Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Stocking Fillers.

Hello. Christmas is coming and some people have emailed me asking if I can make prints of some of my paintings. I don't really like making prints as it feels impersonal. So instead I have hand painted tiny versions of some of my paintings onto 5 x 7" canvases using acrylic paint.

I've made and numbered twenty Clever Clever Jazz paintings

And made and numbered twenty different Sealand-scapes.

I also have two 'Fuck Rock Lets Art' paintings left.

The 'Fuck Rock Lets Art' paintings are £22.50 including postage and the Clever Clever Jazz and Sealand paintings are £25 each. That includes postage to anywhere in the world.

If you would like to buy a painting email me at

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Guerilla Gigs.

Do you remember the Guerrilla gig craze of 2004/5 ?

It was basically a load of terrible bands that fell out of Pete Doherty's pockets and then got signed by Alan McGee playing in the street like gormless buskers, playing on tube trains because the NME asked them too or playing last minute gigs cash in hand as they needed money for crack. It was horrible.

Well I have a dark secret to admit Art Brut also did a Guerrilla gig, in fact we did two. Although I think they are both entirely excusable.

The first one we played is definitely excusable as it was for Rock Against Racism. We spent all day driving around London playing songs on the back of a flatbed truck and then handing out flyers. Here is some footage of us playing in Camden.

Don't we look young. Well the rest of them do, I've always looked a bit like I was in my thirties.

As well as Camden we also played in Brixton and Brick Lane (with The Others).

When we played on Brick Lane we were asked to stop by Gordon Ramsey (he didn't ask us personally one of his producers did) as we were interrupting a recording of Hells Kitchen with our 'noise'. This prompted my friend Keith TOTP to go round telling everyone that Gordon Ramsey was a racist. Which is fair enough I think.

The other Guerilla Gig we played is more shameful. My brother had just moved to London to live on my floor and we decided that with Chris Chinchilla (Art Brut's first guitarist) and our friend Micky Ciccone we would go and see Pete Doherty play a 'guerrilla gig' at the Troubadour in Earls Court. (he was supposed to be at Reading with the rest of The Libertines)

I can't stress enough that at this point (2003) there was no second Libertines album or shitty solo material. We went expecting to hear songs from the first Libertines album (which I still think on the whole is surprisingly good)

Anyway Pete turned up broke a string in the first song and then ran away, leaving an angry mob of people shouting for more. The support band wouldn't play another set for some reason. So the promoters asked if anyone in the room was in a band. Art Brut had only played maybe one show perhaps two by then and we weren't even all at the show but my brother immediately put his hand up and said yes we're a band. So Me, Chris, Mickey and My Brother all climbed onto the stage and improvised some songs. We played Modern Art, Bang Bang Rock And Roll (I think for the first time) an amazing Ciccone song called 'Last Tube Home' and a cover of Teenage Kicks.

For me it was a great night, I'd got to play Art Brut songs with Chris too by far our largest audience yet, play with Micky Ciccone whose band I had been a fan of for a long time and I'd also had a chance to be onstage in a band with my brother, who I think had been hitting a tambourine drinking Becks and smoking the whole time.

I had almost completely forgotten about that night though till a couple of weeks ago when playing at Moles in Bath I bumped into a man callled Andy who had been at the Troubadour show and so sent me this footage of it.

I especially like the fact that the promoter says 'Alright lads are you really a band?' as we clearly didn't look like one, well we weren't really.

I also like that I now have a photo of me onstage with my little brother probably from the same week I wrote the song about him.

and finally I like that according to the Half Man Half Biscuit song Asparagus Next Left by playing a Guerrilla Gig in the middle of another groups Guerilla Gig I have played the ultimate Guerrilla Gig.

I have no idea who was playing the drums that night but I would like to thank that mysterious stranger. I would also like to apologise to the audience who I think due us playing didn't get a refund from the promoters for the show they were supposed to see.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Great White Shark.

I made the front cover for Great White Sharks 'Bring Us Back Together EP'

As you can see it is a painting of a shark. The EP is great you can hear it HERE on their Facebook page and buy it from Amazon HERE

They are on tour at the moment

02.11 Wien - B72
03.11 Augsburg - Schwarzes Schaf
04.11 Stuttgart - 12zehn
05.11 München - Atomic Cafe

You should check them out they are awesome.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Sunset Junction Cancelled.

I'm an optimist. I really thought it was going to happen right until the very last second. I was listening to the live stream of the Board Of Public Works Meeting with my fingers crossed. I got so into listening to it in fact that I forgot it was real and was completely caught of guard when it didn't have a happy ending for me.

Sunset Junction got cancelled.

This is paticuarly bad news for Art Brut as we have non-refundable tickets to LA that we can't really afford without the festival. So instead of packing for our travel tomorrow we have all been FREAKING THE FUCK OUT.

Luckily and with MASSIVE THANKS to Jennifer Tefft we have somewhere to play now.

