| 1. What are you currently up to? (e.g.
We are currently rehearsing songs to go on our debut album that is to
be recorded on the 16 April in Bracknell.
| 2. Brief history of the band and the style of music you play.
The band in its current serious form began in early 2004 when John
Haithwaite (multi-instrumentalist, ex-Recliners) and I discovered
that I could write lyrics and he could write music for my lyrics. We
bonded as song-writing team while waiting for a UT map to download.
He began to play a song on his keyboard and began to sing lyrics. I
thought it was a known song so kept singing. He told me to stop
singing and began writing down what I was singing as well as what he
was playing. Once that happened the flood gates opened and we have
written about 30 songs as a band plus lots of snippets.
Along the way we picked up an ole' mate of mine Rob who decided out of the blue to
learn bass. Mitch Benn, who plays guitars for us but is not an
official member of the band, came along to John's house to see what
the hell was going on and ended up recording the guitars for our
An old friend of John and mine, John Harrison has taken us
under his arm and through his contacts has gotten us a studio to
record in as well as handling some of the press for the band.
One of the other characters involved is Jon Pearce, a much published writer
and journalist; he has co-written a song with me, a non-fiction book
and co-writes two blogs with (www.andrewiandodge.com &
www.libertycadre.net) We play hard rock in the style of older
Whitesnake & Thunder; very bluesy.
| 3.What bands/artists do you admire and/or are an influence?
Our bands influence range from XTC & Stanley Clark to Therion & Wagner.
| 4. What has been the highlight(s) and lowpoint(s) of
your career to date?
Haven't really had any low-points yet as a band as we are taking
things steady and calm. It can be a pain in the arse to fit
rehearsing and writing around the various schedules of band-members
and associates but we endeavour as best we can. Highpoint for me was
when I first held a copy of the demo in my hands as I shoved it into my
| 5. What would the Growing Old Disgracefully like to achieve ideally by
this time next year?
By this time next year we would like to see the band get a higher
profile and sell a few albums. If at all possible we would be
rehearsing for a tour of the various places which have already showed
an interest in our music (Norway & Estonia to name a few). Would
like to have some gigging under our belt as well as a stable &
complete line-up. But as with much else with this band's progress we
will take it how it comes.
| 6. How easy/hard is it to get gigs and what are your touring plans for
Do you see the interest in rock music growing in the US & UK at the
moment? How easy/hard is it to get radio airplay (inc. Internet based
Yes, I think rock is definitely on a bit of comeback at the moment
even in the pop world. Success of bands like Freefaller and the
Darkness show us that good poppy rock will get played with a bit of
luck. Its fairly easy to get your band airplay somewhere on the
internet. There are even stations that will be play rough demos.
| 8. Has the Internet helped spread the word about GoD and do you
agree/disagree that downloading aids newer bands?
Yes, because of my personal high profile on the internet, it will be
far easier to spread the word about the band. Realistically our band
will probably get more traction from countries outside of the US and
the UK. I suspect we will never bother the charts but might well do
fairly well with online sales and promotion.
| 9. What's the most rock 'n' roll moment the band has had so far?
Rob & John decided that their chief lyricist (ie me) should be taken
down a bit so they found some of my more cheesy sets of lyrics and
took the piss out of me. It was after listening to a comedy album
that was full of deliberately crap lyrics that this happened.
It was all in good fun and sort of daft. As I don't play an instrument John
& Rob occasionally have what they call their "prog" moments where they
head off into that realm of widdling and noodling. I got my revenge
by getting a set of lyrics and singing them in heavy metal growl. By
the end of it we had a song.
| 10. What CD's do you currently have available and where can they be
Our album, probably called "By the Grace of" is being recorded in the
middle of April 2005 in Bracknell. We hope to have a CD launch in
late July. You can find out more info from our website.
Currently it's a blog with some photos and song clips. We are working
on a proper site that will go up nearer the time of the release. The
blog will remain but as merely a part of the overall site.
| 11. Message to your fans?
I think at this point we have supporters rather than fans. They have
been a wonderful source of encouragement for all of us. Even when I
am cringing at my off-note or dropped lyric, these people continue to
push us along. I hope they like what we are going to produce and will
be able to recommend us to their friends in full confidence. If you
like what you hear please tell your mates and get them to buy the