Recently I was interviewed about the formation of Pareidolia the band which I have been part of since, well, officially 2013.. Unfortunately, I found that there were simply too many words for an interview, so, it being the week of our first EP Release I thought I would share my story with you about our formation.
Pareidolia the Formative Years
The formation of the band has been a continual process of serendepity really which dates back to when Andy, Matt and I met on our first day in University Halls back in 2010.
By some very lucky twist of fate we were all placed in the same flat, which was quite lucky as there were only four people known to us that played music in our Halls, and we started to jam on our guitars. There definitely was no plan in place for a band, our music was instead our retreat from the pissed lad culture that surrounded us / pissed lads playing guitar.
Skip forward to 2012, in a shitty, rodent ifested nine bedroom house in the midst of Fallowfield, the fertile ground for the blossoming of the band was established. In an upstairs room we setup a drumkit for the first time and took it turns to play rhythm. I think at first, if my memory serves me right and understandably it was hazy during this time, this is where the first discussion about setting up a band took place.
I believe it was at this point that Andy drew the short straw and bought himself a bass guitar. It was certainly a good move as neither me nor Matt could ever be arsed to play bass!
However, despite a couple of appearances at Fuel Open Mic night under the alias of The High Commisioner, a name derived from a cheap bottle of whiskey widely available on the high street, we still didn’t resemble anything close to the band we are today.
Skip forward to a cold and wet Tuesday February 2013. Matt and I were doing our standard thing of avoiding Uni work and hit Witho high street for a few drinks. This later as it transpired was the turning point for us believe it or not… stick with me. After a couple in the Vic and few pool games later we decided it would be a good idea to hit up the Solomon Grundy open mic, you know, as you do. If i remember right Matt hit the piano and I had a bash on the guitar. It was here we met Eddie an edgy, ever so slightly dodgy but in a sense lovable local promoter.
After a few more beers with Eddie and sloppy renditions of a couple of our classics we had agreed to play a headline slot in two weeks at a night he was promoting at Solomon Grundy’s. Call it brave or brash confidence we vowed to return with our full band, which I hasten to add did not exist at this point.
At this point we were still looking for a lead vocalist, drummer and a lead musician with some sass to pass us off as something accomplished. The morning after the night before we set about this mission and contacted Johannes a lad we had seen playing sax in Fuel a few weeks before who was far cooler than any of us.
We then by fluke really found Yemi singing in the Ram and Shackle post happy hour. Again we should have been at home studying really but luckily we were not. We definitely needed someone to sort us jokers out, and on refection she most definitely did a good job!
The final piece of the jigsaw was Marek a jazz drummer we had seen play over in Indigo at the weekly jazz night. We thought we needed some class so it seemed to make sense at the time. So we joined all the dots and arranged a practice in our humble abode on Rippingham road Saturday.
Unfortunately, Marek was not all that impressed with our group of happy go lukcy musicians plucked directly from the Withington / Fallowfield corridor and after about an hour of jamming and tuning instructions he decided to leave. At which point the remaining members Joho, Yemi , Matt , Andy and I had a good time and got some tunes together. However, we still were incomplete and in need of a drummer.
Skip forward to the Tuesday four days before our first headline slot at Solomon Grundy’s and i receive a call from some far out dude from LA called Burleigh who had heard about our plight through a friend who worked in Fuel and came around Rippingham Road around two hours later.
The rest as we say is history!!
Since then we have adopted more reasoned recruitment processes, recruiting Jon on drums, Rhys on Percussion and of course Jack Davies on trumpet.
Special thanks to other temporary members John Manning (Drums), Stephen Hermitt (Drums) and Izz Karpel (Sax) for the special memories.
And here’s to Marek.. We made it you know 😉