MAKE GOOD ART

Our Chris has been at it again, and the first single from his upcoming album is HERE!

It’s called Make Good Art and it stars multi-billion selling author and filmmaker Neil Gaiman on lead vocals… kind of.

It was recorded with Dave Draper at The Old Cider Press (Worcs) and Chris’s House Studios (Leeds… obviously). Mastered expertly by Dave too. James Hamilton on trumpet. Mad Gallica on gospel choir. And the MIGHTY Jason Bowld on drum duties. Everything else by me.

Video by Oly Edkins for No Focus.

It’s a call-to-arms for doing the best we can with what we’ve got in difficult times. Let’s have 2021!

This is the first song from the long-awaited follow-up to Life Is Often Brilliant… it’s called KALEIDOSCOPES and it’ll be out in April. Pre-order will kick off in March.

In the meantime, still available on the webshop are the EM facemasks and Chris’s ‘Very Best Of Quaran-Tour’ album, featuring a load of Eurekas tracks.

PLEASE spread this around as much as you can! THANK YOU!

X

VICKY PECK

When we started our band, one of the first people who joined in, encouraged us and helped us out was Vicky Peck, seen here in the typically effervescent red t-shirt at the video shoot for our song ‘Pop Star’, who came to see us in the very early days and rapidly became a friend to us all.

Vicky designed our original ‘lightbulb’ merch and was an ever-present at our gigs in the West Yorkshire area, as well as further afield when able. It wasn’t just our band she loved – there were a whole host of like-minded DIY groups that her and her intrepid (and equally lovely) husband James followed up and down the country.

Vicky was a truly beautiful life-force who always had a smile on her face and would help anyone, either with a chat at the bar or a lift to a gig or a hand with a merch design, usually just because she wanted to support our scene, our community and our people.

A more hospitable, kind and – possibly most importantly – loved person you would be hard pushed to meet.

Sadly, we lost Vicky on Christmas Day following a return of the cancer that she had fought hard against a couple of years ago.

When I say ‘we’, I mean our band, our friends, our colleagues and most of all the wonderful and brilliant community of people that surrounded us all, of which Vicky was such a supportive figurehead to us all.

We can’t quite believe that we won’t see her out and about at gigs any more – ours or anyone else’s – but we would like to think that her memory and excellent influence will live on through the community and love that surrounds all of our bands, and the joy that she brought to all of our collective nights out over the years.

We’ll miss you Vicky. So much love to her husband James and all of the people affected by this – which we know will be a vast amount.

The only thing left to say is LOVE.

With a lot of that, and an equal ton of respect,
X

EM ACOUSTIC EP

Our Chris has been at it again, with another acoustic six-track mini-album/EP/whatever you want to call it. This time, it’s five Eureka Machines favourites – one with a weird country flava – and a Quaran-Tour classic.

Go to Bandcamp to find it – http://www.chriscatalyst.bandcamp.com

In other Eureka Lads news, our Davros’s ‘other’ project HELLERS are gearing up for some old-fashioned ‘song release’ business – more on that when we hear it…

CHRIS CATALYST – NEW ACOUSTIC EPs

The news is that… there isn’t really much news. As with the rest of the world, we sit, and we wait.

Chris has been beavering away at some recording for his solo album, and has put together a mini-album of tracks from his ‘Quaran-Tour’ online gigs, called ‘Life Is Sometimes Acoustic’. You can find them over at Bandcamp:

https://chriscatalyst.bandcamp.com/album/life-is-sometimes-acoustic

He’s working on another for the next Bandcamp Friday, with mostly/all Eureka Machines tracks this time, so that’s one to look forward to if you’re an EM follower.