Band Project Blog #2: 6 month review 

So it’s time to evaluate. It’s been over six months technically, if I were to count rehearsal time, but let’s just call it 6. Dear Sol began rehearsals in the last quarter of 2016 and had our debut gig on the 9th of February 2017. The debut gig at the Zoo was off the chain. Such a great vibe, such a great venue.

The Shows

Since the debut show we’ve had a total of 4 more shows, New Globe Theatre, Rics Bar, the Zoo again and then Rics Bar again. The most recent gig at Rics was a competition gig, a battle of the bands of sorts, we passed through our heat and are now awaiting a date for the semi final. Fingers crossed. Although, funnily enough this particular gig was probably the worst one we’ve done. Technical issues during the first song had a lasting effect on us throughout the set; I know I personally made several mistakes, in one particular instance I skipped a full 4 bars of the second chorus of “Orchard”. Full credit to our drummer Brad though, who kept us together and quickly sensed I had made the mistake. So if we can make it into a semi final with this level of performance, things are looking up for the next round. Stay tuned on that front.

The Set

The set thus far has been undergoing constant refinement. “Shiver” was and still is our strongest song, the most refined piece of music we play, and certainly the most popular piece. The song was the opener for the first two shows but then was moved to be the closer for the next three shows, though our at Rics Bar (4/May) we played the Ball Park Music song “It’s Nice to be Alive” as an encore. The song has also served as our go-to cover in each gig we’ve played one. Also at the 4th of May show, the new song “Lost in the Wires” debuted. An odd song; catchy, but also unrefined. After its debut it was moved to the opener slot for the next two shows, the position “Fool’s Paradise” filled at this same gig. This particular song while a solid piece of music is probably our most uncharacteristic song. By that I mean it’s the least like our sound. Our music, while diverse in sound is not genuine rock music; we’re definitely more on the alternative side of rock/pop. This is not only the heaviest song (and starkly so), but also the one song that has a different guitar tuning (D standard) to the other songs (E standard), and it’s frustrating to haul a second guitar to a gig just for one song in a 40 minute set. I certainly don’t dislike the song, but I’m not sure how much longer it will remain in the set. “White Curtains” has been our go-to feel-good pop song, though ironically given the lyrical subject matter. Originally sitting at third in the set, it moved down to the penultimate slot for the three most recent gigs. “A Tiger’s Cry” has been a hard song to place given its moderate tempo, often competing and losing to “Orchard” in shorter 30 minute sets. It’s a shame though because it’s probably the most lyrically deep song we have. Orchard seems to work better in the shorter sets due to the groove. “Beautiful Sin” has been another odd song to place. It can really go anywhere, though if I’m being honest, this is a rather old song of mine and certainly not one of my best, I’d drop it in a heartbeat if I had a completed upbeat alternative. “Flower Blue”, also an old song, appeared once in our debut set and hasn’t been played since. It feels odd having more than two low to medium tempo songs in a 40 minute set. I also don’t think this song reflects the band vibe that we’re trying to portray. “This Work” has served us well, twice as a closer and then moved to second billing. All in all, the set went under one major change in our third show and only minor changes since.

The Single

Shortly prior to the Rics gig on the 4th of May we released a video of our first single “Shiver”, which I’ve already talked about at length in a previous blog post. Short story: arduous task of recording to a video and not the other way around as it’s conventionally done. We had no other choice however, so we learned to think on our feet.

End of Phase 1, beginning of Phase 2

Phase 1 will be coming to an end shortly. Phase 1 was to include making the set and playing it live, phase 2 is shifting into a higher gear, an EP is in planning and potential tours maybe. The shortlist in decreasing order of likelihood appearing on the final product: Shiver, White Curtains, A Tiger’s Cry, Fever Dream (new song), Lost in the Wires, Orchard, Beautiful Sin. Five songs will make the cut I think, order yet to be determined, working title: “Fever Dream”. Watch this space.

 


Gig archive

The Zoo – 9 February

  1. Shiver
  2. Fool’s Paradise
  3. White Curtains
  4. A Tiger’s Cry
  5. It’s Nice to be Alive (Cover)
  6. Orchard
  7. Beautiful Sin
  8. Flower Blue (solo)
  9. This Work

New Globe Theatre – 31 March

  1. Shiver
  2. Fool’s Paradise
  3. White Curtains
  4. Orchard
  5. It’s Nice to be Alive
  6. Beautiful Sin (Cut for time)
  7. This Work

Rics Bar – 4 May

  1. Mos Eisley Cantina Theme
  2. Fool’s Paradise
  3. Beautiful Sin
  4. This Work
  5. A Tiger’s Cry
  6. Orchard
  7. Lost in the Wires
  8. White Curtains
  9. Shiver

10.  It’s Nice to be Alive (Cover)

The Zoo – 27 May

  1. Lost in the Wires
  2. This Work
  3. Orchard
  4. Beautiful Sin
  5. Fool’s Paradise
  6. A Tiger’s Cry
  7. White Curtains
  8. It’s Nice to be Alive (Cover)
  9. Shiver

Rics Bar – 18 June

  1. Lost in the Wires
  2. This Work
  3. Orchard
  4. Fool’s Paradise
  5. White Curtains
  6. Shiver
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