After 25 years, countless gigs, lines ups and swearing, we've decided to call it a day - Thursday I think it was.
No bust ups, no fights, some tantrums, lots of musical differences but none of this mattered in the end, we just felt the time was right.
Well, much like the parrot in the sketch we have ceased to be. Thanks to everyone who attended a show, bought merch or booked us over the past 25 years.
Loves ya. See you at the bar x
How the hell did this happen?
The idea for the single started on a radio show we were on in Christmas 2012.
Will asked us if we would ever record a Christmas single, we said we'd never really thought about it but never say never. We could record a cover or write a new classic that people will be singing every December.
During early spring 2013, Ian had started to formulate lyrical ideas and Alex started writing various tunes for the single. After a while Ian had the basis for the A and B sides and Alex had the song more or less finished. Over the summer Alex fine tuned the music and Ian edited the lyrics until he was happy with them. The remained of the summer was spent rehearsing the A side and finishing the B side, which, although was lyrically complete, the music wasn't ready. After a frustrating day spent trying to force a decent tune out, Alex hit upon the tune for the B, a straight forward, no nonsense 1 minute punk song, sorted!
Late summer was spent fine tuning both songs until they were ready to record. We went back to Soundbyte Studios to record the songs in October. 3 nights were spent getting the tracks down. Night 1 was spent recording drums and bass. Night 2 was spent on guitars then vocals and night 3 was spent finishing vocals, recording the choir and adding all the extras like Christmas bells, sleigh bells, and violins (sadly the violins didn't make the final mix). Special thanks has to go to Russell Plowman for bearing with us and making sure he got the best out of us during the recording. He also played the sleigh bells on the single.
Once it was all recorded, Russ spent the next couple of weeks mixing and mastering the songs until he and us were happy with the results. Once we had the song we started to record the videos. A few long nights were spent in Ian's cabin recording various scenes in front of green screens which we then edited during even longer nights into the videos you now see on YouTube. We then set about starting all the promo work, radio, TV, local press and getting the songs onto digital platforms for download. All that was left was to release it, which we did in early December 2013. So, all in all it took a whole year from the formulation of the idea to the release of the single. What a year it was though and it was all worth it.
Thank you to everyone for buying, downloading, spreading the word, re-tweeting, sharing, liking and generally being awesome during our quest to dominate the charts at Christmas. Unfortunately we didn't break the top 40, 60 or 100, but we did keep the in top 20 on the Amazon MP3 rock charts all week up till Christmas, and we were the number 3 best new release on Amazon all week, so we are all pretty chuffed with this, and it is all down to you so thank you.
We raised £125 from downloads and donations.
REVIEWS AND REPORTS:
Sussex Express Report - Here
Worthing punk band Atombuzz celebrate their 20th anniversary with the release of their first-ever Christmas single. Nathan Haddick, from the band, said: “The profits we make from it we are planning on donating to the charity Beat (www.b-eat.co.uk). Beat is a national charity that supports the sufferers and families affected by eating disorders. “The song is called Bipolar Christmas although the song itself is not about mental health or the bipolar diagnosis. The content lyrically of the song is more about both sides of Christmas, the money, the gifts, the food and the bah humbugness of it for some people. Like a lot of Christmas songs, it’s not an entirely serious song. However, it’s not all fun either, much like Christmas for a lot of people. “We know Christmas can be a difficult time for a huge number of people, especially those that suffer from eating disorders, so we thought we would help in the best way we could. We hope to make a lot of money for charity and have a lot of fun. See you in the charts!” The single is available from Amazon and iTunes. More information on bipolarchristmas.co.uk and atombuzz.co.uk.
Worthing Herald Report here:
A WORTHING band has released an alternative Christmas single to show the two sides of the festive season. Bipolar Christmas is raising money for b-eat, a national charity that supports the sufferers and families affected by eating disorders. Atombuzz, which is made up of singer Ian Morgan, guitarist Alex Sedlmayr, base Ross Dumbrell and drummer Natt Om-Buzzick, celebrated its 20th anniversary in July, having formed in 1993 at the back of a music shop. Mr Om-Buzzick said: “Our guitarist had the idea that because we all love traditional Christmas songs we should write our own one. “That was a bizarre concept for a hardcore punk band and I thought that we would never be able to pull it off because of our style. “When we spoke some more we decided that we would do it for charity and it all spiralled from there. “We wanted to do it for a mental health charity initially then we settled on “Anorexia is the biggest killer in of women in their teens and early Twenties. “Christmas is a time of gluttony and excess, but for sufferers it is a time of absolute fear and dread due to the pressures of eating in front of family and friends. “The song is not related to the charity but it does show that there are two sides to Christmas, hence the name.” The band are hoping to make the charts with Bipolar Christmas, which also has a B-side, Amazon Ruined Christmas. Mr Om-Buzzick said: “Bipolar Christmas is like a normal rock song but with sing-a-long parts and jingling bells in. “Simon Cowell just monopolises the charts at Christmas with his pop nonsense so it would be great if something else could get a look in. “There is a bit of a mental health theme with our song but it is also about the stress of Christmas for parents who are maxing out their credit cards trying to make Christmas happen. Blind Littlehampton grandmother discovers car crash in her lounge: 'I was in shock' “The other side of Christmas is quite serious. “This song is not for everyone but it is just a bit of a flip side between the happiness and the reality, though it is still upbeat. “The B-side is more in keeping with our usual style. It is about people putting no thought into Christmas gifts.” Atombuzz records a single every couple of years and takes its inspiration from bands such as Motorhead, Black Flag and The Exploited. Mr Om-Buzzick said: “Our style is akin to early Eighties punk and hardcore punk though we do try to bring things up to date a little bit. “We have never recorded a Christmas song before and I am sure we never will again as it is totally bizarre for us, but it has been really good fun and the response and feedback so far has been excellent and very encouraging.”
Fantastic song and great fun! A refreshing change from all the usual stuff out there at this time of year. Great work guys, Atombuzz for Christmas number 1!
Catchy, Christmassy and not pop. Reminds me of good Christmas songs by the likes of Wizard, Slade and the Darkness. Tired of bubblegum processed pop choices for Christmas? Try this and say no to Cowell
This is a great, catchy Christmas Song by a wonderfully fun band in their 20th year! Nice one Atombuzz! All for a worthy cause too.
This is an awesome and extremely catchy Christmas song! Say no to the X-Factor and have a listen to this instead :D
Some thing different to listen to whilst doing the crimbo chores. For those that love or hate this time of year
Top class boys, really catchy, finally a Christmas song that I actually like lol and my kids love it too :-)
Excellent stuff! Looking forward to the turkey, sprouts, potato, stuffing, veg, gravy, pudding, cheese, booze, chocolate, coffee and presents already!
this is cool makes a refreshing change from the usual stuff that gets recycled every year. well done guys keep rocking!
I love it. Cheerful, sing-alongable, skillful musicians and the video cracks me up. So good that Beat is getting some attention, as are the band. Great stuff. Well done!
An awesome, catchy festive tune which frequently mentions the word "Christmas" in (a word that has been missing in Christmas songs of the past 20 years). This is a refreshing change to the manufactured X Factor covers our ears have unfortunately been exposed to in recent years at Christmas!