New Video: Beyond the Sun Road | Live

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Burning Off a Tank Beyond the Sun Road

Beyond the Sun Road is a song by Loic J Tuckey and Zebedee C Budworth. This is a live performance version which relies on the raw, unfiltered delivery of Loic and Zeb’s live shows. The performance was recorded in the Hatch DIY space in Sheffield. Finally, it was mastered by the Loose Hair Lathe Cuts – a highly rated record cutting company.

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Where is the Sun Road?

The Sun Road is located in the Glacier National Park, Montana. It sits about 40 miles east of Kalispell on U.S. 2 and 89 and close to U.S. 91 and 93. It takes roughly two hours to drive the full length of the Sun Road, which includes around 50 miles long, winding roads in a setting of stunning, natural beauty.

The Sun Road is located in wild country and travellers will find free-roaming wildlife such as Bighorn sheep and Mountain goats. The highest point is Logans Pass, which stands at 6,646 feet. And, despite being fraught with dangerous winding roads, sharp curves and falling rocks, the drive is considered a cruiser’s paradise. Providing you aren’t in a hurry, of course. In fact, with so many picnic spots, viewing points and hiking opportunities, you really feel that 50-mile stretch is best experienced over a lifetime.

Beyond the Sun Road, by Loic J Tuckey & Zebedee C Budworth, is an account of events which occurred on a road trip heading from Cut Bank to the Glacier National Park, and beyond the Sun Road. Listen now.

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Loic J Tuckey % Zebedee C Budworth performing live in Hatch Sheffield.

 

More songs about travelling the world

Who doesn’t love songs about travelling the world? I mean, they’re great. Simply pen down the details of small events from a road-trip or all-inclusive package holiday, then set them alongside a rock riff. Bob’s your uncle, Fanny’s your three-minute radio-friendly hit.

Willie Nelson couldn’t get enough of the road, telling anyone who’d listen “I can’t wait to get back on the road again.” And, Vanessa Carlton was equally keen on going the distance. In fact, she designed and built her own motorised piano which allowed her to continue performing while she travelled nigh on a thousand miles.

So, if it’s songs about travelling the world you like, here’s a couple of personal recommendations. Personal to me of course, as I wrote them.

  • Bad Holiday. A song which recalls a frustrating experience down on Copacabana Beach.
  • Gilet. A man gets caught stuck in a terrible hotel for longer than expected.
  • Beyond the Sun Road. Events of a road trip from Cut Bank, Montana, all the way through the Sun Road.

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New Song: Bad Holiday | Listen Now

Bad Holiday: New Song by Loic J Tuckey

You wait and you wait and you wait. But nothing shows. Until finally, from the dirty end of the hard drive, comes Bad Holiday. Located a mile beneath hundreds of compressed MP3s is a song which I’d all but written off. Hear it now.

Over the past eight years or so, I have carried around my external hard drive like a precious newborn child. I kept it safe with bubble wrap on short rides to the studio and hidden it away from clumsy family members and visitors. It’s even spent some time in a locked safe.

But now, I’ve begun to ask myself “what is the point?”

Well, there isn’t any. Not as far as I can work out now, anyway. So I will dig deep and put every petty, no-good recording I’ve ever made online so I can free myself of this burden.

Today, seven years after being told to train with the reserves, Bad Holiday has been recalled to the starting lineup. You can listen now.

Was it really such a bad holiday?

Bad Holiday touches on a British tourist’s first few hours on the beach of Rio de Janeiro. Specifically, Copacabana, where Lola the showgirl has been plying her trade for what must seem like centuries. Our guy in Rio finds himself on the receiving end of a local scam in which he struggles to navigate his way out.

The scam involves one person discreetly throwing a poo-like substance onto the tourist’s shoe while another offers to clean it up for a price. Needless to say, our guy in Rio is not impressed with the welcome party. After some fuss he manages to leave the situation amicably, but with a badly stained shoe.

A short time later, another local harangues our guy and offers to clean it up for R$30. These days that price translates to around £5.82, but back in 2008, he could have bought a new pair of shoes at a local market for that cost. So, again he declines the offer and decides to cut his losses. Fed up with the bother, he simply calls an end to his holiday and returns to Sheffield.

In reality, this story goes on and on. And would be another six weeks before being forced to fly home for different reasons entirely.

Excluded highlights include a chase around the streets of Rio by a man on crutches who demanded access to the mucky shoe. Our guy loses his bearings and winds up miles from the safety of his hotel and right back where the trouble started.

Eventually, the police get involved too.  As does a local translater, who manages to clean up a few misunderstandings.

The recording of unfulfilled potential

Bad Holiday was recorded in one single afternoon using a few battered SM57s and an unremarkable condenser mic from no brand worth remembering. The drums and guitar were recorded live while the bass was overdubbed using a typical DI box from any local music store. The same goes for the vocals, clearly without the security of a pop-shield.

It’s fair to say this is not the intended finished article. Hence it’s been sitting on my hard drive for the average life-span of an Irish Wolfhound. Unfortunately, my old Mac took a tumble and was rendered useless. This file is all that remains of that session. Seemingly shat out as a rough mix and destined to remain buried beneath future WAVs and MP3s. Until now.

Yes, the mix is dodgy. It contains mic knocks and background mutterings which were never eliminated and would benefit greatly from a lot more investment. But despite its flaws, I like the song. At the root of the thing is a nice story and some great vocals from my pals Sophia Petit of Night Flowers, and Luke Twyman of North East Lincolnshire.

Some happy-go-lucky types will label the recording as ‘having character.’ Other’s might say it’s ‘salt of the Earth,’ kind of stuff. If I shared that same positive outlook then Bad Holiday needn’t have stayed hidden on my hard drive for seven years.

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New Video: Flying In To Bogotá

Flying in to Bogota | New Dance Music Video

New Dance Music Video: Flying In to Bogotá

Here’s the official dance music video for Flying In To Bogotá. Featuring a brand new dance, performed by Loic J Tuckey himself and choreographed by Simon Dice, arguably Sheffield’s finest choreographer. Filmed and edited by in Sheffield by Ed Crisp of Delicious Clam Records, the three come together to create one of the most fun and weird contemporary dance videos since Genesis.

Behind the scenes of the choreographed dance

You may not know it to look at him, but Loic J Tuckey is not a natural dancer. Short, pot-bellied and clumsy, he suffers from a malformed knee and occasional asthma. Suffice to say, he isn’t a regular fit for the dance floor.

But, when legendary Sheffield choreographer Simon Dice heard Loic wanted to make a dance video for his new single, he started work immediately.

“Right off the bat, I told Loic not to think about any other dance music video he’d seen in the past. I told him to listen to me, stay focussed and to bring his inhaler. I wanted to create something original, exciting. But most of all, it had to be a fun dance. I think we got that.”Simon Dice

A crisis of confidence nearly stopped production

Music videos can be a real slog for performer and crew. And none more so than in the making of Flying in to Bogotá. In fact, just moments before shooting was due to begin, and following months of intensive rehearsals, Loic suffered an almighty crisis of confidence.

“He was really down about his performance in the rehearsals leading up to filming. Loic felt his knee a few times and wanted to delay the start date. He even threatening to pull the plug on the whole production. But as you see in the video, he pulled off the new dance moves to a very high level.”Simon Dice

See for yourself. You can watch the video here and find more of Loic’s videos and music on his YouTube account.


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