Last update: 26/10/12 02:46:52
Location: UNITED KINGDOM : Derbyshire
Signed up: 21 Aug 2011 09:25 AM
Members: Lewie Docksey - Vocal-Gtr-Piano-Organ / Joe Nicklin - Lead Gtr / Martin Gilman - Acoustic Gtr / Gareth Williams - Bass-Vocals / Dave Shipley-Drums
Influences: Caravan, Love, The Lovin Spoonfull, Kula Shaker, Coldplay, The Beatles, The Who, Jim Morrison, Nick Blake, Crosby Stills and Nash
Avg 2.73 / 5
Total of 28 votes
Split Sofa is a psychedelic pop band based in Doveridge (Derbyshire) by singer songwriter Lewie Docksey (b.Sept 21 1967) in 1999.
The band record their own material under a genre they call ‘ Sofa Rock’ and have released to date 6 albums & 2 EP’s. Formation (1999-Present)
October 1999 saw the band release their debut maxi EP called ‘ANGERLISTIC PILLOW’ which contained all original songs. Between 2000 and 2001 the band built their own recording studio in Doveridge called ‘The Shack’, the band then set about recording their first full album of original material Called ‘THE DAY AFTER THE DAY BEFORE’ featured Mick Strode (Band of Joy / Forevermore) on Lead guitar, the album was picked up by local DJ Paul Baker on Burton On trent’s Phoenix radio and was played with Lewie being invited to talk about Split Sofa and tracks played on the afternoon show.2005 saw the release of ‘ THE SORCERERS LULLABY’ which again featured Mick Strode on lead guitar this again was played on radio Phoenix will another visit to the studio, again the album was full of original songs. The album signified a change in direction which Lewie was not happy with and as soon as the release date came around Lewie decided to write another album with a much harder edge. The finished product was ‘ DRAYLON’ released in 2006.With the departure of Mick Strode in 2005 Lewie bought in Martin Gilman to work on the next album ‘THE SEVENTH LEVEL’ and also bought in Gareth Williams on bass guitar.Up until now the band were just a recording band and plans were set in place to get the band out there and perform their own songs to the public, An Ep was written while in the middle of recording ‘THE SEVENTH LEVEL’ called ‘DARK DAZE’ the band switched to Overdrive Studios to record this.‘THE SEVENTH LEVEL’ was released in 2007 and was sent out to over 80 celebrities including Jamie Oliver, Pete Townsend, Chris Evans, Prince Charles & William & Harry. The band were delighted to hear off some of the celebrities who said that they liked the sofa sound, this gave the band a major boost and Sofa started to do live work in 2007 with a few gigs booked. The band went down really well and people really embraced the new original material.By June of 2008 the band decided to take the band a step further at getting a publishing deal and formed Operation Duvet. The plan was to blanket bomb every single publishing company in the UK and the six month project was under taken with a brand new EP called ‘A MYSTICAL REASON’ a publishing package being printed and sent off. Over 120 publishing companies were contacted with a few getting back to them telling them that even though they liked the songs and product times were hit hard in the music business and they should continue to push their music on the internet and live work. With this in mind Sofa contacted CD BABY and put the EP on their site, which in turn ended up on Itunes and various other downloadable websites.With live work now being the focus the band started to get booked for music festivals and pub venues this still continues today.
With the feedback from the music publishers Split Sofa decided to set up there own record label and publishing company called DAISY CHAIN SONGS in 2009 while still continuing to push there songs on the internet.
By 2010 the band again released another album called ‘THE GATHERING’ which CD BABY and Itunes helped to distribute and is still still selling well. After the release of the album the band have pushed to get live work with festivals lined up for 2011 and at the moment working on their seventh album ‘COLOURED DREAM’ with no released date set the band are continuing to push to get their unique sound heard.
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