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ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER

Hi, and welcome to the all new fanzine for Split Sofa Lovers everywhere. The guys have been very busy over the last few months recording and writing new material for up and coming shows and of course the next big gig is a third return to The Cavern In Liverpool on May 21 Playing the Cavern Pub at 12:15 and the Cavern Club on the back stage at 9:15 for The International Pop Overthrow Festival. We are looking forward to traveling up and if you can try and stay over a Sofa Party will be carrying until the wee hours so we hope you can join us.

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Work finally finished on the new EP ‘ Threadbare’ with a release date set for April 4 on CD BABY website first, then a few weeks later on iTunes. The EP will be download only

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The album should be available for Liverpool. The set will contain all new original numbers for Liverpool with only 2 oldies remaining. We have been picking traffic up on our Twitter and Facebook accounts thanks to Through dark eyes song off the last album Thornby Park. The songs rated a 4 start song on web Radio lonely oak and we get a wave of new fans joining us on twitter and Facebook so that’s good exposure for us.

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NEWS FROM THE SOFA SHACK

Rehearsals have been on going since late last year and are weekly affairs with writing and rehearsing for the Liverpool gig but also writing new songs together.

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Sofa will continue after the gig to firstly record a brand new single scheduled for release later in the fall of 2017 with a show to debut the new single titled ‘ She Said’ . The album for release in 2018 is titled ‘ Tribune’ and will be packed with different styles of sofa rock and will keep in line with the production values of ‘Thornby Park’

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Sales of Split Sofa songs are continually downloaded and we average a sale every two days. The highest selling album the band have released is ‘ The Gathering’ which received a boost from being reviewed in Classic Rock society magazine followed by ‘ Coloured Dream’ . Sales for Thornby park are still raising slowly but people are buying it.

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PETE GARYGA THE MAN BEHIND THE BASS

Pete joined us in July last year and quickly became a major part of sofa with his ideas on new songs and structure, here’s more from the sofa bass pilot.

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When did you first become interested in music? I remember listening to the radio when I was a young kid and enjoying hearing certain songs. Won’t say what they were at this time but may I a future edition. I was probably around 5 or 6 at the time. What was your first single you bought? The Stranglers - Walk on by. I still enjoy their version today. And Your First Album? I asked for a compilation album called Supersonic for Christmas I think it must have been 1975 that was advertised on TV. That would have made me 10. https://www.discogs.com/Various-Supersonic/release/4352145 The first album I bought with my own money was Q. Are We Not Men? A. We Are Devo by Devo, which was different to any other music I’d heard. I first heard it listening to the John Peel show on the radio, I thought (and still do) that it was fantastic. https://www.discogs.com/Devo-Q-Are-We-Not-Men-A-We-Are-Devo/release/49448 What drew you to the instrument you play today? Whenever I listen to music as far back as I can remember, I’ve always hummed the bassline in my head so taking up bass was a natural thing for me. I used to play guitar and some keyboards in the past but was never very good. What was the first instrument you owned? It was a Kay SG copy when I was about 13, awful guitar! A year or two later, my first bass was a Satellite precision copy. That was pretty crap too. What was the first band you were in? At school we formed a band called Wargasm and wrote a few of our own punky songs and played some covers of stuff we liked. I played guitar back then. I think I was about 14 or 15. We did a few gigs - our first one was in a pub in Leicester called the Imperial Hotel, how we got that I’ve no idea as we’re from Derby. When I was 16 I joined a Derby based band called Cougar as a rhythm guitarist, the lads in that band decided to called me Gazm which stuck for a few years but thankfully it fizzled out. I moved to playing bass when the bass player left the band. Which artist as influenced you most? Paul Gray of Eddie & the Hot Rods and later the Damned is my bass hero, his melodic riffs are amazingly creative. I like to think I play a bit like him but probably don’t.

