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.

Thursday, February 22, 2007 Review - I am Moz!

From the South Coast, The Dawn Chorus are every bit as radiant and tuneful as their name suggests. Title track 'The Man That I Held In My Arms' is akin to a more jaunty Libertines, minus the East London cool, while the rushing acoustics of the song and subject matter worthy of a certain Stephen Morrissey makes this a compelling start to the demo that's bursting with vivacity. 'Winter' reinforces their organic band name, starting with a chorus of birds before the song commences. When it does, the lilting vocals of Kyle Evans spur the song along, which slightly invokes Coldplay/Starsailor atmospherics and comparisons. Harmonies provided by bassist Keef Evans and Matt Simpson lend a powerful crescendo to the song that rides tandem with an equally explosive ending. 'Little Pinpricks' alters the perception of the 'Chorus as just another melodic four piece indie/acoustic act, with some neat instrumental arrangements that sit well with their catchy, song structures. A vertiginous rise to fame is by no means beyond their capability, so what are you waiting for?


XLVIII - Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms - 21/02/07

Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Gig for Africa!
Wednesday 21st February 2007

The Dawn Chorus
The Waysters
The Stations
The Gun Show
Rivers of Sound

Earlist Soundcheck so far - 5 o'clock! At least we had time to get a decent feed before we played. Topping a 5 band bill is very daunting, especially when doors aren't til 8. Our stage time was 10.55 but we didn't get on til 11.05. The night had gone on for so long that we just did a 7 song set. And it was alright, the atmosphere was much better than our last Wedge gig, or our last show at Unitt 22 on Sunday, probably because the bill made sense and wasn't just thrown together without any thought. As for the other bands, The Rivers sounded pretty slick but were on very early, The Gun Show had a new brass section called The Shiny Shoes, I enjoyed The Stations as always and The Waysters were even more rock'n'roll than last time we bumped into them. But isn't trashing dressing rooms a little cliched darling? How they mustered the energy to trash it after all those 'special' cigarettes I will never know. But they were nice lads and played well. And that's about it for another day. Oh, the promoter, in all her experience, forgot to take our ticket money at the end of the night! Bless. It's all for 'charity' so I suppose we'd better hand it over really.


XLVII - Southampton Unit 22 - 18/02/07

Southampton Unit 22
Sunday 18th February 2007

The Dawn Chorus
The Light Divided
Jon Walbrin
Introducing: Emergency Music

A lesson in how not to put a bill together. Throw a melodic indie band, a nu metal band, a loop pedal bothering noise artist and a jazz-funk group together and what do you get? 4 lots of 25 mates who only come to watch one band and then leave. There really was no common thread beween any of these bands whatsoever.


I quite liked some of their moments, they were certainly very well oiled for a newish band. I think there was a slight over-emphasis on musicianship over songcraft, but they can't have been too bad since I usually find any sort of jazz/funk hybrid to be the devil's music. On a sourer note though, I:EM, there is nothing cool about slagging off the headliners of a gig before you've even played the gig. Bitching about other bands to your mates is very uncool, and won't get you too far.

Jon Walbrin

We actually reccomended him for a slot so it's a shame that his set was a bit of a disappointment. I hope he won't mind me saying that too much. He admitted himself that he was out of practice having not played for 5 months, and his one-man loop pedal tricks just didn't seem to come off, especially infront of a far from friendly audience. Hopefully i'll see him play better again in the future.

The Light Divided

Could have brilliant, could have been terrible, I will probably never know since I have absolutely zero appreciation or understanding of nu-metal. What on earth they were doing on our bill I will never understand. It would have been much better for themselves and us if we were on an indie bill and thay were on a metal bill. Oh well, thats Joiners promotions for you.


It was very nice to get back to playing, we were only a touch rusty. The biggest problem was Neil showing off infront of his mates and consequently buggering up several guitar lines. But we did at least get to play a decent length set and we're starting to get properly tight with Pauly B now so roll on Wednesday.



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