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.

Monday, October 30, 2006


XL - Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms - 27/10/06

Friday 27th October 2006
Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

Fade Out
The Dawn Chorus
The Arkwrights

It’s interesting how one’s perspective on things can change over time. If you had told me a year ago that we’d have played the Wedge twice by next Autumn, I’d have been dead chuffed. Yet a year on – although it was very enjoyable and seemed to go pretty well – I’m hungry for even more of it. I don’t want to sound like some Johnny Borrell-esque careerist prick, I just know that we can go on and make even better music and put on better shows. I’d be disappointed if we didn’t.

^^What a strange way to start writing about a good show. Well it just came out and who am I to stem the flow of the blog? Obviously the wedge was no way near full, but we played to probably around 100 people which is pretty cool for a local band bill. The Arkwrights seemed pretty non-plussed about the turnout, but the last time they played here they were top of the bill for the showcase final, so it was always going to be a huge contrast.

Luckily, our simply atrocious soundcheck didn’t seem to hamper our sound too much. In fact, I don’t even want to write about the soundcheck. It was awful, and it sent our morale plummeting. It’s amazing just how great or terrible a soundcheck can make you feel. And this one was about as bad as it gets. However, it went well and we played a brand new song ‘End of the World Party’ for the first time with the full band.

I didn’t see Sallyforth cos I was doing merch at the time, but I can report that they were wearing matching waistcoats. Fade Out played pretty well, but by the time they played the crowd was seriously withering, which was a shame for them. I took a bottle of champagne with me (end of quarter at work), but we didn’t get round to drinking it and I left it in the venue, because I’m a dick.

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