The Changing of the Guard

Last week, I promised to dish the dirt a little on what happened to the last Harlequin’s Kiss line-up. There isn’t really any ‘dirt’ per se to dish, but as this is my personal blog, I can at least go into more depth than was seemly for the announcements I made on the Official Harlequin’s Kiss News Blog.

Chris Parry, our previous drummer, was a metal musician by trade. An insanely talented guy, he was a very good guitarist with an excellent ear. And we discovered during the recording sessions for Playing Rough that he could sing, too. Bastard. He’d been with us for about a year, when he dropped a quiet bombshell on us in the aftermath of a gig we played in June.

Really, rock ‘n’ roll wasn’t his thing. I’d questioned that he was satisfied playing with us, given that rock drumming is a lot simpler than he’d like, but his personality meshed well with us and he seemed happy. Until the day that he stopped being happy. What he said to us was that he just felt out of it because he wasn’t as into the music he was playing as the rest of us clearly were. Furthermore, he wasn’t entirely happy about the musical directions we were taking. Very professionally, he agreed to stick around for as long as it took us to find a new drummer. Most other musicians would have just left on the spot and their band in the lurch.

Drummers can be hard to come by. Good drummers even more so. It can take months to find a drummer at all, and Chris was apparently gearing to that. We were expecting a situation where we spent our practise sessions auditioning drummers while pulling Chris in for any session preceding a gig. As it happened, we had a rare stroke of luck.

As we were loading the gear for our July show at the Gunmakers Arms, Ed the bassist spotted an ad in Robannas Studios by a drummer looking for a band. We sent him a text and arranged an audition in short order. Giulio Tarantino (for it was he) met me at the pub while we had a chat about expectations before we took him though a couple of songs that we’d asked him to prepare, then threw some other material his way to see how he coped.

Giulio wasn’t as experienced as Chris, and I had a few reservations going in, but he picked up our material very quickly. He was away for August, leaving us to do one last gig with Chris before we took a live hiatus in September while we trained Giulio up. I’m pleased to say that he fell in so quickly that we’ve been able to do two gigs with him across October. Losing a drummer could have been a devastating blow, but instead we’ve had a good chance to set ourselves going again and build momentum. Harlequin’s Kiss live and you’ll see us soon.

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~ by Scary Rob on 31 October, 2016.

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