The Comedy Gig – 26 January 2013

Somewhere down the line we had gone out of gigging mode again. Partly Christmas holidays and partly a load of other things. But we were back for The Comedy gig with vengeance.

Lady luck was on our side as 1 band pulled out on the night and there were only 3 bands playing including us. We played as final band of the night and as fewer bands were playing we had a nice long set and were able to play 45mins. Result!

We also recorded this gig on camera again and here is a performance of A Monument to All Your Sins (I don’t care).

Set list played on the night.

  1. Hypnotised
  2. Just Walk Away
  3. Out of Power
  4. Monument to All Your Sins
  5. Crap Day
  6. The Moment
  7. Crazy
  8. Pointless
  9. The Score

The Comedy Gig – 2 October 2012

We made some really bold moves for this gig. Moves that 6 months ago we wouldn’t dream of. With the time pressure of just 30 minutes to play our songs and the fact that we now have a load of new tunes, plus a brand new song we were gonna launch at this gig…..well, a load of old classics simply had to go. Out was also The Moment, which as musicians we love playing!

What was in though was our brand new song Crazy. We felt so confident with this two and half minute burst of a song that we decided to headline with it!

We also recorded this gig on video and here is the debut performance of Crazy.

Set list played on the night.

  1. Hypnotised
  2. Just Walk Away
  3. Out of Power
  4. Crap Day
  5. Monument to All Your Sins
  6. Crazy

The Comedy Gig – 24 July 2012

Setlist

  1. Hypnotised
  2. Just Walk Away
  3. Out of Power
  4. Crap Day
  5. I Don’t Care
  6. The Moment
  7. Pointless
  8. The Score

The Comedy Gig – 23 June 2012

I don’t care, no I don’t care, I don’t care, about anything

Nah we are not saying this out to you but these are the lyrics to our brand new song we launched at this gig. Unsurprisingly this song is called I don’t care.

We hadn’t played a gig in two months so we were feeling a wee bit rusty for this one. And as we had a new song to launch we now had to decide to push one old song out of the way to meet the set time of 35 minutes. Crap Day was a controversial suggestion, and it stayed in our set! But Pointless was ditched.

The set played on the night was:

  1. Hypnotised
  2. Just Walk Away
  3. Out of Power
  4. Crap Day
  5. I Don’t Care
  6. The Moment
  7. The Score

We played a very, very tight set and not only that we really, really amped up our stage performance for this gig. Crazy moment of the gig was..

When we ended The Moment we stood static as the last chord was chopped. The long silence in the audience was deathly, as they tried to figure out if the song had ended or not. We’d already fooled them during Hypnotised and they didn’t want to get fooled this time.

We got them though, ha ha!


Bands that Inspired Us – Metallica

So after Guns ‘N Roses in our series of bands that inspired us, we now have the almighty Metallica \m/

In the very first incarnation of DonkeyBox, a short-lived band called Melodion, we played 2 Metallica covers at our very first gig. Creeping Death and For Whom the Bell Tolls. That’s all well and good but..

Creeping Death was too fast. We couldn’t actually play it in time. But screw it, we played it live anyway ha ha!

But we seriously loved their stuff man, we even tried playing Master of Puppets in rehearsal, it soon transpired that only the drummer was in time and knew what he was doing. The rest of us had totally lost the plot.

So we dropped it 😦

But when DonkeyBox formed later we tried a simpler cover and as DonkeyBox was more a rock than metal band this seemed to be a better choice. Lo and behold Enter Sandman. This became one of our staple covers for quite a long while, and here’s an actual video performance of us playing that cover from 2005.

We eventually dropped this as well. Not to worry though, our original song called The Score is definitely quite Metallica-esque, so their influence on us lives on, and will live on forever. The memory remains 🙂

And you know, every now and then at band practice we still jam out some Metallica cover. Metallica invented the heavy sound man, it is unquestionable and their drums are truly amazing too.

We hail you Metallica!


Our Band Rehearsal Room

Some of our friends don’t know what a band rehearsal room looks or sounds like. We normally take it for granted since it is a cool little space we spend so much time in. In fact of all the spaces in the world we spend more time in the rehearsal room than anywhere else.

We currently use a bunch of rehearsal rooms in London Bridge (this is not actually on the bridge, it’s in the London Bridge area!). These are basic rooms with some sound proofing on the internal walls. Inside the room you have a PA system for the vocals, guitar amplifiers, a bass guitar amplifier, a drum kit and of course some microphones.

This is the equipment we plug into and balance the sound levels out before/during rehearsals. The rehearsals can get pretty loud, but that’s where the fun is 🙂

But nothing describes things in detail as well as a video. So singer Atul takes you on a tour of our rehearsal space in London. Enjoy and please do leave comments below of what you think.


