Hey, how are things? It's something we say, even when we may know the answer already. I believe that I can speak for many when saying this.
My last blog revealed a list of "things in the pipeline for She's Got Claws" so to speak. I feel I need to write a blog just so you know that I'm not reneging on my pledges and promises for 2021.
Firstly the promised video for Lithium. This has been postponed. I have two dilemmas with creating a new video, with the most obvious being that we are unable to shoot on location, especially where we would like to create this particular video, due to the present lockdown rules.
Secondly, when the video is finally completed after spending many weeks of rehearsal, shooting and then weeks of editing, will this video receive enough plays online to warrant all this hard work?
Maybe my energy needs to be put to better use? She's Got Claws has an amazing fanbase, however when it comes to sharing and inviting friends it is a little lacklustre. We do however have amazing people who do share and we truly appreciate all their support, but unfortunately I wish this was enough.
I'm not the kind of person who will force people's arms up their backs to help by sharing on social media, so I guess I am partly to blame for not being pushy, I was brought up to be polite so maybe this is my downfall.
Of all the album releases, we have had the most response with Doppelgänger, with many amazing comments, emails and messages saying "I'm not sure if you know how good this album actually is!" Many DJs have said this too, it's a pity that the clubs aren't open to give this album the chance it truly deserves and needs. It is receiving a lot of attention on BBC Introducing, so at least this is something very positive.
Anyway, onto one of the other promises for 2021. My Debut album has been requested on numerous occasions by many lovely people. Being my first outing as She's Got Claws it is an album which gives you a glimpse into the core sound of SGC and yet hasn't come into fruition, it's what you call 'feeling around to discover your sound and identity'. I know that this is hugely appealing when you are a fan of SGC, so I can proudly announce that this album will be available later on in the year, possibly looking at the summertime.
We asked for a promise from you by adding your name to a list of support for this album to be re-released, so we can assess if we could cover the costs of the artwork printing and duplication, plus my time of creating the artwork and re-mastering the songs, this promise has been fulfilled, thank you to everyone who's sent a message asking to be added to this list.
My second album 'War Torn' was purchased through pledging your support through Pledge Music. Since they are no longer in business, I'm going to look at other possibilities with the Debut album to be financed. Go Fund Me seems a good place to start.
My third promise is a remix album. There is a name and a photo shoot will be arranged with Chris (www.otenphotography.co.uk) as he is part of my lockdown bubble, which will make this remix album a strong contender to be released before any of the above mentioned.
I have begun remixing the first song, I Die For You, which is taken from the EP, Synthetic Emotion (Rewired). I created a poll on the private SGC group on Facebook asking which song you love the most from this EP and this was undoubtedly the winner.
The name of this album will be announced when the artwork is completed, with a thank you to James Gentry for his fabulous suggestion for the title. The name we feel is highly appropriate and has inspired the vision for the artwork.
My aim for this remix album to be completed is just after Easter with the completed artwork too. I'm sure Clive, admin of SGC Group, will have a giggle at this announcement lol, because I mentioned a release before Easter. The Doppelgänger album's release date was pushed back quite a few times, it took literally one year for it to be finally announced with an official release date. I would like to think that the lateness of this release was all worth it for the listener. Sometimes songs just need an extra tweak or needs to be remastered. It's very common for this to happen to many artists. I'm sure Clive understands this, he just likes to wind me up sometimes lol!
I need to have a clear head to be able to focus on writing or remixing, this year has thrown up many highly emotional challenges, but I shall endeavour to fulfil my promises to Clive and to everyone who's chomping at the bit to get their mitts on more of SGC's music.
If I have missed anything, which was promised, please let me know.
Thank you for reading this blog. If you would like to get in touch, questions and/or interested in purchasing hard copies of any of the available releases, please inbox/dm me on Twitter, Facebook or direct from the official SGC website - www.shesgotclaws.co.uk
Stay safe and healthy,
She's Got Claws.
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Happy Christmas to everyone who's reading this blog. Thank you for taking the time to head over here to read about all the exciting new things which are to happen for She's Got Claws in 2021.
Firstly, please find below the Christmas newsletter, which, if you have joined the She's Got Claws mailing list, you will have waiting for you in your inbox (or check your Junk box, if you haven't added SGC as a contact). If you would like to be added to the mailing list, to receive all the latest news and special offers (there will be quite a few in 2021) then please send your email address over to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the mailing list box on our Home page...
