MEN DIAMLER & RICHARD ABBERLINE - SHAHNAMEH ('INBETWEEN THINGS')
ALL SONGS WRITTEN, RECORDED AND PERFORMED BY MEN DIAMLER, MARCH 7th 2015
PLEASE NOTE - THE STREAMING FILES DON'T SOUND GREAT CAUSE OF REFORMATTING! DOWNLOAD THE FLAC FILES AS THEY WILL SOUND BETTER. MP3s (The tracks were recorded as MP3s and seem to suffer after being reincoded (again) by Bandcamp into 192K stream). DOWNLOAD IN FLAC! If you have any probs contact my directly and I'll send you the best files I have.
Recorded on an Edirol Machine.
Written & Recorded In Leckhampton Environs, Cheltenham
This Album Is Dedicated To Steve Jump, Joey Chainsaw, Nick Talbot, Margaret Davies and Lou Reed.
So, this may be the fastest written, recorded and released album ever. The Weather on Saturday March 7th was beautiful - and the only time in living memory that I thought that perhaps I wore too many clothes. I wrote 'Stone' in a notebook sat on a park bench. I recorded it roughly into a dictaphone standing in a field and "Shanameh" started writing itself. I didn't intend to write an album in a day - and strangely, this is the best way of doing anything - having the time and a vague plan. Songs come in at any time - usually in unsociable hours and less than ideal situations. You've then got to unpeel them - which is the hard part. I've been writing a lot of songs recently (Around 40 in the last month) so I'm peeling them well. "Brown To Black" and "Inbetween Things" was written on a Golf Course. A "World So Cold" was partly scrawled out amongst some 50s R&B playlists while a rugby match was going on. The songs were played through a couple of times, so there's obviously some mistakes and the whole thing is a bit rough in places. Recording was over by midnight.
For a 12 hour spurt, this litter not too bad. Until recently I hadn't written any songs in a long while. I'm glad I've returned to it because I'm born to do this stuff and not to shovel paperwork. If you think this is arrogant, well why the purple pladded f**K shouldn't I be? I have struggled through the last few years, stuck in a town I don't want to live in with hardly any options, and pretty crucially no money. I spent more time worrying, social networking and getting completely lost in the things people say you should be. "Do This Job", "Why Don't You Do This?". THIS IS MY WORK. THIS IS WHAT I DO. And I know a lot about music. If I need to know who drums on a Little Richard recording or how The Ceyleib People fit into our world, that's WORK. It's not a hobby - it's an education and the applications are vast. The internet may tell you the answers, you've got to ask the questions first. It's unreal - algorithms which choose your music are like 32kb MP3 in comparison.
I ask you politely to buy this album* I'm absolutely broke, in debt, and probably soon I will not have the luxury to sit in a house on a laptop writing to you. I deserve a living, a pertinent job in music and all the help I can get. Only you peeps can help. Where would've Tchaikovsky have been without Madame Von Meck? Where would Canadian groups be without cultural grants? Or obscure garage bands, blues artists, doo wop groups or freaky drum hitting hippies without record labels to put it out and (hopefully) pay them? Even just spreading the word (if you like it or loathe it) makes a difference. Maybe somebody less stingy than you will buy it :) A good word or tip off may find me a manager, label or a proper publisher who can take care of all the social media sh*te for me. I don't want to be a net entrepeneur. You can't be good at everything like people write in a CV - that's just lying. I write songs, play music, talk about it and can spin hot records. I can't do much else. I'm not that interested in money. I'll chase a song first. So please buy my songs - it allows me to keep this adventure going - so maybe one day I'll write something that's really motherf*cking special. There are thousands of others like me, but probably a little more meek as I usually am. Give them a hand. And support the venues, labels and proper record shops too.
So there, my manifesto is nailed in the door - with a bunch of songs. Listen and Weep.
Richard Abberline, Songwriter
Big Thanks To My Housemates For Tolerating Vocal Yelps at ungodly hours, LPL for being LPL, Timbrewolf, The Mackintosh Clan, BP+DP, Nidge, Chiz, Dan Hartland, Jacko @ The Adelphi, Andy Brown, Dallas James, and all the people who have helped me with shows, carried my guitar, and whose kindness, friendship generosity has kept me rockin' in the Free World. You are innumerable and I am sorry I can't recall all your names right now
My very occasional words on music and DJ playlists can be found via richardabberline.wordpress.com
*If you can't afford the songs, just write and ask and I'll help you out.