UNQUIET NIGHTS

Alternative Rock band ((Belfast & Italy))

Unquiet Nights are a Rock band formed in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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BLACKSTAR AMPLIFICATION. Endorsement News.

Perched beside me is the BLACKSTAR HT-DUAL.  It's a pedal I've been using for a while.

Where guitar harmonic distortion is concerned, analog is still a lot better than digital.  The Dual has got a couple of valves, an ECC83 in there.  I've loved the British amp sounding warmth with the ISF switch rolled to the right.

During the recording of our first album "21st.......", I didn't have as many options as it was sort of recorded on the move.  But for the material since then it's been great to have a bunch of analog gear to record with.

This is why it's great that as of now BLACKSTAR are endorsing Unquiet Nights, and have hooked me up with this HT Stage 60 amp in the picture.

 

We're coming up on the 5 year anniversary since UN first released music, and have been an independent band in the true sense of the word from then until now.  So for that reason, any time that a larger company has been willing to help us out and generally get on board with what we're doing, on our terms, rather than try and exploit us, and cost us a lot of money (MAC Cosmetics, etc....), it's amazing, and exactly what we need to continue progressing the band and keep getting to higher places.

So I'll never forget what BLACKSTAR are doing for us, at a relatively early stage of our career.
Buy something by BLACKSTAR, as I was already doing before they expressed interest in supporting us.  Amazing sounding amplification.

Luke.

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George Best: Der ungezähmte Fußballer.

Der ungezähmte Fußballer

On your right is a book that's just been published called "George Best: Der ungezähmte Fußballer", or "The Untamed Footballer".

It's by the German Sportsbook of the Year winning author Dietrich Schulze-Marmeling, published by Verlag Die Werkstatt.

Because of events that happened around the release of our "George Best City" song, Dietrich interviewed me while researching the book.  When I've got my copy I'll get one of you who reads German to tell me what it says.

Continually humbled by our association to the greatest player of all time.  Thanks Steve, Dietrich, Cherrie, Ralph, Sara, Federico & anyone at BBC NI & Sky Italia who's name I don't know who helped behind the scenes in getting it heard.  Everyone who has bought & streamed it.

Here's how to buy George Best: Der ungezähmte Fußballer.
Amazon: Germany, Italy, France, Spain, UK.
ISBN: 978-3-7307-0172-0

Danke euch allen.  Auf Wiedersehen.

 

'The lyrics reflect my feelings towards Belfast. For a while, I regularly flew into Belfast and landed at Belfast City Airport.. Politically speaking, George was very important. Even the staunchest republicans in the Irish Republic are proud of him and would like to see him an an Irishman' although he played for Northern Ireland and therefore never took part in a World Cup. In a certain way, George put us on the world map. The song is an attempt at honouring George. And to say that this city - Belfast - belongs to him.

George Best City - In 2014, the Northern Irish-Italian rock band publish their single 'Don't Wanna Kill for Religion'....

Don't wanna kill for religion
Don't wanna be killed by religion
No I don't wanna play that game
Running down the fire escape
In Belfast City
Don't wanna kill for religion
Don't wanna be killed by religion
No I don't wanna kill
I love this city and I always, always will.

The lyricist/vocalist and guitarist is Luke Mathers, a Protestant* from Belfast who now lives in Italy with his bandmates. Mather's shares the fate of many talented Protestants: Northern Ireland and Belfast became too small for his ambitions.

Mathers' grandmother used to live on the Cregagh Road and knew George Best and his parents. When he was a teenager, he had a menu card signed by Best who was the guest of honour at an awards ceremony.  In Italian exile, (memories of) Belfast did not leave him - neither of the good sides nor of the bad sides of the city. And above all, one person represents the positive side of the city: George Best. 'In Italy and other countries, I always meet tourists who wear T-shirts depicting George Best.  For many people, he is a symbol of Ireland. In 2015, Unquiet Nights wrote the follow-up single 'George Best City'.

The bravest city in the world
I hope she gets what she deserves
But I'm just trying to make it through this life
Flying in to George Best City tonight

 

*I'm actually not a Protestant.  I was raised Quaker, and have been a confirmed Atheist since my mid-teens.  It's true to say that the majority of my family were/are Protestant though.

Thanks to Dominique @ Zebra45 for the translation.

Filthy McNasty's. Tryin' some new stuff.

