Yeah, ‘Totem Trivia’. Sounds like the kind of sad, nostalgic crap you’d find in a kid’s magazine annual from the 80’s right? That”s ok though, because I am sometimes sad, nostalgic and/or crap myself, so at least I probably know what I’m talking about. Anyway, here comes the trivia.
On our last (first) album, ‘Repeat Play Torrent Rar’, is a song called ‘Art Of Falling (Fall Song Rev. 6)’.
Snappy title, no? It’s quite obviously a massive Fall reference, and that’s The Fall (the band) not Fall (the season in America).
We’ve always gotten more than our share of Fall comparisons because I (Max) am a sprechgesang man, and we’re apparently in short enough order that when one of us is spotted in the wild, whoever did the spotting has to shout YOUSOUNDLIKEMARKESMITHIBETYOULIKETHEFALL really enthusiastically even though not many of us have even been to Manchester (see also: Gates, DC).
Point is, for a laugh, we thought we’d acknowledge the constant Fall comparisons in the title of the song, even if the song itself actually doesn’t sound all that much like The Fall. We even went so far as to give it a name which we thought sounded like something The Fall would do. The ‘Rev. 6’ actually stands for ‘revision 6’, because there were 5 other versions of this song before we came up with the one we liked.
Aaaaaanyway. When The actual Fall released their 2013 album ‘Re-Mit’ a month and a day after we released ours, it had on it a song titled ‘No Respects rev.’
Notice the ‘rev.’ part? Yep, in an act of art imitating art imitating art, for the first time in their decades long career, The Fall used the expression ‘rev.’ in a song title of their own right after we had used that exact same expression in our attempt to come up with a ‘Fall-y sounding’ song name in homage.
t must be coincidence, right? The rev. in the Fall song probably stands for ‘revisited’ because there is a ‘No Respects (Intro)’ on the same album, but still. We’re psychic I tells ya.
It’s Halloween again, which means it’s time for us to resurrect some scary song or another from the vaults of our combined record collections (and the internet, natch).
Anyway, prattle over. This is Scareywarey, originally by Larry Pickleman. If you can find the original, grab it, it’s a beauty.
Also available in Bandcamp
So we’re really happy to announce that we’ll be playing Cardiff’s Swn Festival this year!
We’ll be playing a set of under-rehearsed old and unusual ones, so it’ll be awesome. And we’ll probs do some usual ones too, because we can’t help ourselves.
Why not treat yourself to a copy of our début album in advance so you can learn the words?
Or download our illustrious back catalogue (to date) for FREE.
See you (at) swn, M&R x TT
This is Tonight, people of West Wales!
Here’s a nice review of our recent performance at Le Pub in Newport :
‘Up next are Totem Terrors, art-pop/rock of the highest order, riding high off the back of the release of their debut album ‘Repeat Play Torrent Rar’ back in April. Comprising of Max Hicks and Rosie Smith (ex-Joy Of Sex) and accompanied by a drum machine, they have been growing in confidence over the past year and gig offers have been piling in – so much so that they are seemingly playing a gig a week. But here’s the thing – it doesn’t get tired.
The thing about the band is that they know when to stop. There are no sprawling epics here – much of the set consists of spiky poppy numbers lasting no longer than a couple of minutes. As this is a free entry gig, you come out richer than when you came in. Upbeat numbers ‘142083 (Trains)’ and ‘Mr. Military’ come complete with singa/shoutalong choruses and simple but effective riffs. A couple of slower songs (‘Words’, ‘How Late It Was…’) bring the tempo down, but definitely not the ability to craft a memorable pop song. Highlight of the recent album ‘Disco Tryst’ is also the highlight here tonight; a gorgeous pop song with Rosie swapping heavily distorted guitar for sweet-as-you-like synth’
Heya. So we came back triumphant / aching / sleep-deprived from our stint at Green Man Fest, which was awesome. More on that later.
For now, here’s our next couple of gigs to come to which are this week :
Thursday we’ll be playing in Newport for the first time, supporting Furrow at Le Pub and also accompanied by the excellent My Name Is Ian >
It’s the last date of Furrow’s tour as you can see. I’ve seen these guys before, and they were good then so it’ll be well worth the trip, especially because it’s FREE ENTRY.
If you don’t know Newport, all you do need to know is that Le Pub is practically NEXT to the Train Station, so don’t be shy or lazy. Who knows, maybe a trip out to a different city for a change will be exactly what your (possibly) routine and/or ailing social life needs?
After that, we’ll be back in the Capital for our appearance at Cardiff’s HUB festival. We’re on the Sunday slate, playing at twenty past eight (that’s 20:20, which looks cool) downstairs in Dempsey’s.
Here’s the full running order for the day:
As you can see, we’re well positioned for a quick looksee before Them Squirrels hit Clwb which is a few doors down.
See you there? x
Our next gig is at Green Man Festival in Wales! We’ll be playing as part of Casey & Ewan’s Crystal Massage in the Cinema Tent, Saturday at midday! x