A history of Angry Badger – 2009

We enter January with the final ‘badger line-up, the only thing that’s really changed is that Phil has started to bring a guitar along.
I bought the camera along one practice in January to get some new photo’s for the website and Facebook:

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We carried on practicing, writing new material and getting gigs booked up, the first one booked was at The Horn Reborn. We were well rehearsed and the poster was even made:

Sadly the weather took a turn for the worse and thick snow fell on the 3rd of Feb so we pulled out of the gig.
The next gig we had lined up was Club 85 on the 7th of March

The gig went well, the lineup was a bit more inline with our style of music instead of putting us on with the usual lot of terrible indie bands with bad shoes and cravats

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Rob managed to find a Boss recording device at home and bought it along to one of the practices, this is the band on the 16th of April, in preparation for our next gig

This brings us to the Green Room gig, definitely Rob’s Angry Badger ‘career highlight’

On the run up to the gig, I’d managed to speak to Chris Evans on Radio 2 (drive time), told him and the listeners about the gig and then requested ‘The boys are back in town’. Further to this, I’d also got in contact with the Welwyn and Hatfield times and got an article […]

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A history of Angry Badger – 2008

We finished the end of 2007 recruiting a new bass player, after Phil F decided he just couldn’t find the time any more, back to our familiar haunt of Forming Bands we met Keith. We wasted no time getting Keith up to speed adding some funk from Keith’s slap bass stylings to some of the original tunes, and crafted a new one called “The Dentist” a lovely song about pervy dentists.

We decided to record an E.P at London Road Studio’s, we recorded 5 tracks in total and named the E.P “Robot Love”
Here’s me doing the scream intro to “Stop The Bells”
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Here are those 5 tracks:

We actually had Prey played on BBC 3 Counties radio – Quite a cool moment, we heard them play it live whilst we were at London Road Studios in the middle of a rehearsal!
Some photos from Feb 2008:

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With some new songs ready to go, we got our first gig booked for Club 85, the poster this time was inspired from the “The Man Who Eats Badgers and Other Strange Tales from Bodmin Moor” Arthur Boyt.

This also made it as a t-shirt design (not that anyone bought one).
The gig went well (we got invited back later, so it can’t have been that bad!).
I can’t embed videos from Facebook, so here’s a couple of links to two video’s from the Angry Badger page:
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I don’t think it was long the Club 85 gig that Keith decided that our music was getting heavier, where he hoped it’d […]

By |July 24th, 2013|Music|0 Comments

A history of Angry Badger – 2007

The lineup remains the same, for now anyway!

I don’t remember exactly what we did at the start of the year, but in February I put together the Badgercaster, basically my already mutilated SQ Series Squire (if you know what these are, I’m sorry) got changed to a one pickup rock machine with a built in homemade Fuzz Factory clone pedal. In truth I only used it live a coupe of times, mainly to end a set with some serious noise before ‘Strange Case’.

Moving along to the 13th of March, we played the first heat of a Battle Of The Bands competition at the Horn Reborn in St. Albans, this was the first gig where I thought people actually ‘got us’, people we didn’t know were getting into our music, in the video you can see some people head banging along, nice!

We got a fair amount of people along to this gig to support us, was a good turn out, we have photos and videos from this event. You’ll notice some t-shirts I’d made up and given out to our friends:

This was the gig we debuted Stop The Bells, which seemed to be well received. I’d even made up a couple of specific logos for that and Iron Clad, for the MySpace MP3 player I believe.

 

We actually won the heat (they announced this around 1 am whilst we were loading up our cars). We then had to perform in the semi-finals, but more on that later.

In parallel we were recording our second E.P, not sure what inspired it, but I came up with ‘Undercover Death Funk’, I think I was trying to start my own genre.

This E.P was done round a friend of Mark’s house, he […]

By |July 16th, 2013|Music|0 Comments

A history of Angry Badger ? 2006

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By |July 16th, 2013|Music|0 Comments

A history of Angry Badger – 2004 / 2005

My first band and longest serving one so far was Angry Badger. For no other reason than I have lots of MP3’s, pictures and some videos, I thought I’d document the history of the ‘badger.
Originally started by myself, a mad unreliable punk drummer called Dan and a guy from works brother called Egor some point in late 2004, we were initially nameless, toying with all sorts of names, including the Dead Zebra’s (just imagine the logo!). We recruited another guy from work to sing for a while called Tristan, but he was more doing it to stop us from keeping on at him, we played some covers (badly) just for fun, myself and Egor regularly swapping guitar and bass duty’s depending on the song (I could play slap bass, Egor was better at guitar solo’s!). Dan became increasingly unreliable, so we recruited for a drummer online and met a fantastic player (who’d even played in front of Chad Smith at drum school) called Adam.
Once Adam was recruited, we needed to find a permanent singer, who could sing more than Green Day covers.
It was during this time, the name Angry Badger was chosen, it actually came from a story a guy at work (Flan) told me, about how one drunken night, on the way home from the pub, they decided to ‘hedge hop’ their way home, to save time (as you do). A few gardens in, Flan was confronted by ‘a big f*ck off badger’ that was snarling and swiping at him, the name was chosen!! Adam being quite the artist sketched up the logo:

Back to ‘Forming Bands’ and we auditioned a guy called Phil C (the C is important, more Phil’s later), the audition was […]

By |July 15th, 2013|Music|0 Comments

GoPro Hero – First person band video

Having recently purchased a GoPro Hero, mainly for messing around with the dogs and the band, I decided to give it a test run with my band. We each took it in turn to wear the GoPro with a head mount and play the same song four times over (Plug In Baby).
I then crudely stitched this together (we played it live, not to a backing track). So, if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be in a band called Honey Badger and play Plug In Baby by Muse, it’s your lucky day!
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By |July 14th, 2013|Music|0 Comments