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, February 21, 2011
CLXXVII - Portsmouth Edge of the Wedge - 27/10/2010
Edge of the Wedge, Portsmouth
The B of the Bang
The Retrospective Soundtrack Players
So this was my first ever show with RSP, I'd better supply some history....
When the DC had some down time around the Summer of 2011, when Wit was on holiday in China, Nelly (who plays in DC and produces all DC music) challenged me to write a solo album. The idea didn't sit right with me, as I've never wanted to front any of my music with my own name. For one I think my name is boring, and secondly I like to distance myself from my everyday personality when songwriting.
So instead of that I decided to write an album based on one of my favourite albums, Cool Hand Luke. This started because I love the incidental music in that film, and I thought we could recreate it with a couple of acoustic guitars, banjo, and some stomping.
I played the songs to Nelly and we put them on a dictaphone. He started writing other parts for the songs and we discovered that some of them were full band songs. We gradually roped in whoever was around the studio to get involved too, namely Elliott and Ochs from The B of the Bang, Kelv from All the Shapes who used to play in Seven Days at Knifepoint with Nelly, and Paul from The Dawn Chorus.
However, before the live band was anywhere near happening we sent a song in to Frank Turner when he was running a competition for demos on his website. We already knew Frank through the DC, so we didn't make it clear that it was some of the same people, we just sent it in. He loved it, and even though he worked out it was some DC members, he gave it the nod and it won the comp. So we had a split 7" with Frank Turner released before we'd played a gig. After 150+ DC gigs. Life is funny sometimes.
So back to the gig. We had rehearsed a lot, and we played well. Clearly I'm writing this a long time since the gig, but here's a live video: