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NEWS UPDATE AUGUST 2012
BY JON LOCKETT

AQABA GULF ROCK CASTLE DONINGTON

Well hello there,

I bet this has grabbed your attention! So, did we perform to around 80,000 at the “Monsters of Rock” festival? Actually sorry no. It was to 4 people in each of 2 separate sessions at the “Impact Ministries International” 2012 camp in July at the “Donington Park Farmhouse” site. We ran through when Sinai Shook / Sojourn on Earth / Killing Obscenity (on the Saturday 21st) and Rock of Salvation / Lost Days Erased / Destroy Death (on the Sunday 22nd). This was a wholehearted attempt to make the most of what we’ve got to offer as just the three of us present, and was a sensible number of sampler songs for the limited time available to us at a tight-scheduled weekend.

Remember this though; – we would have been just as ready, willing, and able to have rocked 400 or 4,000 with this set in terms of how it was done. (If only ‘impact’ was as well know and well attended as it’s colossal “counterparts”, such as Grapevine and New Wine). It’s an intimate Christian camp, but it needs much greater support, and more people to be blessed by the kosher sound teachings of Matt Ford and Adrian Dowthwaite. But we’re pleased to be an annual part of it, especially involved in the music.

Love and long life; from the current members of AQABA GULF.

Megan “Meerkat” Aylett
(Bass)

Matthew “Mongoose” Aylett
(Synthesizers)

Jonathan “Deputy Pharaoh” Lockett
(Guitar)

 

NEWS UPDATE JULY 2012
BY JON LOCKETT

In October 2011 Matta nd Megan began to feel called by God to do a re-location to Belford, Northumbria (which was quite a shock announcement). We continue to rehearse weekly, whenever possible;- the material to the first Aqaba Gulf compilation (Englufed Spirits of Ancient Eqypt) and to two official albums (Blood and Water, and Forces in Conflict).

This July, 20th-23rd we are leading the music at Impact Ministries International Camp. We will also perform six Aqaba Gulf songs during the Sat/Sun afternoons. This year it will just be the three of us.  Sadly nobody else was available to join.

As for myself I am completing the A4 sheet write-ups of neat copies of all 250 of my songs next week (around the 12th July). This has been a part of the project I’ve concentrated on since the Autumn of 2010.

I believed I had finished writing my albums in the Summer of 2010, but no. Now I am planning to write another 80 original songs, spread out over another 6 albums. Gathering the material for the lyrics has just begun, and I hope to compile lyrics then compose music for the first album next year in the Spring, after returning from an expedition in New Zealand.

 

NEWS UPDATE DECEMBER 2011
BY JON LOCKETT

THE TWO NEW PHOTOGRAPHS SHOW THE
FIVE PIECE LINE UP AT IMI CAMP 2011.

JON LOCKETT – GUITAR
ANDY MOIR – GUITAR
MATT AYLETT – SYNTHESIZER
MEGAN AYLETT – BASS
DAVE BECK – DRUMS

WELL IT’S GOOD TO GET BACK TO YOU WITH NEWS FROM THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE MONTHS SINCE OUR LAST ENTRY IN THE SUMMER. THERE ARE TWO GOODIES WORTH MENTIONING – IMI AND THE REHEARSALS.  THEN THE THIRD AND BEST TREAT’ SAMPLES OF OUR ARTWORK THAT HAS BEEN CREATED LAST YEAR AND MOSTLY, THIS YEAR, WITH THE TRACK LISTING.

THE IMPACT MINISTRIES CAMP WENT VERY WELL, NEAR LUTTERWORTH, LEICESTERSHIRE.  IT WAS THE FIRST CHANCE AQABA GULF HAD TO ROCK IN PUBLIC, AS WELL AS TO GENERALLY LEAD THE PRAISE AND WORSHIP, THROUGH SEVERAL MORNING AND EVENING SERVICES.  DESPITE AN ABYSMAL TURNOUT (NOBODY FROM ANY OF OUR, IN TOTAL, THREE CHURCHES) WE PLAYED FOUR AQABA GULF SONGS IN TWO PERFORMANCES.  THEY WERE ANGELS OF VENGEANCE, FOUNTAINS OF THE DEEP, CYCLONEYE, DESTROY DEATH.  WE ALSO HAD A WHIRL AT SOME OF MATT’S ‘YUGOSLAVIA’ ALBUM SONGS.

ON THE SATURDAY AFTERNOON, WE HAD AN AUDIENCE OF TWO, ON ACCOUNT OF SEVERAL ATTENDANTS GOING OFF ON A RUSTIC RAMBLE.  BUT ONE YOUNG LADY WAS BEING SHOWN BY THE ORGANIZER (ADRIAN DOWTHWAITE) HOW TO OPERATE THE SOUND DESK.  SHE WAS APPARENTLY SO INSPIRED THAT SHE LATER TEXTED ADRIAN TO EXPRESS INTEREST AT ATTENDING CHURCH TO HELP WITH SOUND GEAR.  SHE WAS NOT A COMPLETE BORN AGAIN AND ADRIAN WAS DELIGHTED, AFTER TWO YEARS OF HER BEING RELUCTANT TO DARKEN THE CHURCH DOOR.

