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, July 26, 2007


Victims update - Summer 2007

We have now played with all these bands:

900 Spaces, A-Custom, Action Speaks Louder, Afrosnatchers, The AKA Band, The All-Singing Razorblades, Andy & Jack, Angelgear x 5, The Arkwrights, Ashford, The Aviators, B of the Bang, Rob Ball, Philip Barebones, Chris Bath, Bodyhost x 2, Adam Boucher x 2, Brenda, James Bright, Carmen Rosa, Carmichael, Citizen, Contra, Kurt Cooder x 2, Covernote, Cymbiotic, Dali's Cat, Steve Dalzell, Del Nil x 3, De Squeran, The Deads x 2, Deville, Different Day, Dropstone, Dumbfounded, Alex J Dunne, Echobeat, The Elements x 2, Enjoy Destroy, Fade Out, Fake Ray, Fly Monkeys Fly, Funk Yer Mum, Geko, Get Amped, Gilkicker x 2, Golden Section x 2, Alaistar Goodwin, GROOVE, The Gun Show x 4, Luke Haines, Hardly Heroes, The Heights, Rob Himself, Hobos and Eskimos, Hold Fast, Holy Roller, Hudson 10 x 2, I Am Jack, Introducing: Emergency Music, Joey Nightmare, Kid Idiot, Kill Kasper, Kody, Leptany, The Levels, The Light Divided, Lisa Lindley Jones, The Lights Shine, The Little Ones, Lost Aura, Mantis & The Prayer, The Masters x 3, Jo McCafferty, The MFV, Dave Miatt, The Mindless Ones, Momentum, Moses x 2, Mrs Poopars Automobiles, Mumble, No Skidoo, Openroom x 2, Matt Park, Mrs Burns, Palais x 2, The Plymouths x 2, The Rebs, Red Campion, Relentless, Retrofect, The Ridgeway, Rivers of Sound x 3, Rockshore, Roland Shanks, Rolling Dog, Room 6, Rossco x 2, The Rudimentary Confusion, Rushing With Apathy, Sallyforth, Salvage, Sarah & Lewis, Saturdays and Sundays, The Shake, Silent Radio, Sine Star Project, Sister Divine, Something Pretty, Spearmint, The Stations x 5, The Strange Death of Liberal England x 3, Tamerlane x 2, Temple, They Don't Sleep, Thomas Tantrum, Tomboy, Trinity, The Undefined, The Veils, The Vice, Videosprint, The Visitors, Jon Walbrin, The Waves, The Way, The Waysters x 2, Rich Webb, Whitewash, Vaughan Williams, Wireless, Wiservice x 2, Zodiac

Good to see The Stations pulling up alongside Angelgear on 5

Sunday, July 15, 2007


LXXI - Woolfire Festival & LXXII - Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms - 14/07/07

Saturday 14th July 2007
Woolfire Festival, Woodmancott


Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

The Strange Death of Liberal England
Thomas Tantrum
The Dawn Chorus

I was feeling pretty queasy at the start of the day because at about midday I bought a flat. Once I had pulled myself together and stopped feeling sick we managed to get ourself towards the Woolfire festival. Would have liked to have stayed for longer but still had fun. Saw a folk band with a live bagpipe player. Very good musicianship. Then we all had roughly the same meal but in different shapes:

Keith had Quesadilla - grilled tortilla with cheese and jalapenos inside and salsa and sour cream on the side.
Me and Matt had Burritos - Tortilla with refried beans and cheese inside and nachos, salsa and sour cream on the side.
Neil had Nachos - Nachos with cheese, salsa, sour cream and jalapenos on top and refried beans underneath.
Paul had a £5 homemade burger - very pink on the inside and still slightly moving; likely to cause stomach problems later in the day.

Our set had a few sound problems, but for a festival it went very smoothly. We played at 3.45 so the atmosphere was very chilled, and we moved onwards to Portsmouth...

There was a very decent crowd at the Wedge to see returning heroes Strange Death, and they didn't disappoint. The whole night was great, the type of bill it's a joy to be a part of. We played pretty well, didn't get too carried away (like we did a year ago to the day) and play at 300mph, and it really felt like we'd come on a long way. We're now taking a long break from playing other than a few little festivals and a London date, but when we return there will be a brand new Single and Album to promote, and we can't wait. Until then...



LXX - Portsmouth Yates' - 11/07/07

11th July 2007
Portsmouth Yates'

The Dawn Chorus
The Rebs
The Rivers of Sound

This was one of those gigs which seems to go quite well, probably because you set your expectations very low to start with.

Yates' is not the sort of place I would ever really go, other than for a quick cheap pint before Route '66 when I was 17. And even then I would usually go to 'spoons. But it was pleasing to win over a crowd who, when we started playing, seemed to be taking the piss out of us. But some people ended up buying shirts and EPs so me must have done something right. Today we started playing 'Little Pinpricks' by starting with a little section of Kurt Cooder's 'The Cello Player', which is fun. These are not very good sentences.


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