We are playing at The Satellite in Silverlake it is a fundraiser for ourselves as we are completely fucked. If you don't buy a ticket and come down and help us out we will be forced to leave Jasper in LA and trust me you do not want him as a neighbour he is a massive prick.

Here are the set times

The Hundred Days are on at 5-30pm

Art VS Science are on at 6-30pm

Art Brut are on at 7.30pm

You can get tickets HERE

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Sunset Junction/Independent Postcards

I've been making postcards for every show I play for a while now. I explain why HERE

I have got a little behind with it and there are a few festivals Art Brut played over the summer I've not got round to yet. Here are the postcards for our next two shows though we are playing at The Independent in San Francisco with Tapes 'N Tapes and at Sunset Junction in LA

I'm looking forward to them both I love the Independent in S.F and I pretty much used to live round the corner from Sunset Junction when I used to stay in Echo Park all the time and am looking forward to trying to find time to eat in my favourite restaurant and to go rummaging in all of the Out The Closet thrift stores I can find.

There is a chance Sunset Junction might not happen. So just in case I have made this extra sticker for the postcard

With the San Francisco postcard it will be at the Merch table with the T-shirts. I'm not sure how it will work with the LA postcard. I'll just be carrying it around with me I suppose.

The postcard's cost $40 a set. They come as 2 canvases a front and a back. I fill in the 'back' part of the postcard with what happened that day/at the show. They are made of canvas acrylic paint and sharpie pen (for the writing of what happened)

See you soon X

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Hobo Style.

Art Brut are of on tour again.

Hobo Style.

Have a listen to the Littlest Hobo Theme Tune recorded by Ian and Myself whilst you peruse the dates.

First a little trip to the US.

26th August - San Francisco @ THE INDEPENDENT (with Tapes and Tapes)

and then

27th August - Sunset Junction in LA

Then we're off to Europe


Sep 8th - Frankfurt @ Nachtleben
Sep 9th - Munich @ Atomic Cafe
Sep 10th - Leipzig @ Conne Is
Sep 11th - Erlangen @ E-Werk Club
Sep 12th - Stuttgart @ Schocken
Sep 13th - Krefeld @ Kulturfabrik
Sep 14th - Onasbruck @ Kleine Freiheit
Sep 15th - Bremen @ Tower


Sep 17th - Geneva @ Usine
Sep 18th - Bern @ ISC


Sep 19th - Vienna @ Flex
Sep 20th - Saltzburg @ Rockhouse


Sep 22nd - Torino @ Spazio 211
Sep 23rd - Rome @ Circolo Degli Artisti
Sep 24th - Bologna@ Covo Club


Sep 26th - St Gallen @ Grabenhalle


Sep 27th - Paris @ La Maroquinerie


Oct 5th - Liverpool @ Mojo
Oct 6th - Sheffield @ The Plug
Oct 7th - Manchester @ The Ruby Lounge
Oct 8th - Coventry @ Casbah
Oct 9th - Bath @ Komedia
Oct 10th - Portsmouth @ Wedgewood Rooms
Oct 11th - Brighton @ The Haunt
Oct 13th - Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club
Oct 14th - Preston @ 53 Degrees
Oct 15th - Darlington @ Inside Out
Oct 16th - Derby @ Vic Inn
Oct 19th - Cardiff @ Clwb Ifor Bach
Oct 20th - Kingston @ Hippodrome

Nov 4th - London @ The Garage (Last FM)

Tickets from the usual places, see you there.

Ian recorded the music for The Littlest Hobo today in his bedroom, and I whispered over it in the living room of TOTP Towers. We probably wont be playing it live.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Songs Inspired By 60's Batman.

How have I only just found out these AMAZING songs.

I thought my friends Spoiler Alert! were the first people to sing about Batman over a jazz beat, well besides Bird's Of Prey who sing THIS in the Batman Brave and The Bold cartoon.

But then I discovered these amazing gems.

The Penguin sings Capture.

The Riddler sings The Riddler

And (my personal favourite) Batman sings Miranda


Sunday, 24 July 2011

Acoustic Lakeside

I love the Acoustic Lakeside. This was my third year.

You can read about my previous visits HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

I think because of those previous visits, I've earned a bit of a reputation with the people who run the festival. This was confirmed when they handed me a small bottle of Jagermeister at the airport and then again when they immediately handed me a pint of beer as I arrived at the festival.

They tried to put the beer straight into my right hand, I'm quicker than that though. I knew what they were doing. They were playing the drinking game Buffalo. They are obsessed with it at this festival. This time they'd made signs and even badges. I suspect that next year it will be called the Lakeside Buffalo festival.

As we'd stepped in at the last minute, due to the Subways having to pull out, only Ian and I could make it to the festival. We played a very stripped down set, just him on acoustic guitar and me shouting. Which was fun for me as I got to pretend I was Jonathan Richman. I definitely wasn't straight though. I was a bit tipsy.

We pulled it off though and had loads of fun. I think my favourite part was being carried around on someones shoulders to our song Modern Art.

