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Not for Pussies have always written, arranged and recorded our own music - since early days in their first band Alternative Communication in the1980s . Avoiding covers has always been a thing for us (maybe because we often can't play them!)

Our music seems to grow very organically… from a riff on the guitar or keyboards. Often Brian will come up with some chords and Janette will suddenly hear lyrics which go perfectly with it… or sometimes it takes a little more work!

It’s always difficult to describe our music. We’re both into a huge range of musical styles and we don’t like to compartmentalise.. but then how do you describe something? Best to just listen to the actual music!

Brian plays acoustic and electric guitars, does all the drum programming and percussion and plays trumpet.

Janette plays basses, keyboards, and sings.

Both of us noodle on the mandolin and tsuras.

New additions to our bank of instruments are an electric 12 string for Brian and an autoharp for Janette… both of which will probably feature heavily in the next CD!

 

 

The Albums

The eponymous first album took nearly 16 months to complete. Some of the songs had been in development for several months before recording started. Others were sketched out during a break in new Mexico USA. The recording was undertaken using very basic recording equipment and an underpowered Apple macbook - which ultimately didn't have the capacity to allow the final mix down! We had some technical help and support from our friend Erik (and his invaluable big Mac, when our laptop gave up the ghost!) and Erik’s wife Jenn contributed a lovely folky fiddle to “Full Circle”. The underlying theme of this first album ended up being about love & loss. Our gorgeous white German Shepherd Alice died while we were doing the final mix. Janette’s dad died and Brian’s dad became increasingly ill. A close friend lost her mum that summer then her dad died just as the album was completed, so we were all contemplating the loss of loved ones and, inevitably, our own mortality.

To hear the music on Not for Pussies - click on the album cover.

To read the lyrics - go to the lyrics page and follow the links.

To see the Not for Pussies images - go to the images page and follow the links.

 

To buy any tracks or the album go to our Bandcamp site by clicking this link

 

The "difficult second album", recorded 2010, saw NFP taking over all engineering and production responsibilities. We invested in a bigger Mac, to cope with our music’s growing complexity and our technical skills were definitely improving and developing. Work on the new material began during a long period of being snowed in up our hill and a lot of the wintry images we used reflect this.
Musically this album feels more coherent. The songs, though diverse, have a connection and feel as if they belong together. As Janette’s confidence in her vocal abilities increased, she experimented more with harmonies and multi-layered voices. The theme of mortality still remained, as Brian’s dad’s health deteriorated and a musical friend from university days lost his battle with cancer, but the growing appreciation of life and its beauty shone through all this.

To hear the music on After Dark - click on the album cover.

To read the words - go to the lyrics page and follow the links.

To see the After Dark images - go to the images page and follow the links.

 

To buy any tracks or the album go to our Bandcamp site by clicking this link

 

Recorded in 2011, of winter born represents a significant change for the band. The music has become more complex yet the album was produced in a shorter timescale. Again, it was started in the peace of another severe winter. Like its predecessor, it has a more coherent feel than the first. However the inspiration for the lyrics came more from outside influences this time, rather than internal working through of loss etc. (Influences as varied as photographic exhibitions, TV dramas or documentaries – and the lovely Prof Brian Cox’s “Wonders of the Universe” series). Our technical and creative confidence was definitely on a roll by now and it shows! Erik contributed some beautiful layers of double bass for “Of winter born” and our nephew Ruaridh played subtle snare on “Ash Wednesday”.

To hear the music on of winter born - click on the album cover.

To read the words - go to the lyrics page and follow the links.

To see the of winter born images - go to the images page and follow the links.

 

To buy any tracks or the album go to our Bandcamp site by clicking this link