We’re playing live on Saturday (well Steve and Mick are, but that’s another story) and unless you’ve got a really good excuse and a note from your mum, then you really should be there. We’ll be playing a mix of old favourites, new covers and brand new original songs, each of which is guaranteed to tickle your fancy*.
It’s at the Cannon in Newport Pagnell – scene of many rather fun Box Ticked gigs in the past – so the odds are in your favour of a fun night. There are three rather good bands all for less than the price of a pint, which is a damning indictment of the music scene and the cost of beer. Probably.
Steve and Mick will be kicking proceedings off about 8:30 ish, followed by regular bill-mates The Fear of Ray, who will themselves be followed by The Zeroes.
More details here – https://www.facebook.com/events/212533432847383/ – please share the event, bring friends, like our stuff and all that.
See you there 🙂
* (actual fancy may not be tickled, but if not, then you have to take some of the responsibility – it’s a lot to do with attitude you know!)
I know you’re all pretty jealous of the crazy rock and roll lifestyle that persistently unsuccesful original bands lead, and of course you’re right to be – there is nothing more exciting than spending all the money you earn from your day job to fund the job you really love ;-).
Anyway, I was organising a few pictures the other day and came across a few that we took on arrival at the Craufurd for the Ramonas gig a few months ago. I think they do a pretty good job of showing just how remarkably dull/exciting/lonely/together (delete as applicable) the behind the scenes stuff can be.
One of the timeless questions that greater minds than mine have troubled with for millennia, however I know the answer – you go down the ramp opposite where the old entrance used to be to Wolverton Station, start to worry that there’ll be nowhere to turn round, get to the bottom and realise that’s true, accept that you’re there for the duration and just enjoy yourself. Either that or just follow the signs 😉
Anyway, it was taking place on Mick’s birthday, he was feeling very unwell, it had been raining on and off, so everything augured well for a great gig. Actually it was great fun – a fairly sizeable crowd who’d brought picnics along and were generally relaxed and enjoying themselves. Music was providing by the delightful Glass Tears, the delectable Mark Owen, the desirable The Outside This and the delirious The Box Ticked.
We often play ‘no set list rehearsal’ gigs where instead of heavily rehearsing a carefully thought out and structured set, we decide what we’re going to play with a quick chat in the half-hour before we go on. What we’ve started to do more often recently is a genuinely ‘no set list at all’ gig, where we haven’t even discussed what we’re going to play beforehand. The set then comes together via a number of routes:
One of us starts playing a song and the others have to a) work out what it is and then b) join in
One of us will announce to the crowd that ‘this next song is…’
We’ll ask for requests and play whatever gets shouted out
This was one of the most fun ‘no set list at all’ gigs I can remember, though I can’t actually remember a lot of what we played – I know that Sack, Kebab Van, Every Seven Seconds and Dear Colleague were in there, and I know we threw in a couple of covers – Don’t You Want Me and Stand and Deliver I think. Other than that, I have no idea, but someone will probably tell us.
There’s a joke in there somewhere about lights, but I’ll leave you to work one out for yourselves…
One of the strangest gig titles I think we’ve ever had the opportunity to write about, but Community Fridge Opening it was, so play it we did, although it was in cut-down form as Stu couldn’t make it. Part of a series of events taking place in Wolverton to commemorate something or other, we were situated in the Old Bath House, which contained a number of artworks that were part of an art trail.
I’m not sure we’ve ever played a non-festival gig on a Saturday afternoon and with people regularly walking in, viewing the artwork, dancing sideways at us for a little bit and then moving off to the next stop on the trail, it was certainly one of the strangest. Having said that, it was surprisingly good fun – sets from The Outside This, Mark Owen (not that one) and Mick and Steve made a strange afternoon fly by.
There’s faux classy and there’s genuine classy and I’ve always thought there was something genuinely classy about photography exhibitions, so it was with great delight that The Box Ticked played a set at the opening of Nicky Kenny’s recent exhibition at the Stantonbury Theatre Gallery.
We’ve got a setlist somewhere, so will pop that up here at some point – if I remember correctly, there was a great live version of rehearsal favourite “The Bastard Son of Dean Freidman” by Half Man Half Biscuit. The aforementioned Dean has always reminded me of my Uncle Barry, but you probably don’t really care about that. There’s a good lyric in there somewhere actually.
Anyway, congratulations to Nicky, and cheers for inviting us.
We’re excited to be headlining an MK Calling event at The MK Gallery on Saturday 7th September. For details, you can go here
It’s part of a series of events at the MK Gallery to celebrate and highlight local music and art, and we’re really looking forward to it. Also on the bill are The Succettes (featuring our very own Steve and Stu) and Electric Bikini Basement (who as far as we are aware don’t feature any members of The Box Ticked).
We’ll be delivering a roaringly splendid mix of old classics alongside some brand new material. The new material follows the theme of “songs about being in a band” that we seem to have developed into something of an artform of late, and is slowly coalescing (good word huh?) into a Pop Opera that will eventually become “The Box Ticked present – The Sly Foxes – A Pointless Exercise”.
For now, we’ll just play the songs and have fun, and encourage you to do the same.
It’s a Saturday night, it’s central and easy to get to, and it’s freeeeeeeeee!
A brief update of three gigs we’ve got coming up – more details as we get closer to the later ones.
First of all, we’re playing a featured set at The Brave Old Oak in Towcester this Thursday (22nd August). It’s a nice little pub, a friendly open-mic and we may well be playing a set of entirely new songs, so if you’re in the area, it would be a great to see you
Secondly, we’re headlining at the MK Calling event at the MK Gallery on 7th September. We’re using this event to launch the first draft of our new Pop Opera (Popera if you will) “The Box Ticked Present – The Sly Foxes – A Pointless Exercise“. It tells the tale of the birth and ‘career’ of an eternally struggling band (The Sly Foxes) and we’re having lots of fun with it. This is one that really shouldn’t be missed. We’ve got outfits and everything. Sort of.
Lastly, we’re playing a full night of Boxy wonders at The White Horse in Linslade on the 21st September. The pub is more accustomed to covers bands, so we’d appreciate your support in case they throw things at us.
Well it looked as if the glorious British weather would put paid to the gig, as the heavens opened for hours in the run up to this one, but as the three Boxers left Steve Box’s house for the short walk to the Square, the rain slowed, and very shortly stopped altogether.
It was a sign I tell thee!
Any of the local festivals can be slightly difficult gigs to play, because by definition they’re always going to be attended by people who won’t know our stuff, and who would, if truth be told, rather be listening to a covers band. Having said that, there are always a few reasons why playing “It’s In The Square” is always such good fun:
The sound guys really, really know their stuff, and manage to make us sound pretty great
The guys with the cameras near the front of the stage always get some great photos and videos that we can link to later on
Due to the wonderfully varied acts on the setlist, we get to hype ourselves up pre-gig by saying things like “let’s go and blow those belly dancers off of the stage”
We went on after the Radcliffe Rollers steel band but sadly, the belly dancers weren’t there, so a large part of the hilarious stage-banter that we’d rehearsed (anyone who knows us will know this isn’t true of course – we never actually rehearse) never got to see the light of day.
Anyway, the set we played went as follows, although possibly not entirely in this order:
Waves of Temptation (Soundcheck)
Swords of a Thousand Men
It’s always difficult to gauge how you went down in this sort of gig, but from the number of people who were:
Paying some sort of attention
Nodding their heads
Shuffling their feet (if standing)
Swaying gently in the breeze (if sitting)
Clapping with something other than general politeness at the end
Smiling in appreciation at the sheer majesty of the lyrics