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,
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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.

HAPPY/DREAMS

It’s our Chris Catalyst’s birthday today (February 11th), and he’s done a couple of solo-project-style songs for you.

There’s two new songs up on Chris’s website and Bandcamp page for free or a ‘Pay What You Like’ basis. If you can’t afford it – don’t worry about it. This isn’t about the money – this is a thank you for all the support over the past few years.

Chris: ‘There’s two songs for you – the first is called ‘Happy’ and it’s a song about acceptance and growing and understanding. I feel very fortunate that, following a lot of ups and downs throughout my thirties, things have actually turned out pretty good now I’ve hit 40. It’s taken a lot of work, and more importantly a lot of support from lots of people around me, and I guess that’s why I wanted to do it as a giveaway. Someone asked me yesterday how I felt about turning 40, and I have to say it isn’t phasing me at all, I think because I am just in a really good and happy place, and just generally excited to see what is coming next.’

‘The second song is called ‘Dreams’, and it’s a bit different. I like them both equally in different ways, and I hope you do too.’

‘The idea of the song is to spread a bit of positivity in an increasingly negative world… My old pal Ash Pears has helped me out with a little video that we thought highlighted some things that might help people who aren’t feeling so good right now. Please spread it around, as it’s a good message, and as ever I rely on you all to be our PR team, music press and hype machine. Thank you, as ever!’

The video is HERE – please share it about on your Facebooks and your Twitters and your everything elses.

As this is Chris’s 40th birthday, there are a strictly limited – to 40, natch – copies of the handwritten lyrics to ‘Happy’ over on the EM MusicGlue page. Please note, these can’t be bundled with any other orders (because they are sent out separate from the other EM stuff).

Credits for both songs:

All music and words written by Chris Catalyst.
Drums by Hayden Scott.
Everything else by Chris.
Produced by Dave Draper. Twitter: @voltadave
Mastered by Dave Archbold for Kapow! Audio.
Artwork by Ana Valdez. www.anavaldez.com / Instagram: @badddcat
Video by Ash Pears for AshTV. AshTV independent music video production

In Eureka Machines news – we had a rollicking good time with Terrorvision the other night and are looking forward to getting out on the road a bit more in the Spring!

Thank you as ever.
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