More Gigging!

Gothenburg - 47

No, I’ve not been slacking – I’ve been away for the last fortnight playing some gigs in Scandinavia, more specifically in Finland and Sweden. Note that I say “playing some gigs” rather than “touring” as that implies rock’n’roll excess. I only played four gigs which is much too leisurely to be rock. Still did a hell of a lot of travelling, though.

Back In Turku - 1

I only managed to do the shows because Gaz travelled with me as roadie, guitar tech and soundman. He basically did everything strenuous while I swanned around, fainting at the very mention of heavy lifting. Amazingly, even in a whole fortnight we didn’t have a proper argument, although things got slightly heated when I tried to sell him the Carter Leslie Doomsday Argument.

Helsinki + Train Journey - 11

The gigs were all lovely, in different ways and we met some of the most charming people. I know musicians always say that but it’s true. If you’re in a band and you want attentive, caring audiences, go and play in Sweden and Finland.

I played with Goodnight Monsters at Dynamo in Turku, Erik Hallden in Stockholm and Cats On Fire + Agent Simple in Gothenburg. All the bands I played with do pop music so it was a dream set of gigs. No dull experimentalism, no “challenging” chin-rubbing excesses, real songs about real life. Such a breath of fresh air after the moribund British music scene.

Stefan from Agent Simple played on a couple of my songs at the Gothenburg Cosy Den gig and Ville from Cats on Fire was also kind enough to help me out at that gig and the two in Finland. They were worried about learning my songs but when I pointed out they were mostly two / three-chord wonders, they relaxed a lot. πŸ™‚

Kvibergs Tramstop - 1

The sheer beauty of the countries was, at times, overpowering. And a little intimidating because, let’s face it, the average Scandinavian is far more gorgeous than the average Brit. That’s no myth. Sadly, I was a bit rubbish at taking pictures as I was concentrating on not putting my back out like I did last year. But if you click some of the pics above, you’ll end up at galleries of the few pics I did capture.

Playing those four gigs was very special for me. If you came to any of them, thank you for being such a good listener and making me a very happy performer! πŸ™‚

September 20, 2006. posted by Jyoti. News.

‘A New Surprise’ on iTunes

'A New Surprise' on iTunes

Yep, as a taster for my forthcoming album, the lovely Ninthwave Records have issued ‘A New Surprise’ on iTunes. For the amazingly tiny sum of 79p, you can buy the single track. Or wait a bit and you can buy the whole album.

Click here for the iTunes store link to ‘A New Surprise.’

‘A New Surprise’ is also the lead track for the 7″ coming out soon on Heavenly Pop Hits, but that EP also has three other tracks on it not previously released or on the new album. Yes, I’ve been slightly prolific lately. πŸ™‚

Oooh, it’s lovely having new music to announce! πŸ˜€

August 11, 2006. posted by Jyoti. Music, News.

New Album Finished!

Yep, you read that right!

After a gap of six years which I’ve spent moving house, going mad, getting a bit less mad, eating cakes and crying at the wonders of Sweden, I’ve finally finished my new album. I sent off the master CD to Ninthwave Records today and, presuming Dave Ninthwave doesn’t totally hate it, it should be out soon.

More details soon, pop kids! πŸ˜€

April 18, 2006. posted by Jyoti. News.

New 7″ EP Recorded!

Heavenly Pop Hits Records

Last night, I finished the final track for a 7″ EP soon to be released on the Swedish indie label, Heavenly Pop Hits.

I’ve been writing and recording like mad lately, often doing a song a weekend. This is partly the sprouting of the seeds laid by my gigs in Sweden last year and partly that I’ve changed a lot of my old working practices.

The main difference now is that I’ve stopped using non-dedicated computers to record music. I’m now using a Yamaha AW2400 which is, of course, a computer but it’s one dedicated to recording, equipped with all the lovely buttons and flying faders any modern musician needs. It’s amazingly fast and intuitive to use and never gets in the way of my creative process.

I won’t go over old ground covered in a previous rant but suffice it to say that I wrote and recorded an entire instrumental last night and mastered it this morning. The one time I tried to use Logic Pro 7.2 last night, it took nine minutes to open a song. And even then, it didn’t find any of the old EXS instruments I used on the track. All the while, the AW was sitting next to my Mac, laughing at it’s crapness and un-musicality.

You know, I love making music! πŸ˜€

I’ll keep you updated as to when the EP is coming out and how to get hold of a copy.

March 14, 2006. posted by Jyoti. News.

Goodbye MurdochSpace, Hello Friendster!

Arsehole Murdoch
Murdoch – buying everything good and making it evil

I’ve just posted the below on my MySpace pages (personal and White Town):


Since MySpace is now owned by international arsehole Rupert Murdoch, I have decided to bugger-off to Friendster. You can find me at:

My MySpace page will stay up, purely to display this message. But I’m fucked if I’m going to funnel money (via ad revenue) to Darth Murdoch. Friendster isn’t that great but at least it isn’t evil (so far).


It’s a shame as MySpace seems to be exploding in usage beyond irritating teenage emo kids. But what the fuck – as if I’m going to support any of Murdoch’s businesses!

Click here for a few examples of why I hate this walking tumour.

February 15, 2006. posted by Jyoti. News.

More Gig Pics

White Town sitting ar... er.. ROCKING!

I’m assuming these pics were taken by the two lads running round with the SLR and flash unit. It looked they were triggering it manually rather than wirelessly. If that’s so, I salute you for combination of insane genius and obvious photography skillz.


