Our debut album Simeon's Song is now available for purchase and download from Bandcamp.
FINALLY THE TIME HAS COME.. The planets have aligned and the album launch is happening! Via planes, trains and automobiles the Stylites are converging on The Mission Bar on the 27TH OF OCTOBER. Come along for pints and musics from ourselves and the baritone boyo JACK SPOKE facebook.com/jackspokeofficial/ (we have another support act yet to be confirmed.)
Check out the event page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/1794302267359329/
This is an update on the project you so kindly helped us with. We're finally on the home straight! As you’ve probably noticed It's been a far slower process than we expected. But we’re finally close enough to the quality we're looking for (or at least close enough that we can stifle the procrastination and cold feet). Time to get over the hand-wringing and get the thing out :)
Here follows a bit of brain spew.. Feel free to skip the next chunk of text :) It's really a bunch of reasons/excuses for taking 9 + months longer than planned.
Recording and mastering is HARD. All those stories of people recording albums in their bedrooms lures you into thinking it's just down to time spent with the right gear. However -- here's the rub -- if you aim to record music in the traditional idiom of analogue/acoustic instruments you're trying to emulate (unintentionally or otherwise) the canon of analogue recorded music. As such you’re trying to work at the level of genuine engineers and groups of people whose life craft has been using technology and chutzpah to sculpt sound. Hence your own ears are your worst enemy and simultaneously your only sensory tool! Let's put it like this: Imagine banging a guitar/keyboard/drums for a half your life (INNER MONOLOGUE - 'yep I can do songs me') and then deciding that you could probably figure out the recording jiggery-pokery in a few months. That's the breathtaking naivety that we and most like minded musicians are guilty of. We want to put the temporal mess of live music in a box. On top of that we want it to sound acceptable within the matrix of music that was recorded by people who know what their doing. It's like natural selection - recorded music has been available for about 100 years and that century has been a paradigm of praxis - an incremental development of technology, skills, conventions, fashion and commercialism. Assuming that you can digest that and hop into the maelstrom is a recipe for extreme frustration.
Here’s the advice that we would give to ourselves if we could go back in time and give ourselves a good talking too. It might be valid to those of your in a similar position
Its stands to reason If your ultimate goal is recording then anytime you practice whilst being plugged into your recording setup is doubly useful.
So in the end the process is really learning to balance between your own treacherous ears as well as your technical limitations. Even if you have faith in your music you’ll still be constantly asking people ‘is this ok?’ ..’ can I get away with this?’.. ‘Does this sound like real music?’. At the same time you’ll be trying to swat up on technical shit and hoping that you’ve reached a skill level that allows you to record something that is plausible!
To finish we think we have made something that is (at best) plausible.. and yet we are pretty proud of it. Turns out even getting near your own level of plausibility is so hard it’s a relief to even see it on the horizon.
It’s worth saying that we’re especially thankful for the crowdfunding system as well as the wee bit of faith and good will that made you people pass us a few quid. If you people hadn’t pledged money towards the CD that didn’t exist the gauntlet of doubt and ignorance would have definitely defeated us.
All the Best
Dan, Eoghan,Ben & Roger
St.Simeon & the stylites
Hi Acolytes! Thanks to all your donations we successfully raised enough for our E.P. Simeon's Song. More updates on the launch coming soon! If you are one of our sponsors then go to the Fundit page to recap on your rewards.
So, the E.P. is firmly on its way. Some recording has been done and more to do. Happy to announce two performances in May. Thanks to the wonderful all singing-all dancing people at Shawbrook, we will be returning to Lagan, Longford for their BARN DANCE BEECH PARTY on Saturday 21 May. We will also be making an appearance in Sweeney's on Dame street in Dublin on the 26th. Head over to our events page for more info!
Just an update on our fundraising campaign for our forthcoming E.P. Simeon Song. In less that a week we have raised over five hundred euro. We a absolutely delighted by all the support we have received so far. So, if you haven't already checked out our Fundit page just click here
Along with the usual rewards we've decided to add some incentive markers to keep the ball rolling. So, to mark getting a third of our funding Roger has cut his hair.
After two years of gigs and general divilment we think it's high time St. Simeon and the Stylites put together their first E.P.
For those not in the know here's a brief bio of the band:
When Roger arrived in Falcarragh, North-Donegal, he found a couple of like minded souls with a fondness for the strange and quirky end of the musical spectrum. St. Simeon and the Stylites were born. After a year of local gigging, Ben and Roger returned to college promising to keep the Stylites alive. (Shout out to our original drummer during this period: Marc Grady aka Alypius Stylite!)
An exciting 2015 saw the addition of Eoin Hough and Dan Crowe (keys and drums respectively). Hence, with renewed Stylitic fervour, we cracked on with a mini-tour of festivals and music venues over the summer which culminated in an appearance at the Cork Jazz fest!
Now time has flown and 2016 is upon us. Thus far, we've been getting away with just a few rough recordings and goofy videos. So, after two and a half years of gallivanting, it's high time St. Simeon and the Stylites released some properly recorded tunes! So, please support our Fundit campaign
Here's a breakdown of what we'll use the money for:
We've a studio in mind that'll do us a deal for €600. E.P printing with a nice sleeve we've priced at €300. For the artwork, posters, flyers and merchandise we've budgeted (in cottage industry fashion) €200. Finally the rest will be on postage and creation of rewards for our funders .
Great news! After a long winter of spreading the good word of St. Simeon and Stylites, we have our first two performances for 2016.
So, after lots of sweat and tears it is finally here!
We -- St. Simeon and the Stylites -- are a band.
We make noises with stringed and thumpable instruments. Variously and on different occasions these have included; Guitar, Bouzouki, Upright bass, Drums (various), Keys (organ,piano etc.) and on the odd special occasion a duo of fiddles! As for genre.. Oh Lordy.. think Art-rock.. with a big dash of jazz /funk, a sprinkle of trad, a smidge of rock and a final dousing of gibber-jabber Jamieolivered liberally all over the top.