We’re nearly through the second month of the year and we already have loads of big news for you all.
We officially have a new, full-time, drummer, there was some craziness in Chichester over the weekend and SUBSET has been asked to support a renowned grunge band from California on their pre-tour show with Killing Joke!
Good times abound at SUBSET HQ!
The big news for the new fuzztastic four is that they have been asked to open for L.A. hard rock band The Icarus Line.
The Icarus Line are currently on their third European tour and, as well as performing with Killing Joke this year, they have asked your own fuzzy foursome to warm the crowd up at their show at The Craufurd Arms – before they go on to play The Roundhouse in Camden with Jazz and the lads the following night.
Needless to say, the guys and gal of SUBSET are really looking forward to this.
Rom enthuses “It is a massive deal for us as, for the first time in 2 years, SUBSET is being given a good slot opening for a bigger band in an industry venue and a chance to have a leap forward”.
Rob adds “We realise that a lot of SUBSETTERs live in London, and getting to Milton Keynes might not be easy midweek, but we really need to put word out there – this might be that landmark gig for us; The one that people talk about in two or three years’ time”.
The band have toured extensively including US, Japan, Austrialia and Europe and opened for the likes of Primal Scream, A Perfect Circle, Lemonheads and Wolfmother to name a few.
Following on from the news that ex-Skin Drummer, Lya, had started working with the three amigos – she has decided that everything “feels just right” and has become the official drummer for SUBSET.
Rom said “It’s great to be four again. Lya is enthusiastic and a great drummer who has loads of ideas. SUBSET can push forward now”.
Rob agrees: “We have been lucky to have good friends like Arran and Dan that have helped us out but it did feel like it was 3+1 rather than 4. It’s not that we didn’t get along, and they are really talented drummers, it’s just that we always knew that they weren’t staying.”
“Yeah, it’s like when you look after somebody’s pet and you know you’ve got to give it back after a while – you have to try and not get too attached” adds Jay.
In other news – Rom and Lya were busy working in a Chichester studio. At the end of the session an impromptu house party started with plenty of drinks and other things going around.
Lya recalls “it was all good, a great vibe. People there were excited that a band signed to a US label was recording in Chichester. But things got out of hand when a fight broke out”
Rom chips in “we had people coming up to us asking for gig slots, production and partnership deals. It was mad. I couldn’t believe it”
If this is how 2012 is starting for the crazy quartet then we can only hope that it continues to get even better.
SUBSET are already on the list for four UK festivals with more to come.