LATER THAT EVENING, ANDY MOIR EVEN HAD AN ACTUAL VISION (OF SOME KING) OF JESUS AND OF ANGELS SURROUNDING THE FARM FIELD WHERE WE WERE CAMPED OUT.  SADLY, WE FEEL ANDY AND DRUMMER DAVE HAVE MORE THAN LIKELY DROPPED OUT OF AQABA GULF SINCE IMI.  THEY DON’T SEEM TO HAVE THE TIME OR COMMITMENT.  IT’S A SHAME, FOR THE FIVE OF US GOT ALONG SO WELL SOCIALLY AS WELL AS IN TERMS OF MUSICAL CHEMISTRY.

ANDY JOINED US FOR A JAM OF ROCKED-UP PRAISE AT ENDERBY MISSION IN SEPTEMBER, THEN THE THREE CORE MEMBERS HOSTED ANOTHER SESSION AT THE SAME CHURCH IN EARLY DECEMBER.  ONLY TWO OTHERS SHOWED UP (AGAIN, PERPLEXING) BUT WE HAD A TERRIFIC NIGHT WORSHIPPING, AND PRESENTED ‘ANGELS‘, ‘FOUNTAINS‘, AND ‘CYCLONEYE‘.  IN MORE RECENT MONTHS, MATT AND MEGAN HAVE NOTICEABLY BECOME KEENER TO PRESENT AND PERFORM MY SONGS IN PUBLIC.  EVEN THIS REPRESENTS SOMETHING OF A WELCOME BREAKTHROUGH, WHICH LEADS ME NEATLY INTO THE NEWS OF OUR WEEKLY REHEARSALS.

WE HAVE BECOME MORE ADVENTUROUS SINCE AUGUST’S IMI, AND ARE CURRENTLY PRACTISING NINETEEN SONGS, PLUS A COVER OF A FAMOUS PRAISE SONG (DONE AS A HEAVY METAL BALLAD).  THE SONGS ARE THE TEN FROM THE ‘ENGULFED’ COMPILATION, AND THE OTHER NINE ARE FROM ‘BLOOD AND WATER’, THE EIGHTH ALBUM I WROTE, ORIGINALLY IN 2000.  THE ONE SONG OVER-LAPPING BOTH IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITES ‘WHEN SINAI SHOOK’, WHOSE LYRICS WERE WRITTEN IN THE TEA-ROOM OF THE FAISAL HOSTEL IN JERUSALEM (ALONG WITH THOSE OF ‘RED SEA DREAMIN’).  THE WHOLE ALBUM, BUT IN PARTICULAR THESE TWO WERE INTENSELY INSPIRED BY MY EXPERIENCES ON MY FIRST ISRAELI KIBBUTZ, AND MY TRAVELS IN THAT STATE DURING THE SPRING AND SUMMER OF 2000.  PLUS A FRIENDSHIP I MADE AT EILAT AND JERUSALEM.

SO WE ARE MUSICALLY GELLING-TOGETHER NICELY, AS MATT AND MEGAN GET MORE FAMILIAR AND  CONFIDENT WITH MY RATHER UNIQUE WAY OF NOTATING MY MUSIC.  I GUESS OUR CHIEF CHALLENGE IS TO MASTER THE VARIOUS CHANGING RHYTHM PATTERNS.  IT JUST AIN’T EASY THOUGH WITHOUT A COMPETENT VOCALIST, BECAUSE THE RHYTHM OF MUSIC MUST TIE-IN WITH THAT OF THE LYRICS.  A DRUMMER WOULD HELP NO END, PLUS AN EXTRA TALENTED GUITARIST.  MY SONGS HAVE BASICALLY BEEN WRITTEN WITH TWO GUITAR TRACKS IN EACH, ONE FOR POWER CHORDS, THE OTHER TO CARRY MORE OF THE QUITE TECHNICAL MELODIES.  ALL YOU CHRISTIAN METAL-HEAD MUSOS – WHERE ARE YOU??? THIS IS NOT JUST A BAND, OR JUST A MINISTRY TOO – ITS AN AWESOME ADVENTURE!  DON’T BE SHY – WE’RE LEARNING NOT TO BE!

ANYWAY, AS PROMISED, SOME ARTWORK SAMPLES ARE BEING ADDED TO THE SITE ALONG WITH THIS NEWS, COMPLETE WITH SONG TITLES.  THESE EMBELLISHMENTS ARE OF FRONT  COVERS THAT HAVE SO FAR BEEN COMPLETED.  THE ONE DONE BUT NOT INCLUDED YET IS ‘BLOOD AND WATER’, DUE TO A COPYRIGHT COMPLICATION.  WE NEED A LICENSE TO BE ABLE TO LEGALLY USE ONE OF THE COLLAGE PICTURES.  HOPEFULLY THIS CAN BE SORTED SOON IN THE NEW YEAR, AND THAT BEAUTIFUL EYE-CATCHING COVER INCLUDED.   BUT OUT OF A PLANNED AND  PRAYED OVER EIGHTEEN AQABA GULF PRODUCTS, THESE ARE A WORTHWHILE REPRESENTATION OF WHAT’S BEEN WRITTEN, CHOSEN, DRAWN AND PAINTED SO FAR.  BUT ALL THE LYRICS AND RHYTHM GUITAR TRACKS HAVE BEEN LONG SINCE CREATED, AND THE ART WILL CONTINUE TO BE WORKED ON, ESPECIALLY IN 2012,  (THE BACK COVERS HAVE BEEN ASSEMBLED ALSO).