If you would like to unsubscribe to the mailing list, please send us a quick message using the email address above and we will take you off the list. We are so sorry to see you leave.
Onto the plans for 2021...
1. A new video in the making. We will be collaborating with a fabulous friend, Maria Metheringham, who is coming on board to help choreograph the new video for Lithium. I have been deeply inspired by a live performance by Kate Bush in the 1980s and feel that this performance will help create the visuals for our song Lithium. Maria is experienced in choreography and is also an actress and film maker who's featured in many horror movies, a few of which are now on the Horror Channel. So we believe that the visuals are in safe hands, note that there won't be any horror movie influences. Plans for this video will begin in January.
2. Go fund me. Because of the uncertainty around the creative industry, She's Got Claws is also feeling the pinch. To make the future a little brighter, we will be opening a Go Fund Me page to help fund 2021, so we can carry on and give you new music, physical CDs and potential performances. We've thought about this for a while, it's a case of swallowing our pride or we won't be able to carry on and we believe that we have a lot more to offer you. We truly hope we can count on your support, as this is a tough decision to make.
3. Remix album... We have made a list of songs, taken from every release (War Torn, Debut, Synthetic Emotion, Doppelganger) which we feel would make fabulous and exciting remixes. This will result in a brand new album! We haven't made a remix album before, so this is a very exciting venture which will dust off the cobwebs in the studio since the release of Doppelganger in September 2020.
4. Debut album... With lots of interest in this first outing of She's Got Claws and the fact that this album is no longer available anywhere online, we would like to be able to give you a physical album with full artwork. This is something which this album has never had, as it was only available as a promo copy (no artwork) and as a download/stream in 2012.
For this to happen, we need to have a list of wonderful supportive people who will pledge that they are interested in owning this physical album. When we have received enough people on this list, then we will announce a release date. All costs will need to be covered, including CD duplication and printing.
Please add your name by sending us a quick message to: email@example.com
5. Online performances... We have been asked by many to perform live online. This is definitely possible, so we are seriously considering this for 2021. It will be myself and Chris on bass with a little help from my trusty workhorse laptop, as I would need to grow many extra arms for it all to be live.
The only way to make our music completely live would be to form a band, we've been there before with our previous band. We would need trustworthy people to join who purely want to perform our songs with us. That is all we would ask from potential band members. It's a thought to put into a melting pot of ideas for performing in the very near future.
What has happened in December...
I put together a video for the radio edit version of Lying in the Dust with lyrics and uploaded the full version to You Tube, Facebook Page and the SGC website. This song was exclusively edited so it would be a lot snappier for radio play. It is now exclusively on the playlist of BBC Introducing. They broadcasted this song for the first time on Saturday 12 December.
The last day was announced on Facebook and SGC website for sending out albums and EPs on 15 December. This includes within the UK, the post is unbelievably slow, slower than it has ever been in the festive month. I hope everyone has received their items safely. If you haven't, please contact us. Please rest assure that we have sent all packages out in the UK, Europe and the US.
We have, during 2020, been more active on Bandcamp. Most of our releases are on Bandcamp for you to download. Don't forget that the first Friday of every month, Bandcamp waver their fees, so the artist receives all the money you give! In December I have received an email saying that Bandcamp will carry this on into 2021 as it has been a massive success. Thank you to everyone who's bought our songs and albums from Bandcamp, your support is hugely appreciated.
Red Bubble... there is now the opportunity to get your mitts on She's Got Claws merchandise, courtesy of Red Bubble, who take our artwork and photos and individually print them onto many items at your request, including t-shirts, mugs, dresses, phone covers, framed prints... you name it they will print onto almost any item!
We are receiving sales in December, we would love to see your photos of you wearing your t-shirts/dresses or posing with your items!
If we receive enough photos, we shall create a new Blog and also add your photo to our Merchandise page on our website, with a personal thank you.
The prices for all of our albums will be assessed in January 2021. Special offers and bundles will be added too. Please check out our Music page in January for more details.
A surprise... On 23 December we will be uploading a special Christmas message to you onto Facebook and other social media sites. Please keep checking on this day.
All that's left to say now is thank you. Thank you so very much for all of your valuable support throughout 2020, and we hope we can count on your support in 2021 too.
Have a very merry Christmas, please stay healthy and safe and have a very prosperous New Year!
She's Got Claws
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Hope you're having a good start to the new week.
Not often do I blog the latest newsletter, as these are sent just to the lovely people whom have joined the SGC mailing list. I'm blogging this as an example of what you will receive every month, which will sometimes include special offers on items available to buy from SGC and many other offers, which we are in the process of organising as a thank you for joining the mailing list.