Then we got drunk and hung out. I think Acoustic Lakeside festival is the best place in the world to get drunk and hang out. Every year I've made more and more friends, to where it reached a point this year where it felt like I was friends with absolutely everybody there. Which is exactly what you want at a festival, especially as they were all buying me drinks.

I cant really remember much of the evening. I definitely watched Thees from Tomte's new band whilst some new friends translated everything he said for me, then I danced with Thees for a bit. My final memory is of seeing a naked guy dancing on the stage. That is when I decided to leave. Anymore drink and I might have been that guy and no one wants that.

I had a great time at Acoustic Lakeside, and hope I get to go again next year, when it is renamed the Buffalo festival.

I make a post card for every show I play for reasons I have explained HERE and have made one for Lakeside. It is £40 including postage and looks like this.

It is on two canvases slightly larger than the canvases I normally use and made of acrylic paint and sharpie pen.

I fill out the postcard to the person who purchases it.

If you are interested email me at

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Fuck Rock Let's Art

I used to play the vacuum cleaner in a band. When we played acoustically I'd play the dustpan and brush. This sounds like a joke but it's true.

I made some Fuck Rock Let's Art painting's the other week. They sold really fast. They were a limited series of 10.

I've made some new smaller more affordable versions. These paintings are limited to 20 and numbered by me in white paint.

They are in acrylic paint on 12cm X 8cm canvas and cost £22.50 each. (including postage to anywhere in the world)

You can contact me at

or push this button

I have other paintings for sale in my shop HERE

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Brilliant! Tragic! The Comic.

Hey the Art Brut comic is now available to buy online.

We got all of my favourite comic book artist/people to contribute. I'm still not quite sure how we managed to do it and am incredibly flattered that they took time out to work on it.

so thank you..

I was thinking of keeping every single copy for myself as I am quite the collector but although it would be cool to be the only person to own thousands of copies of this comic. It would also be very selfish of me. So you can now buy it from HERE

Sunday, 3 July 2011

US Tour Second Half.

Leaving Canada for the US was an adventure.

It felt like we were sneaking back into the country via a secret route. We drove over a number of bridges that could just hold one vehicle, took a number of detours because some bridges weren't complete and didn't see another a car or van for the majority of the journey. Even the guy from US customs who checked our passports and told us he'd never heard of our band did all his work from within what looked like an abandoned house.

It didn't get much better when we entered the US we took this 'Freeway' all the way to Maine.

So after driving through the woods for a few hours we ended up in Maine. We had a day off so Ian and I spent it mainly eating Lobsters (Maine-ly?) It was great.

Refreshed we arrived in Boston rocked the fuck out and played our brand new song Atlanta Girls. I love playing songs live for the first time and pretending that any mistakes we make are part of some new avant-garde direction.

Then on to The Black Cat in DC and Maxwells in NJ. Both favorites of mine too. We have played these venues a lot. So often in fact that before we left for this tour we joked about making a T-Shirt that said 'Art Brut- The Glass Ceiling Tour' I don't care though I hope we play those venues forever, I love them. They were both all ages shows with actual kids turning up some who weren't even born when Formed A Band came out. I thought this was pretty cool, especially as a 7 year old in NJ had mad his own T-Shirt. I was literally talking to the kids, I think I taught them some new swear words.

Next up was our Brooklyn show at Williamsburg Music Hall. We had played there before too back when it was called North 6. It's nicer now. I really enjoyed the show and our new record label The End brought us a bottle of Brooklyn Gin as a present. This ended badly for me as later in the night fueled by the Gin I thought it would be hilarious to hide in the cupboard in the Hotel room whilst Mike and Jasper went out to buy beer and then leap out and suprise them when they got back. Unfortunately when they were at the off license they got invited to a party and went there instead of coming straight back. To be fair to them they did invite me to the party but I had been asleep in the cupboard for about an hour by the time I got the phone call, so decided to just go back to sleep.

I woke up in the cupboard the next day with just enough time, to go downstairs and get in the van, no time for a shower. We went and recorded the drunkest radio session in the world and then went to stink up the Marvel offices with the strong smell of stale booze that permeated from our bodies, breath clothes and hair.

You can read a bit of what we got up to at the Marvel offices HERE. Im amazed Janna managed to turn it into anything vaguely understandable. It was great fun meeting all the people that work there. I wish we could have taken them all to the pub and hung out unfortunately though we had to fly home and besides that i think we were scaring them a little.

We're next over for Sunset Junction in LA and a show at the Independent in SF see you then.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

US Tour First Half.

I've been back from our US tour for nearly a week now and I've only just managed to stop talking like I'm about to introduce a song. I would hate to live with me.

The tour was ace though.

We started in Chicago, always a favourite place to play, and met Reptar for the first time. They were coming on some of the dates with us. I already liked them and it was cool to see them live. I'd not seen them before so was expecting them to look a bit like the Talking Heads (who I think they sound a tiny bit like). They didn't at all though, they looked like hippies, cool hippies but hippies none the less. They were ace.

After Chicago we went to Cleveland and I made a horrible mistake on the journey there. At home my girlfriend keeps me in check and makes sure I don't eat too many cakes. I had no girlfriend with me though on the route to Cleveland and Art Brut don't keep such a beady eye on my dietary habits.

I bought a Cinabon

Even as a professional cake eater it still intmitaded me so I intentionally chose the smallest least extravegent one I could find. When I took it to the counter though they covered it in cream, some sort of sauce and then stuck another cake on top. I promise I'm not making this up. Here is a photo of me eating it.

I could only take about two bites before I went out of my fucking mind on sugar. I bounced around in the back of the van like a toddler for 10 minutes and then completely passed out. I woke up weakened and confused for the sound check and then had to go to the hotel to wash all the caramel that was seeping out of my pores instead of sweat off. I swear I still smell like a cake now two weeks later.

Because I was in the shower trying to get rid of the cake sweat, I missed the first band in Cleveland but Jasper told me they were awesome and before I left I managed to nab a free CD. Well I don' think it was supposed to be free but I couldn't find anyone sober enough to take my money of me. So if you see Spacer Ace let them know I owe them $5 and have a listen to them HERE I love the CD so it would have been $5 well spent.

After Cleveland we went to Toronto for NXNE and played the Mod Club which was loads of fun and then because it was a festival we got to go and watch a load of other bands. My favourite was Sheezer an all girl Weezer tribute band. They looked like the Page Sisters from Jack Of Fables and only played the good Weezer songs. It was exactly as amazing as that sounds.

Then we went to Montreal played a show, ate pizza, got drunk fell asleep, woke up and started the drive to Portland Maine for our day off. Luckily I wasn't driving as I thought we were going to Portland Oregon and apparently that is on the other coast. It would have been very embarrassing had I driven and everyone had woken up 3,000 miles away on the wrong side of the country.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Festival Advice.

I wrote this for This Is Fake DIY, not sure wether they used it or not. It's a bit too late if you went to Glastonbury but here is some festival advice.

The festival advice I'm sure most bands have given you is that you should smear yourself in sunscreen, bring wet wipes, drink plenty of water and avoid dodgy burger stalls so you don't die of food poisoning. This is because most bands nowadays are a bunch of wet-behind-the-ears, public schoolboy softies.

Fuck that.

I don't believe in doing things by halves. If I'm going to a festival I want to fully immerse myself in the experience. To do the same, I suggest that you don't bring anything with you - not even a change of clothes or a tent. Actually, scrub that. You do need to bring one thing with you, and that thing is booze.

You will need this to help you take the harsher edges off of your festival experience. I suggest that you smuggle in a mix of vodka and some sort of soft drink (I find Irn Bru masks the smell of vodka the best), otherwise once you are trapped inside the festival compound they can charge you an exorbitant amount of money for warm beer in a shitty paper cup. You will find it hard to get smashed on that.

I'm totally for immersing myself in the festival experience, and you should do the same. However, a word of warning and my only real festival tip would be to avoid Glastonbury altogether. If it rains, then that fucker is like the last days of the Battle of the Somme. If it's sunny, it will be full of tiny kids running around your feet and people playing the new Adele record loudly from their overly expensive family sized fucking yurt. And no amount of Irn Bru blended with vodka will enable you to enjoy that.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Mad Thing I What I Wrote For Los Campesinos.

For their new issue of Heat Rash Los Campesinos have asked a few people about a conversation they have had. They asked me when I was on tour in the US last week and in my confused state I thought they wanted a lot more than they did. They only wanted a few sentences and I wrote quite a bit. So I thought I'd send them a different thing consisting of a few sentences and put the mad thing I wrote here, so it wasn't completely wasted. So here it is.

Mad Thing I What I Wrote For Los Campesinos.

Los Campesinos asked me to write something about a interesting conversation that I have had at any point in my life. When they asked me (via email) the parameters for what I could write about were pretty broad. The email explained that it can be a conversation that I’ve had over the phone, or a chat I’ve had with a friend over a cup of coffee , the email even went on to say that even an email exchange would suffice.

Sounds easy right? Just think about an interesting conversation and write it down. Unfortunately though I’ve been struggling with this (which is why I’m sending this to them at the last possible minute, sorry again Ellen). Now I’m not sure if it’s because of the company I keep, because I’ve been put on the spot to suddenly think of something or just because of my shocking memory but I can’t think of one single interesting exchange I’ve had with a person ever in my entire life. The only interesting conversation I can think of –rather tellingly- is one I had with myself in a dressing room mirror in Seattle after I’d lost my mind a little through drinking, but I don’t think I want to share that with you.

