White Town Facebook Page Demographics

demoooeeeee

FB have just changed the way band pages are, they’ve moved them into being more inline with the new-ified profile pages. As I was running all over the shop, posting as White Town and then replying as Jyoti Mishra, I stopped to look at the pretty charts of demographics.

I love the one above. Pretty weird, huh? Apparently, I’m the least popular with people my own age. :-)

(Or, maybe there just aren’t that many people my age on FB compared to kids.)

March 11, 2011. posted by Jyoti. News.

‘Cut Out My Heart’ Single On iTunes

As of today, you can buy my new single on iTunes.

And CD Baby!

And, soon, hopefully loads more sites.

Ooh, this is exciting. First time I’ve ever released a digital-only single. :-)

December 14, 2010. posted by Jyoti. News.

Elizabeth Allo Darlin’ Singing ‘Your Woman’

If you’ve been paying close attention, you will have read my ramble about playing a totally acoustic gig at The Hangover Lounge recently.

Well, here’s a little video of Elizabeth from Allo Darlin’ and I practising for when she sang ‘Your Woman’ in my set. Hope you like it, despite the gormy faces I’m making! :-)

September 20, 2010. posted by Jyoti. News, Videos.

Hangover Lounge Gig, 22/8/10

Hangover Lounge
On Sunday, I got to play a strangely wonderful gig. I played a totally acoustic gig at The Hangover Lounge and… it was soo special in so many ways.

Firstly, I got to play on the same bill as Elizabeth Morris (allo darlin’) and Amor de Dias, both of whom were absolutely fantastic. I hadn’t heard any Amor de Dios before but I’m going to search their stuff out now, very flowing and… surreal is the only other word I can think of? They were last on and it was a great way to finish off the day.

I went on first and looked out at a room of expectant faces. It’s quite a big room, too, so I was worried about projecting. But it was liberating! No worrying about mic or sound or pedals or backing tracks. It was just me and my guitar, singing my heart out. I loved it. And the audience all kept soo quiet, they made the gig work.

The highpoint of my set for me was when Elizabeth joined me for ‘Your Woman’ so all I did was play guitar while she sang it. That won’t ever happen again and I love those kind of unique moments. It’s why I make music, to meet people like her and have lovely collisions like those.

Then I got to see her play. I was sat in between my friends Vanessa and Nat and, I have to admit, she did make me cry at least twice. I blinked the tears back but it was difficult to keep it in, particularly after playing myself. When Elizabeth performs, she’s just there, I can’t really explain what I mean. She was sitting about two feet in front of me, singing these songs she’s written that I love, full of love and lust, despair and insecurity. Perfect.

It was a wonderful day. Days like those make me feel so lucky and happy to be a musician!

August 25, 2010. posted by Jyoti. News.

Cosy Den Festival 2010 And General Swedieness

People

Woah. On the 4th of August, Robbie and I travelled over to Sweden to do a bit of travelling but, most importantly, play the Cosy Den 2010 festival, a multi-day extravaganza of amazing music.

We also travelled to Gothenburg as we both missed it. And, boy, do I miss it more now. It’s such a beautiful city. I’m not knocking Stockholm but Geeburg will always have a bit of my heart.

On Sunday the 8th, I played at Cosy Den. It was a strange gig, I was very on edge. I’ve not been that good mentally lately so singing a setload of intense love songs was always going to be slightly daunting. But the Cosy audience is the best you could ask for – they were warm and accepting of my dodginess.

Playing A Song On The Djurgarden Ferry - 3

And then, on Monday, I played ‘Death In Kettering’ on a ferry! Really, what could be better?

I realise that it’s now five years since Mattias invited me over for the first time to play Cosy Den. In the past five years, I can’t explain how much going over there to play has changed me, changed my music and changed the way I interact with the world musically. Certainly, I wouldn’t have been playing Indietracks or London Popfest or HDIF without the initial reaching out from Mattias.

Who knows what one small act can snowball into? A fanzine interview can turn into a gig, the people you meet there can put out your records or become your fellow travellers or simply, your friends.

I would like to thank Mattias and all the Cosy Den Crew for everything they’ve given me the past five years. Here’s to the best alternative music night in the world! :-)

August 24, 2010. posted by Jyoti. News.

