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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!

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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.


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.


2012 is our 10th Anniversary Year!

It was the year 2002 and the new year had just begun. We (at the time singer Atul and bassist Adam) had been out of a band for a few months but were still practicing and hitting up the jam nights at college. We needed two more important members to make up a full band. A lead guitarist and a drummer.

We saw an ad by a drummer and a lead guitarist looking to jam. And on 3 March 2002 Atul and Adam met up with Mike and Matt in the practice room at Imperial College. The musical chemistry was amazing as we blagged a bunch of covers together. We jammed, we laughed and we jammed some more. We played song after song and it was incredible, we could just do them together as if we had been playing together for years.

It was like a puzzle fitting together perfectly. Boom! DonkeyBox was formed.

So 2012 is a very special year for us indeed, we have been going for 10 years! More on this theme over the coming year and we are so excited to have last so so long in a business where you are forgotten in a matter of weeks or months.


Year in Review 2011

What a year it has been, a year of recovery followed by amazing creativity is the best way to put it really.

Musically this has been the most creative year for us ever. 2010 wasn’t the greatest of years for us and the first half of 2011 continued our bad spell from last year. Last year we only played 4 gigs and this year it went down to just 3 so the depression from last year carried over! Our search for a bass player was proving to be futile and with other commitments getting in the way we were rehearsing less than ever.

It wasn’t looking good.

Donkey Box line-up 2011

Donkey Box line-up 2011

But as we couldn’t gig we made the most of it by jamming and writing new material. We even went into studio for test recording The Moment. We learned to play together better without bass. In late June 2011 we finally had a helper on bass and the discipline we learnt in song writing and playing tighter as a 3 piece actually helped us a lot when we did have Matt B on bass.

As we worked hard on the background, we launched our first gig of 2011 almost at the end of the year all the way out in September! But one hell of a launch that was, we did two brand new songs, made a brand new banner and for the first time ever we had our very own branded t-shirts for sale!

With this huge push we were now on a roll, we did two more gigs and launched another two songs. It was now clear that our sound was changing and becoming more rounded and well defined. And our gig in December 2011 showed this to be the case.

So, here’s what we got out of 2011 then:

  • Found Matt B on bass
  • New songs “Just Walk Away”, “Hypnotised”, “Lost Odyssey” and “Crossroad”
  • A new t-shirt finally printed after two years of stops and starts
  • A brand new cool banner hand painted
  • Got some new moo cards printed
  • Found new flyer designer
  • Went to an open mic night together

And if you are on twitter (our most favourite social networking platform), we have met some really really cool people this year..people we haven’t seen yet but will slowly meet). Hopefully we can make a little community of DonkeyBoxers around the world who we can connect together 🙂

So here’s a big thanks to the twitter crew this year for all the fun banter you have given:

Gosia in Poland (can’t thank you enough for your constant encouragement and song feedback) Jess in Sweden, Layan in Saudi Arabia, Mia and Kesia somewhere in South England, Beth (who has designed our flyers) in North England, Carmen in Canada, Andrea in Mexico, Niloofar in Iran, Alex C and Cliffy in North England, Stephen in London (you’ll make it to a gig soon dude!), Corrie in Scotland, Japs, Niraj, Billy A and Ben W in London (the last 4 have been to our gigs and we know in real life).

Lastly, for those of you who have actually turned up at our gigs and bought our stuff, there can be no better support than that to us so a massive thanks for actually showing up and supporting us for real.

A Happy New Year 2012 and let’s keep the good times going!


Our First Ever T-shirts!

When are your t-shirts going to be ready?

It’s a question Brian asks us very regularly. and he’s been asking us this question for over two years now! But persistentce pays off and his t-shirt will be posted to Washington DC soon.

DonkeyBox T-shirt

We are so so so excited to announce that we have our first ever t-shirt designed for sale! The t-shirt has been designed by Meri Gadd who also designed quite a few of our flyers back in 2009. You can buy this t-shirt at gigs and they will soon be available for sale on our website. They will cost you £10 plus postage and packaging.

They will be available in all the standard sizes ranging from extra small, small, medium, large, extra large and extra extra large.

So what better way to show your support than to buy one of our t-shirts. It’s a really cool looking design as well, so order your’s now and wear it with pride!


