Working with such great musicians, releasing the debut album, when you think that you've written a great song, when the band nail a song, when someone says how much they like what we do; they're great moments in the evolution of a pop group, but when a drummer as good John Shepherd puts the band name on his drum kit; a 1964 silver sparkle Ludwig no less, that's the best. Makes me feel all, well, sentimental.
For anyone seeing us for the the first time when we play The Black Swan in Bradford on 19th April, I'm hoping that they will find it a Black Swan event.
Nassim Nicholas Talib developed The Theory Of Black Swan Events to explain how the highly improbable becomes obvious after the event. It was long assumed that black swans were an impossibility and were referred to in the way that we now say 'when pigs fly'. When black swans were discovered in Western Australia in 1697, the shock gave way to wondering why it had been considered impossible; why wouldn't swans be black?
Because we've never seen a pig fly doesn't mean that pigs never fly, so come along to The Black Swan and you'll be left wondering why you hadn't thought to put together a band fronted by a 50 year old with no previous, a classical pianist, a jazz metal guitarist, a folk bassist and an itinerant drummer.