London Popfest 2010

London Popfest 2010 - 2

Last Sunday, I had the honour to play London Popfest 2010. And I played on the same day as three fab bands, Leaving Mornington Crescent, Horse Shoes and The Wake. Yes, that The Wake! :-O

Leaving Mornington Crescent - 1

First on were Swedish razorpop stars, Leaving Mornington Crescent. I love LMC’s mix of 60s’ girlpop and Buzzcocks, I love their short, punchy songs and I love their MPC drummer. Mmm…

White Town
Pic courtesy of Marianthi

Then I played and I had so much fun! The audience was really friendly and I felt a proper sense of connection, despite it being a bigger venue than I’m used to playing. I talked to loads of lovely people after and even sold some records. :-)

Horse Shoes

Next were Horse Shoes who played a set of dreamy, summery songs with innocent melodies that reminded me of early Field Mice.

The Wake

Last on were The Wake. It felt quite bizarre that I was standing, watching The Wake, a band I’ve listened to for years. They were amazing. Very raw and full of heart, it was a singalong set.

Thanks to everyone at Popfest for putting me on, I had so much fun playing. And thanks to you if you were in the audience that night, I’d give you all hugs if I could!

March 7, 2010. posted by Jyoti. News.

London Popfest Comp

popfest

Hello! I’m honoured to be playing London Popfest this Sunday. And they’ve just stuck up a FREE comp of bands that are playing. It features Horowitz, allo darlin’, Red Shoe Diaries, The Wake, Leaving Mornington Crescent and looads more. That’s some of the loveliest indiepop bands in the world right there. And there’s a track from me too! 😛

Click here for the comp!

:-)

love and kisses,
Jyoti

February 24, 2010. posted by Jyoti. Music, News.

White Town Live At HDIF, 24/9/09

White Town Live At How Does It Feel
(pics by Ian Watson)

Wow – I had a brilliant time playing at How Does It Feel To Be Loved? in London on Thursday night. And I was honoured to be on the same bill as Honey Pine Dresser, Cavalcade and Arthur & Martha. All fab bands and lovely peeps.

The gig started off a little bit unevenly – I was trying to tune my acoustic guitar with the tuner pedal but the disco was so loud, the tuner was trying to tune that. So, I tuned up, hit an E chord and… chaos! My god! I finally had to get the bewildered DJs to turn the music down completely and then managed to get it right. Tuning up is one of things you take for granted, it’s almost an irrelevancy. Until it fails and then you realise how utterly boned you are.

After that initial hoo-haa, the gig itself went beautifully. The audience was really attentive and, for such a large number of people, really quiet. I’d almost say they were Swedish attentive! 😛

What made me beam was seeing people singing along with songs that weren’t ‘Your Woman.’ There was a lad right at the front and I swear he knew the lyrics to everything from ‘We’ll Always Have Paris’ to ‘Death In Kettering.’ That’s basically 19 years’ worth of White Town covered! How flattering is that?

I was also pleased because there were sooo many cute girls within my sight. If I’m singing to women, inevitably, I sing better. It’s basically why I keep doing the rest of what I do, for that brief time when I connect with someone like that, look a total stranger in the eyes and open my heart to her. I guess if I was gay, I’d be singing for the cute boys. 😉

Of course, the biggest response was for ‘Your Woman.’ Everyone was singing and jigging about, it was a bouncy, party vibe. Which is always ironic since it’s such a depressing and horrible song! It’s always rather spooky to hear lyrics you wrote in a tiny spare bedroom being sung back at you en masse! :-)

HDIF Peeps

After the gig, I chatted with loads of friendly, highly sexy people and even got to dance to ‘Sensitive’ with a group of them.

Jen + White Town single

I was also chuffed that I sold quite a few records, including some copies of my debut single you can see being held by the gorgeous Jen above.

FEB

And then, to top the day off perfectly, we even managed to track down a proper Full English at the services on the way home. I could feel my arteries blocking as I scoffed it! Yaaay!

Earlier in the night, Ian HDIF was asking me why I’d never played London before. And I told him the truth: I’ve never been asked! Admittedly, I hadn’t got any kind of proper live thing going back in ’97 when ‘Your Woman’ was in the charts but I probably could have knocked out an acoustic set.

But I also reminded him that when I wrote this rant, he was the only person who got in touch with me to ask me to do something in Britain (HDIF DJing back then). It’s all a matter of having people like Ian Watson or Mattias Jansson around: people who put on nights for all the right reasons and who refuse, steadfastly, to make it easier by putting them on for all the wrong reasons. There aren’t many of these gems around, I know my life would be a lot greyer and sadder without their influence. And I suspect yours would be too. I’ll remember playing that gig on Thursday night, the people I met, the fun I had singing for them, for a long, long time.