So here it is... this newsletter is informing the mailing list that the new music video for the song Adulation is now online to watch at your leisure, either from our You Tube channel (shesgotclaws1) or via our SGC website on the Video page, where you can also see other videos...
The links on the newsletter are only live when you are sent this as a pdf. This is a Jpeg image. Please feel free to save this newsletter if you wish.
If you would like to join the mailing list, then please add your email address below...
If you have already joined but you haven't received the latest newsletter, please send me a quick message and I shall remedy this.
Much love to you all,
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Hey there! How are you? Hope you're good xxx
We are receiving lots of fabulous feedback from features in magazines, radio stations and we are now receiving fabulous feedback from lovely people who've bought the CD hard copy of Doppelgänger too.
So I thought it would be a nice gesture to blog a few of these quotes from lovely people who are showing so much wonderful support for our music, also picking out their favourite songs too...
"Classy, sassy and a little bit bad ass! She's Got Claws' new album Doppelgänger is definitely an album not to mess with, a sound which took me back to the 80s and then thrusted me with great pleasure to 2020.
Just love the sound of SGC and with Andy McCluskey producing Adulation and Love Lies Bleeding, it all adds up to an incredible album!"
- Susie Hemmings (Dancer for OMD in the Telegraph video)
"Punchy and passionate, true synth-pop with attitude in velvet gloves" -
Julia Kneale (Lyricist to 'Julia's Song' OMD)
"What a great piece of edgy, crunchy, yet crafty synth-pop! SGC's new album Doppelgänger brings you 10 brand new tracks, plus some extra treats; not only have tracks 1&3 been produced by Andy McCluskey, the family relations go even further - as the song Musik has been remixed by Taka, none other than Andy's nephew! I'm sure you will enjoy this album as much as I do!"
Bina Con (Berlin, Germany)
"Great album! Very 80s, personal favourite tracks 10, 7, 2 & 4, but it's very tight!"
- Chi Choi (Wistaston, UK)
"I am absolutely blown away by all the songs. With listening to the 60 seconds samples of 'Adulation' and 'Love Lies Bleeding' on your website, I was really looking forward to the full versions and they are just brilliant!
Every track is just so well written, performed and produced, the beginning of every song draws you in. They are new but familiar. A fresh take on synth-pop, such a dynamic sound.
Every track I listen to it is my favourite, choosing a few faves is difficult, top 4 would be 'Adulation', 'Love lies bleeding', 'Lying in the dust' & 'Lithium'.
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!"
- Phil Dobbing (Wirral, UK)
"I love it. My favourite songs are Love Lies Bleeding and Lithium, but the whole album is great! Wish you a lot of success!"
- Anne Tavolieri (Belgium)
"I particularly love Lying in the dust, Love Lies Bleeding (this gives me goosebumps) Musik, Adulation & Doppelgänger.
I hope everyone will listening to it will love it as much as I do"
- Marie-Eve Potvin Veber (France)
"If you like the more recent work of Gary Numan you are going to enjoy this! If you like female vocals you will like this, if you are into synth pop and EBM you are going to enjoy this! Also reminds me of Ladytron, Prodigy, Chemical Brothers. Lying in the dust is a tribute to Keith Flint. This is synth-pop with a bit of a bite and seductive vocals. Adulation, Musik & Numbers Station are my favourite tracks. I think you should give it a spin!"
- Marilyn Wilson (Netherlands)
"It’s definitely my favourite album of the year I can’t stop listening to it"
- Liv Janiee (Blogger)
If I have missed your feedback out, it isn't intentional. This is just a brief example of the feedback we are receiving from the CD hard copies, which are available direct from our home page and our music page, where you can also buy our back catalogue, including War Torn and Synthetic Emotion EP. Also money saving Bundles available too.
If you would like us to include you in the quotes above, then we will happily add your feedback too. Just message us.
Huge thanks to everyone, your support is truly appreciated and makes all the hard work of creating our music so worth it!
Much love to you all..
Just to let you know that there is a competition to win a signed copy of Doppelgänger by Andy McCluskey (OMD), who's produced two songs on this album! This will be the only CD hard copy which will be signed by Andy, so this is an absolute exclusive!
Andy will be judging the best video he feels is in keeping with the song, Adulation, and which represents the production of the song.
