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The Comedy Gig – 20 April 2013

Drummer Greg’s father lives in Indonesia and has never seen Greg play live before. On this weekend he was going to be in London and Greg wondered if we should do a gig on this date. And so we decided that indeed this is when we were going to play live!

Lady luck was on our side this time, a lot. We got an extra special and long soundcheck during which we were able to hone our stage sound and technique to perfection. There were only 3 bands playing on the night, which meant we got to play for an hour. Yes, a whole hour! During which we were able to play our longest set since the Luna Lounge Gig. The set played on the night was

  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. Deep Blue Sea
  9. Pointless
  10. The Score

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 – 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!

Hellfest 2011 is an inspiration

Going to big gigs and concerts is always really refreshing and also quite inspirational for those in bands. You get to hear some top quality bands with great sounds and you also see how it is done “professionally”. Not only that but you get to experience first hand why and how people get connected to certain types of music and bands. Plus you also learn how real bands communicate with fans while they are on stage and how they make their show an experience to remember.

And in a festival situation it is more likely that the band are playing to more people who are not their fans than their actual fans. It is a golden opportunity for those bands to capitalise on this attention and this is how presumably how these bands increase their following.

Rocking out at Hellfest 2011

Rocking out at Hellfest 2011

So as singer Atul went to Hellfest 2011 with another musician friend, we were truly in awe and inspired by those who do it for a living. We’ve learnt the importance of having a great sound on stage and making it a truly remarkable live event. We also learnt that you can’t impress *everyone* at the show but you make the most of the people you do in fact leave a mark on. And that it is pretty cool to travel outside your own country and interact with a different culture altogether.

And most of all…..you just have to have fun, isn’t that why we got into all of this in the first place, right? So here’s a video clip filmed by us of Mr. Big’s cover of The Who Song “Baba O’ Reily” at Hellfest 2011. Enjoy 🙂

The Score – Video Slideshow

The year was 2007, and we got our first ever video produced and uploaded, and man it was fun. Little did we realise how important it was to have videos up on YouTube at that time and YouTube became bigger and bigger through the following years.

And then we waited and waited some more for the other videos to be produced, to find a video producer, or to possibly re-record songs, or to wait till the new band member arrives so that we can include him in the video too.

We’ve produced something very simple for “The Score”, the first song that we ever wrote and the set ender on every night. It is a great intense piece of music and deserves it’s space on YouTube. So here it is…a video for The Score, it is a great collection of live shots through the years of us playing live.

Press play, turn it up loud and let it take you to the moody and dark depths that is the manic show…

The Moment Recording

Well April 2011 has been a total washout for the band, not a single rehearsal meet-up or performance. I think we can safely say that we are glad to see the back of this month!

Fear not though as we are going up and beyond from May onwards. Our first mission in May is to get a sweet studio recording of our legendary ballad “The Moment”. We have a couple of recording sessions booked and we are really looking forward to recording this cracker of a tune.

After that we are going to book some gigs as well. We still haven’t recruited a bass player, but we are writing new material at quite a rate. We are so excited to be playing new stuff that we just have to gig, we will book some dates and hope for the best when it comes to a new bass player 🙂

Oh and a huge congratulations to the Royal couple today, they are definitely having a great moment with the rest of the country today!

The story of Crap Day

It’s been a Crap Day, nothing’s gone my way today, it’s been a crap day, just like every other day

The lines to the infamous chorus of what has now become the most popular DonkeyBox tune “Crap Day”. It is the only song that is a slight diversion from our edgy, otherwise darker melodic rock. But beyond a shadow of a doubt it is also the song that will instantly be picked up by newbies in the audience. The song is the story of how you can wake up on the wrong side of the bed and then no matter how hard you try, you are bound to have a bad day!