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How long Have you been playing? I started playing bass in 1980 and stopped again in 1990. I began paying again in 2006 and still love it. I regret the gap in my playing it came about due to the band was in, Loneshark, splitting up


after poor management got everyone down. I guess that adds up to 20 years or is it 35? I feel old now. Any funny stories you would like to share about being in a band? We pulled in to service station in our big white hire van for some fuel and as usual, the lads go and buy goodies from the shop. Everyone’s back in the van getting impatient waiting for the roadie while tucking in to our Cornish pasties and drinking wondering where he’s got to as he’s taking ages. We all start chuckling when spot him looking smug in another similar big white van thinking he’s landed the best seat in the front as he usually ended up in the back with the band gear. Luckily (for him) he realised before the van’s driver returned. Guess where he ended up sitting for the rest of the journey? What are your ambitions in music? I’d love to earn a living from playing and not have to get up for a day job. What made you decide to join Split Sofa? I play in a band called Mrs. Miggins’ Pie Shoppe, Alex the drummer asked if I’d be interested in playing a gig with Split Sofa at the Cavern Club as their regular bass player and drummer couldn’t make it. Who could say no to that? At the time, I’d not heard any of the band’s material but the initial meet with Lew was great. He played some tracks he’d written for the new EP he was working on which I took to straight away and jammed along with. It turned out that a permanent position had come up for a bassist and I was only too pleased to fill it. The guys in the band are truly lovely people, great musicians and fab song writers except for Alex as he’s a cock (only joking pal). I can truly say I’m honoured to be a part of the band. What are your expectations of Sofa and where do you what to take your ambition? To help write some amazing songs, play some great gigs and build an awesome fan base. It would be perfect to do an international tour. Have you a favourite song of Sofa? All of the songs float my boat by I am particularly partial to She Said No, I love the melody. Tell about the worst gig you ever had and the best gig of all time? The worst gig was probably years ago in Loneshark. We were still setting up the gear for a pub gig and the drummer hit the snare, the landlord came running from somewhere behind the bar and shouted “you’ll have to turn that down!” we hadn’t even set up any amplifiers! Needless to say, we packed up the gear and went home, turns out he’d never had a live band on before and I don’t think ever did. I’ve played some great places over the years but one that sticks in my mind is when we played at Gold Diggers club in Chippenham which was filmed for HTV Wales. This was a massive gig for us


with a huge audience. We were the first of about six bands to play and unfortunately, the stage manager cut our last song short. Well the crowd went mad after each band finished. They shouted and screamed to get Loneshark back on, so much so the stage manager decided we could close the show. Never did get to see the TV footage unfortunately. Your all time favourite song and album? My favourite songs are always changing over time and depend on the situation. I don’t think I could name a favourite as such but if I’d have to at this moment it would probably be Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York. The Black Album by the Damned has been my favourite for a long time, I just love the songs and the clanky sound of Paul Gray’s Rickenbacker 4001 bass is something else. One word that you want to be remembered for? Perfectionist (but suspect it will actually be arsehole).

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THREADBARE - A CLOSER LOOK ! Heavens Above - Written in the summer of 2016 the song’s influence can be found from early Yardbirds song called ‘Heart full of Soul’. Drums by Alex Ganley bass by ex-member Gareth Williams and a great lead part by This Circle’s Carl Sutton. A definite milestone song and it shines on the EP. A Whole Lot Of Lovin - Written in late 2016 the influence for this song came from ‘The Stone Roses’ the track relies on the rhythm with Roger Moggs adding Congas to the track, Joe Nicklin shines through on this track with a great sounding Psych lead part. All The Feelings In My Heart - A song that just rolls along. A great bass part played here by ex-member Gareth William's which we had to keep. The song was written in the summer of 2016 and Roger moggs adds congas again to the track Melt - This song was written in November 2016 and the inspiration for this track was taken from a Canadian band called ‘Pilot Speed’ with also a touch of a ‘cold play’ connection it is a favourite live song with a sing a long chorus Don’t Lay You Troubles On Me - A repetitive piece of music which was intended to be a throwaway to highlight Joe’s playing.With the song so simple it does come over as a song that can be jammed and enjoyed. Great lead work from joe and nice bass work from Pete Speed Killing Demon - This song is from 2015. It was just a song with a riff with the lyrics added later. The song took the line of motorbikes which lead to the thinking of a ‘Born To Be Wild’ type of song. Out on the highway, ride the highway. Another song for Joe to shine and he is given a huge space to add his magic.

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Lewie Docksey - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Piano, Organ, Martin Gilman - Acoustic Guitar Joe Nicklin - Lead Guitar, Pete Garyga - Bass, Alex Ganley - Drums Roger moggs - Drums ‘Melt’, Congas on ‘A whole Lot Of Lovin & Feelings In My Heart Carl Sutton - Lead Guitar ‘Heavens Above’ Gareth Williams - Bass ‘Heavens Above’ & ‘Feelings In My Heart’ Recorded at ‘The Sofa Shack’ Doveridge - July - August 2017 Cover Taken and used with kind permission by Miroslaw Hobora


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