Thursday, 2 June 2011

DIY Guide to Making the Ltd Edition Eps

At the request of a few befuddled owners of the first EP, I've compiled a DIY guide to how the structure of the package was put together. 

Originally made as series of 1000 ribbon-wrapped and hand-stamped flower paper CDs, the demo songs featured on the Long Day EP were issued as part of a (now sold-out) limited edition EP, available through Rough Trade and I ended up giving myself RSI making them all!

The EP is now available as a digital download from Bandcamp.

The main ingredients: Hand pressed flower paper, pencil, ruler, scissors.

 Trace the outline of the CD case and score the folds
Punch the holes for the ribbons
Thread the ribbon starting at the bottom left hand corner and continue in a clockwise direction.

 Tighten the ribbon across the cd holder and pull the two ends evenly through the bottom two holes.

Tie in a ribbon at the back.
And hand-stamp to finish... (part two coming soon)

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

A Negative Narrative

Look-ee here for a photo interview I did for


Sunday, 13 June 2010

Sunday Times

Thank you Sunday Times Culture. If you haven’t heard this “hottest download” get it from

Monday, 31 May 2010

Better Than Love (HURTS cover)

<a href="">Better Than Love (HURTS cover) by Catherine A.D.</a>

So You Want To Be A Writer

if it doesn't come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don't do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don't do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
searching for words,
don't do it.
if you're doing it for money or
don't do it.
if you're doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don't do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don't do it.
if it's hard work just thinking about doing it,
don't do it.
if you're trying to write like somebody
forget about it.
if you have to wait for it to roar out of
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.

if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you're not ready.

don't be like so many writers,
don't be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don't be dull and boring and
pretentious, don't be consumed with self-
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
over your kind.
don't add to that.
don't do it.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don't do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don't do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.

and there never was. 
Charles Bukowski

"...don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission"

Sunday, 30 May 2010

You wouldn't have come here....

"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."
(Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter 6)

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Friday, 28 May 2010

Lauren Laverne 6music, Hype Machine & derring-do

Nearly time for the release of the Skeleton Songs EP. Lots of people have been really supportive and the lovely Ms Lauren Laverne made 'Missiveh' the track of the day on Wednesday on her 6music shows. You can download the whole week's MPFree EP (including tracks by The Like & Twilight Sad) from
Also, we made it to no.2 in the hype machine last week:

Thank you to anyone who tweeted, retweeted, blogged, reblogged or listened!

Last but not least, I took a break from tying ribbons to fluff my way through "word of the day" for on Monday as I got to do one of my favourite things - talk about words and pretend to be a schoolteacher... silence at the back please...