So Lyndon left the band for pastures new, but before he moved away we wanted to release something to celebrate the journey we’d taken together and also fill the suggested gap left by releasing a little something last year called Prologue I!
The initial idea of Prologue I was a retrospective on the music we made as The Ubiquity Project, some tracks reworked for a live band along with a demo or a remix or two. Prologue II is similar, the songs are rewordings and live recordings of old music that we wanted to share.
Check it out here or own it for £1 from bandcamp.com
Below is an explanation behind each of the three songs on Prologue II written by Lyndon:
It was my all time favourite song until Ubik came along, but we could never master it live. We played it once during the days when we were known as ‘The Ubiquity Project’ (TUP – a name later adopted by our label), and the song appeared on the same self titled album which sparked the birth of Noise Trade. It’s had a bit of a rebirth, but everything you hear we played live together which was a feat in itself!!*
(*Noise Trade’s fun fact: To get it right we shifted about a little. Chris plays the piano and Graeme was on bass, Max and I stuck to what we’re good at, but everybody sings! The original track had an unworkable number of vocal layers on it, but here we kept it to four, but it still sounds great)
Minds Eye Blind
One of our most beloved songs. It was once described to me as our “cutest song”, but that I think is due to the unforgettable performances of Chris up front. It was also written back in the TUP days, but after regularly gigging it we really wanted to give the respect it deserves and let it out of its Chris sized cage **
(**Noise Trade’s fun fact: the original recording of the song involved Graeme and I recording drums together for the outro at the same time and on the same drum kit!! – somewhere on YouTube there is a video of this madness – Thankfully I managed to work out a way of capturing the same vibe which meant we never had to do it live)
Dancing in the Rain (Acoustic)
Not a song we’ve played often. It’s straightforward in its construction and tells a simple tale of love lost, love found – profound! – but we discovered a while ago that whilst we had a full band version (again, on the TUP album), it really comes alive when you strip it down to basics, so please enjoy Graeme and Max’s acoustic version of Dancing***
(***Noise Trade’s fun fact: I wrote the song with Graeme using a few chords and some inspired lyrical writing – this was a one off, my Octopus’s Garden so to speak! I think you can agree that G&M do the song justice, and grateful that they have kept it in the back catalogue).