Recording an album

This past week, we headed up into the beautiful Scottish hills to spend three days (four nights) recording our first (and probably last) ever album. We had planned to put down 9 tracks, but ended up doing 12 – a task which has rightfully been described as ‘fucking mental’.

We did it though; fighting through the actual literal blood, sweat, and booze induced tears to record the various guitars, drums, bass, vocals, and random noises that will make up the release – even managing to throw in our first gig as a full band, supporting Living Body at Glasgow’s Broadcast.


This picture was not staged.

Everything started out well enough, with excitement at the prospect of having a dedicated, proper studio space to spend time recording in for a few solid days.



We celebrated with our traditional Goldschlager.


And even the scenery was beautiful.


Though the less said about the midges, the better.

Drums came first, with us opting to go down more of a ‘live’ route, rather than using a click (for those of you that care about that sort of thing).





After that, was the guitars.


It didn’t help that one of our power supplies blew up, and that Amazon delivered a broken replacement the next day. Boo.



Before long, we were regularly burning the midnight (and later) oil, to make sure that everything got done in time.




Needless to say, it didn’t take too long before cabin fever crept in, and all of us began to lose our minds.




Yes, we may almost have killed each other in the process, but we recorded a whole 12 track album in 3 days, and it sounds pretty awesome so far. Would we do it again? Probably not for a while. Next comes the dreaded mixing and mastering stages, before we need to fix up the cassettes for release, and send the vinyl off to get pressed. Gulp. We might even have to think about… you know… telling some musical press types that we’ve done this so that we can try sell off some of the ridiculously over-optimistic amounts of LPs that we have ordered.


Broadcast Gig: Thursday 28th July


We’ve gone and fallen into a support slot for the wonderful Living Body – the night of our final day of album recording.

The gig is next Thursday, the 28th of July, at Broadcast in Glasgow. Tickets are six quid and available here. This will be our only gig until our album launch sometime in October.

We’re making an album!

Well, we did it.

Thanks to you lovely people, we smashed through our goal of £400, meaning that we are definitely recording a full length album, and releasing it on vinyl and cassette. On top of that, we also passed the £750 stretch goal, with a total of £776, which means that we will also be putting together an exclusive EP for those who backed the project.


The songs are (mostly) written, and we are heading off to a cottage in the middle of nowhere next week with bottles of Goldschlager and apple loops to bluff our way through the recording process.

Watch this space.







Closet Organ

Stretch Goal! Back, and get an exclusive EP.

We’ve blasted through our crowdfunding target to get the new album recorded and out on limited vinyl release, which is awesome. If you’ve already got a pre-order in, thank you!

There are 16 days left to run in the pre-order, and even though we’ve hit our target, every order that comes in helps cover the studio hire costs, which are one of the biggest expenses. This ain’t no profit game.

As a result of that, we’ve decided to offer a ‘stretch goal’. What the hell is that, I hear you say? It means that if we hit £750, every backer will also get an exclusive digital EP of unreleased material – potentially including songs from the archives, alternative versions of new songs, and ‘live’ stuff.

Interested? We still have a bunch of cassettes left, unlimited digital pre-orders, and of course you can always make your mark on the world by naming the entire album…

Check it out at the Kickstarter page. In the meantime, we are hard at work in the studio finishing the tracks that will be on the album. Here’s a short clip:

Album update!

Thanks to you lovely people, we smashed through our funding target for the album, meaning we will definitely be recording later on in the year and releasing a vinyl – which is pretty exciting. We also got highlighted by Kickstarter as a project they love – whatever that means.

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There is still 25 days to go until the pre-order period ends though, and we have a bunch of stuff left to sell. As well as the digital copies for a tenner, there are 17 limited edition cassettes left, and just one vinyl – so this is your last chance to grab one before they disappear. If you want to name the album, get your face tattooed on Lee, or split the band up – those options are also still available too.

Get your copy here.

