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, July 21, 2008


XCIX - The Mag Awards @ The Talking Heads - 19/07/08

Saturday 19th July 2008
The Mag Awards @ The Talking Heads

The Dawn Chorus
Richie Madisun

Yay! We won BEST RECORD for the TOWN/CITY EP. Awesome. Our set was pretty good but for two minor incidents - 1) Simps dropped a drum stick quite spectacularly and didn't have any spares, 2) Keith 'Iron fingers' snapped a bass string! Is that even possible? I suppose after 99 shows its understandable. He managed to persuade an Idiot3 to borrow a bass, tune it up into standard tuning and sort the strap in the time it took me to play 'Heart of Hearts' and a very small snippet of Neutral Milk Hotel.

In other news, I love Ben Dlugokecki. Seriously funny bloke. And we love The Mag.



XCVIII - The Freebutt, Brighton - 14/07/08

Monday 14th July 2008
The Freebutt, Brighton

The Strange Death of Liberal England
Elle Milano
The Dawn Chorus

First ever show in Brighton. Bring on the next. The Freebutt is the wettest venue we have ever played. By this I mean that there is a dodgy air conditioner which starts off leaking a bit, then starts leaking a little bit more, then floods half of the venue. We wisely left most of our stuff next to the sign saying 'don't leave your stuff here, it will get wet'. We went on a it of a magical mystery tour to get there, thanks to a Geordie directing us up the steepest hill in the world. (Borderline Regional Racism alert) 'Aye the Freeboot, just go op that hill, ye cannae miss it'. Elle Milano were pretty good, but me, Matt and Keith were starving so went for Mexican food, which was good for me as I got to eat one of my favourite foodstuffs - refried beans - but bad for Keith as he ate bad chicken and got the poos. Whilst having this dubious treat we missed Elle Milano's singer apparently jump off the stage in a hissy fit and smash his head on a stage light. Which was a shame because I thought they were good. Strange Death were awesome, their new songs sounded really good, I hope to hear a new album pretty soon.

That will do for now

Sunday, July 06, 2008


XCVII - The George, Andover - 03/07/08

Thursday 3rd July 2008
The George, Andover

The Dawn Chorus

Very empty, but these things happen. One of the local supports pulled out (The Mad Taylors - WHERE DID I LEAVE MY FUCKING TAPE MEASURE?) and Acropolis and most of their mates left after they played. I didn't really care, I just enjoyed playing a full band show again, we were tight as hell. I went straight from work and forgot to take casual shoes with me so I played in socks. Then I realised that our last song 'Blast from the Present' has quite an important stamping section, so I had to quickly put my work shoe back on to fulfil my stamping duties. Rock n roll.


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