Tinyfish's debut album was released in 2007.
What are you
currently up to?
We're knee deep in recording the follow up to our debut album but unlike the
first time, where we released the record under our own steam, we are currently
talking to a well known progressive label with a view releasing this new
recording through them. Watch this space…
Brief history of Tinyfish for those who may not be familiar with the band...
Tinyfish has its roots in an acoustic band called Men Are Dead which played the
open mike spots of London, as our songs became more and more complex, we found
ourselves outcast for daring to play songs longer than three minutes and
refusing to worship at the feet of Punk (yes, there are still people out there
who believe that being able to play your instrument is a bad thing!).
As a result, we
put our acoustic guitars back in their cases and struck out on our own as a full
electric band. Occasionally, I sneak back into the odd acoustic club and attempt
to play Close To The Edge but I'm out on my ear before I get past the opening
section. Bloody tossers!
Could you take us through the debut album?
Ah well as mentioned above, the songs on the debut album came together as simple
attempt to push beyond the three minute format.
However, in order
to encourage as much creativity as possible, we also chose to steer clear of
some of the traditional progressive comfort zones and decided to forgo keyboards
in favour of using guitar synths.
There are many
people who can perform a mini-moog solo much better than us so we thought, why
re-invent the wheel? We've also used spoken word passages (courtesy of our
lyricist Rob Ramsay), which is a bit of forgotten art in prog. I don't think
anyone has attempted it seriously since Marillion's 'Script For A Jester's
When it came to
recording the album, we had no money to hire a professional recording facility,
so we built our own studio from scratch in an abandoned loft.
There was a lot of
work involved but it has enabled us to develop ideas without having to run up
huge studio bills. We dubbed the space 'The Crow's Nest' and it has become our
base of operations for all things Tinyfish related.
How did the band feel about getting into the 'Classic Rock' top albums of the
year list? How have the reviews been generally towards your album?
We were over the moon about it! We are a new band and had no idea that we would
figure in the poll at all, so to make it into their top 15 was a nice surprise.
So far, the reviews have been very positive.
Personally I never
fear the bad reviews because at least the person writing had a reaction. It's
the lukewarm commentary I feel bad about because it means we didn't emotionally
connect with the guy or girl giving us a spin.
Any good rock 'n' roll tales to tell?
I guess being invited on stage to help out in a raffle while the members of Pain
Of Salvation stood ready to play at the side of the stage, sticks in the mind.
The bemused looks on their faces at the tableau before made me laugh as such a
thing could only happen in England.
What have been the live highlights so far for the band and who ideally, would
you like to tour with & why?
Playing at the 2007 Summers End Festival was great as it was the moment I felt
we had really arrived on the UK Progressive scene. Everything just came together
for us that day. The crowd were incredibly into it, and as the festival was the
last date of our tour, we really opened the throttle and gave them everything we
As for who we'd
like to tour with, I guess that high on the wish list would be either King
Crimson or Marillion. Both bands have forged very recognisable sonic
personalities and never rest on their creative laurels. Playing alongside my
brother Jem Godfrey (of Frost) at some point in the future might be fun too.
How do you view the internet and downloads? How has the internet helped get
your music out there?
The internet has been nothing but good news for us. Tinyfish was born in the age
of downloading and as such we have known no other environment.
We've made a
concerted effort to be a net friendly band. Our music is available in many
places for download (iTunes, CDBaby, etc) and being a small, mobile, intelligent
unit, we survive very well.
The giant record
companies are the moribund dinosaurs and bands like us are the small furry
rodents who will scamper happily amongst their bones, once they are gone.
How easy/hard is it to get gigs and have you seen any upswing in interest in
Tinyfish and in more general terms, the rock/progressive live music scene?
I think that booking gigs depends how creative you are willing to be. True
enough, there are less places to play than there were 10 years ago but as the
number of regular venues decline, I believe that you'll see more weekend or all
day 'festival' shows, driven by enthusiastic fans and musicians which will
combine a number of similar groups to make a gig more of an event.
As for interest in
Tinyfish, yes, 2007 was very good to us. We've had a number of offers from prog
labels to sign with them and had the opportunity to play alongside some
fantastic acts over the past 6 months. Roll on 2008.
What other bands out there would the band members recommend and why?
Oh, top of my list right now is a band called Touchstone, we are very lucky to
be playing with them on the 2nd of Feb at The Peel in London. They have some
great material and are a fantastic live act.
Message for your fans...
Just a huge and happy wave of thanks. Our fans have been incredibly supportive
since we arrived on the scene. Some of them have travelled from as far as the US
and mainland Europe to see us play which is quite humbling, not to mention the
hardcore Tinyfish fans who turn up to all our gigs, no matter where we play.
They know the lyrics better than I do!
Interview © 2008 Jason Ritchie.
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