The Comedy Gig – 24th April 2012

It had been over a month since our last gig and in the background we were working on a brand new song. That song was just on the verge of being ready for this gig, but as it still required some lyrics we best thought not to do that one on this occassion.

And so we were happily back at our favourite residency venue bang in the middle of central London on a midweek Tuesday night. We were in the mood to party for sure. We moved our set around a bit and had a pretty sweet sound through the venue guitar amps. It was crystal clear and pretty loud too \m/. The flavour of this particular set was that some songs were slower tempo than our usual gigs, and in doing so they were also a lot clearer and crisper.

The set played on the night was:

  1. Hypnotised
  2. Just Walk Away
  3. Out of Power
  4. Crap Day
  5. The Moment
  6. Pointless
  7. The Score

As always massive respect and thanks to those who made it out to come out and play on a school night. You know you are the hardcore ones and we love you every bit for it. Until next time friends, keep that rock sign up \m/


Luna Lounge Gig – 3rd March 2012

Combining two of Great Britain’s favourite loves. Rock Music and Curry!

We were back at the Luna Lounge after almost 3 years, making a return of the rock and curry night. We were joined by The Frayed Laces and Bourbon Street Parade.

The set played on the night was:

  1. Just Walk Away
  2. Out of Power
  3. Society
  4. Crap Day
  5. Crossroad
  6. Terminator Theme
  7. Pointless
  8. Hypnotised
  9. The Moment
  10. Lost Odyssey
  11. Set Me Free
  12. Deep Blue Sea
  13. Hit Me One More Time – Britney Spears cover
  14. The Score

In the background this was a nightmare gig to organise because of the complicated logistics to do with transport and setting up sound. But we did perform the longest set of original songs we have ever done.


The Comedy Gig – 7th February 2012

DonkeyBox flyer

DonkeyBox flyer

As we were waiting in that basement at The Comedy pub nervously, band after band had sound checked..we were now the last one to sound check with less than 5 minutes to go before doors opened for the night. Drummer Greg was the last one to arrive and as he’d forgotten to bring casual clothes he was actually out shopping for new casual wear and hence the delay. That’s a first for us but a pretty cool story though!

But none of that was to matter. We really were in true form and total fire for this gig. This was our most energetic performance since our regular return to gigging from September 2011 onwards. Only now have we re-established an energetic, care free, 100% fun fun fun vibe to our live shows.

As for the set list we actually had no idea of what songs we were going to pick for this gig. In the end we settled for a slightly safe option of a repeat of our last gig’s set. Reason being that the other two new songs have been modified since they were launched and we would have probably made a right meal of those if we played them 😉

So the set list played on the night was:

  1. Hypnotised
  2. Out of Power
  3. Just Walk Away
  4. Crap Day
  5. The Moment
  6. Pointless
  7. The Score

The only difference from the last gig’s set being that this time we ended with The Score, which is back to it’s crowing glory as the set ender.

Thanks to all those who were there, and there were quite a few of you! We made new fans and it was great to meet the oldskool ones. We are grateful to everyone who turned up and can’t thank you enough for your support. Rock ‘n roll!


Bands that Inspired Us – Guns ‘N Roses

“We’re not stealing it, we’re just borrowing it for a little bit mate” – Keith Richards, Rolling Stones

We’ve decided to start up a new series of blog posts on bands that inspired us. These are cool bands that were really important in our formation and getting and gelling together as a band. So, the first and foremost has to be Guns ‘N Roses.

“You are the band that played Sweet Child” are the words we heard from another band when they were entering the rehearsal room and we were leaving. We’d been together as a band for 3 months and it was pretty cool being recognised. And what a way to be recognised and remembered!

Donkey Box lead guitarist with Guns 'N Roses t-shirt

Lead guitarist Matt wears the coolest t-shirt possible Guns 'N Roses.


When we first all met up for a jam, we kinda knew a mish mash of songs. But we pulled off a really random jam of Mr. Browstone, It’s So Easy and Sweet Child ‘O Mine as if we all knew the songs. And it was clear we really loved Guns ‘N Roses.

So we still jam with Guns riffs every now and then. They have to be one of the defining classic rock bands of the entire genre. In fact they are so good that they cross over into the rock sub genres like Indie (since they played Reading 2010, but the Indie crowd won’t like Axl Rose now anymore..), Glam Rock and Heavy Metal.

The big question then arises, what GnR covers have we played in the past. Well let’s give it away here then:

  • Sweet Child
  • Rocket Queen (one off gig)
  • Paradise City (one off gig)

Eventually we stopped doing the Sweet Child cover. Reason being, Guns ‘N Roses are an incredibly talented band that are near impossible to recreate. Each member in it was phenomenal, from Axl’s incredible vocal range, Slash’s melodic guitar solos and licks, Duff’s groovy basslines, Izzy’s funky guitar rhythms and Steven Addler’s unusual use of the bass drum beat. No one can do Guns better than Guns themselves.

Respect.