Here's a photo from Filthy McNasty's last week.  It was at Owen Strathern's open mic.  I was trying out some new songs.  Going to see his new band Oh! Volcano in a week or two at Limelight.  His last one was called General Fiasco.  Interested to see the new one.  Open mics can get odd sometimes.

A reminder that the "Constellations of She" // "George Best City" single has been coming online with the major retailers, and "George Best City" has another couple of days to run on SKY Italia in their documentary "Federico Buffa Racconta: George Best".

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SKY ITALIA - Buffa Racconta: George Best

The documentary on the life of George Best by Sky Italia called "Federico Buffa Racconta Storie di Campioni" includes our song "GEORGE BEST CITY" over the final scene.  Forza Andiamo!

It's repeated about 40 times during February on various SKY channels.  Full listing below...

BUFFA RACCONTA

07.02.2015   SKY SPORTS 1 HD - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (11.45 PM) Premiere
07.02.2015   SKY CALCIO 1 HD - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni
08.02.2015   SKY ARTE HD - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni
10.02.2015   SKY ARTE HD - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (10 AM)
11.02.2015   SKY SPORT 1 - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (1.30 PM)
11.02.2015   SKY ARTE HD - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (2.30 PM)
11.02.2015   SKY ARTE HD 400 - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (2.30 PM)
11.02.2015   SKY Supercalcio - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (8 PM)
11.02.2015   SKY Sport 1 - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (10 PM)
11.02.2015   SKY ARTE HD - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (11.05 PM)
11.02.2015   SKY ARTE HD 400 - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (11.05 PM)
12.02.2015   SKY Sport 1 - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (7 PM)
12.02.2015   SKY Supercalcio - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (11 PM)
13.02.2015   SKY Supercalcio - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (12.30 PM)
13.02.2015   SKY Sport 1 - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (6 PM)
13.02.2015   SKY Sport 1 - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (11 PM)
14.02.2015   SKY Sport 1 - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (1 AM)
14.02.2015   SKY Sport 1 - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (12.30 PM)
14.02.2015   SKY ARTE HD - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (7.10 PM)
14.02.2015   SKY Sport 1 - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (18.45 PM)
15.02.2015   SKY Calcio - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (12 AM)
15.02.2015   SKY Sport 1 - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (12AM)
15.02.2015   SKY ARTE HD - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (10 AM)
15.02.2015   SKY Sport 3 - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (2 PM)
16.02.2015   SKY Sport 1 - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (12.30 AM)
16.02.2015   SKY Sport 1 - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (9 PM)
16.02.2015   SKY Supercalcio - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (11 PM)
17.02.2015   SKY Sport 1 - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (12.30 PM)
17.02.2015   SKY Supercalcio - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (15.15 PM)
18.02.2015   SKY Sport 1 - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (12.30 AM)
18.02.2015   SKY Supercalcio - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (08.45 AM)
18.02.2015   SKY Supercalcio - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (8 PM)
18.02.2015   SKY Sport 3 - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (9.15 PM)
18.02.2015   SKY Supercalcio - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (10.30 PM)
19.02.2015   SKY Sport 3 - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (8 AM)
19.02.2015   SKY Sport plus - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (10.30 AM)
19.02.2015   SKY Sport plus - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (6.30 PM)
19.02.2015   SKY Sport 1 - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (8 PM)
19.02.2015   SKY Supercalcio - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (9 PM)
19.02.2015   SKY Sport 1 - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (11 PM)
20.02.2015   SKY Sport Plus - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (2.30 AM)
20.02.2015   SKY Sport 3 - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (7AM)
20.02.2015   SKY Supercalcio - Federico Buffa racconta Storie di Campioni  (1.30PM)

UPCOMING: Blast106 / Filthy's / Empire (Belfast)

Tomorrow night (Monday 9th) I'll be playing 3 live songs, plus the current single "Constellations of She" during an interview with Big Chris Barber on Blast 106fm in Belfast.  You can listen between 7-8pm GMT on Blast106.com, and obviously 106fm on your radio.

After that, I'm going to do some songs at Owen Strathern's (Oh! Volcano, General Fiasco) night @ Filthy McNasty's, 45 Dublin Road.

Then on Wednesday March 4th, I'm doing 30 minutes at The Society Sessions in The Empire.

I'm guessing that will be the last UN appearance in Belfast for 2015, as I go back to Italy, into 2nd album hibernation again, then touring the electric lineup of the band in Europe after that.
So please do come out if you can.

Lastly, because posts with photos get many more clicks, here's a grainy one from the last time at Society Sessions at the end of April '14...

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