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.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


CXXII - Swindon Vic - 03/04/09


Friday 3rd April 2009
Swindon Vic
The Dawn Chorus
The B of the Bang
Before I go on and on and on about the tour, here is a list of the players involved:

Kyle - your humble narrator and rhythm/shit guitar & vocals in the DC
Keef - theme-from-Postman-Pat-esque Bass demon in the DC
Nelly - lead guitar and organisational Hitler in the DC
Matt - drums & helium vox in the DC
Pauly B - keys/trumpet/lager demolition in the DC
Ben - mandolin/additional percussion & trumpet in the DC
Wit - vox/guitar/bass/keys/everything/lady clothes in BotB - aka Daddy Bang
Jack - guitar/bass/keys/banjo/b.vox/general dogsbody in Botb
Elliott Gregg - drums/lager in BotB

also starring
Simone - Nelly's wife
Fred Galaxy - a left-hand drive Ford Galaxy with a sticky third gear
Julian - Attack Vipers' superb Fiat Ducato splitter
Lonesome George - a turtle in the Galapagos isles who hasn't had a mate for 100 years but has been whcked off a few times
The pirate dog-book - a small book, perfect for setlists and inter-band characatures (sp?)

Exciting times. I waited in great anticipation for Ben to pick me up in the Ford Galaxy and loaded in the copious amounts of bottled water and Space Raiders. We then met Neil and the B of the Bang in Whiteley to drive down. We've played the Vic quite a few times now so we knew pretty much what to expect. What I didn't expect was to have to stand in the chippie for about 45 minutes while food was being constantly made but not given to us. They seemed to be in the middle of cooking an order for about 300 people so we seemingly had to wait while they flashed food that we weren't allowed to eat in front of our eyes. Though we were eventually given free sausage as an apology.

The B of the Bang were great (that sentence will crop up a lot) and Wit also had to play bass with us since Keef was at a wedding. Wit was kind enough to learn five of our songs, which we bolstered with our half-cover of Kurt Cooder's 'The Cello Player' and 'Heart of Hearts', which we hardly ever play. The soundman was a bit of a legend and we started a new game of 'leaning'. Which basically involves leaning. After the show we drove to Bristol and half of us stayed with Ben's mate Ben (Bill) and Neil's mate Joe.

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