And if you’re the supercute, manga-eyed girl I was singing the perviest bits of ‘Death In Kettering’ directly at, sorry but I couldn’t help it – you’re gorgeous! 😛

September 26, 2009. posted by Jyoti. News.

Cosy Den Five Year Festival

Gula Villan
(Click any of the pics to see a gallery of the day!)

Just over a month ago, on August 1st, I played the Cosy Den Five Year festival. It was brilliant. This is the line-up for that day:

Cosy Den Running Order

Jap Adaptors
Tada Tata
Paddington DC
The Paper Merchants
White Town
Vit Pals
Allo Darlin’
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names
Cats On Fire
Erik De Vahl
Mats Jonsson

I recommend you check out each and every one of those bands. They’re all brilliant. I can honestly say there wasn’t a single band I disliked or didn’t enjoy on the day. And I’m quite grumpy when it comes to multi-band all-dayers so that’s not faint praise. Since coming back, I’ve made a little iTunes playlist of the bands from that day, yes, I am that silly. :-)

I first played Cosy Den waay back in 2005. Click here to read about that.

Back? Good.

Well, everything I said in that post still holds true. Sweden still feels like my musical home. The audience at Cosy Den last month was fabulous: attentive and involved. I’ve been to too many gigs in Britain where hipsters yammer on through the whole thing. They’re there to be seen, not to see the bands. Not at Cosy Den!

It was a wonderful feeling to be sitting there, just me, my acoustic and this group of people ready to connect, willing to go where I wanted to take them. Well, I say wonderful, it’s actually the best feeling a songwriter can have. I do love getting fan mail and nice comments on videos but there’s nothing to match interacting with an audience.

Because of personal shit I’ve been going through, the gig was intense even by my standards. I had to hold myself back a couple of times as I didn’t want to go mental on stage and start sobbing. After all, the show must go on. Innit?

Cats On Fire

Mattias from Cats On Fire guested on the second verse of ‘Your Woman.’ He was great as they’ve recently been doing me the honour of covering my song live. Click here to see that. (And, in return, I completely murdered the second verse of ‘Higher Grounds.’ God, I was awful. :-) )

The whole day seems dreamlike to me now. That’s why I’ve waited so long to write about it, I needed to process it all in my head. It all seems too good to be true. The music, the people in bands I met, the people not in bands I met, the venue. Honestly, it was more like watching some beautiful independent film than playing a gig.

Instead of selling my records, I decided to give them away in exchange for secrets. As a result, I got to talk to loads of people and hear their secrets. None of which I’ll ever reveal, of course – a combination of trustworthiness and my terrible memory will ensure that.

Gula Villan Cosy Den At Night

I owe Cosy Den a lot. If Mattias hadn’t emailed me all those years ago and asked me to come and play, I wouldn’t have had the best gigging experiences of my life. And I wouldn’t have played with some of the best bands in the world. I find it quite amazing and a little scary how such a simple initial action (an email) can wind up affecting my life so much.

So, thank you Cosy Den! Here’s to five years of greatness and to many more too! :-)

September 8, 2009. posted by Jyoti. News.

Newcastle Gig

White Town Live In Newcastle, July 12th, 2009
It’s me! (Pic taken by Geoff Kosmonaut.)

On July 12th, I played at The Head of Steam, Newcastle. It was great.

The gig was organised by Stephen This Almighty Pop and I was lucky enough to be playing with his band Kosmonaut and also with The Honda Express (featuring members of Strawberry Story).

Although Stephen thought the turnout was too low, that never matters to me. Having done both, I’d rather play to a small audience who are really into it than a hefty swell of disinterested hipsters.

The audience was perfect for me: I could look at them, try to connect with them. My songs are all intensely personal, all autobiographical so every gig is something of a confessional. Somehow, being able to see the eyes of the person you’re singing to makes it less contrived, more real.

A lovely girl came up after the gig, she’d come along because of ‘Your Woman,’ of course, but she’d danced and swayed through the rest of the set too. She said I’d made her year, bless her! That’s the kind of comment every egomaniac songwriter loves to hear. :-)

After the gig, I was on such a high that I was mentally fit enough to go and play the Cosy Den Festival after all. You see, these things snowball…

So, a very belated thanks to Stephen and everyone I met that night. You’re brill.

August 8, 2009. posted by Jyoti. News.

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