mon 17th Sept from 7.30pm (£3) Acts include:
Helen McCookerybook, Betty Steeles, John McIvor, Miranda Quammie, Rae Kelly, Valerie & Her Week of Wonder, Liz Arcane. Hosted by Nat The Hammer
THE BOOGALOO, HIGHGATE, 312 ARCHWAY ROAD, N6 5AT,020 8340 2928
I’ll be playing a short set as part of this alternative & comedic poetry & music night.
The Goat Inn , 37 Sopwell Lane, St Albans, AL1 3XB
It’s been a busy couple of weeks. I had a great time supporting anti-folk legend LACH UK TOUR 12 BAR CLUB Highlights were playing my New York song on sept 11th and and getting the audience to re-create one of my favorite moments from the Paralympics (the booing of George Osbourne)
Also a big thanks to everyone who came down to…
And we managed to raise over £400 for Millenium stars to send two of their players, from Liberia, for a football trial in Nigeria in September 2012.
I’m very proud to present a short 5 minute film about “Under The Influence” to celebrate our second birthday.
Click on the link to watch. http://youtu.be/Bb9asaqo8FQ
The film was made by James Dillon & Julia Bobbin & filmed @ The Boogaloo at our One Day Festival 17/06/12.
Additional photography by Emma Marshall
Please share and forward on as we’d like as many people to see this as possible and help promote all the great acts who play at UTI.
Featuring: The Reverse, The Massive Violins, My Mate George, The Lucky Face, Laura Swain, Mark Nevin, The New Southpaw Soviet, Kit Sam Kirr & James McKeown.
You can see a selection of some of the performances in full from our one day festival on the
Under The Influence youtube page (just click on the link) http://www.youtube.com/user/UndertheInfluenced
To celebrate Under The Influence’s second birthday I’ll be hosting and performing with The Reverse at the first ever “Under The Influence” One day Festival on Sun 17th June.
Doors open 2.30pm
THE REVERSE will be on around 5.30pm.
Throughout the day there’ll be performances from some great acts incl: Zeth Townsend, The Red Headed League, My Mate George, Laura Swain, The Lucky Face, The New Southpaw Soviet & The Massive Violins
After the live music there’ll be DJ sets from The Graftsmen Bros & Kris-Witha-K.
They’ll be a BBQ throughout the day from the folk at the exceptionally tasty “BBQ Drum” (www.theBBQdrum.co.uk)
See the facebook page for timings for all the acts: http://www.facebook.com/events/382667585102696/
FLORENCE & THE LACH-INE!here to read about Lach’s influence on the American Anti-folk scene and his link to acts as diverse as Jeffrey Lewis, Regina Spector, Beck & Michelle Shocked)