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 3rd June 2008
Portsmouth South Parade Pier
The Dawn Chorus
The venue was way too big to the point of being inappropriate. I'd never been to the room that the show was in - it's kind of like a huge Phoenix Nights-esque ballroom complete with shiny silver backdrop. During all the supports the crowd was sat miles away at the tables and chairs - this isn't ideal of course, but i really hate saying "come on up to the front" to a crowd, just in case they don't. There was a ridiculous amount of artificial smoke on stage. I think a lot more people would've been in if the tickets weren't £10 (12 on the door!), but it wasn't depressingly empty. Was just a strange sensation having only ever seen Frank playing in packed out rooms before.
We got to see Frank for free! I absolutely love seing FT live, and this was the first time i'd seen him play with the whole band. He was awesome as always. We played pretty well I think, we certainly seemed to get some decent feedback. Unfortunately the Cons seem to have taken up more space than the Pros, which doesn't really fit with what was actually a great night, so I feel I must continue with this sentence until it eventually, yet very slowly, reaches its inevitable end, and before you know it - if you use various different types of punctuation - you'll find that simply by waffling on and on, the Pros outweigh the Cons.