Grand Thieves & Tomb Raiders

Written by Aidy.

Magnus Anderson

Carlsberg don’t do geeky nights out but if they did then they’d probably be a lot like the one I experienced earlier this week at the Retro Bar, London. The evening consisted of drinking beer, talking about old video games, eating video game themed cupcakes and MJ Hibbett of Hey Hey 16K fame actually bought me a beer! Then to top it all off I got to see my name printed in the acknowledgments of a proper book!

That’s right folks I was lucky enough to go to the book launch for Grand Thieves & Tomb Raiders by Magnus Anderson and Rebecca Levene.

Behind the Music #04 - Feeling

Written by Aidy.

This song’s existed for a while and I even played it live once at a solo acoustic gig I did a few years ago. We started playing it during rehearsals and it sounded pretty cool with a full band and so it made the final cut.

Our producer Bugs opted for a “ballsy mix” and no overdubs, which is exactly what we did. There was some experimentation but in the end we kept it simple and stuck to just Bass, Guitar and Drums.

Lyrically it sounds like it’s about the end of a romantic relationship but the words could equally be attributed to the end of a business relationship.

Guest Musicians

Fender Jagstang
Fender Telecaster
Fender Deville Amp
Fender Jazz Bass
Peavey 115 Combo Bass Amp
Tama Starclassic Drum Kit

Behind the Music #03 - the British IBM

Written by Aidy.

Arguably the most important song on the album since everything that we’ve done over the past year has stemmed from this one.The album name, band name and general aesthetic all have their roots in this song. The phrase ‘the British IBM’ comes from a line of dialogue from the BBC drama Micro Men. It's a dramatisation of the rivalry between Acorn and Sinclair in the eighties and how the founders; Clive Sinclair and Chris Curry were friends in the early days and worked together but fell out. The whole thing's based on a true story and in one particular scene they end up in a fight in a Cambridge pub, which resulted in Chris Curry saying "We could have been the British IBM". That single line sums up a whole world of what could have been and the human side of the rise and fall the British computer industry.