That might actually be the problem. I’m in the middle of a long tour of America at the moment and I’m sure when I get back home, I’ll have a flash of realization and inspiration will strike but at the moment all my energy is being used up trying to work out how to clean my clothes and finding something to eat that isn’t covered in melted cheese. In fact probably the most interesting conversation I’ve been having is the backwards and forwards emailing between me and Los Campesinios with them trying to get this piece of writing of off me. Now I’ve written it and sent it. I’m afraid that conversation has finished too. So as you can probably tell I’ve intentionally written something that strays outside of the parameters they’ve asked of me. In the vain hope it won’t be good enough and the conversation will continue. So next time I’m asked about an interesting conversation I’ve had recently I can use the chain of emails as the answer.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Everybody Was In The French Resistance...Now

Who wants some FREE Everybody Was In The French Resistance...Now songs?

You can Download them from Daytrotter HERE

They were recorded in analogue on to tape and sound very nice for it. It's also after we'd been on tour for a while so you get the 'U2' version of Think Twice (It's Not Alright) and the My Boyfriends Back version of Hey! It's Jimmy Mack.

Everybody Was In The French Resitance...Now are also playing a show for Death By Pop on July 1st at White Trash in Berlin.

HERE is the facebook page for the event. I think it's tickets on the door.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Snakebite City/Resonance FM

Growing up in Dorset at the end of the Nineties, with no internet it was really hard to discover new bands to get into.

So I am very glad that Snakebite City existed.

Very little happened in Poole back then and the charts were full of shit like The Verve so being able to check out 25 mostly AMAZING and always at least VERY GOOD new bands for around a fiver was a life saver.

My school bag used to have more Snakebite City compilations than school books in it.

People often pontificate about what they would save from their house if it was burning down and whilst it would be a different story now when the first bedsit I ever lived in did actually get a bit fire damaged the first thing I checked hadn't been destroyed was my Snakebite City collection.

I'm still incredibly happy and proud that the first time Art Brut ever played a show it was for Snakebite City and that years after I first heard them on Snakebite City 7 I ended up becoming great friends with and eventually living with Agebaby.

Every single one of those bands on the Snakebite City compilations, in my eyes at least, deserved to be massive popstars and on TOTP constantly.

This Monday I will be playing my favourite songs from the Snakebite City compilations on Resonance FM. It will be live from 8PM tune in and have a listen.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Art Brut Week.

Hello. This week Art Brut are playing every night at the Lexington, it is going very well thanks for asking.

The rest of Art Brut are already joking that it is a bit like spending a week inside my iPod and it has been brilliant for me to watch my favourite bands every night.

We had The Orphans and The Lovely Eggs on Monday and last night Keith TOTP and the Nightingales. Unsuprisingly they were all AMAZING. I wish I could take every night we're playing on tour for ever.

Tonight it's Winter Olympics and Ezra Furman and The Harpoons. All the nights have sold out but its worth coming down as we held a very few back on the door for the last couple of nights. If you want them you'll have to get there early though as they will vanish pretty quick.

I've been making postcards for every show I've played for more than a year now for reasons I write about HERE.

Last nights postcard accidentally got hidden away unloved under a pile of T-Shirts so if you would like to buy it you can email me at I fill it in and address it to whoever buys it.

It is across two postcard sized canvases in acrylic paint and costs Forty Pounds.

(I'll pay the postage, don't worry I'll use real stamps)

Monday, 23 May 2011

Art Brut Reunion Shows.

Hello. Art Brut's new album is out you should go and buy it. You can do that HERE and on vinyl HERE

How long do you have to be away, before you play a reunion show? The (brilliant) Death From Above 1979 only went away for five years before their reunion shows. I'm intending on trimming that down to two years. Art Brut's last album was out 2 years ago so this is a reunion tour.

To get around Europe on this reunion tour we are using a white van, with a Sat-Nav. This is a classic. A text book touring experience.

What is unusual about this tour though is that this Sat Nav has quite a peculiar sing song voice especially for a robot whose main purpose is to tell you what direction to go in. Because of this every time it informs us

'at the end of the road.....turn right'

I expect it to break into a version of 'At The End Of The Road' by Boyz 2 Men.

This started me thinking, I would like a singing Sat-Nav. It could tell you to Go West, Turn, Turn Turn, to U-Turn and to Spin it Right Round Baby Round Round. Then when it's limited song based directions got you lost, especially as they all seem to be about going round in circles, it could tell you that you were On The Road To Nowhere

I admit though it would get annoying after a few hours at which point we could just switch it off and Go Our Own Way.

Tonight we are playing at Trix in Belgium. Here is the postcard.

I write about why I make postcards HERE. I'm also selling the few 'Fuck Rock Let's Art' paintings I have left. See you at the T-Shirt Stand

All love Eddie Argos X

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Amsterdam. Postcard.

Our tour starts tonight at BITTERZOETT, Amsterdam (with Buster Shuffle ) tickets HERE I've been making postcards for every show I've played for more than a year now. For reasons I explain HERE. Above you can see a poorly taken photograph of the postcard for tonights show. It is painted across two postcard sized canvasses in acrylic paint. I fill in the 'back of the postcard' canvas to whoever buys the canvases. The two canvas set costs 40 Euro there is only one for each show. I also have a couple of the 'Fuck Rock Let's Art' canvases with me I only made 10. They are 50 Euro each. Or 55 if you buy one mail order. The paintings will be at the T-Shirt stall. See you there Edxx

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Pris - Blue Tack Baby.