ANY GODLY COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS WOULD BE WELCOME.   GOD SEND HIS BLESSINGS TO YOU.

JON LOCKETT (DEC. 13, 2011)

 

NEWS UPDATE MARCH 2011
BY JON LOCKETT

AQABA GULF IS A BRITISH POWER METAL BAND WHICH WAS FOUNDED BY GUITARIST JONATHAN LOCKETT IN FEBRUARY 2009, WHO WAS ALSO THE FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE HARD ROCK BAND “EMPOWERED”. BOTH BANDS FORM THE MUSICAL BULK OF “PROJECT JEDUTHUN MINISTRIES”, WHICH WAS A VISION GIVEN TO SYNTHESIST MATHEW AYLETT IN THE LATE 1990S. DEVOUT CHRISTIANITY IS AT THE HEART OF BOTH BANDS.

AQABA GULF, WHICH HAS ENOUGH ORIGINAL SONGS TO FILL UP TO 16 ALBUMS, IS REHEARSING WEEKLY AS JON INTRODUCES A SMALL HANDFUL OF HIS SONGS TO MATT AND MATT’S WIFE, MEGAN, WHO PLAYS BASS GUITAR.  A VOCALIST AND A LEAD GUITARIST CALLED ANDREW MOIR IS ALSO BEING ENCOURAGED TO JOIN THE PROJECT THE END PRODUCT WILL HOPEFULLY BE A SERIES OF CDS WITH EXCITING MIDDLE-EASTERN SOUNDING POWER AND HEAVY METAL, TO THE LISTENER AN EXOTIC JOURNEY INTO PAST CENTURIES.

AT THE PRESENT THE LINE-UP IS THE SAME FOR BOTH BANDS, BECAUSE OF A SERIOUS SHORTAGE OF OTHER COMMITTED CHRISTIAN ROCK MUSICIANS WITH ENOUGH MOTIVATION AND TIME. THERE ARE ALSO ONE OR TWO POSSIBILITIES FOR A DRUMMER. BUT WE NEED AS MANY SUPPORTERS AND CONNECTIONS AS POSSIBLE.

ASIDE FROM PLAYING ROCKED-UP VERSIONS OF TYPICAL CHURCH PRAISE SONGS, WE REHEARSE AT PRESENT, FOUR AQABA GULF SONGS, THREE FROM “ENGULFED SPIRITS OF ANCIENT EYGYPT” AND ONE FROM A FUTURE ALBUM CALLED “BLOOD AND WATER”, ALSO FOUR SONGS FROM EMPOWERED’S FUTURE DEBUT “YUGOSLAVIA”. REHEARSALS TAKE PLACE AT THE AYLETT’S HOME IN WHITWICK VILLAGE, LEICESTERSHIRE. PRACTICES AT OTHER VARIOUS VENUES USUALLY INVOLVE ANDY ALSO.

THE QUARTET, AND IN PARTICULAR JON, HOPE AND PRAY THAT THEIR MUSIC-LEADING PRESENCE AT THE “I.M.I.” CHRISTIAN CAMPUS FROM AUGUST 12TH TO 15TH, 2011, AT VICTORIA FARM, HIGHCROSS, NEAR BUTTERWORTH, LEICESTERSHIRE, COULD BE THE OFFICIAL RECOGNITION AND PERFORMANCE LAUNCH PAD BOTH PROJECT JEDUTHUN BANDS. APART FROM A WIDE RANGE OF PRAISE SONGS WITH HEAVY METAL GUITARS, JON AIMS AT PRESENTING THE FOUR PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED AQABA GULF SONGS, AT LEAST FOUR EMPOWERED SONGS, PLUS A COUPLE OF COVER SONGS WE WORK ON. KEEP VISITING OUR SITE FOR FURTHER DETAILS, NEWS, UPDATES AND SOON TO BE ADDED IN PHOTOGRAPHS. GOD BLESS AND WE LOVE YOU!

JON, MATT, MEGAN, ANDY, ALSO TEH REST OF TEH CURRENT AQABA GULF FAMILY; OUR PAINTER SHIELA MCQUATTIE, OUR LOGO AND WORD-PRINTER GERMANE DE SANTIS OF “HEATED GRAPHICS” PRINTERS IN NOTTINGHAM, AND OUR WEBSITE CONSTRUCTOR GILL.

(I.M.I. IS SHORT FOR THE “IMPACT MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL” CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE OF MUSIC AND TEACHING AND FELLOWSHIP.)

JON LOCKETT