John Douglass- songs, arrangements, production, lead & backing vocals, guitar & keys
Steve Hogg - lead and backing vocals
Mark Aubrey - engineer, co-producer
Paul Wigens - drums, percussion
Joe Allen - bass
Sean Snook - guitar, ukulele
Pete Judge - trumpet
Jake McMurchie - sax
Paul Quinn - keys
Richard Price - keys
Stew Jackson - pedal steel
Simon Cook MBE - voice-over
Fiona Barrow - strings
Sally Larkin - harmony & backing vocals
Anna Lisa Price - backing vocals
Sophia Kisielewska- backing vocals
STOP PRESS ; September Song announce album launch and debut gig on Thursday July 6th at The Cube Cinema, Bristol. Tickets on sale now via www.seetickets.com or 0117 929 9008.
John talks about the new album ‘The arrogance of time’, due for release in 2017. This time John & Steve are going by the name of 'September Song'.
‘If you have ever wondered what the inside of my head sounds like then this album is for you! The songs were written over a three year period and lyrically the album is in some ways a musical reflection of Shakespeare’s seven ages of man and reflects the big life events that most of us encounter at some stage in our lives; births, deaths and all the stuff that happens in between!’
A crucial part of the jigsaw was sitting down with engineer and co -producer Mark Aubrey and discussing ideas and influences. I have always liked albums with classic songs and throwaway tunes and Paul McCartney’s solo album 'Ram' was one of the albums we both connected with. I wanted to make this an album that made sense as a whole, not just a collection of individual tracks.
When I was young, buying a record was a big deal and involved saving up my pocket money for weeks. I didn’t have a lot of records so I listened to the A - side, the B-side and read every possible bit of information on the sleeve. I even listened to my parents Music for Pleasure (MFP) albums including; Tijuana Brass, Glenn Miller, Percy Faith, Arthur Askey and ‘Music from the Greek Islands'. Somehow it all seeped into my brain. Then when I could afford an album I’d sneak it into my bedroom, turn the lights down low, place the speakers either side of the bed and listen to it repeatedly until I loved every minute of it. To me albums were always important, it was also a good way of judging whether you could be friends with someone, by going through their record collection.
The first music that really seduced me was the glamorous sounds of T.Rex with ‘Hot Love’ and ‘Get it On’. I have been hooked by the three chord riff ever since. I also hung out with my older brother and absorbed the various sounds of The Stones, The Faces and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
I also loved 70’s pop and was amazed later to find out so much of it had been written by two men from my hometown of Bristol, Cook & Greenaway. Then came the late 70’s Rockabilly Revival and I discovered music way back to the 1950’s and went to some dodgy dives to catch The Flying Saucers. Later on I snuck into the ‘Dug Out’ to get some heavy bass sounds too. I also loved the energy and DIY ethos of punk and was inspired to start my own group.
As I matured, I discovered the sophisticated writing of artists such as Brian Wilson and Paul Simon, whose approach to music was to follow his nose and not worry about changing styles or conventions or borrowing a few ideas from here and there!’
Photos by Phil Nicholls.