Pete Watkins – new original material and band

The new album IRON STONE & STEEL released December 20th  2014

The second pressings are almost sold out! Thank you to all who have purchased the album, it’s getting great reviews from the most important people, YOU! I’m so thrilled to receive the feedback and kind words, Easier to Breathe seems to be the stand-out song. It tells of a coal-miner looking back over his life, reflecting on easier times but in a positive way – he had a meaningful job, a place in community and a secure home to raise his family! ‘It’s work that gives a man his pride’.

For now I’m sticking with my plan to only make the CD available for direct purchase on-line or at gigs. It’s an album and works well when listened to in it’s entirity. Music is becoming so disposable thanks to the internet, some true words were spoken by Gene Simmons of Kiss on Radio 2 this week.

A follow up album is underway which will continue in the style of Iron Sone & Steel. Brand new songs are being written and will blend with some set favourites including Lost at Sea and App for That. Also I’m thinking to include an acoustic arrangement of  Something Really Crazy Going On,  this song has a long history, I wrote it when Madness and ska music appeared on the scene at the rear end of the punk and new wave. Somewhere I have old recordings from the Sandman Club in Port Talbot. The club is no longer there! The band was called G.P.I. (General Paralysis of the Insane – a symptom of tertiary syphilis). We were lucky to make a fiver for the gig, the bouncers nicked our doortake! Happy days! I had a heavy duty mic stand which doubled as protection as we reloaded the van. The song evokes a feeling of the old ‘smoky’ clubs where we would listen to great bands and have a few beers and then a few beers more…



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