Love, the Organ. x

Kickstarter Spam (and our responses)

We are over halfway towards our total of £400 required to help fund the recording and release of ‘Pished & Fabulous’. There’s 39 days to go, which means hopefully things will go well. Haven’t checked it out yet? Pre-order the album here. Already pre-ordered? We love you.

One of the things that nobody told us about doing a Kickstarter was the amount of shiite you get in the inbox as a result. People begging you to listen to their expert advice, or to pay them to tweet your project to millions of disinterested followers.

Rather than ignore them, we decided to reply personally to each one.

Firstly, here’s a monster-sized message from one ‘Harry Cotgrove’ (too long to screenshot):

Hi there,

I hope you’re well, cool project!

I launched my first Kickstarter project in 2016 for my innovative pet product. However, I struggled to get exposure and traffic to my campaign page. I was inundated with emails from PR agencies promising all sorts of things. I spent alot of time and money on these methods in my desperate state to get my project funded. Some never replied, some returned little solid results and all were ineffective for the amount of money I spent. I turned to marketing via email to gain exposure for my project and as a result I sent out many, many emails.

As a result of this, over the following two day’s I was on a radio show, featured in three local newspapers and two national newspaper’s in the UK including The Daily Mail (see it below). My Kickstarter traffic shot up and backers flooded in. I realised I didn’t need an expensive PR agency i just needed crucial contacts in important places.

Since then, I have spent weeks compiling an up to date list of important journalists with national and international newspapers, influential bloggers, the top twenty Pintrest users and websites to submit new products to. All of these can propel your crowdfunding project to the masses and gain you massive exposure. (I wish i had these lists at the start of my campaign!) Simply write a press release (I can help you with this) and send this out to all the contacts, if you have a sensible goal you will realistically only need 2 or 3 out of the hundreds of contacts to feature you for your traffic and backers to shoot up!

I’m sharing these lists with you starting at just £10/$14 – for 100 email addresses on my website ( and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you every success with your project!

Many Thanks,

Harry Cotgrove
Founder of London and Castle
Any questions?
We hate PR scams and give an honest, quick, efficient and cost effective service.

My Article in the Daily Mail –

and our response:

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and this wonderful offer from Kevin Espinosa, who has over 1 million GUARANTEED Twitter users who would hear about Pished & Fabulous:

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Our response:

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Here was ‘Roy J’ of, who thought we were a tech startup:

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We set him right:

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Sarah Edwards’ $99 marketing plan from

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we weren’t a fan:

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Jake B had something to sell…

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So did we…

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and finally… James Westinghouse of who wanted to tell us all about how great social media is:

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We gave him a counter offer:

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Sadly nobody has responded to any of our messages yet. How are they meant to expect to do successful business when they don’t reply?! At least this way their idiocy will be immortalised forever in Google search.

Pre-Order Our New Album

Yesterday we launched a project on Kickstarter to help us fund the recording of a new album, tentatively titled ‘Pished & Fabulous’.


The bunch of us have been making music together in different guises for years, yet we have never recorded a full-length album together. When we decided to rekindle Closet Organ, this was something we wanted to change. Being able to look back at something in years to come, and go ‘we did that’ is the aim.

Rather than just do a digital-only release that would be quickly forgotten, we wanted to do something a bit more interesting… so, we are. The idea is that there will be a bunch of handmade, limited edition cassette tapes of the release, and an even more limited edition short-run of 12″ vinyl LPs (about 15 total).

The cost of vinyl production – even in small runs – is so high that it would be impossible without getting some sort of idea of the interest up front. So, we’ve opted to go down the same route as other indie bands and raise the funds through pre-orders. We’re already at £81, which is almost a quarter of the way – which is pretty awesome.

If you’re interested in pre-ordering, naming some of the tracks/album, or just want to see wtf is going on, check the Kickstarter page out here. We know that plenty of you hate us deeply, so there’s even an option to kill the band for a donation of £4,000 or above.


Stephen, Haigie, Keith, Lee. x