After Five by Shamefaced (Live at Wednesbury Lock Up - "The Pats Quitting" Session) by Again Kubrick Neumann published on 2012/08/01 08:36:42 +0000 After Five by Shamefaced (Live at Wednesbury Lock Up - "The Pats Quitting" Session) Until hearing this again recently I had totally forgotten that this song ever existed and I don't remember ever performing it live at a gig so I guess it was quiet a new track. A slight change in direction with a lot more minor sounding chords for Shamefaced as we moved to a more edgier less poppy sound. I cant really work out if this sounds like another band and I'm not sure who we were listening to that inspired it. Maybe the band Marion? This is noted as being called 'After Five' on some info that I have with the track, and this is apparently because we come in after a 5 click intro. If it were up to me I'd call it "The Last Of My decline". I'm not sure what to say about this song really as I don't remember anything about it, nor do I know what the song is about. Its a decent enough song with a decent enough melody by Simon. There's some great guitar work by Bren progressing into a slightly new sound for him. There's also a tasty bass riff by me in the chorus and an interesting Blondie type drum beat through the verses (No doubt my demanding). I'm noted as saying in the intro "Your the one that wants to get out of here" - No doubt a poke at Pat wanting to leave as soon as possible as we'd managed to get the start of this song wrong numerous times before we got this take. I'm sure Simon sings "A pair of slacks" in this song, which is quiet funny as "Farah" slacks were the main sponsor of Shamefaced. I guess the chorus was supposed to sound quite a lot heavier than how it sounds on the recording but thats crap recordings for you. Great drum break fake ending. All in a pretty decent song with (what would have been) a kick ass chorus. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Additional Info on this track/Other tracks from this same session/My departure from Shamefaced This tracks is taken from a recording that my very good friend and long time collaborator Paul G. helmed using my Sony Minidisc recorder and a single microphone. It was recorded on 1st February 2000 in our lock up in Wednesbury which was the smallest rehearsal room you've ever been in in your entire life. This track was recorded properly in a studio after my departure from the band some time in the early 2000s, but I do not own a copy of the recording, so you'll have to bug Bren if you want to hear it at some point. The reason for this recording was that Pat had decided he not only wanted to quit the band but wanted to quit drums completely. No doubt to spend more time eating curries and drinking beer :) (I subsequently bought his entire drum kit off him for a bargain and decided to try to learn how to play it). So before he left we/I demanded he played every other song we'd written recently or were still playing live that havnt been recorded before…..obviously completely forgetting about all the live recordings we'd done. You really can tell he didn't want to do it though by his lacklustre performance on the other recordings from this session, although his playing on this specific track is pretty decent (and also by the snide remarks that were made during this session). Theres quiet a funny story behind me hearing this song (and some others) again for the first time in 12 years. Just a couple of months ago I kept asking Brendan to show me some of the stuff he said Shamefaced had written and recorded after I'd left. He found out about 5 mp3's and this track was one of them. But I didn't recognise the song at all when he played it to me. I told him that I really liked it and thought it was a really great tune. About a month later I was rummaging through my old Shamefaced box of goodies to find new tracks to share online and found the very recording your listening to now with me playing on it. So it turns out I'd wiped the song from my memory and I'd even played a part in writing it originally. After Pat left we spent quiet a while auditioning for a new drummer and during this period I would play the hi-hat with my foot when we rehearsed 'sans' drummer to help keep time. We did eventually get a new drummer who I believe was called Martin, but by this point I really didn't want to go any further with Shamefaced. There were numerous reasons, but the main reasons were that I wanted to go off and do something new and push myself musically playing instruments that were not bass and I really wanted to get into singing too. Singing was something that was always poo-pooed in Shamefaced, but something I always felt I could succeed in if I was give the opportunity. Also I could not stand having to help teach a drummer to learn an entire set and wait for ages before we were gig tight again. I thought it would take as much time and effort to write a whole new set with a whole new band as to get Shamefaced gigging again and so I left the band. The band did continue though and recruited another bass player that Bren always refers to as a "Pikey".