Just wanted to say I am so sorry for your loss. It was a really heartfelt tribute you made to your friend on stage at KOKO, I’m sure he would’ve loved it so much.
I can’t believe you guys know the pain of (what myself and others in the business of fashion retail) refer to as “negative on hands” and stock discrepancies. But on the topic of apparel, I have to agree the new merch is excellent. That sweatshirt has become a regular feature of many a recent OOTD (outfit of the day), spreading the good word of Lobes through the streets of East London.
Actually on that note, the bands sartorial choices have sparked a recent topic of discussion over on the discord. Like, is there truly anyone in this world who loves a white v neck tee more than Keith M? Whatever happened to Keith C’s functional neckerchief era? And have you guys ever in the past worked with or been dressed by a stylist? (I used to work for one who dressed bands years ago, but found it strange, fascinating and probably not very rock ‘n’ roll being in that business of figuring out a band’s image and buying their jeans for tour!)
Hope you’re having a great break ahead of Europe! Take care x
I’m also sort of intrigued by the economics of touring and how that looks. Do you all split a big pot of money and then live off that for a year like fishermen?
Thank you for sharing this. Lots to think about. I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. It actually explains a lot about the tone of that night at KOKO. It was incredible but certainly less chatty and more about the music than on other occasions. (This was not a bad thing, I hasten to add.) It also lends some context to the break that night in “I Cut My Own Hair”. I felt quite euphoric at the end of the gig. I hope you were all able to appreciate just how special it felt for the crowd.
In terms of what I’d like to see in this newsletter, two things spring to mind.
Firstly, it’s not a question but I was really interested to hear the discussion about social media in the podcast you recently shared and would not be unhappy to hear more on this.
Secondly, I was wondering how much you guys like your own music. I often wonder if musicians write the kind of music they want to hear, or the kind they think they are suited to making, or the kind they think other people want to listen to. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts as I get the impression that your listening choices are sometimes quite removed from the music you make.
More generally, I love all the previous content about media in general - film, music, maybe add books to that list - and will always be happy to read about your thoughts and opinions on those matters.
Thanks for publishing again so soon after the tour - and for being so gracious when we came to say hi on what must have been a pretty difficult night. I, for one, cannot get enough of this substack. Publish as frequently as you see fit and I will continue to devour it.
Take your time. Posts can wait and be replaced, we all know too well a loved one cannot, love kev x
My condolences to you all. It must have been hard to stand up there and pen this, too. As much as I want to say “how brave of you” for work I through it all, I also hope you’re taking time away from work to give yourselves a chance to grieve.
Alright! Um...well. It’s not a question, but I think many of us are in awe about the way C and Km as sustained a working relationship and a friendship. As someone who writes about the power of friendship, but who absolutely sucks at maintaining long lasting ones--I wanna know how you all do it.
I’d be interested in reading a retrospect from you guys on any/all of your albums - favourite songs, least favourite songs, the recording process, etc. The strength and depth of your back catalogue is seriously impressive at this point - thanks for everything so far!
I am always so happy to see a W.A.S. substack e-mail coming through and I really look forward to each and every one. It won’t be me hitting that unsubscribe button, not now, not ever!
I also really enjoyed Keith and Chris’ two appearances on the Dirt from the Road podcast with Brett Newski - really funny and insightful, as always.
I can’t think of a question right now but I wanted to express how deeply sorry I am for the loss of your friend. I am thinking of you both as well as his friends and family.
Take care of yourselves after the first leg of the tour! I hope the time to unwind off of the road is helpful! I was so happy to get to the Dublin show this time around. It was brilliant.
I’d like to know what the song writing process looks like for the We Are Scientists gang.
What do you do every day now the tour has ended?
Celebrities, I want to know more about the cat. Do you guys just refer to it as the cat or does it have a name? Does it know smoking is bad for it? Maybe it's moved on to vaping now like all the cool kids. Jury appears to still be out on if that's good or bad for you...
Does the cat exclusively drink beer? Because I can totally see it drinking from a fancy tea cup.
Taking it a level up, how do you design your merch? Is that a side of the business that you enjoy?
Finally, I'm very sorry for loss, my thoughts are with you guys🙏
Oh! Actual question that you should be able to answer (although probably not enough to pad out a whole news letter). What are the lyrics to the extra verse on the demo of You Failed on ROTL? I’ve tried but I just can’t make them out. Perhaps something broader about song lyrics you particularly like or are proud of would make a good subject for a future post.
Yay so happy you are back 😀
You certainly gave your friend a good send off with the KOKO show, it was immense. Look forward to hearing the stories when you feel ready to share and so sorry for your loss.
Thanks for the great shows, we were at Bristol and London and I’m trying to get my husband to agree to go to one of your France shows...see how that goes!
No questions from me, but more than looking forward to anything you decide to write about.
Does substack count it if I open the email but don't go to their webbed site?
Also wow I am sometimes saddened by how much more you tour overseas vs here and then I see pictures like this and I am like, I am amazed you grace us with your presence at all! though I loved the opportunity to see you at Paper Tiger in San Antonio and I do hope to see you in Portland again, eventually.
And, of course, I'm sorry for your loss. It sucks to lose people.
So sorry about the loss of your friend.
I am very late to the party once again, and don’t have the requisite brain power to think of a question at this point in the weekend, but just wanted to say I’m very sorry for your loss. Grief is weird and not linear, and just to say please don’t feel any pressure to post here. We can wait!
I'm really sorry for your loss - I've lost a few very close friends, and over time it helped to remember that they loved and were loved deeply. That it was a blessing to have had them in my life and the way they shaped people lives on and will never be forgotten. The Koko show brought a lot of joy to a lot of people and I'm sure the emotion you brought to it would have meant a lot to your friend.
You asked for potential subjects to cover in future posts and i can see lots of great ideas suggested. I'm really interested in hearing how your approach to creating and performing music has changed over the years as your lives change. Does it get easier with experience, or is it harder because your back catalogue really extensive and the fearlessness of youth is replaced by something else?