"And as the evening sun slipped slowly away leaving us alone in the fading light; and as the birdsong signalled the falling of the magic hour all around, we witnessed for the first time, intoxicating, the silent union of the golden fields, the drowsy air and the coming night…” (The Silent Union)
Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the songs you write have a mind and a life of their own… Sometimes you bring them into the world, let them live a little and find they won’t let you go. They’re there late at night when you can’t sleep. They’re there in the morning in that space between your dreams and being awake. Haunting you, whispering in your ear, demanding to be heard.
The Silent Union never went away and yet we’re back… With a renewed focus and a hunger to get these songs out into the public consciousness. There are songs we wrote a year ago that sound like jukebox classics to us and yet hardly anyone’s heard them. That’s about to change very soon. And there are new songs that we have crafted since then, over the long winter months, and these sound big and grand and vital. Melody is our king and words just keep coming.
There will be gigs. There will be recordings. We’ll road-test the songs acoustically. A good song is a good song and stands up regardless of backing. There may be full electric gigs at some point too, hopefully. But for now it’s about the buzz; about getting out there and playing the songs.
Hello everyone. It’s been quite a day, hasn’t it. Well let us first get this out of the way: Thank you, Chris, for all the years of amazing music you’ve given us with Editors. We are going to profoundly miss you both in studio and live as you have been such an integral part of the band from day…
Sam Forrest will, without fail, play Pocketful of Stars when he plays live; possibly the one song from his previous band Nine Black Alps which translates the best to his acoustic sets. I don’t know who you are, and I don’t know where you’ve been sets the song up for a search; I need a miracle, a star crossed lover, an arrow in my heart. Is he looking for love? Someone we haven’t met but are sure is out there, the concept of a soulmate, maybe you’re just like me. Forrest’s voice sounds a little tired, like a sigh; how long do we search before we give up?
So, spring is alive and dancing through the fields, forests and hedgerows of Middle England. It’s a time of new growth, and this is also true in the band… We’ve had a pretty lively entrance into 2012, all things considered. We’ve had the pleasure of discovering a great new global audience on Twitter and we’ve unleashed the vibrant ‘Alone In Berlin’ EP of which we’re all really proud. We’ve already played some memorable gigs at Coventry Kasbah and at both The Soundhouse and Lock 42 in Leicester, and in February we went down to those magic streets of London Town to shoot a video for ‘But Without Light - the results of which are amazing!
Through increased networking we’ve found new opportunities open up for gigs and festivals. We’re really excited to be playing with the fantastic Under A Banner at the Newhampton Arts Centre in Wolverhampton on 16th June, and there are a couple of exciting festival slots we hope to announce soon…
The ‘Alone In Berlin’ EP (you know, the one with Parky’s gorgeous watercolour artwork…!) has received a couple of glowing reviews from Music Matters To Us and Arts In Leicestershire respectively, and that, coupled with the fact that people seem to be loving the songs just makes it all completely worthwhile. However small the audience, if a few people ‘get’ the music and love the songs, that really means the world to us and is what drives us on to make more music. We’d probably do it anyway - it’s an addiction, let’s face it! - but engaging with our audience and getting to know them as people aswell just makes it that much more satisfying when you hear that they dig the songs!
So, what’s next for One Cure For Man…? Well, we’re already working on the next EP which we hope to make available very soon. We recently played a well-received acoustic set at Leicester’s Lock 42 and as a result of that we’ve been working on some more acoustic-based material with Parky also dusting off the grand piano for a few epic numbers too… Off the back of that, we’re also hoping to record a couple more songs soon so it’s all going on…!