It’s showtime! 3 tips for band practise.

Shit the bed! It only seems like a few days ago since the lovely lads of Brotherhood asked us to support them at a super secret(at the time) show at Rescue Rooms. Now it’s only a few days away! Yesterday we headed off to the rehearsal room, strapped on our guitars and grabbed the drumsticks for the last time before the big show. How are we feeling? Well, 80% major excitement and 20% squeaky bum time but thats all good. It’s healthy to be nervous in some degree before something as great as this show, it keeps you on your game! Having said that, we feel ready, and I mean super duper tight as a ducks arse ready! We couldn’t be happier with how the band is sounding right now. Not only are the songs tight but they come alive, they build, they decay, they climax and they leave you feeling good!

About the show itself, the doors will open at 6pm and Kelsey Shaw will be opening up the evening from about 7pm ish. Those little sausages of 5th Order 😉 will be hitting the stage from around 7.35pm and then Brotherhood after 8.30pm. Do arrive as early as you can so you don’t miss any of the action. Remember that the show is SOLD OUT so it will be tight at the gig and probably a bit sweaty so come dressed nice as casual.

On the night, we will have CD copies of our album for sale on the merch stand so go grab one if you don’t own one already.

All info is posted by Matt in the Brotherhood facebook group, so hang around on there if you need anything.

Are you ready?

Joey x

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Here are some tips on how to smash band practise.

1.Practise every aspect of the show

Our last few rehearsals over the past month or so have been pretty straight forward as most of the technical work had been completed some time ago and we had the structure of each song perfected. So recently its been a case of just rattling through the set as we would on the night, over and over and over again until it almost bores you. Thats when you know that you can play them on ‘autopilot’ and focus on putting on a show. We even practise walking on and off stage to the intro and outros to get the timing right. We also rehearse everything that we are going to say between songs. Everything is choreographed to some extent. Trust me it feels very weird doing this and you feel like a right bellend in the practise room but it is definitely worth the embarrassment in rehearsal to avoid embarrassment on the night.

2. Film every single session

This is so important, there is so much you can learn from watching back each session because over time you can see the overall improvement of the band, very satisfying to watch! You can also spot mistakes that might be difficult to notice when you are actually playing. Getting a good idea of what the band will look like on stage is a really powerful asset to have. You don’t have to go fancy with this either, just a smartphone propped up somewhere is fine. We are currently toying with filming our sessions on a DSLR and recording the audio from the usb recording function of our Yamaha desk. This can double up as content for social media!

3. Get together more often

It’s easy enough to understand that the more you practise the better you will be, practise makes perfect after all. For a covers band, practising once or twice per week is fine, and you can even drop practise altogether if you are gigging all weekend, every weekend and only rehearse when your learning new material. For Originals, it’s a different kettle of little fishies. Let’s say you are a post punk band (like ourselves). You are essentially competing with the like of Editors, White lies etc. I think those guys rehearse for more than 2 hours once a fortnight. Get together and play as a band as often as possible. I know it’s hard to find time, we’ve all got work and family’s and all that shit.

What I would say though, in my opinion shorter and more frequent sessions of 3 hours or so are better than huge day long sessions once in a blue moon. I don’t know if you have played a les paul for more than 3 hours in one go but my god it’s back breaking. Kills your mood. Take a coffee break halfway through each session and have a natter, talk shit and mess about for 5 minutes, loosen up.

Let’s hear your tips for a great rehearsal session,

Comment below!

 

 

 

 

Joey’s Stag day out!

First of all I’d like to apologies for not posting yesterday, unfortunately I received the desperately sad news about the passing of my grandmother, Dotty. We were very close, she was one of my best friends and will definitely miss winding her up! So today I’m feeling a bit raw but the show must go on!

Anyway, onto this weeks blog! On Monday we ventured down Nottingham to celebrate my stag. Myself, Chris, Dave, Ollie, Andy, my Dad, Rob, Liam and Merv had an absolutely brilliant day on the piss – obviously. Chris, being my best man had the pub crawl itinerary all planned out…predominantly whetherspoons. He’s knows that we are all tight fuckers like he is. The only time that we ventured from said itinerary is when old boy Merv suggested that we pop in and have one in the ‘Coach & Horses’. He said “oh its great in there, very lively, good atmosphere and karaoke and that.” Well, we went for it didn’t we. Quickest pint I’ve ever had! Rob said “It’s permanently 10pm on a Saturday in here!” Bare in mind that it was 4pm on a Monday! Us folk that work are obviously doing it all wrong. The day went on and we got through every spoons in Notts, steadily getting more and more hammered. John smiths turned into Gin and then that turned into rum. Oh how I love rum. Me and Liam drank enough to match Captain Jack Sparrow. It went on and on until we ended up breaking into song “Let’s Mervin Gay and get it on”.

Lets call it a night then boys! 😉

Lots of stuff happening band wise, more rehearsals coming up and we are going to be doing a run a t-shirts! Comment on the post on our page to get your name down for one! I best get one!

We are so grateful for you guys sharing our content! Please keep it up! It means a heck of a lot to us.

Have a great weekend guys!

Joey x

Blog dedicated to the memory of Dorothy White, gone but never ever forgotten.

