Scruples crumble

January 24th, 2011 by Klepsie

We held out as long as we could, but there was no way around it, and we’ve had to succumb: we’ve made a Facebook page.

Note that this does not mean in the least that we like or approve of Facebook; we don’t. It annoys us just as much as it ever did, as witness the fact that we can’t even figure out the URL of the page we’ve made because it seems to vary every time we click something. But this is the future, and just as there’s no point trying to walk somewhere when everyone else is in a flying car, or eating an old-fashioned bacon sandwich when everyone else is subsisting on a diet of three food pills a day, so there’s no point in pretending that everyone in the entire world isn’t going to be glued to Facebook within the next year or so.

So there you go.

But we hope this page will remain our primary web presence and the place where our loyal, adoring fans (ahem!) will continue to come to first for our quotes, notes, news and views.

Got to love obscure knowedge

January 17th, 2011 by Klepsie

As you’ll know if you’ve looked at it, the flyer for the 27th January gig features a photo of an old train. Which we thought no more of when we designed it than “this is a weird old photo, should look good on a flyer”.

But one of our fans (who shall remain nameless, although he runs the best music shop in Palmers Green) has been in touch to confirm that the locomotive pictured is in fact a “Milwaukee Bipolar” engine, which used to run passenger trains from the Midwest US to such places as Seattle, and that the photo can be dated between 1919 and 1939.

We are all but speechless in the face of such erudition, and can only be heard to mutter in subdued tones that ‘The Milwaukee Bipolars’ would make a great name for an indie band.

Walthamstow, re-re-loaded

January 14th, 2011 by Klepsie

Argh! The gremlins are still biting us! The Walthamstow gig has had to be once more rescheduled — we shall now be playing the Standard, Blackhorse Lane, E17 6TD, on Thursday 27th January. Hope to (finally) see many of you there. Off now to update the flyers…


December 28th, 2010 by Klepsie

…would appear to be a good time for writing new songs.

Doubtful whether any of them will be finished, sanded down and polished enough for the Walthamstow gig on 20 January, but in the not too distant future watch our shows, or possibly the jukebox on this page, for any or all of “Drive On, Driver”, “Celebration Consternation”, “Goodbye, Charlie Potatoes”, “Awfultown”, “Barbecue” and “The Other Ronald True” — this last being a more than usually cheerful little ditty regarding a prostitute-murdering madman in 1920s London. Let nobody say that our songs don’t have a broad mainstream family appeal.

Our intention remains to make our First Proper Recordings in the very near future.

Walthamstow, reloaded

December 15th, 2010 by Klepsie

We can now confirm that the Walthamstow gig that was nobbled by snow this month has been rebooked for 20th January 2011. Same venue (The Standard, Blackhorse Lane). Flyer and suchlike to follow shortly.

Let’s hope that the bloody weather co-operates this time (at the moment of writing, more snow is forecast within 24 hours…)

We’re also hoping to have some more gigs in early 2011 to announce quite soon.

Walthamstow gig tonight (2 Dec) **CANCELLED**

December 2nd, 2010 by Klepsie

Or as Ullan gloomily put it, “Donutsh defeated by icing!”

With 40% of the band snowbound, and with one of the other bands on the bill similarly nobbled by the weather, we’ve had to pull tonight’s gig.

We hope to have a replacement Walthamstow date announced within a few days.

Between snow and Icelandic volcanoes, this makes our second gig this year to have been cancelled by atmospheric conditions, and it’s getting rather tiresome…

Ah well, more famous musicians than us are also in a similar boat. Why is Britain the only country where it snows regularly that doesn’t have the faintest idea of how to deal with it?

Status of tonight’s gig

December 2nd, 2010 by Klepsie

Teetering in the balance due to the goddamn snow. Two out of the five of us live outside London and both are pretty badly affected by it. We may have to cancel; final decision on this will be made 2pm or so.

Wish us luck, people. We will be there if there’s any way at all for us to make it.

Little known band perils #5,271,009: other bands

November 24th, 2010 by Klepsie

The Dartford gig on Saturday 20th November was an absolute blast. (Setlist, for ease of reference: The Only Fool; We Are The Struts; Rock and Roll Retard; Strange Jane; Rod Serling; Skullhead; Time Is No Cage; The Land That Taste Forgot; Johnny Don’t Care; Happy Birthday To You — this last being trad.arr.Donutsh and rocked up a la Ramones. The birthday girl seemed to appreciate it.) We greatly enjoyed being able to raid the party buffet after the gig finished, and gave out no end of ‘Donutsh’ and ‘Rock and Roll Retard’ badges. Quite did our egos good to see half the party sporting them.

But you’re waiting for me to explain the title of this post, so I shall. Towards the end of the night the end of the pub supposedly reserved for the party was invaded by another band. We never did find out the name of this punk outfit, but we very soon found out that they Don’t Like Skinheads You Know; it was hard not to find this out, since it seemed to be their sole topic of conversation. Several of them cast glances at Camrath’s crew-cut, but luckily he was about twice the size of most of them. “Skinheads are worse than Nazis!” proclaimed one to me. “I saw a skinhead in the audience at our gig, so I stopped playing ‘Rockaway Beach’ and jumped on him.”

“Ah yes, those skinheads and their nasty concentration camps,” I wanted to say, but cowardice stopped me. I’ll say it here though, as the next best thing; arseholes like this are a disgrace to punk music and to all music, and the spirit of Joey Ramone would be turning in its grave if he knew a mean-spirited little sod like this was covering his songs. The Donutsh abhor racism and bigotry, and what’s more, we promise never to stop playing in the middle of a song just to twat an audience member, no matter how much they heckle us.

We gave these mental and musical giants ‘Rock and Roll Retard’ badges to shut them up, and eventually they wandered off  sporting them proudly, with no evident idea of the irony inherent in the situation, to be swallowed up by the night — an unsavoury mouthful.

Ta da!

November 12th, 2010 by Klepsie

…is a Scissors Sisters title, but I’m stealing it (so there) to trumpet our lovely new website and blog. Whilst we’ll be keeping our Myspace and Twitter accounts (these days you can’t be a band without them), this site will henceforth serve as a one-stop-shop for everything the Donutsh sing, play, say, do, or are arrested for. Enjoy it! — Klepsie