Around 10 years ago I went on a bus trip to Jacksons to celebrate Mr Ric O'Shea's birthday. We wound up at the Jacksons Pub (this is somewhere in between Hokitika & Christchurch) and The Shot Band was on tour and playing that night. I danced all night and ended up grabbing a copy of their album.
Flash forward to around May 2012 I was thinking about what I'd like to record next. I sat down and wrote a list of original songs and also some covers I'd like to record. When playing them all through I thought "hmm where's that Shot Band album" as I'd remembered I loved one of the tracks called "Dead In The Water".
To try and cut a long story short I decided I'd like to record that song so I sent the guys an email to ask if it was alright if I cover it and also for the lyrics. One of the original lines was the ashtray just keeps getting higher. If you've read my previous posts you'll see I managed to con my father into quitting smoking so I wasn't keen on singing that line and asked if they also wouldn't mind me replacing it with the bottle just keeps getting lighter (no alcoholics in my family so no problems as far as I'm concerned).
I sent Rob Joass (the writing and member of The Shot Band) the finished copy of the track and a couple of days later I got an email inquiring whether I might like to do a double billed tour with the boys.....answer - hell yea! So I'm guessing from that they thought I done an alright job of it.....
We met up officially last month and played a couple of shows together. They're all really great guys and amazing musicians so spending a couple of weeks on a nationwide tour with them will be great! I also flew up to Wellington last week to record a track with them and also get some photos - I've seen a couple and man we look sharp!! :)
I'll leave you with a live video of us performing Dead in the Water together!! Will show you the photos & give you the dates of the tour ASAP!!!