A Look At The PMATL Song-Writing Process

People often ask us how we write our songs. It’s usually like this. Lomo 2 plays a riff, Lomo 1 starts singing some words, Lomo 2 adds some words. Sillyness ensues.

And if we like any of what we improvise, Pete writes it down in his blue lyrics book.

Then we refine.

Well, yesterday shuffle on phone threw up a jam we had recently that I’d forgotten about completely and it made me chuckle; so I decided to share it with you.

Soon we’re going to get together and turn it into a proper song, but in the meantime I thought it would be fun for you to see how our stupid ideas begin.  Most of our songs started like this.  Enjoy the case study of something in the making…

 

Decadent Dreams

I’ve been a little obsessed with retro tech of late.  I say of late.  I mean I’m always drawn in by retro tech, but even more so lately.  Call it a dose of post-Christmas continued nostalgia or we could lay it the door of nostalgic music and TV.  (Stranger Things on vinyl as a Chrimbo pressie – I’m looking at you!)  But I had a longing yesterday to dig out some of my old tunes.

I think it was about 5 years ago I had a similar nostalgic vibe and said on twitter that I was going to rerelease my old solo albums on Bandcamp.  Well it’s taken a while for me to get round to but I’ve got that feeling again and decided to go for it.

So Saturday morning I dug out my old Mini-disc player and box of mini-discs, stuck in my headphones and crossed my fingers.  Thankfully it still worked.  But unfortunately a lot of my oldest compositions weren’t on there.

Next stop, I had to find all the instrumentals I’d sequenced on my Technics back in the day and see if I could get the floppy disks to load.  No luck.  It just wasn’t having it; which is pretty sickening. At least of got most of the earliest stuff recorded on tapes but they’re not going to be restorable enough to release online I wouldn’t have thought.  If they’re good enough I’ll just have to recreate them in due course.

So what have I got on the minidiscs for now?  I’ve got 2 albums I originally released on CD and MP3 in the early noughties on Peoplesound (a now defunct music distribution service) and the scores for 2 musicals I wrote in the late 90s.

I’ll be remastering these gradually, but here’s the first one for you.  This is called Decadent Dreams and was released in early 2000.  I hope you enjoy it:

Peter Meets Santa

Hot on the seasonal trail of old Father Christmas himself, Peter escapes the Yorkiverse for a trip to Santa’s grotto at the North Pole.  You can either:

(a) listen to the brand new soundcloud version

(b) check out the Marshall of the Yorkiverse podcast and subscribe on iTunes or your podcast player of choice the rss feed

(c) watch the youtube version

And why not share all three with your friends to spread some festive cheer…

Peter meets Constantine

Another week, another new Marshall of the Yorkiverse interview.  This week, Peter meets a fan in York’s premier street theatre performer: Constantine, otherwise known as Constant Ian the Great

Stream or download it now from Soundcloud.

 

As always, please spread the word, drop us a comment and there are loads of ways you can subscribe.  We’ll be releasing new episodes each week so why not follow us on Soundcloud, subscribe on iTunes or your android podcast player of choice?  You can also subscribe directly to the rss feed.

Peter meets Johnny Depp

There’s a lot to like about autumn but the risk of treading in dog poo concealed by falling leaves is definitely greater.

 

It’s a challenge that Peter rose to in order to have a chat with York’s most famous chocolatier Johnny Depp as part of his series of interviews: Marshall of the Yorkiverse.

You can find follow the series on Soundcloud, or copy the following rss feed into your podcast app of choice to subscribe:

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:147100993/sounds.rss

 

Peter Meets Dickie Turpentine

It’s time for a brand new Marshall of the Yorkiverse interview and for the first time in our podcast series it a character we’ve not previously introduced you to in video form: Dickie Turpentine.

In this episode Peter discovers what it takes to bounce back from being York’s most notorious criminal and what vocations there are out there in the Yorkiverse for such a reformed character.

Stream or download now from Soundcloud.

And if you like this one, please spread the word, drop us a comment and there are loads of ways you can subscribe.  We’ll be releasing new episodes each week so why not follow us on Soundcloud, subscribe on iTunes or your android podcast player of choice?  You can also subscribe directly to the rss feed.

 

What better way to celebrate Bonfire Night than listening to Peter Marshall interview the actual Guy Fawkes round his house?

This is episode 3 of the Marshall of the Yorkiverse podcast to listen to or download now:

If you enjoy this episode of our Marshall of the Yorkiverse series then please share it and subscribe using your favourite podcast app such as iTunes or using the rss feed.

This episode has a special video edition on the PMATL youtube channel if you’re feeling visually inclined.  It’s worth it just to see double Pete.

 

Guy Fawkes also makes a brief cameo in Transatlantic Smash, so why not watch that whilst you’re at it.

 

Peter meets Guy Fawkes

Peter Meets A Ghost

Skit written by and starring James Christopher

That Peter Marshall sure has met some interesting characters on his travels.  Ready for Halloween we’ve re-released Peter’s supernatural chat with a ghost. When Peter visited York’s most haunted pub, The Golden Fleece, to speak to its resident spook called James, he got more than he bargained for.

Continuing the legacy of the YouTube mini series is Marshall of the Yorkiverse: The Podcast.

Peter Marshall travels York and beyond to find its most famous and infamous characters; including Ousey Ousebourne, Guy Fawkes and his mate Dickie Turpentine.  In this series of interviews we discover what makes them stand out from the masses in the Universe sized village that is York.

You can find follow the series on Soundcloud, or copy the following rss feed into your podcast app of choice to subscribe:

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:147100993/sounds.rss

As and when episodes are released we’ll also add them to a bandcamp album for all you completists out there.

You can watch the original youtube version here: