| Dave | John | Ben | Styx | Sue | Andy | Anna |
(Photos: Meri Everitt)
You’ll probably know the sad news by now that Ben died recently (see the obituary in Variety which mentions his C64 work - see this video where he discusses composing and this wonderful performance of his music from The Last Ninja), and although after 23 years we’d already discussed winding down, we decided that Loscoe State Opera just wouldn’t be the same without him. We did one final benefit gig for the charity for young musicians he was involved with, and now…
We were featured on Aural Innovations Sonic World Festival 2009 Special, which you can download for free.
Yeah. We thought about it for a bit at a practice, and realised that we’ve been around for 10 years. Three of us have been on the journey from the start, two of us involved in one way or another since then, and two of us for the last couple of years or so.
After a million years of gigging, we’ve set up a Loscoe State Opera Myspace profile at last! That didn’t take too long, did it? Seriously, previous MySpace upload limits and email problems got in the way, and now they’re all fixed. Be our friend.
You can buy our CDs from this website. Go on. You know you want to. Got them all? Buy one as a present for your friends/familiy!
Someone really nice put a whole load of video of us on YouTube, mostly of the Sheffield Folk Festival 2007 (gotta be a fan to watch - sound is a bit muffled), where all but around 30 of the audience vanished after being asked to pay again to see us (big oops, lessons learned we hope)…
Yep, we’re going to tackle that difficult 3rd album in 2008... or 2009. And we’ve been playing for 10 years (flip. How did that happen?). We’ll keep you informed on the way…
After losing both our domain name (to some idiotic US “business” with no use whatsoever for loscoestateopera.com domain apart from mindless greed), and Kev (bass), and Andy’s eye trouble (and other stuff) we almost lost the will to live… but not the will to continue playing :-) so yes, things have been difficult, and it’s taken a while to get back on our feet… but - despite rumours to the contrary - we’re still here! We’re working on new material, which will get heard at gigs now our new Bass player John is settled in (watch out for the electric cello!).
This was ages ago, but who cares? Kate’s other band James Warner Prophecies (myspace.com/thejameswarnerprophecies) played on Kerrang Radio on 26th April (errrr… two years ago, that is) as part of the Ugly Phil Breakfast Show. As well as three of their own live numbers they also performed their specially composed Kerrang jingle Let Satan Make Your Toast.
(And that’s an order) sample tracks have been restored to our music page, and you can purchase CDs online via Paypal. We’re also in the New Day Records catalogue. They distribute all our albums at various festivals and gigs up and down the country.