I heard this song in the middle of the night. It was so good I thought I'd dreamt it. I think Pris are AMAZING. HERE are some more songs by them.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

European Shows. Postcards.

Our album is out next Monday you can hear it over HERE streaming at Paste magazine. Then our little European tour starts we are playing. 22 May. BITTERZOETT, Amsterdam (with Buster Shuffle ) tickets HERE 23 May. TRIX, Antwerp (with Buster Shuffle) tickets HERE 24 May . NOUVEAU CASINO, Paris (with Jonquil , When Saints Go Machine ) tickets HERE 25 May. LUXOR, Köln (with Buster Shuffle) tickets HERE 26 May . LEEVE, Berlin (with Great White Shark ) tickets HERE 27 May. LEEVE, Berlin (with Great White Shark) tickets HERE 28 May . MOLOTOW, Hamburg (with Great White Shark) tickets HERE I've been making postcards for every show I play for a while now for reasons I talk about HERE Here is quite a bad photo of the postcards I have made for these shows. There is another half to each one of those canvases which is a seperate painting of the back of the postcard. I fill in the other canvas and address it too the person that buys it. The pair of canvases will cost 40 Euro and I'll be selling one set for each show. Hopefully see you there Eddie X

Fuck Rock Let's Art.


I used to play the hoover in a band. When we played acoustically I'd play the dustpan and brush. That sounds like a joke but it's true. I've made 10 of these 'Fuck Rock Let's Art' paintings. They will all be individually numbered and signed by me in white paint. They are £55 (including postage) and made of black and white acrylic paint on a 24cm x 30cm canvas. They are not screen prints each is individually hand made. I am only making ten on canvas but may make a T-Shirt or Tote Bag.

Monday, 16 May 2011

The Great Escape Brighton.

We played the Great Escape in Brighton on Saturday. I had so much fun that I didn't even mind having to miss Adam and Joe and Doctor Who to do it.

The version of Modern Art we played got so long an improvised that we had to drop 2 other songs off the setlist. One day soon I'm sure we are going to end up playing Modern Art for 1hr45min I apologize in advance.

It was a lot of fun and nice and busy. Due to the nature of the festival though the venue threw us out IMMEDIATELY after we played so they could put on a club called 'Back To 1985'. I decided not to stay for that.

Because we were ejected from the building though. I neglected to sell my Postcard for Brighton. So if you want to buy it email me at

It is a painting across two postcard sized canvases. I fill in the 'back of the postcard' canvas with what happened and address it to you and then pop it in an enevelope with the other half of the painting and send it you.

It costs £40 (I'll pay for the postage and I'll use real stamps too not homemade ones)

I write about why I make postcards HERE

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Art Brut Week.

Hey Art Brut week at the Lexington is Monday 30th of May till Friday June the 3rd.

Here are some of the bands who are playing with us.

Monday 30th

Tuesday 31st

An AMAZING band we're not allowed to announce and Keith TOTP And His Minor UK Indie Celebrity All Star Backing Band buy Tickets HERE

Wednesday 1st

Thursday 2nd

Baddies SOLD OUT

Friday 3rd

Bearsuit SOLD OUT

And we'll obviously be playing an entirely different set each night.

See you there XX

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Brilliant! Tragic! The Comic Book.

I don't think it's a secret that I'm a massive fan of comic books. So for Art Brut's new album Brilliant! Tragic! we decided we would compile a comic book version of Brilliant! Tragic! to release at the same time. It has lots of my favourite artist's contributing to it.

In alphabetical order

I've seen most of it and it looks AMAZING. I'm still over the moon and incredibly flattered that these artists took time out to work on it. I cant wait to hold the print copy in my hands.

Now this is where you come in. I always loved reading the letters column in comics. Booster Gold's was called The Gold Exchange and I used to read it before I read the story to help build the anticipation. I could never write into The Gold Exchange though as I was buying the comics second hand five years later. You can however write into the Brilliant! Tragic! comic with any question you have and we will endeavor to answer the best ones.

Barnaby Fudge will be in charge of answering the questions so address them to him at

or in the comments section below (I know that he reads my blog)

Biff! Bang! Hangover!

I wrote a new Pow! To The People it is about the Top Shelf comic Liar's Kiss. I liked it.

You can read what I wrote about it HERE.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011


The Art Goblins album. It is a tape that actually plays and a painting. It is a compilation album more about which is written HERE

Each tape is numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity (also numbered) and signed by me.

The name Fuck Rock Let's Chart is intentionally ironic. Painted cassette tapes are unfortunately not chart eligible.

Each tape is £25 including postage and packaging to anywhere in the world.

Also very limited offer. If you want a copy of the album and a green glow in the dark Art Goblin's 7"record (spilt single with Billy Ruffian). That will be £30 (inc P&P) and you can email me at

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

The Art Goblins. Album Release.