The song came about in the summer of 2003. Crap Day was originally just a jam. The bandmates had all got into the practice room and were all late. We all had tales to tell why were were late, mostly on how things, trains and eveything conspired against us. Strings broke in rehersal, Matt’s guitar strap came undone (he might have been hungover knowing him those days!) and it was all going unusually and horribly badly for us that day!

Those days we were learning how to play a song called “Amphetamine”, Atul played the chords to the chorus to that song, Mike started drumming, the others joined in and we starting shouting out, “It’s been a Crap Day, Crap Day, Crap Day”. It was a bit of fun and made things a bit lighthearted for us all. We were musicians so we just expressed ourselves. And that was the end of that jam, or was it?

Having got the jam on a taperecorder and listening to it later, the jam struck a chord, so Atul sat down and worked on some lyrics. The original demo sent to the band sounded fairly downbeat with it’s slow tempo and extra lyrics (that are no longer there in the song), but the message and lyrics of the song impressed the bandmates. Then came the hard musical task of making it a full song, namely joining the verse and pre-chorus to the chorus was proving tricky. A few jams later, we came up with the gem in it’s form today.

On top of that since the song was written over 7 years ago, there have been many line-ups that have played that song. Each line-up has added it’s own finesse to the song and we can practically always play the song blindfolded and near studio perfect live!

The song goes down so well with everyone live, people dance to it, sing along to it, and despite having performed it for hunderds of people in total over 7 years, we can never get fed up of it. The emotion of the song still remains the same.

Fancy hearing one of our earliest jams of the song? Drop a comment here and let us know.

Search for a new bassist begins

And so our search for a new bass player begins.

It has been just over two years since we last had a change in a team member, and before we had a constant turnover roughly every year. Not because of any musical differences or fallouts, just that people either got jobs in different countries/cities, moved on to another stage in their lives.

Abstract Bass Guitar

Rock Bass Rocks

That’s cool by us, DonkeyBox has been an organic mish-mash of many musicians all in all and has continued to evolve with the help of everyone. The core has always been the same and now that 3 of us have been in it for over 3 years we generally have a good rounded sound and work ethic.

With a new player what we’ve always got is that they they’ve refined our sound that little bit more and contributed to new songs, every one who has every played for DonkeyBox has left their legacy behind to be picked up by new people. Some ex-members still regularly come to our current gigs. In that way we’ve matured together as a band and individuals.

So, we’re really looking forward to this process. It will inject some new life into the band and we shall move on to the next stage in the DonkeyBox evolution!

Band appear on Clink Magazine

We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have appeared on an online magazine called Clink Music Magazine; Chaos in Sound. We have been featured as one of the new up and coming bands in their Introducing section.

DonkeyBox in Clink Music

DonkeyBox in Clink Music

The ballad ‘Deep Blue Sea’ goes from ethereal to heavy rock on the course of its 5 minutes, ‘The Moment’ has a kick of Spanish guitar all lead by an amazing bass line.

Another great song is ‘Pointless’, with a simple and catchy rhythm that gives space to the lyrics “These complications that arise they’re just pointless/You can’t do with do or die it’s just pointless”.

..are some of the quotes from the article itself.

Many thanks to Chaos in Sound for getting us out there!

Read the full review here.

Demo Recordings Begin

PC audio recording

Wavy lines is what it is all about

Well it has been a while since we were gigging last and all does seem a bit quiet at DonkeyBox land..but that is not the case…we love the LOUD life.

Some of our best songs still have never been recorded in a nice, clean, crisp sound that you can just listen to and make your own.

The Moment, Pointless, Deep Blue Sea

…to name just a few.

So we’re recording some very basic demo recordings at the moment (pun intended). These demo recordings will be self produced to help us figure out the best and most gorgeous individual instrument parts that we can include in our full production recordings.

When we have those figured out we will commence with the actual recording process with our producer and recording engineers.

It is a really cool, creative process and we’re picking up momentum. It is so good to be re-discovering the beauty of our songs in a different more processed format.

Watch this space as we give you more updates on this soon 🙂