The Mattress Room …

Rehearsing was a noisy business  … we covered every wall in the front room with mattresses ..  we may have even included the ceiling … can’t remember .. set up the mixing desk in the kitchen area for recording and started playing …

The songs came from guitar ideas and some were just born through jamming … I was playing some chords that I had been doing for a while and Swifty said to me .. “what’s that ? ”  nothing I said just playing around with something … he started playing along and it came to life .. that was the start of motorway madness … the whole band expanded it and made it what it became  , PD added some harmony guitar in the end section and away we go … all harmony guitar stuff was always PD

PD would come to rehearsals with a complete idea on guitar .. things like .. the tribe , Shine , one Day soon , moondolls . Each band member would add their bit to the song , Dave with all the melodies and lyrics , Steve bass , Steve drums , paul guitar . The mattress room enabled us to play with ideas and arrangements … then try them out live …

Pab lent Pete enough money to buy a 4 track TEAC reel to reel and we started doing demos .. at one piont we got other bands in like … Little Giny … Original Sinn … Alternative Radio … The Needle… Kev Roberts used to help me with lots of tricks for recording and over time we got a lot better …

All the demos on this site were recorded with this setup from 1981 to early 1982 …

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