Author Archives: Atul Rana

About Atul Rana

Online maths and Science tutor, co-founder of Indie Tutors, singer of alternative rock band DonkeyBox.

St Moritz Gig – 9 February 2019

We had not played for nearly a year or had any band rehearsals either. Things really needed to be kicked back in action. We found a brand new studio to rehearse. We played first band on the night and the following set list. A staple set by now:

  • Just Walk Away
  • Out of Power
  • Euphoria
  • The Moment
  • Crap Day
  • Hypnotised
  • Pointless
  • Terminator 2 Theme
  • The Score

Barley Mow Gig – 19 April 2018

We played a private gig at lead guitarist Matt’s work gig. Unusually for April there was an intense heat wave.

We played as last band of the night and a short set, which from memory we think was:

  • Just Walk Away
  • Out of Power
  • The Moment
  • Crap Day
  • Pointless
  • The Score

St Moritz Gig – 3 February 2018

The ‘let’s book this gig otherwise we won’t do anything and it’s been over 10 months..” gig. Booked around the second Aaron baby, baby came early so we weren’t sure if we’d play, but we committed and rehearsed. Still not sure on gig day if we’d play as a 4 piece but the show went on with all 4 of us!

  • Just Walk Away
  • Out of Power
  • Euphoria
  • The Moment
  • Crap Day
  • Hypnotised
  • Pointless
  • Terminator 2 Theme
  • The Score

St Moritz Gig – 17 March 2017

The St. Patrick’s Day “no rehearsal for 2 months let’s wing it” gig. 

  • Just Walk Away
  • Out of Power
  • Euphoria
  • The Moment
  • Crap Day
  • Hypnotised
  • Pointless
  • Terminator 2 Theme
  • The Score

St Moritz Gig – 19 November 2016

Where we launched our new song “Stuck in between”


The Comedy Gig – 9 August 2016

The one that we did the livestream from and the lightsaber guitar man was there:

 

  1. Just Walk Away
  2. Out of Power
  3. The Moment
  4. Euphoria
  5. Crap Day
  6. Hypnotised
  7. Are We Burning Out in Hate?
  8. Pointless
  9. Terminator 2
  10. The Score

St Moritz Club Gig – 15 April 2016

  • Just Walk Away
  • Out of Power
  • The Moment
  • Crap Day
  • Monument to All Your Sins
  • Euphoria
  • Hypnotised
  • Are We Burning Out in Hate?
  • Society Made Me
  • Pointless
  • Terminator 2 Theme
  • The Score

St Moritz Club Gig – 23 February 2016

  • Monument to All Your Sins
  • Euphoria
  • Hypnotised
  • Are We Burning Out in Hate?
  • Society Made Me
  • Pointless
  • The Score

The Comedy Gig – 2 December 2015

As the band grows up and real world responsibility takes over, we’ve had to adapt over the years, but one thing is for sure…we may slow down, but we never stop! Between April this year and until this gig, the world changed more for DonkeyBoxers, and there has been some great news in the band.

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DonkeyBox at The Comedy Pub

Drummer Greg got married in September and bass player Aaron became father to his first child, a son. Many congratulations are due to both of them. Despite more grown up and adult responsibilities we were back in the rehearsal room October onwards and really, we were dying to get on stage. So we made a return to the venue we have played a gig every year for the last 10 years, The Comedy Pub. For this gig we reworked an old song of ours that Aaron wrote in the 2005 period, but we stopped performing over the years. With this new line up we gave a brand new life to “Are We Burning Out in Hate” and rehearsed it over the last few weeks. Controversially we dropped a lot of songs that we have always played at every gig before, our stock material almost. Out were Crap Day, Out of Power, Just Walk Away and The Moment giving way to a much darker, faster and heavier set. The setlist on the night was:

  • Monument to All Your Sins
  • Euphoria
  • Hypnotised
  • Are We Burning Out in Hate?
  • Society Made Me
  • Pointless
  • The Score

Thanks as always to our supporters who came down on the night, and to Mark from Wheel Tappers Music for hosting the night and doing the sound.


Elixir Bar Gig – 1 April 2015

Woke up in the morning head stuck by the pillow, and we realised the next morning that it was no April’s fool joke at all…it was all in fact true. We won our first ever battle of the bands heat! This is what our Facebook page said the following morning.

We won our first ever band competition last night!! We have never won any battle of the bands competitions before in our 13 years of existence. We must be improving over the years then sloooooowly

We entered the Be Somebody competition and played at a very small bar in Euston, central London. After learning our lesson from the last gig, we had all the amps provided by the promoter, and not only that but this was a free entry gig. So we invited many of our friends, and many of you did indeed come!

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DonkeyBox at Elixir Bar

The winning set list played on the night was:

  • Monument to all your sins
  • Out of Power
  • Crap Day
  • The Moment
  • Pointless
  • Hypnotised
  • The Score

So many thanks to all those who turned up to support us, plenty of you! And to the promoter for the Be Somebody competition for providing backline and making this a free gig. We were just happy to play again with a great set-up and winning was a real bonus. Round 2 coming up soon πŸ™‚