We practice every Sunday for a few hours in the function room of a spit-and-sawdust local in a pretty rough part of the City. In a long, narrow, low-ceiling’d space usually used as a skittles alley we get together and stumble through bringing ECD tracks to life. It’s tough for most of the guys as they have no relationship with the songs yet - the band is pretty stable at the moment but still hasn’t been a unit for a long time. We are strangers both musically and socially. But, every Sunday at 7pm we turn up, tune up and something happens. There’s no formula and no magic wand. It takes hours of preparation and the right mindset to make music, especially when you have no emotional attachment to the tracks or the people you are playing with. For their part the newest members of the ECD ensemble are extraordinary, each in their own way.
Continuity is king. A band lives and dies on hard-work and passion and where one, or both, are lacking it is clear to see. There is nothing more frustrating for a band-leader than inconsistency - when line-ups change it sets you back, in time and, ultimately, money. I have no doubt that if this current group of people stay together you’ll be hearing a lot more from us very soon.
That said it is time to formally introduce the new band. Tim Finch is now on drums, with James Benwell on bass, and Dan Miller playing all the hard guitar parts that I don’t have the talent for. We will be occasionally joined by former member Dan Rey, who will be filling in all the gaps. The old tracks are sounding fresh and the new tracks are sounding incredible. It is down to these guys. They’ve raised the bar.
The EP is taking shape. ‘One More Thing To Overcome’ will be the final chapter on ECD&Co’s of the past. A line in the sand. One final chance to dwell on experiences, people and distractions from another life. It will also be the first step of a new and exciting journey, made all the sweeter by sharing it with a bunch of talented and special guys.