The Dawn Chorus / The Retrospective Soundtrack Players - Blogging all over the World

My name is Kyle. I am a happily failing indie/punk/folk/country/rock musician from Hampshire, UK. I have been singing and songwriting in The Dawn Chorus since 2005, and The Retrospective Soundtrack Players since 2010. I love these two bands like my brother/wife rolled into one. This blog details the shows I have played with both bands, in chronological order.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006


V - London Kentish Town Bull & Gate - 29th January 2006

Kentish Town Bull & Gate

The Dawn Chorus
Mrs Burns
The Mindless Ones

Kentish Town, Kentish Town, Yes!

SO we set off at about 3 o'clock from stubb to pick keef up from work and head to lahnden town. It was all going well until we got past wembley and we started going a bit astray from the directions. Me and simps got a little bit stressed.

'YOU have the directions so sell me which way to go!'
'i just can't see any of this on the directions. we definitely don't want to go back towards wembley'
'whichever way i go is the wrong way!'
'is this even a proper road? are we allowed to be here?'

somehow we only turned up 20 minutes late for soundcheck. This was by far the most random set of bands we have played with. The Mindless Ones were an electro-punk double-bass (as in 2 bass players) headfuck (in the best way possible), and Mrs Burns sounded something like the girl from the Go Team fronting the Chilli Peppers (i should be a music journalist with these brilliant comparisons). We wish all the best to Mrs Burns, they were thenicest people you could wish to meet.

it was a great little venue and it really gave us the confidence that we were lacking at the Southampton Uni gig. i can't speak for the rest of the band, but Escape was an absolute joy to play, it's really coming toigether now. we rattled through 8 songs which probably took about 20 minutes in our over-hyped state, but we thoroughly enjoyed every minute. i've never seen simps so sweaty, so i'm guessing he enjoyed it too.

cheers again to everyone who came along, we really are thankful for your support
k x

Wednesday, January 25, 2006


IV - Southampton Uni Stag's Head - 23/01/06

23rd January 2006
Southampton University Stag's Head
The Dawn Chorus

Big thanks to everyone who made the journey to Southampton Uni for this. An interesting one. Smallish crowd led to a bit of a drop in confidence, which seemed to affect some of the songs. This was the longest set we've ever played, and for some reason I was cripplingly nervous for the first few songs. We blooded 3 new songs; Winter, Keep on Walking, Escape. Escape and Winter seemed to go pretty well on the whole, they'll definitely be cropping up again in the future. 'Keep on' i'm not so sure about, perhaps we'll save it for acoustic sets from now on.

Cheers to all the soundguys, and to Sam for sorting us out, we had a good time on the whole.
k x

p.s Good News: I got to drive through the James Bond style electronic bollards outside the Union - i felt like a proper rockstar! Bad News - lost my bandana :(

Thursday, January 19, 2006


A-list, playlist, please them, please them, please them, sadly this is our life

Afternoon all. Good news all round, we are being played on XFM! XFM unsigned, Thursday 26th January. You can phone in and vote for us if you think we sound good. But be honest. 'Michael' is going to be played between 10pm and 11pm. Find someone with a digital radio! This is going to be the equivalent of John and Paul pulling over the car to listen to Love Me Do on the radio for the first time.

Good news no.2, London Gig! Kentish Town Bull and Gate, Sunday 29th January. Remember Strokesmania back in 2001? Well times that by a really high number and you're still nowhere near. Seriously though, if you live down South we will endeavour to take a minibus along, so drop us a line if you want a space. And if you live in London, what are you waiting for? This could be the equivalent of when Macca first stumbled upon the Quarrymen at a Summer fete in 1961....

ok enough of that.

Saturday, January 14, 2006


A new year

Happy new year. things have been ticking over nicely at DC central, have a couple of shows coming up over the next few weeks, and looking forward to playing some new stuff. The next e.p, if anyone actually reads this and is interested, looks likely to include:

Something's Changed
Strangers in the City at Night
Little Pinpricks

But for now, the aim is to play as many shows as possible until the summer. Go on, gis a gig.
k x


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