 

Tight as ffff…

Rehearsals are going so well! We are used to playing to a click track now so we are playing very tight! It feels so good to be playing in a band again! Although it’s taken me and Chris sometime to get used to Dave’s stupidly loud drumming! It’s so lovely and quiet on stage when playing as Last Stand so we aren’t used to the bang and crash of Drummer Dave. When we turned up for our first rehearsal and had setup, the very first time dave hit his snare Chris said “I’m pissed off already, it’s too loud!”. We are not Rock n Roll at all are we?! We have suggested many ways to solves this problem, such as rolled up newspaper for drum sticks, rubber cymbals and Dave playing in an entirely different room all together. In ear monitoring is the way forward, back to peaceful bliss.

I’ve been asked many times, will 5th Order gig? The answer is, we hope so! When we are fully rehearsed and ready we will rock it. We cannot wait for this! Another question is “Will Last Stand stop gigging?” and the answer is no! Last Stand is so good and we love it, it’s our lively hood too, pays the mortgage etc. 5th Order shows will work around Last Stand until ‘If’ shit gets serious, then things may change.

We are on a jolly boys outing next week for my Stag do, all day on the mild down Notts. No bloody nightclubs or tying me up to a lamp post naked thank you! Nice and civil please boys! Again, so rock n roll hey!

I’m sure there will be lots of pictures posted on our page so keep an eye out.

Right, I’m off to get ready, local show at the Bentink in Kirkby tonight with Last Stand. Come and join us, we shall be rocking it up a bit!

In a bit ducks,

Joey x

ps… A quick shout to Yusten, The Music Guru, your copy of the album is on it’s way to you!

Our story so far…

June 2017

Nine months old we are, not quite time for happy birthday but it feels like we have been in this band forever, that’s because we are having such a great time obviously! Being in an original band is really something different, it is so much of a challenge trying to promote our music, we are learning something new everyday! It is a bit of a minefield strategy wise, some things work, some do not but ho-hum it’s all trial and error – we will get there!

I’ll tell you our story from when we founded 5th Order in October 2016. I had a random text message from out of nowhere from our Chris (Bassist) saying that it would be a great idea to have a side project, something to make for our own enjoyment. “Or8 dude, fancy starting an original band, b nice ta mek n album for oursens ay”. Of course I said yes and Dave (drummer) was roped in with immediate effect and with little choice. Seconds after replying to said text message I began to write songs – frantically! It was really strange because I had only written one song in seven years, “For the Love Of Amy (Out Of Time). In the void of time where I had not even attempted to write anything, I had no reason to write, I had seemingly much better things to do and little inspiration to motivate me onto the creative path. It’s bizarre to think that one simple text message can make you give up all of your time, drop everything and write a whole album (and beyond) in just under seven months. All of a sudden I had something to write for, and that ‘Void of dead time’ was actually spent touring the country with our covers act ‘Last Stand’ which has filled my head with buckets of inspiration. Growing as a musician in that time certainly played it’s part too. Chris and Dave are fantastic writers, both have great vision in where a song needs to go, where as I could easily turn a pop/rock song into a forty minute prog song if left to my own devises.

The name

A few days after receiving this almost life changing text from our Chris, the three of us met at the Dandy Cock pub (cupboard) in Kirkby to form a plan. The dreaded debate over our band name ensued. Anybody in a band will know that thinking of a band name is the hardest part and possibly the most crucial decision ever! Can it be spelled easily? Will people remember it? Can they search it on Facebook?

We ended up with a shortlist of three names, one each which was fair. Chris’s name was ‘5th Order’, Dave’s was ‘In Our Image’ and mine was ‘Motion Owl’. The winner is obvious and apparent now, we all loved 5th Order, it sounds a little dark and mean doesn’t it? We are generally moody by nature. Not entirely sure where Chris thought of the name, probably something to do with a Logic pa crossover or something (he’s a gear geek).

‘Motion Owl’ also won! We decided that it sounded much more like a song or album title and we loved the pun on ’emotional’. Not that we are an emo band in any way, we totally understand that music must form an emotional connection with the listener, it must engage in some way.

Our conversation in the pub soon drifted way off topic and headed of into the typical dream world of every unsigned original band out there. “Glastonbury next year? We could end up on Jools Holland”  – That all being said while snorting with laughter into a pint of mild. We are under no illusion that this project is going to take everything we have, it’s going to need tons of hard work. It’s a good job we love it! We could go five albums in without a sniff but who gives a shit? We are loving it, and so are our friends and family. There is a buzz about the band and it’s something I’ve never really felt with any other project.

We recently sold off fifty signed copies of our album as a pre-sale, this worked so well! We were only expecting to sell a few but we sold out! We are blown away by the support from our fans, we cannot wait to share more! Playing our songs live will do it for me, I am literally bursting to perform! Good thing we have our first rehearsal on Monday isn’t it!

So for now I just want to thank you lovely people for getting involved and buying into us and our music! Your support is everything! As for our latest followers on Facebook and Instagram, welcome to the family!

A special mention to our manager Mr John Davey, he is an absolute legend and working so hard for us! Give him some love on the Facebook poking machine. He would like that.

Next week I will tell you all about the making of the album!

Tarra ducks,

Joey.