we popped into Radio St Austell Bay after an afternoon performance at The Queens Head Inn, for a quick chat and to perform some songs from our upcoming new album. An hour and a half later, it was unclear what we'd done, but my dad said we came across quite well...
It's Euro 2016 and we've done another song for England... but this time it's better. Like England. If you're not on that pitch, you're the 12th man. Play your position and get behind the team. Shout, cheer, sing a song - preferably this one! #12thman
On Saturday the 16th of April, 1.36 million people tuned in to ITV2 show Britain's Got More Talent. Whether many of them stuck with it until the end though is unlikely, which is a shame as it could've been good publicity for us. One of the downsides of being a headline act.
Please share this video with as many pub landlords and ladies, party planners and festival organisers as you know. If you don't know any - even better - this could be a great way to meet some. I'm sure they would be forever grateful...
2015 saw our influence surface in the UK underground music scene. The original DIY grime artist JME released his album on a gold coloured CD...
UK rapper Stormzy advertised a t-shirt while sitting on the bonnet of an oyster champaign coloured 190...
and everybody wanted to know where the godfather of grime Wiley had got his red puffer jacket from...
- got mine in the reduced section at TK MAXX, Truro. So come and check out next year's styles at our big Christmas party show, and stay one step ahead of the game...
In this episode, Magnus from Nova Scotia asks if he can get the piano notes for 'the future!
A brand new hedluv + passman song featuring Rhys Darby! But wait. I should warn you first that you won't be able to get this out of your head. Once it's in there. It'll be going around and around and around - but not just that - it'll be going around and around and around REALLY LOUDLY. I dunno... If you're anything like me anyway, you won't be able to thonk straight.
We are the support act for Rhys Darby on his UK tour this July! Calling in at:
St Albans, Arena 06/07/14
Bournemouth, The Pavilion Theatre 10/07/14
Bristol, Colston Hall 11/07/14
Cardiff, St Davids Hall 12/07/14
Newcastle, Tyne Theatre 16/07/14
New Brighton, Floral Pavillion 17/07/14
Leeds, Town Hall 18/07/14
Salford, The Lowry 19/07/14
Birmingham, Town Hall 20/07/14
Cambridge, Corn Exchange 22/07/14
London, Shepherd's Bush Empire 23/07/14
London, Shepherd's Bush Empire 24/07/14
During our time in LA we spent an afternoon in Hollywood. We went to the In-N-Out Burger, the American Apparel shop, and got our photos taken next to the sign. And of course we got hustled onto an open top bus to see the celebrity homes (we got them down to $14 ...or they did)
We saw the club where River Phoenix died, the house where Michael Jackson died, and the hotel where Whitney Houston died. Actually it was quite depressing. Luckily we didn't die at any of our own shows (aye!) but we did discover that the public decency laws were a bit stricter...
Don't be surprised when you hear our music on Rhys Darby's new TV show Short Poppies! Well, you can surprised if you want to. You probably won't now though will you. Sorry I spoilt the surprise...
Over the years we've had some pretty big adventures. But next month we embark on our biggest adventure to date. We will be flying out to New Zealand to join Kiwi comedian and actor Rhys Darby on his new stand-up tour: Mr Adventure.
It's not clear yet in what capacity, but in a recent interview, Rhys is quoted as saying, "They're even writing the theme song for my show".
News to us... but I guess we'll have plenty of time on the plane.
After performing there last year we were well aware of how gruelling the Edinburgh Fringe is. With over 30 performances to do in the space of a month, it's a real test of physical and mental stamina. So the plan was to get into good shape during the run up. We didn't though. So we worked it into the show - "This year we will be doing less songs and more resting."
Unfortunately there was no Rhys Darby this year, though he was on the iPod. He'd very kindly made us some audio clips that we were able to use like bike stabilisers, up to the point when we were ready to remove them and come out from behind the curtain to try some comedy ourselves (after about the first week). Alan Davies came to see us! Twice! Gave us some good tweets too... and Henning Wehn came to see us again - turns out he did like the show last year! He just doesn't tweet. Gave us some good advice though...
So how do we reckon we did then? Well... the audience numbers were up on last year's - but that ought not to have been too hard. The poster was better. The flyers were... still bad. Worse if anything. The show was... similar. And the reviews were mixed: 2 x 5 stars and 3 x 3 stars making it 19 out of a possible 25 stars. As a percentage that works out as 76%... At first I thought that was an A but it turns out that that's a C now... so a pass then.
One of the best pieces of advice Rhys Darby has given us on this trip is to always "go in at the high level". We gave this a go when we went to Sydney, and not only did we get our own rooms, but we were also chauffeur driven to our shows in a Range Rover.
If you haven't been following us on twitter and Facebook, here's a little of the latest. Sometime last week, to New Zealanders watching the news, it may have looked as though one of their favourite comics had had some kind of 'spiritual awakening' - or just simply lost his mind. He had something that he had to share with the rest of the world. It couldn't wait - it was too important. It was Casio-rap. He REALLY likes Casio-rap. Or should we be calling it "casino-rap"? That actually does sound better. I would listen to that.
"Where did you get the idea for 'casino-rap'?"
"Well, we spent nine years doing Casio-rap until one day Rhys Darby spotted us, flew us out to New Zealand and made an announcement about it on the news......"
In 2012 we were mistaken as a comedy act and offered a month long run at the Edinburgh Fringe. We don’t get many chances to play to people outside of Cornwall, so we leapt at the chance. Besides, people would soon realise that we weren’t a comedy act, and just enjoy our unique take on rap music.
But this time we were mistaken.
People didn’t just laugh. They laughed A LOT. What was being mistaken for stand-up was simply me and Passman standing up. On a stage.
Maybe it was because we were at a comedy festival.
Anyway, we’re going to be at another one now. Pretty much as far away from the only place where our references are understood as we can go. But there are Cornish people in New Zealand right? My Nan says I have relatives there, but she doesn’t know where.
Welcome to 2013 in the world of hedluv + passman. Last year saw us embrace our 'comedy rap' tag, and it met with more success than the release of our 'casio rap' album the previous year. It earned more stars anyway. Less money though.
We did a total of 37 performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, and the issue became not whether or not we were a comedy act, but whether or not we were actually funny. The debate raged. Even USA Today got in on the act
'Two rappers get booked at the Edinburgh comedy fest. But are they funny?'*
The Guardian wrote that it was 'Hard to say' but that it was 'oddly mesmerising'*. However, Rhys Darby from Flight of the Conchords tweeted that we were 'Dancing in the aisles funny'... Chortle were less generous, pointing out that in fact, we had 'no trouble in persuading the miniscule audience to dance in the aisles'*
But despite the confusion, I think everyone agreed there was potential. Will it be realised in 2013 or will we continue to do it dreckly? Who knows what might happen. We certainly never saw this coming a year ago:
(45 seconds in)
Five years ago I released my debut Casio Rap album, Cosmic Sounds. It had been a learning experience from beginning to end. At the beginning I didn't even know how to install Cubase (I still don't know how I did that), and in the end I had no idea how to sell it. To be fair my hopes were unrealistic. I thought Radio 2 would pick it up. During the two-and-a-half year writing process I had envissaged everything from being overrun with orders to winning the Mercury Prize. Neither of these things came even close to happening; I had been naive. But on reflection, Cosmic Sounds did alright. It gained a small but loyal support and a few copies even made their way to the Americas.
If you are not lucky enough to own one of the original CDs (join the club) you can now download Cosmic Sounds here