So if you are a budding film maker or videographer, all you need to do is create a brief video for the one-minute clip of Adulation (which you can find on the Home Page of SGC website) and send it over to us.
You don't have to be a professional to enter, just a keen enthusiast for video making is all you need.
We will choose the three videos which represent She's Got Claws the best and then send them over to Andy, then it will be up to the synth icon to choose the best one in his opinion.
Good luck! We hope to hear from you very soon!
Below are the instructions to how you can enter.
She's Got Claws
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Happy Friday... Can't believe it is the weekend already!
Below is one of the first fantastic reviews of our new album, Doppelgänger, by the awesome electronic online magazine, The Electricity Club.
To read the rest of the review, here is the link to Electricity Club..
Huge thanks to Paul Browne and giving the album a glowing review!
More reviews and news will be on our Home Page and updated when they come in.
Bye for now!
She's Got Claws
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Doppelgänger newsletter for August 2020. More info on the SGC Homepage.
Only a handful of CD hard copies left, please get your order in as soon as you can to avoid disappointment - www.shesgotclaws.co.uk
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Hey everyone, hope everyone is well and staying safe <3
After two years in the making, Doppelgänger is now all ready for release! Wow it's been a rollercoaster journey of ups and downs, reworks and remixing, ditching a song then giving it one last go for it to blow our minds! One song in particular which has done this is the the second song on the album called Lying in the Dust. This was on the verge of being ditched, Chris picked up his bass and magic happened, now we feel it truly deserves to be the second song.
To top it all, Andy McCluskey is a very dear friend of ours and has often sat in our studio to listen to our songs. He was listening to Adulation, the first song you will hear on Doppelgänger, turned to me and said "Will you send me the stems to this song?" Instantly I said yes, well how could I say no. Because he has done such an amazing job on the production of this song, we felt it should go first and possibly in our opinion the strongest song, but then we do have our other favourites too.
After a week or two Andy called and we chatted, he said that he'd enjoyed working on Adulation, so he wanted to do another song. I sent him Love Lies Bleeding and wow he's made it kick!
Then he had another idea. He recommended his nephew, Cameron McCluskey, as he is a producer. So we contacted him and he has created a fantastic remix for Musik. On first listen we instantly loved it. This is the bonus track to end the album.
This blog is quite brief for me, I thought I would keep it concise and not go into too much detail, so I can write more blogs. I will now try my absolute best, since the album is completed, to write lots, so we can chat in the comment box below or on the SGC Facebook page.
All 11 songs are all ready for you, there is a one minute clip of Adulation on the brand spanky new She's Got Claws website, which, as you're reading this, has been launched from midday 14 August, with news about the album, lots of new promo shots etc. All pages have had a facelift, so please have a browse - we would love to hear your comments on the new website.... www.shesgotclaws.co.uk
Doppelgänger is due for release on 25 September 2020. Pre-order as a download/stream from 11 September on iTunes and many other top stores and streaming sites, including Spotify.
Thank you for reading this blog, looking forward to hearing from you in the comment box below.
Ooh almost forgot.... details about hard copies of Doppelgänger on our Home Page on SGC website.
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I hope all is well with you wherever you are in the world?
Sitting here eating chocolate (as usual lol) and thought I should put together a blog with the story so far this year with regard to the new album and the studio.
Firstly, the album is now completed! It has taken exactly one year to complete from the first song last September 2018 which was Doppelgänger, the name we have also chosen for this album.
It has been a rollercoaster of a year with lots of peaks and troughs, but as 'they' say "It isn't how you get there it's the final results which matter." Or something like.
At the beginning of September I lost my fur companion in the studio, Katey. She was my everything and used to sit with me looking so serene and patient as I sometimes battled my way through the emotional turmoil of creating a song from silence. I fought for her and the vets did everything they could to help, unfortunately her kidneys failed suddenly, she stopped eating on the Thursday and the following Wednesday morning she was gone. I felt so helpless not being able to help her, making me feel like I would make a terrible parent. She was 18 years old. A good age many would say, we rescued her from a rotten life when she was 3 years old and gradually she let her guard down to allow me to show her how much I adored her.
You have no idea how it feels until you allow a kitty into your heart, I know it's painful but I cannot imagine my life without all the love and joy they bring while they are here.
I sat in the studio with my youngest kitty, Poppy who was inseparable from Katey, and wrote the words to 'Smoking Gun' which expresses how I was feeling at the time and how many do not want to see how unhappy you are feeling and want you only around for the good times. So a brave face I adorned with a huge smile just to please others, when inside I was in so much pain due to losing my Katey. I'm sure many people can relate to this song and how it hurts to lose someone you love so dearly.
