I have some sad news. The UKBA has decided I should leave the country, and, since I would like to be able to come back someday, I’m going along with that decision. This obviously means that the way Ideal Koala functions is going to change for a while.
First of all, Seb is still a member of the band. He will be a less active member for a while, but that time is going to be as short as we can possibly make it. Since there’s not a huge call for solo drummers to perform in pubs, he’s going to primarily focus on his other band, GagReflex, until I return.
There are some upsides to the situation. I am going to be performing as Ideal Koala in America, and I know there are some of you over there who have been sad that travel costs to get to our shows add upwards of £600 to the ticket price. Also, believe it or not, but I have musician friends in the states who have expressed a willingness to perform with Ideal Koala, which will enable me to perform some pieces that require instruments such as piano, violin, and electric guitar for you all. Also more cellos. You may not have known this, but most of our songs were originally composed with two or more cello parts, which were then condensed into one for live performance.
Finally, we are also planning on taking advantage of this time to solve the problem of us not having any nice recordings for you wonderful people. We have two EPs planned for this coming year, and we will also be preparing to record a full length album sometime in 2015.
If all goes to plan, I will be back in the UK in late 2014 or early 2015. This coming year will be difficult, but we’re trying to make the best of it. Thank you all for your support, and I hope to see you at a show soon!