What a summer it has been! Not only have we hosted a summer season of fun shows with a variety of lovely guests, but we have been busy in the studio too. We have some new songs available in the form of an EP called Down The Allotment, featuring the title track (a jaunty prog epic about freeholding), a new song called Waltzing, a live recording of our vague sea shanty Something Something Something In The Morning, and a daft unreleased recording from the dusty MFMO archives called Four Minutes And Thirty-Three Seconds (not 4′ 33″ of silence, let the highly litigious John Cage estate take note). This collection of songs is available from all online stores if you require an immediate fix (or audio preview), and also in physical form, in hand-crafted packaging, directly from us. It features a free seed sellotaped to the cover, to get you started on your own gardening efforts. Only GBP 5.00 including worldwide P&P. Here’s the Paypal link:
This Sunday will see the second of our monthly summer shows at the Boogaloo in Highgate, London. We are very excited!
We’ll be doing a full set of MFMO songs, and also accompanying our special guests, William D Drake, Martin Carr, and Foster & Gilvan.
Doors 4pm, entertainments commence at 5.30pm and conclude at 9.30pm. Admission £3. See you there!
Last Sunday’s Boogaloo show was immense fun, thank-you everyone who joined us!
Strawberry & Cream opened the show with their unique sound (two double-basses, harmonies, and a ukulele) and splendid matching dresses. A particular favourite was their tea song. Every band should have a tea song. Ironically we didn’t play ours this time as Steve Pretty was away letting his lips heal after sustaining third degree burns trying to play a solo on an actual teapot rather than a comedy musical prop. Get well soon Steve!
Next up was Chris T-T, connected to the MFMO rock family tree by so many branches now that it seemed a natural choice to ask him along. I first saw him playing on a bill with Ben Folds and The Divine Comedy at Shepherd’s Bush Empire about ten years ago and have a been a fan ever since, so it was a real treat not only to have him play at our gig but also to collaborate with him. Chris entrusted two of his songs (including a brand new one) to me to orchestrate. We ran through the new one, Tunguska, in the pub cellar before the gig, but the other one, Tall Woman, was performed entirely unrehearsed, with all of us including Chris and me hearing it for the first time in front of the audience. A seat-of-the-pants experience that thankfully turned out lovely, and which I believe was as much a treat for Chris as it was for us.
We did our MFMO set next, mixing some older tunes with new material as the flea era passes and the material from the new album is ushered in. We played Belly of the Whale and the new disco number Supernatural Aid, and will be premiering more Hero’s Journey material at forthcoming gigs. Also receiving its first outing was another glimpse of the still-in-progress epic Adventure On The Transcarpathian Express, this time a ska number about a Ghost Train (yes, an obvious nod to the Specials on that one).
- In The Evil Castle
- An Adventure On The Transcarpathian Express – Part 1
- Supernatural Aid
- Belly Of The Whale
- Something Something Something In The Morning
- An Adventure On The Transcarpathian Express – Part 8: Ghost Train
- Do It Right Or Not At All
- Dudley & His Magic Pants
- Thank-You For Not Discussing The Outside World
- Down The Allotment
The evening’s crowning treat was a headline set from Jim Bob, with whom we have collaborated in various ways in the past (including providing strings for a Carter USM gig at Brixton Academy a couple of years ago). Jim regaled us with some of his idiosyncratic songwriting on solo guitar, and then the MFMO and Chris T-T crammed into the corner to join in five of Jim’s songs writ large, including a brand new song called Breaking News (again with unrehearsed orchestra!).
The evening closed with a gigantic rendition of Jim’s song ‘Touchy Feely’. Rhodri had apparently promised Ben on drums a pint for every repeat chorus he instigated, leading to this climactic spectacle:
The pub have invited the MFMO to curate a monthly summer residency, so we’ll be back there on June 30th, July 28th, and August 25th, with our own songs and sets from special guests including Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, Gary Le Strange, William D Drake, and Martin Carr. More details on these soon, watch this blog!
Yes another gig! Aren’t we spoiling you, lucky folk.
We have put together a wonderful festival-style gig at the legendary Boogaloo pub in Highgate on Sunday the 21st of April.
The pub is open from 2pm, and we have invited some wonderful musicians to comprise a very exciting bill of entertainment.
5pm: We will be regaled by the glamourous musical stylings of Strawberry & Cream, featuring MFMO bassist and chanteuse Cat Rogers!
6pm: A set from the great Brighton songwriter Chris T-T. We will be supplying some orchestral backing to a couple of his songs, including a new number from his forthcoming album. Very excited about this, it will be a real treat. I first saw him supporting Ben Folds and The Divine Comedy at Shepherd’s Bush Empire years and years ago and have been a fan ever since, so very much looking forward to working with him for the first time!
7pm: The Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra! A big set from us, including some material from the next album and lots of old favourites. There’s going to be a lot of us crammed into the pub, so it should be a visual as well as an aural feast.
8.30pm: A headline set from Jim Bob, with whom we have collaborated several times in the past and are very fortunate to be able to welcome back to one of our gigantic gigs. Jim will be doing his idiosyncratic material at first on solo guitar and then will be joined by the entire orchestra and all the other acts on the bill for a glorious orchestral finale.
Admission is a mere £3.
This is not to be missed!
Thanks to everyone who came to the Master Flea show at Hoxton Hall. We had a lot of fun, and we hope that you did too! Hopefully we’ll put the whole show on again later on in the year.
Our next show will be on Friday, April the 5th at the Buffalo Bar in London, right next to Highbury & Islington Underground station, as the guests of Guided Missile. We’re sharing a bill with one of MFMO bassist Rhodri Marsden’s other projects, the eclectic TV theme tune pub covers band Dream Themes, who will be brilliant. We’re closing the show, on stage at 10.30pm, so expect a set taken from the more raucous end of the MFMO repertoire.
Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/355916517861333
Advance tickets £6 from here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/215594
The lovely folks at Daylight Music let us play at the Union Chapel last Saturday, and what a fine time we had!
Here’s some audio from the show:
Colin Hoult singing If I Could Step Inside Your Mind (from Master Flea, which we’ll be doing in full at Hoxton Hall this Sunday, March the 17th!) https://soundcloud.com/mfmo/if-i-could-step-inside-your-1
How I Take My Tea https://soundcloud.com/mfmo/how-i-take-my-tea (a new-ish one)
Something Something Something In The Morning https://soundcloud.com/mfmo/something-something
Next show March the 17th at Hoxton Hall, 8pm – tickets here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/206663
Very excited to announce that we will be performing the new album Master Flea in its entirety on March the 17th at Hoxton Hall, a beautifully preserved 19th century music hall in London’s East End.
Everyone from the album will be there giving their contribution in person: Colin Hoult, Thom Tuck, Cat Rogers, Baron Gilvan, Jeremy Limb, and Kevin Eldon will be narrating!
The full orchestra will be squeezing in somehow, so it will sound THE BUSINESS.
Tickets available from here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/206663
Hope to see you there!