On the road to Basque

This week we are heading towards Spain, but as my lovely Spanish friends corrected me, we can’t call it a “Spain Tour” but a Basque and Catalonia tour.  Very well!  We did a couple of shows in the Basque region way back in November 2011 where we played and slept in a 200 year old prison.  That was really quite an incredible experience, and I am very much looking forward to getting back there.  I am also rather pleased that we have managed to accommodate a day off in San Sebastián, where we quickly stopped last time.

Here are our dates:

09 may. SOPELANA (Bizkaia) @ La Triangu
10 may. BERMEO (Bizkaia) @ Alt Sessions Festival
11 may. BILBAO @ UMORE ONA
12 may. OÑATI (Gipuzkoa) @ Pako Taberna
15 may. SAN SEBASTIÁN/DONOSTIA @ Ondarra Club 16 bis
16 may. VITORIA/GASTEIZ @ Gora Taberna Gasteiz
17 may. URRETXU (Gipuzkoa) @ Hankie Hankie
18 may. LLEIDA @ Oh Yeah! (Swampy Weekend)

Look forward to meeting you on the road. SS

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Two Italian shows this weekend!

The last time we played a full band show in Italy was at Ohibo when we released the Devil Inside video. So it’s a welcome return for us this weekend. First up we play this Friday night, 3 May at Ligera, MILANO with our good friends, The Three Blind Mice. Then on Saturday 4 May we head north to Cantu for a show at one Lombardia’s most famous clubs, All’Unatrentacinquecirca (or All’Una35circa for short ).

 

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SAE Institute Milano

This week we are playing house-band for our good friend Ivan Rossi, who teaches at the School of Audio Engineering here in Milan.  We’ve got a couple of songs to record, and I think we’re going to save them up for our next album.  Here’s some shots from our first day.

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Ivan, Mr Boss Man.

Get rollin’ today

At last, the album is officially released.

Get in quick! The first 25 people to buy a copy of ‘Rollin’ will get a personalized Devil Inside CD single featuring exclusive and unreleased material, sealed with a special Susy kiss.

Devil Inside Single – Track Listing

1. Devil inside

2. The Great Mistake (alternate band version)

3. These Boots Are Made For Walking (Orville’s Kitchen Sessions – duet with Susy Sapphire)

4. Dream On (Midnight Show Sessions – featuring Marco “Python” Fecchio)

http://peterossandthesapphire.bandcamp.com/

Last night we put the vinyl on the spinner and opened a good bottle of wine to celebrate.

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the CD’s have arrived …

I can’t wait to see the vinyl, but in the meantime this big box of CD’s turned up in the post today…

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The album is out on 30 November, but you can pre-order it through bandcamp; click here.

There’s a ‘rollin’ pack with t-shirt, bag, the album of course, and a special edition single too.

We are really looking forward to getting on the road with this one … see you soon!

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Happy Halloween catch up

Have you got your costumes ready?  And your treats and tricks?  Halloween marks the end of the warmth and light of the summer and autumn months and the descent into the darkness of winter, with the clocks going back and the heating going on right about now.  With that in mind, here is a little round up of the last month since we got back to Milan after the summer.

We played at Ohibò, remember?  Way back at the end of September; it feels like a long time ago now.  That evening marked the release of the Devil Inside music video, and really was the start of the presentation of the new album.  Here is a photo from the event, taken by Antonella Ciliberto.

We played a Sunday night show at Twiggy in Varese, but unfortunately we don’t have any photos to prove it.  Alessio joined us with his cajón, which is a great instrument, and makes a nice acoustic show for us as a trio.

On Wednesday 24th September we played at Piazza Risorgimento in Milan, at a little bar named Trifola.  It’s very cute and intimate, and had a beautiful atmosphere.  It is outside with heaters, so thankfully for us it was before the cold struck.  Here we are, photo courtesy of Susan CS.

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We’ve got a quiet start to November, leading in to a very busy run up to Christmas.  Dates to be announced shortly, along with the very special pre-order for the album – ‘The Rollin’ Pack’.  Till then …

Music Video out now – Devil Inside

An abandoned psychiatric hospital and a bizarre, derelict casino on top of a hill overlooking Lake Como are the two locations we used in filming our new music video.  There are no traditional band with instruments shots, it’s more like a mini-film, shot by Italian director Viola Barbato.

We’d love to hear your thoughts, and thanks for sharing!

Directed by Viola Barbato
Photography Nicolo Lusbek Luckenbach
Stylist Martina Calabresi (dress supplied by Missoni)
Make up Valentina Tomljanovic

Featuring Susy Sapphire, Keith Rose and Pete Ross

Concert and Music Video Release – Ohibò, Milano

We’ve been working hard this month getting ready to play this next concert at Circolo Arci Ohibò in Milan, this Friday 28th September. We’ve got Alessio on the drums as usual, and we’re joined by Tommaso playing keys and doing some backing harmonies as well.

It’s not just our usual concert however, because we are finally ready to release our new music video. We worked with Viola Barbato, who also directed the last video of Il Genio (Tahiti) and we are so happy with the final product. It’s not your usual music video, so stay tuned, or if you are in Milan, come and see it Friday. Ohibò has a big screen!

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