There is a new Art Brut album out soon you can pre-order it HERE

It leaked a little while ago and I kind of wish it hadn't. Surely part of the fun of getting a new album is in the anticipation in waiting for the release. Maybe that's just me though living in the past.

Anyhow it got me thinking about how albums aren't really physical releases anymore just songs floating in the ether. And although the Art Brut album is definitely getting a physical release both Vinyl and CD which again you can pre-order HERE. I thought it might be nice to turn the concept on its head and have a definite physical album you probably shouldn't really listen too.

So I have made an Art Goblin's compilation album.

It has seventeen borderline listenable Art Goblins songs on it.

The track listing is.

1) Anti-Gravity.
2) Disco
3) Fuck The MSP (Acoustic Party Mix)
4) The Young Own The Town
5) Disco (Original)
6) TheseAnimalMenswear
7) Nicky's Song
8) While Me Keyboard Guitar Gently Weeps
9) This Is French New Wave
10) Popst*r
11) Moving To LA
12) Johnny Dean
13) Debbie Loves Joey
14) Direct Hit
15) Charity Shop
16) Skin Flick
17) Fuck The MSP (The Welsh Elephant)

14,15,16 are actually demos of Future And The Boy songs (an Art Goblins side project). Any of the songs with the same titles as Art Brut songs are inferior earlier Art Goblin versions. Some of the lyrics maybe the same though. Track 17 is by my favourite Verwood based indie band The Welsh Elephant. Art Goblins just cover it so please direct your hate filled letters written in purple pen to them not me.

The Album is called 'Fuck Rock Let's Chart! The Art Goblins 1997-2007' and is made of acrylic paint and a cassette tape. All the tapes play. Although that doesn't necessarily mean you should play them.

Each tape is numbered and comes with a typed and numbered certificate of ownership which includes the tracklisting, a little bit about the band, including a list of all the members and recording details and is authenticated with my signature.

Each tape is £25 including postage and packaging to anywhere in the world.

There is no free download or any of that. Just the tape and the songs on it.

I'll be putting them in my shop tomorrow, but for now email me at if you would like to buy one.

The Art Goblins recorded from a CD straight on to a tape and then covered in paint. Is exactly the way these songs were supposed to be heard. Enjoy.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Indie Disco/ White Noise.

I am an expert of the Indie Disco. Let me tell you why.

My touring with Art Brut has taken me all over the world. Unfortunately I am often too busy or hungover to do any sightseeing. For example I have never been to The Statue of Liberty in New York, The Capitoline museums in Rome or The Jane Austen Center in Bath. I have been to Indie Disco's in all of these exotic places though.

When I am on tour I sometimes end up at an Indie Disco five or six times a week.I have learnt from each and every Indie Disco I have been too. If I was to go on Mastermind my specialist subject would be The Indie Disco.

Here are some Indie Disco facts

90 per cent of all Indie Discos are called London's Calling.

The remaining 10 per cent are all called Panic.

Indie Discos don't play enough Helen Love.

That is just the tip of the iceberg of my Indie Disco knowledge.

I am utilizing my Indie Disco expertise with Dyan Valdes from The Blood Arm (who has a very similar set of skills) this Saturday the 2nd of April at White Noise at White Trash in Berlin see you there.

I'm also hosting Rock And Roll Bingo at White Trash tomorrow. For my friends 8 Legs/Great White Shark. Unfortunately my knowledge of Bingo is not as vast as my knowledge of The Indie Disco but I'm a fast learner and you should come to that too.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Arthur's Theme

My friend Josiah from the band Light FM asked me to sing on his cover of the Christopher Cross song from the film Arthur.

They are re-making Arthur at the moment and we were hoping they'd use this cover in the film.

They are not.

it is HERE on soundcloud if you want to hear/download it.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Punk Rock Ist Nicht Tot!

Hey. I have a pretentious art blog where I am making a painting for every song I have ever written.

it is HERE

I have just written about this St Pauli painting.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Brilliant! Tragic!

The new Art Brut album is called Brilliant! Tragic! and is out everywhere on May 23rd. The Album art work has been done by Jamie Mckelvie. It looks AMAZING.

The songs on the album are in order.

Clever Clever Jazz
Lost Weekend
Bad Comedian
Sexy Sometimes
Is Dog Eared
Martin Kemp Welch 5 A-Side Football Rules
Axl Rose
I Am Psychic
Ice Hockey

And we already have a song you can get your hands on called Unprofessional Wrestling.

Art Brut are working with Pledge on this album. You can bid on things over HERE

One of the things you can bid on is a Sealandscape painted by me signed by all the band. They will all be different. Here is the first one.

We have a new website on the way, if you are the sort of person that likes reading press releases though our press release is being used as a holding page HERE

We also have a little tour coming up HERE

Monday, 7 March 2011


I like postcards for reasons I write about HERE.

I've been making one for every show I play for nearly a year now. This one is for the show we played in New York on friday.

The show was ace fun our first in ages. It went really well I had a great time. Im too tired to write about it now though.

