Monday, 6 October 2008


Moved to LA is a new Art Brut song that will probably be on our next Album.

On Art Brut's first album we have a song called "Considering A Move To LA" I wrote the words to that song when I was working in a pub on a cold rainy day and was trying to imagine the best possible place I could be.

My girlfriend lives in LA so I'm there quite a lot now.I do pretty much live there although when I started writing "Moved To LA" I didn't realise I was writing it about Los Angeles.

I wrote it about something Archis Tiku from Maximo Park once said.

He had claimed "I could live here, Man" about Seattle when he was on tour with the Blood Arm they quote him quite a lot and the phrase got stuck in my head.

It made me think about how amazing it would be to run away and start your life over again surrounded by people who didnt know you.Which I'm almost certain wasn't what Archis was thinking about when he said it.

There have been many times in my life when I've fantasised about running away from any problems I have had, although I've always known that I'm too well behaved and dependable to actually go through with it.

If I ever were to attempt a "Reggie Perrin" I would ruin it immediately by sending a postcard back to my friends and family after I'm supposed to be missing at sea.Telling everybody exactly what I'd done.

This is a painting of that Postcard.

It is on canvass and in acrylic. Its about 50cm x 35cm

Its hard to see in the photo but the postcard has been written on and then tipexed over.

If I were to run away I would definitely write something in haste on a postcard that I was sending back,regret it immediately, change my mind and then tipex over it and write something a little more polite.

I've addressed it to my house as I presume thats where people would be looking for me.

I've not added a stamp yet as I'd probably carry it around in my pocket for about a fortnight before I got round to sending it.I will paint a stamp and add it in the next couple of weeks.

The best thing about Archis saying "I could live here,man" about Seattle is that when he said it he hadn't even been outside the venue yet.

1 comment:

Jessie said...

I have moved city several times and country/hemisphere once. It is good to start over but quite hard to pull off in a clean slate fashion. I haven't managed that. Nor have I been to LA, yet.