Dan Fisher returns to Reading music sceneBy Linda Serck
April 19, 2012
Dan Fisher swore he would never return to the music scene.
He had left his band The Cooper Temple Clause – the Reading alt-rock outfit who released three albums – in 2007.
The band split soon after he left, having parted with RCA and signed with Sanctuary Records, and seen the departure of bassist Didz Hammond in 2005 to join The Dirty Pretty Things with ex-Libertine Carl Barât.
Dan, the guitarist, hid himself away following the band break-up.
But here he is fronting a new band called Red Kite, with a new single out called Gathering Storm and an album slated for release towards the end of the year.
The new band are gathering pace, with XFM’s John Kennedy as a supporter, and a tour taking in South Street Arts Centre on Saturday, April 28.
This time round Dan is the frontman, heading up a five-piece alt rock band that can wig out but also summon a haunting beauty.
Their live sets are as potent as the Cooper’s and at South Street they’ll uniquely be able to offer a two-drummer line-up.
But the existence of Red Kite might not have happened had Dan not faced facts.
“After the Coopers I swore I’d never do it again,” Dan tells me. “I’d hidden away from the world and ended up just working as a library assistant.
“I tried to write a book and that didn’t happen. It was one of those lowest of the low things."
He hadn’t touched his guitar for four years, so much was his frustration with the music industry.
But one day he went into his garage, dusted down his guitar and started playing again. “And as soon as I started I couldn't stop,” he says.
“I was faced with a choice, I’ve got all this stuff now, what am I going to do? So I took the plunge and quit my job at the library and started working on material and recording it.”
He became a prolific writer, something he says he never was when in the Coopers, but years of pent-up thoughts and feelings finally found a release when he picked up his guitar again.
“It was quite scary at first, I did it in spite of myself,” he says.
“I thought ‘do I really want to do this?’.
“But there is no getting away from it, it’s the only thing I know how to do.”
Catch Red Kite, Kremlins and Peerless Pirates at South Street Arts Centre in Reading on Saturday, April 28. Tickets are £6 in advance or £8 on the door. Visit www.bwmusic.co.uk.
On Friday, Wicked Boy Records is showcasing a night of under the radar bands at The Facebar, Chatham Street, in Reading.
The event is organised by Bones Neil, and his band Karn8 will be lavishing roadhouse grunge rock on the unsuspecting audience, with prowling frontwoman Kirst Monica eating them up for dinner.
Other rock bands on the bill are All Out Tonight, Highly Personal, Febueder and The Little Ones.
Doors are at 7pm, tickets are £5, which includes entry to the rock club afterwards.
Brass Monkey, the English folk band from the 1980s who reunited in the late 1990s, are playing a gig at the Nettlebed Village Club in the High Street on Monday.
Martin Carthy and John Kirkpatrick have played together for over 30 years. They share the vocals and bring the fruits of years of experience to this band with an explosive freshness.
Doors are at 8pm and tickets are £13.50.
The box office is on 01628 636620 or you can visit www.nettlebedfolkclub.co.uk.
Leeds-based quintet Ellen and the Escapades are heading to South Street Arts Centre on Tuesday and are a real must-see. They blend folk, pop and rock to make a distinctive and unabashedly appealing sound that won them Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition in 2011 and got them a slot at Reading Festival.
Ellen’s dusky, enchanting vocals and strikingly well-crafted songs have already captured the attention of BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and Amazing Radio. Fans include Lauren Laverne and Steve Lamacq, and the band have supported the likes of Josh T. Pearson, First Aid Kit and Paolo Nutini.
You can hear Ellen on my show on Sunday, BBC Radio Berkshire at 7pm. Tickets £5 in advance, £7 on the door.
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