We are going to dedicate Doppelgänger to her. It has been a struggle to find a way through this and to keep focused, I love her so much and always will <3
Chris is also a photographer (O-Ten Photography) so we did a photo shoot for the promo shots to promote Doppelgänger and also the album artwork. We brought ideas to the table and then went with the flow of the shoot to create the album cover and photos which express more of an edgy look, all in black and white, as Chris loves to shoot in this format with his Leica M8 and film cameras.
My two faces in the photo express two main emotions, happy and sad. I would love to know what you think of the album cover, it is intriguing to know how you see this image... dark? edgy? emotional? disturbing? Comments please ...
The album is called Doppelgänger as initially we had older songs we wanted to add to this album, so it was a way of saying that there are 2 versions to these songs, now there are more new tracks than old. If you purchased the debut album, you will be familiar with 'Blind', this has been renamed 'Musik' and instead of being a song about my mother abandoning me it is now a very positive subject on how music uplifts and gives you a good feeling, unifies people and date stamps your experiences.
Now one year on and the album is complete. Chris and I will be listening to each song and making sure we are both happy them, a little tweak here and there, then Doppelgänger the album will be ready to master.
In August we decided to put a spanner in the works by having double glazing in the studio, as if writing the album wasn't enough lol, so this set us back a few weeks as we made our way through all the upheaval to create a brand new layout and to then adjust our ears to the new acoustics in the room.
The studio somehow seems bigger, maybe getting rid of huge unwanted looms and sorting through books and throwing out old manuals has decluttered the place? I think the room is encouraging us to be more creative, there are curtains now at the windows as the bright light was something I wasn't used to and often distracted me from working. Also laying down vocals in the bright sunshine was off putting too, but it nice to have the choice of daylight or a more subdued light.
THE OPENING TRACK
At this stage it is difficult to have a set order for the songs, we have however decided that the first track will be 'Love Lies Bleeding'. When my previous album, War Torn, was released and pledging was underway for the hard copies on Pledge Music, there was the opportunity to grab a hard copy of the demos and also on there was an embryonic version of LLB. It has never been released other than on this demo album, exclusively to Pledge Music at the time. It has had a huge facelift and we are so pleased with the results, it is very catchy and makes you stomp around the room! Considering the subject is very dark it is very uplifting and we feel it gets you into the album instantly. Chris has laid down fretless bass throughout this track with overdubs on his fretted ESP, playing a Peter Hook style bass riff, which personally is my favourite riff in this song from him.
Chris and I cannot wait to tell you more about this album, we are bursting at the seams to release this and for all the radio and magazine interviews to begin!
Please be a little more patient for a little while longer... it won't be long now!!
She's Got Claws
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Here's an update to how the new album is going. I have 6 songs 'in the bag' with song no.7 in the making. It takes around 3-4 weeks to complete a song so I'm on schedule for this album to be released in summer 2019.
In my last blog I mentioned Pledge Music and how you will be able to pledge for items via their website, unfortunately this is not possible for the Doppelgänger album, as Pledge informed its artists that they are having a few problems, so financially it would not be wise to submit a new pledge page. I did submit a pledge page for Doppelgänger, however Pledge have decided that they aren't accepting any new projects at present, which is so disappointing.
So after having many discussions with my partner who is also involved in the Doppelgänger project (playing bass and co-producing) the album will be available directly from the She's Got Claws' official website. If anything changes and we open a pledging page from another website we will happily let you know <3
Below are a few clips of songs which will be included in the new album.
This week I'm working on recording the vocals for the latest song - 'Dreaming With My Eyes Open' and completing the arrangement.
I especially enjoyed recording the piano and the synths in the chorus. I shall upload some studio footage soon of me recording these soon.
If you are on Instagram I have just uploaded a new clip in my studio of a 30 second demo of the song 'Dreaming With My Eyes Open'.
My Instagram is: shesgotclawsuk
Thank you for reading this blog and I hope you enjoy the clips. If you would like any further info on She's Got Claws please add yourself to my Facebook Page - shesgotclaws2011 and Twitter - @shesgotclaws
I would also like to say that my last album 'War Torn' is still available to purchase from iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and can be streamed from Spotify and Apple Music. So if you haven't checked out my recent projects please feel free to and I hope I can count on your valuable support of my music <3
Please share this blog, your support is truly appreciated xxx
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