Gaptooth: the comeback tour

Ladyfest Bristol 2007

Last gig: Ladyfest Bristol 2007. I was significantly thinner then.

Roll up, roll up!

After three years of no live gigs (read: working too hard at my day job and being too tired to do much else), I will be playing a live set this Thursday (28th April) at Village Green Preservation Society‘s monthly scratch night, upstairs at the Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon.

Okay then, it’s not really a tour. It’s one gig. But hopefully it will lead to more, and I’ll also be back at Dreamtrak to record some more new tracks in the near future.

On Thursday I’ll be playing some old tracks as well as a couple of newer ones which I haven’t played live before.

Annoyingly, my plans to spend the Easter weekend rehearsing have been scuppered by a nasty cold, but (fingers crossed) I will be back on form by Thursday and read to kick your ass with some synth tunes like some kind of electropop ninja.

The night starts at 8:30pm, and it’s £3 on the door. The next day is a Bank Holiday, so no excuses! See the Facebook event here. If it’s anything like last month’s Village Green Preservation Society, expect it to be chaotic, entertaining and bizarre…

Thanks for your support!

Sadly I didn’t make it through to the final round of the Just A Girl competition – but thank you to all of you who voted and encouraged others to vote for me.  If nothing else, this has been a great opportunity for more people to hear my songs, and I’m grateful to The Girls Are for making that happen, and to the judges for putting me through to the final 15.Just A Girl

Thanks also to Stevetronic, who remixed Ladykillers for me and took some great photos for me to use in time for the competition deadline.

Congratulations to Birds of Paradise, Amazon Molly, Minnie Birch, Gldgrvz, She Makes War and Blue Cherrys, who will all be playing in the live final on 23rd October at The Horatia.  The judges will then make their final decision on who will go on to play at Ladyfest Ten.

Tickets are now on sale for Ladyfest Ten and you can also view the programme, which is constantly evolving, on the festival website.

Still time to vote for Gaptooth for Ladyfest Ten

There are still three more days to go before the voting closes on Wednesday 6th October for The Girls Are’s Just a Girl competition to win a slot playing at Ladyfest Ten.  A big thanks to everyone who has shown their support and voted so far.  It’s a slightly unusual system, in that everyone can vote as many times as they like – all you have to do is refresh the page and you can vote again.Ladyfest Ten

I’m told this has something to do with cookies – if it was a one-person-one-vote system then some people’s browsers wouldn’t be able to cope, meaning some people wouldn’t be able to vote at all.  On the downside it means bands could just vote for themselves hundreds of times if they wanted to (kind of glad I don’t have that much time on my hands!), but on the plus side it means you get to vote as many times as you want!

So if you’d like to see me playing live after a three year hiatus (since Ladyfest Bristol 2007, in fact) then get voting!

You might also be interested to see the programme for Ladyfest Ten, which has now been posted online.  The winner of the Just a Girl competition will play alongside Men (aka JD Samson and Johanna Fateman from Le Tigre‘s side project), Nicky Click, Battant, Vile Vile Creatures, Veronica Falls, The Hysterical Injury, Severin and Femmepop.  Exciting, no?

Just A Girl competition – I need your votes!

Exciting news! I have been selected as one of the final 15 entrants to The Girls Are‘s competition Just a Girl, to win a slot playing live at Ladyfest Ten in November!Just A Girl

Ladyfest, in case you’re not aware of it (where have you been?) is a kind of movement of DIY festivals celebrating women in music, the arts and much more. Every Ladyfest is run totally independently, so each has its own flavour if you will, but there have been Ladyfests all across the world, since the first one was organised in Olympia, Washington in the year 2000. In 2007, I was closely involved in organising Ladyfest Bristol, and played at the festival’s launch party at The Cube, supporting the brilliant Anat Ben David.  Ladyfest Ten, to be held in London, celebrates the 10th anniversary of that first Ladyfest, and promises to be all kinds of awesome.

Now the final 15 entrants have been chosen, we go to the public vote, before the 6 entrants with the highest votes go on to play in a live finale where the judges will pick the winner.  This is why I need your help!

Voting closes on 6th October 2010.  To cast your vote, go to the long list where you can listen to all 15 of us and see what the judges had to say.  There are some very talent ladies on that list and I’m very excited to be among them!  You can cast your vote using the poll at the bottom.

Even if I don’t get through, this is a great opportunity for lots of people to hear my music! But of course, I would be ecstatic to play at Ladyfest Ten, so I hope you will take a minute to vote for Gaptooth!

Gaptooth on Twitter!

I have finally given in and created a Twitter account. You can find me at

I have also posted some new photos up on the photos page – more about that soon, as well as on the Just a Girl competition…

New video – Recording at Dreamtrak 20/06/2010

This is my first attempt at making a short video of a Gaptooth recording session.  I have uploaded to my YouTube channel a video I made the weekend of my last post, of me recording with A Scholar and a Physician at Dreamtrak Studio.

The plan next is to make some edits to the recording of Ladykillers, with Staz of A Scholar and a Physician fame on drums.  I’ll keep you posted…

New Gaptooth tracks online

This weekend I’ve been at Dreamtrak Studio recording a couple of tracks with A Scholar and a Physician.

You can now listen to these two tracks on Facebook and on MySpace. The first is called Enduring Freedom – in case you’re wondering, no it’s not about Operation Enduring Freedom, but that is where the phrase came from. I liked the idea of freedom as something to be endured. The song was written in 2008/9 and features Oli Trademark on vocals.

The second song, Whole Crazy Thing, is a much older one. The lyrics to the chorus were surgically removed from the verse of a song I wrote when I was still at school (circa 1999 maybe?), and the verse lyrics were written in 2001. I wrote the music when I was using the song for a collaborative project with Todd at Greyday Records, and I liked it so much I decided to record a version for use as a Gaptooth track.

Hopefully there won’t be such a long wait until the next new songs are online!