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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
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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

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 🙂


Fiddler’s Elbow Gig – 10 March 2015

This is one of the gigs we would rather not have done in retrospect. Of course it is awesome to do gigs and meet our friends, and for that we are eternally grateful and fortunate. So we truly thank you for being there. From an organisational point of view, and logistics with the promoter we learnt a valuable lesson to not do such gigs ever again.

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Fiddler’s Elbow ‘each band must pay £10 to hire an amp’ craziness

With no amps provided by the venue, it was suggested that all the other bands bring their own amplification and share. Normally this works fairly well if the bands can turn up to the venue with their amps and bring them in time for soundcheck. But most amateur musicians have day jobs, and as such carrying heavy amps on public transport in London is difficult. Sometimes some bands do in fact bring their amps despite this problem, and we did bring one amp. The Fiddlers Elbow promoter kept emailing bands to sort out amps between them and also kept the pressure on bands to bring at least 10 people to the gig. And if no amps would be bought we have to pay for them. Disgruntled at this, the headline band pulled out on the night, leaving 3 bands to play…and no amplification equipment available. The back-up plan was to “hire” the venue amps at £10 per amp per band. We hired two amps and singer Atul bought his amp, that was shared by the first band as well. The show went on, and we blasted out our set for our first gig of 2015. The set played on the night was:

The set played on the night was:

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

Camera/Film Person Wanted to Make Videos

Do you like rock music? And filming live music?

We are looking for a student director/producer. You can use your creative ideas to come up with interviews, documentaries and film our live gigs too. Video is a very important medium for bands and it is now possible to shoot really crisp and professional looking videos with SLR cameras. You can build up a great portfolio and explore your ideas with each one of the band members who has a unique outlook and experience.

We can’t pay you as we don’t make any money ourselves but we are happy to cover any travel or other expenses you might have. This is a great opportunity to get started with the music and media business.

We are based in London and rehearse in London Bridge and have a residency venue in Leicester Square area where we gig once a month. We are also working on a studio audio recording so there is going to be lots of really cool video opportunities for you!

Check our website out and if interested email me on atul(dot)rana(at)gmail(dot)com


Imperial College Radio Show – 25 February 2013

You don’t need to turn up to any gig anywhere. Just login online from home while in your bed/cooking dinner whatever and you will hear us loud and clear.

Radio Show Replay – Click to Play

It was our first ever radio show and how exciting it was!! We some songs and gave out a bunch of small interviews as well. And we had some of our favourite artists playing on the radio, ranging from The Killers, to Metallica and Lady Ga Ga.

Enjoy the show and hopefully we will be doing a few more radio shows in the future 🙂


Bass Player Wanted Urgently!

We’re recruiting a new bass player for DonkeyBox.

We are a well balanced band and bass plays a big part in our sound with one of our songs that is built entirely around a single bassline. All our music is original and our influences include Green Day, Chili Peppers, The Killers, Metallica etc.,

  • We’re looking for a bass player with some previous gigging experience. We rehearse every week and gig once a month.
  • If you can do backing vocals that would be a bonus, not essential but it would help.
  • We’ll get you on the gigging scene, you’ll contribute to songwriting, you’ll appear in photoshoots, videos and of course live on stage.

Interested? Check out the DonkeyBox website to see and hear us on the cyber world. If you like us email Atul on atul.rana@gmail.com and look forward to meeting you.


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!