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Dorey The Wise

A Word To the Wise

Written By Andy Gunton

“I used to play rugby, but then I realised I was better at playing music and that it was more interesting to girls.”

Young men get into playing music and form bands for a variety of reasons, but I’m guessing that attracting girls is probably top of the list, as it obviously was for Aidan Tigwell, guitarist and singer of Dorey The Wise.

It’s good to know that young bands today are still playing music for the same time honoured reasons as those from years past.

Dorey the Wise have come a long way since those early days and have been impressing Hastings music fans for a few years now, so we though it was high time we found out a bit more.

So why and when did the other members of the band start on their own road to becoming a musician?       

James Dennison (Bass): “I learned to play guitar in primary school. But I think being exposed to music by my parents kind of made me stick with it. So by the age of 14/15 I’d been playing for a while.” 

Chris Georghiou (Guitar and Vocals): “I spent quite a long time in my bedroom, geeking out over Pop Punk Bands and classic Rock music. I sort taught myself really, I got a guitar and just played along to music I liked.”

For Elliot Lampitt (Drums and Vocals) it was exposure to his parents record collections that spurred him on: “Especially my Dad’s, he had Led Zeppelin and stuff like that.”

Chris, like many others before him, had another lightbulb moment, which made him realise this might just be something worth pursuing. “I was in a really rubbish Year 7 band at school. We had the opportunity to play in front of the whole school, I felt like the best thing in the world. I knew this was what I wanted to do. I really loved the feeling of it. Feeling like I was on top of the world.”

Dorey The Wise started, as so many other bands do, in college where Aidan and Chris joined forces, before adding a bass player. But it wasn’t until the addition of Elliot, when the band became a four piece, that things moved up a gear.

“I joined for Beatles Day 12, back in 2011. They needed a drummer to help them out. Chris was teaching at the school I was in and he asked me if I wanted to help them. I played the gig with them at the White Rock Theatre, afterwards he called me up and asked whether I wanted to join the band.” 

Since then the band have gone from strength to strength, receiving radio play on BBC Intro-ducing: The South, from Tom Robinson on 6 Music and even Dermot O’Leary’s show on BBC Radio 2.

Possibly their biggest achievement to date was coming second, out of 10,000 entries, to Surface Festival, an international contest promoting original music and musicians. This led Dorey The Wise to play at the Indigo O2 in London.

They’ve certainly had some decent publicity too, if the quotes on the band’s website are any-thing to go by. 

Rebel Rebel Review said “Dorey The Wise have a clear direction, their song writing is excel-lent, their lyrics are honest and relatable, so that you want to listen again. And listen again I shall, and I recommend you do too. I’d get down to see this band before they’re big.”

MRU Magazine commented, “A band noticeably high on confidence and one that’s oozing potential.” Praise indeed.

Earlier this year, Dorey The Wise became part of the great Hastings bass player shuffle and newest member James joined the band. But it wasn’t the first time he’d played with them. 

“I’d played in bands in Hastings before having lived here all my life, so I’ve always been aware of Dorey the Wise. Chris broke a finger once and I stood in then. They were in need of a bass player, I joined for one gig, which went well, there were more gigs and now here I am”

Describing their music, the band’s website has this to say, “Dorey The Wise play a mix of original pop/post-punk songs with a sprinkling of more acoustic tunes.” 

Elliot added “It’s happy music with a dark undertone.”, while Aidan said they wrote songs “that seem happy on the surface, but they’re deeper with a lot of anger in the lyrics.”

So far Dorey The Wise have released two EP’s, which show progression and a hardening in their sound. The first, released in March 2013, contained ‘Backbone’, the song that caught the attention of the BBC and led to that radio play. 

The band’s second four track EP, “Rise and Fall”, came out earlier in 2014. From it a new single “Tidal Wave’ has just been released. 

I asked them if it was a conscious decision to release EP’s, instead of albums. Aidan told me, “It means you can get your best songs out all the time. We’re currently writing and then we’ll record and it means that the best there and then can go straight out. It’s a slightly more accessible way of doing it. It’s also cheaper and it keeps you in the public eye every few months too.”

One thing the band have learnt between the recording of their two EP’s, and something other bands can learn from is, “If you’re going to record, then practise beforehand, that’s the important thing. You need to be able to walk in and do it. You need to know exactly what you’re doing.”

Aidan explained their thinking to me, “For the first EP we thought “we need to get this down and we need to get it down now.” so we busted through as many tracks as we could. Seven in one day.  You get excited, don’t you? But you don’t know exactly what songs are going to sound good because you haven’t heard them recorded before, so we went in and just did all of them. This time we sat down and we knew exactly what 4 songs we were going to do.”

Experience in a studio environment helped too, as Chris told me, “We recorded them at the same studio, with the same producer. We just spent a lot more time going over things, the first EP we more or less put down our live sound. Whereas this time we really focussed on using different instruments for different things, adding more to the tracks. We also spent more time on the production.”

Gig wise, Dorey The Wise have kept up their momentum. Apart from gigs in Brighton, London and locally they’ve also played in Cheltenham, supporting Example and Scouting For Girls and at The Forum, in Tunbridge Wells, with Tom Williams and The Boat.

As mentioned in the last issue of The Stinger, Dorey The Wise are one of the first bands in the UK to get involved with Off Axis, a new gig swapping idea. They recently played a gig in Chester supporting The Maydays, via Off Axis, and here’s what Aidan had to say about the experience.

“It was really good to play to a whole new crowd. They were very welcoming and it was packed! You never know what sort of reception you’re going to get, but The Maydays had done a lot of work on promoting the show, they were a fantastic bunch of lads. Many people had obviously checked us out prior to the show too, as they even knew some of our songs.”

“So far the whole Off Axis experience has been totally positive and if you want to get out there and play to a new audience, but in a supportive way, then you should sign up. It's also FREE, so what's not to like about it!”

“We're holding our own Off Axis gig on 14th November at Flairz in Hastings, with Follow and The Floodgates. Tickets are only £3.”

Sounds good to us and a definite date for the diary. Why not go along yourself and see what all the fuss is about?

You can find more info about Dorey The Wise, watch their videos, listen to and buy their music, via their website:

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