This postcard is in acrylic across two canvases. On the canvas that is the back of the postcard I write about the show and then attach one of my own stamps to it before addressing it to you. This set costs £42 (including postage)

When I send it to you I put a real stamp on the envelope I send it in (mine unfortunately don't work in the real world, yet)

If you are interested email me at

Unprofessional Wrestling.

There is a free new Art Brut song. It's called Unprofessional Wrestling. You can get it HERE

People have been emailing me asking about the lyrics. I thought I was enunciating perfectly well. Here they are though.

Unprofessional Wrestling

It started off as just kissing

Now it’s a lot of sweat and a mess of limbs

We didn’t wait for a bell to ring

We’re unprofessional wrestling

Watch out for stray mattress springs

That carpet burn its going to sting

I can wear a leotard if that’s your thing

We’re unprofessional wrestling

I don’t even try to stop

What looks like a figure four leg lock

I don’t really care who wins

We’re unprofessional wrestling

I don’t think

I know what to do

We’re both still

Learning how to do these move

I don’t think

you know what to do

We’re both still learning

how to do these moves

We didn’t remove, our rings so

Trousers rip and a bra strap pings

They’ll be grazing on my shins

We’re unprofessional wrestling

I don’t know if I can cope

With you jumping from the top rope

You’ve already pulled my hamstring

Unprofessional wrestling

I don’t want you to put anybody else in

A full suplex half nelson

123 I’ll let you pin me

123 I’ll let you pin me

123 I’ll let you pin me

123 I’ll let you pin me

123 I’ll let you pin me

123 I’ll let you pin me

123 I’ll let you pin me

I cant wait to see what you do

As your finishing move

My ears are still ringing from Unprofessional Wrestling.

We have a pledge page now too. It is HERE if you fancy a look.

An Open Letter To Axl Rose (originally written for Artrocker Magazine)

Dear Axl Rose.

Let me start off by saying I am a fan of your work. You have many fine songs. I also like the fact that you tell everybody to fuck off all the time. My younger brother found this inspiring growing up - it helped him find his voice in the world.

Unfortunately, I'm writing to you with regard to your recent appearance at the Reading Festival. I was in attendance with my brother and his best friend Tom. It was the first time either of them had seen you play. Although they enjoyed it (they were perhaps the only two people singing along to songs from Chinese Democracy), I felt the performance a little lacking. Don’t get me wrong, I still think you rocked the fuck out, but you have some of the world’s greatest songs in your arsenal and you left them unused or played them in a state of disrepair.

Do you know the other bands that were playing at this festival? Weezer, The Libertines, The Arcade Fire. These bands are a fucking joke compared to you. They all dream of having a song as good as November Rain, You Could Be Mine, Welcome To The Jungle, Estranged, Night Train, or Paradise City – songs which you just threw away with stadium rock posturing.

So Axl, let me tell you what you need to do. Put your house in order. You don't need that many guitarists. Pick a couple of your favourites and size down a bit. Once you have a more manageable-sized band (make sure to keep Tommy Stinson, as he was in The Replacements), start playing small secret shows and learn to enjoy yourself again. You will soon realise that you don’t need big gongs, fireworks or bizarre covers of Pink Floyd’s The Wall to have a good show. Take it from me, your songs stand up on their own.

Basically Axl, what I'm saying is that you used to be in the best rock and roll band in the world, and you still can be. You just need to remember where you came from. Once you've got yourself in order you can start telling everybody to fuck off again and I will have your back.

Oh and one other piece of advice, one that my brother was shouting at you at the festival: When you use a megaphone you have to hold the button down to make yourself heard.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011


I love postcards I explain why HERE.

I've been making them for every show I've played for quite sometime now. I like the thought of something unique and personal being available from each of our shows.

Last night Art Brut played at Jericho in Oxford you can see the postcard in my previous post and then the back of it after the show HERE. I've smudged John's address out with iPhoto so you dont all send him letters.

Tonight a band that sounds a bit like Art Brut (but definitely isn't us) called We Formed A Band is playing at the Enterprise in Camden. So I've made a post card for them.

It is in acrylic paint on two pieces of canvas. Once it is bought I attach one of my stamps and write about the show on the canvas that is the back of the postcard. This postcard cost £40.

I can be contacted at

Hopefully see you later. I will be down the front.

Monday, 28 February 2011


I really like postcards. I explain why HERE.

For EWITFR...N! I made a postcard for every show. I intend to do the same for Art Brut this year.

This postcard is for the Oxford Jericho which we're playing at tomorrow. I've never been there before but from my internet research. I see they have a green sofa on the stage and Cuban flags hanging over the speakers.

I hope the green sofa is still on stage when we play. Its been a while and I might get a bit tired halfway though the set.

This postcard cost £40 for that you get both the canvasses. On the piece of canvas which is the back of the Postcard I write in what happened the day of the gig personally addressed to you. I then add one of my own stamps.

I'll have it with me tomorrow. If you are interested email