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2015 and what to expect

rcbsmilesMost people I speak to don’t… they all say something along the lines of: “Why set yourself up for disaster? You know you’re gonna fail to keep them anyway…”

Pretty pessimistic view, if you ask me.

But I get where they’re coming from. I’m the world’s worst at new year’s resolutions. I can’t even remember yesterday’s headlines, let alone stick to a lofty ideal for a whole 365. But I do like to take moments to pause and reflect, and also to start a-new.

Of course I want to save more money, be healthier and be more generous all-round. You know, the usual things.

The more specific, musical things are cause for some serious pondering. You have to consider that the world is different to what it was five years ago when the RCB released its debut album On The Edge. Back then, the world did not have Adam Calder. Now it has Rachel, Adam AND Zoe! And Zoe has just started walking, ya’ll. This is like her having her driver’s licence. Nothing is safe, and there is a wild frontier to be explored.

This makes me want to explore my next wild frontier. You see, the future is no longer as it was – as any music business person will tell you. We’ve done clubs, music venues and festivals… we’ve done selling CDs… we’ve done marketing our stuff to radio… and we’ve done chucking our names away doing silly gigs and promotions. So what’s next?

House concerts. It may sound strange, but yes. Click on the blue link to the left and leave a comment or send us an e-mail. I would really like to hear what you think.

New album. Yes, we have a new album. It’s coming out this year. It’s called The Great Deep. The new tunes will be coming to you in all shapes and forms. We’re thinking USB flash sticks with the new album on them… what do you think?

Art. There’s a world inside that is yet to be seen… and I have to get it out there. As a budding animator and cartoonist, this is the year I have decided to try and integrate the two things I love: music and animation.

That’s it. Those are my expectations and dreams for us in 2015. Let’s see how we do…

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‘Open Air’ available for download!

THE time has arrived. The Great Deep is available for pre-order.

The first track, called Open Air, has been made available for purchase. During the rest of this year, we will be releasing the songs steadily as they are complete, and they form part of this brand new album.

If you want the songs as they are released, you can purchase them individually. If you are patient and can wait a while, you can pre-order the album and then download the whole lot at the end of the year, which will also include some bonus tracks and special additions.

To find out more about this project, click here.

 

 

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What the RCB does online

SO you’re new to the RCB… or relatively new… and you’ve probably picked up that we do a lot of our communicating online. There’s two fundamental things you should know.

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There’s this website, which you are currently on.

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And then there’s this website..

The one you are reading from now (ryancalder.co.za) is about the band and all we do.

The Great Deep (thegreatdeep.ryancalder.co.za) is a sub-domain, as well as the name of our new album.

This sub-domain is a slightly different blog, or stream-of-consciousness, which is intended to give those interested the inside track of the RCB. It’s primarily where we blog seriously.

This is the subject matter we think about, the subject matter which informs our songwriting. It’s the stuff that is on our mind: a more indepth, [mostly] serious look at the world, its inhabitants and the God who created us.

As we blog, we’re also recording and writing. We’re tracking the songs steadily which will, by the end of the year, form the new album called The Great Deep.

So that’s us in a nutshell, outside of our Facebook page, Twitter handle, YouTube channel and e-mail newsletter.

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Behind the Lyric Video: Open Air

The concept behind the lyric video for Open Air was fairly simple. My kids are avid painters and artists, and we seem to acquire an unending pile of paper in various drawers, tabletops and corners of our home. The best use for them? Scanned and inverted, and hey presto! The backdrop to the lyrics! Continue reading Behind the Lyric Video: Open Air