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Looking back while looking forward

We had a lovely time at The Spark in Lichfield last week, and played a pleasant enough first set.

At the end of the first hour, the audience member left.

Shot from the stage. Hello, Lichfield.

Shot from the stage. Hello, Lichfield.

They closed the venue and we went home.

The up side to this is simple – we didn’t alienate anyone with an early finish, and we got a swift post gig pint in with plenty of time.

Obviously the night before Valentine’s Day isn’t a big night out in Lichfield. The people who had said they might come were unable to.

By comparison, our gig in Kenilworth can now be considered a rousing success. Check out the EP from that night and consider downloading a copy. It’s good for the ears and the soul.

If you want that empty room sensation this coming weekend, we’re at the Sow and Pigs in West Bromwich on Saturday March 1st. We’ve managed to convince a drummer to have pity and play along with us, and there may be guest appearances by other friends of ours. This is the heart and soul of the music – make it up and make it good. We look forward to seeing you there.


Gig in Lichfield at The Spark

We’ve secured a gig at The Spark, Lichfield on February 13th, playing a couple of easy going sets from eight o’clock in the evening. The Facebook events page will give you the exact venue details and so forth if you’d like to come and see us.

We’re really looking forward to it!

We have a release!

We played last night to a small audience at the Tree House Bookshop, in Kenilworth.

It was a fun gig, with a variety of music from us and very decent coffee and cake from our hosts. From a rough recording of the gig, we’ve pulled together a four track EP for your listening pleasure.

You can listen on our site, and via Bandcamp. If you want to download it at no cost, you can. More details of future gigs when we have some in the diary.

Read books, drink coffee, listen to live improv

Next month, we (the members of Dischord) will be playing at the Tree House Bookshop in Kenilworth. We aren’t appearing as Dischord, but the principle is much the same.

It’s a bookshop. They sell books. They also sell coffee. Victoria who runs the place has a number of community aspects to the activity in her shop. She’s agreed to open the shop late, let us do a gig and pass a hat round at the end to cover the costs.


We think this is brilliant. It’s not an original idea, by any means, but it’s a good one. If you fancy coming to the gig, it’s on Nov 14th. Details are up on their website.

Book Shelves by GlasgowAmateur via Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/glasgowamateur/7025960033/

Breaking up is hard to do … especially if you haven’t started yet.

Piano Player

Welcome to the Dischord blog – the band that never was.

Maybe more accurately, the band that wasn’t and isn’t, but may be to come.

Andy and I have been musical accomplices for a while, and it’s getting to the stage we should do a few gigs. In this light, we decided to form a band, and set ourselves up, and go looking for opportunities to play small venues with our low volume blues-tinged improvised sound. Of course, the very first thing we did was split due to musical differences. Not having played a note, we realised that was premature, and we’ve agreed to at least rehearse before deciding.

If you are a small venue within shouting distance of Walsall or Lichfield, feel free to give us a call. There are no recordings yet, but we’ll see what we can do about that. We are already planning some aspects of our first album. We may even bring some friends, once we’ve made some.

In case you were wondering, we don’t take this (the band) at all seriously. We take the music seriously and everything else just drops around it. This is music as it should be. We win just by making beautiful art. Does that make us artisanal? How do you pronounce that word anyway? Hope to see you around.

“Music” by Robert Course-Baker via Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/29233640@N07/6687987361/