Crap Day Lyrics

Woke up in the morning, head stuck by the pillow
The sun was shining, outside the window
Felt great and jumped right out of bed
Coz a sunny day just can’t be wasted

Sometimes no matter how much you try
You just can never win
Everybody’s out to quash your high
You might as well pack it all in

It’s been a crap day (crap day)
Nothing’s gone my way today
It’s been a crap day (crap day)
Just like every other day

It’s been a crap day (crap day)
Nothing’s gone my way today
It’s been a crap day (crap day)
Just like every other day

Running to the station, I’m always in a hurry
Can’t think straight my eyes are still so blurry
Missed that train, I saw ’em shut the gates
Wasting away again I wait

Sometimes no matter how much you try
You just can never win
Everybody’s out to quash your high
You might as well pack it all in

It’s been a crap day (crap day)
Nothing’s gone my way today
It’s been a crap day (crap day)
Just like every other day

It’s been a crap day (crap day)
Nothing’s gone my way today
It’s been a crap day (crap day)
Just like every other day

Sometimes no matter how much you try
You just can never win
Everybody’s out to quash your high
You might as well pack it all in

It’s been a crap day (crap day)
Nothing’s gone my way today
It’s been a crap day (crap day)
Just like every other day

It’s been a crap day (crap day)
Nothing’s gone my way today
It’s been a crap day (crap day)
Just like every other day

Crap day, crap day, crap day, crap day
Crap day, crap day, crap day, crap day
It’s been a crap daaaaaaaaayy
Crap day yaaaahaay, yaaaay, yay yay yay yah!

© 2003 DonkeyBox


London Riots August 2011

Like the latest fashion
Like a spreading disease
The kids are strappin’ on their way to the classroom
Getting weapons with the greatest of ease

The gangs stake their own campus locales
And if they catch you slippin’ then it’s all over pal
If one guy’s colors and the other’s don’t mix
They’re gonna bash it up

Hey man you talkin’ back to me?
Take him out
You gotta keep ’em separated
Hey man you disrespecting me?
Take him out
You gotta keep ’em separated
Hey they don’t pay no mind
If you’re under 18 you won’t be doing any time
Hey come out and play

By the time you hear the siren
It’s already too late
One goes to the morgue and the other jail
One guy’s wasted and the other’s a waste
It goes down the same as the thousand before
No one’s getting smarter
No one’s learning the score
Your never ending spree of death and violence and hate
Is gonna tie your own rope
Tie your own rope
Tie your own

Lyrics written by Offspring in 1994 for the song called “Come Out and Play” on their seminal album Smash.

And although they are written about more serious violence and crime by youths, a lot of what they say resonates at the situation in London at the moment. A tiny tiny minority of kids have hit the streets of London and taken advantage of the protection they get from the under 18 laws.

Kids that come from broken homes with no parents. What parent lets their kids stay out all night and come back home with a 42″ TV? The parenting is not there, no one has raised these kids properly and there is no sense of respect. Worse still is that how can so many grown adults just stand aside and let this happen?

The answer is amongst an old discussion that we found on the BBC from the year 2006:

No one intervenes when they see a bunch of youths committing a crime, to do so would to take a risk and the added fear of the perfectly legal reprisals. If you try to physically intervene you WILL be charged with assault. If a weapon is produced and you defend yourself, the “child” might be cautioned and given a free holiday, you WILL be charged with assault. Basically, unless you are willing to accept a criminal record in return for doing the morally correct thing, you need to turn a blind eye.

And this is at the heart of the matter, why the adults are actually too scared to intervene. In the meantime we hope that the perpetrators have surely “tied their own rope” and will face the ultimate wrath of the court system and justice will be done.


Just the two of us

Atul and Matt eat their guitars

Atul and Matt eat their guitars

We joked along with the lyrics of the famous song:

Just the two of us

we can make it if we try

just the two of us..

We’ve been singing that old song as our last 3 weeks have seen us in low power again. 3 weeks ago the rehearsal was off altogether as drummer Greg couldn’t make it and neither could bassist Matt. And for various reasons that continued on for another two weeks.

So the original founders of the band and the guitar wielders extraordinaire Matt and Atul have been rehearsing themselves for the last two weeks.

It’s been really cool though as it has allowed us to focus on a lot of even newer material and get some of the song writing basics sorted in a singer song writer type setting. We’ve also been enjoying the sound of our guitar crunch and tones…yeah, guitarists love that.

And we’ve joked around a bit and may have a joke song in the pipeline too…we’ll see.

But this week, it’s fingers crossed and hopefully a full band practice…yessss!