Yesterday, I got the following email:

From: Isak Berglund :

Dear Jyoti,

I saw the post on your Groink blog about the rest of the gig pics from Cosy Den, and I can confirm the fact that they were shot with a manually triggered flash, as I was the guy pushing the camera trigger. πŸ™‚

It’s called the ‘Isak-is-very-drunk-and-get-insane-ideas” technique, and consists of me choosing a long exposure time, pressing the shutter release and at the same time shouting and kicking wildly at my personal flash slave Daniel, who triggers the flash light.

There are actually a few more shots from that night if you haven’t had enough, at, together with ones from previous Cosy Dens I’ve attended with a camera. Hope you enjoyed my photos.

Oh, and by the way, THANK YOU for your wonderful, delightful, extraordinary concert! I’m not exaggerating, you were great! Hope to see you perform again some time.

What a lovely chap! And, as I suggested, a photographic maverick and innovator. Surely the ‘kick the bloke with the flash’ method is something that should be patented?

Please follow the link in the email to Isak’s photo site, there’s some great pics of earlier gigs as well of photos of me looking like an inquisitive bear:

Bear Jyoti

And with a cruelly deformed bonce:

Jyoti Madhead

Yet another marvellous Swede! What is in the water over there, eh?

November 9, 2005. posted by Jyoti. News.

Gig Pics

White Town Live

Keyvan has got his gig pics from Cosy Den up now, plus a couple from where we were staying. One of them where I think you can tell my extreme back pain hard worn me down by then…

Click here for the pics!

November 8, 2005. posted by Jyoti. News.

White Town Swedish Gigs

A Swedish Indie Kid, earlier this week
A Swedie Indish kid earlier today

Last weekend I played live for the first time since January 1994.

With the help of Rich and Rob, White Town played at Cosy Den on Saturday and then Halmstad Rockstugan on Sunday.

The gigs were amazing. Life-changing, for me. I met so many wonderful people in Sweden. Here’s a few off the top of my head: Mattias, Γ…sa, Ville, Johann, Hannah, MΓ₯rten, Marie, Tommy, Julius, Rickard, Stefan, David, Tobias, Morten, Emma and so, so many more. Apologies if I left out or mis-spelled your name, I’ve only been home a few hours and my head is still spinning from the experience.

Both gigs were beautiful in different ways. There were far fewer people in Halmstad but they listened just as intently as the bigger crowd in Gothenburg. And they all got up and danced when I played ‘Your Woman!’ πŸ™‚ Top marks to the young lovers at the back who were making out all the way through the Halmstad gig, you distracted me a bit but you were very sweet.

The Cosy Den crowd also made me feel totally welcome and loved. It was the best kind of gig a singer-songwriter could play: I could see that people were listening and so I could sing every line completely at them. When Anton Gustavsson interviewed me months ago, this was exactly the kind of gig I said I wanted to play.

The indie scene in Sweden is incredibly vibrant and diverse. Whereas British indie is still gripped by the cold, dead hands of post-hardcore, emo and dreadful “challenging” experimental music, Swedish indie bands are actually out there writing pop songs about their lives and experiences. I was lucky enough to play with Vapnet, Agent Simple and Great Days and they all blew most of our “scene” bands out of the water. You should have seen Vapnet whip the crowd into a frenzy, it was magnificent! It was Great Days first gig in Halmstad but you wouldn’t have known it, they had just the right balance of fragility and humour. And as for Agent Simple… well, Stefan and his cohorts just know how to rock and how to write immensely catchy pop songs. Perhaps we need to get these bands over to Britain to teach us what great pop music is all about, eh? It seems we’ve forgotten somewhere in the gale of shouty nonsense we’ve been enduring lately…

Now I’m home, the shock of the gigs is beginning to percolate through me. I’ll vent all that on Bzangy rather than here since a lot of it is non-White Town rambling.

I’m now going to send out feelers to see if there’s anything like the Swedish scene over here in Britain or other parts of Europe. If there is, I’ll go and play gigs (if they want me). I’m looking for nights and scenes where there’s a real love of pop songs, of singing about real life rather than fantasy and where politics isn’t something to be sneered at. I’m looking for people who are unafraid to show they care.

In Sweden I met many lovely people and had many great arguments / discussions about Andrea Dworkin, Felt, Finnish music, Gramsci, Rodney P, straight edge, McCarthy, singing in Swedish or English, socialism, sexism and sexuality… It was like a dream for a gobshite like me, being surrounded by these passionate, educated, erudite people. There simply wasn’t enough time to talk! God, it was good to talk about politics with music fans again. And here they are, expounding their perspectives perfectly lucidly in an un-native tongue. I couldn’t even say, ‘Talar du engelska?’ and be understood properly… πŸ™

Thank you, Swedie indie kids for making an old man very happy and making me feel a bit less of an isolated freak.


November 3, 2005. posted by Jyoti. News.

I was going to try and post loads of music reviews here or on Bzangy but, what with the album and remixes on the go, I haven’t had the chance to post as much as I’d like.

So, instead of me rambling on, just pop over to and you can see what I’ve been listening to. While you’re there, you might as well join up and get scrobbling yourself. πŸ™‚

September 12, 2005. posted by Jyoti. News.

Album Update

As you may know, I’ve been a bit poorly the last couple of days so I haven’t been doing much recording.

In a way, it’s been good to have a break. When you’ve listened to the same track for thirteen hours in one day, it’s highly likely you lose perspective.

Eye permitting, I’m going to start work again tomorrow and also catch up with the Matthew Rozeik remix which is still waiting, tapping its finger impatiently.

August 9, 2005. posted by Jyoti. News.

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