Two regular bozchestra players feature in sessions for Marc Riley’s 6Music show in coming weeks. Rob Haynes whose been drumming with Boz since post-Inca Babies outfit Houndgod in 1994 and There’ll Always Be Diseases (TAB-D) from 1996 plays with John Robb’s reformed Membranes whose new album ‘Dark Matter/Dark Energy’ is getting considerable critical acclaim. dbh aka Dan Bridgwood-Hill, who has been a major contributor – playing mainly violin but also some piano – to all Boz’s albums bar the first is at last getting good recognition for his solo work. ‘Time Flies’ from 2013 got some curiousity going but this year’s album ‘Mood’ is, like the Membranes’ album, getting considerable airplay – and rightly so!
(Above) Rob Haynes doing an early selfie of TAB-D in June 2006 with Boz and Bill behind. (Below) Boz in a recent practice with Dan.
Says Boz: ‘Dan is pretty much a musical genius in my book – to put it mildly. He naturally gets into the vibe of what he’s playing and picks up on things very quickly like he has a naturally instinctive feel with music. It flows through his veins and he lives it and ‘grooves’ it. You can’t separate dbh from his music – him and music are ever-present. A few years back he picked up my dad’s old violin which hadn’t been touched for 60 years, tuned it up and got the most wonderful sound out of it – breathing musical life back into it. It was quite emotional really.’
‘Rob is the most level-headed and sturdy, reliable amd loyal drummer. He totally belies the stereotype. He, like Dan, is seemingly calm and comfortable with himself. He picks up on things in an instant and will remember a beat to a song even if you worked it out once some months back. It’s like his brain just stores all this information in different compartments- there’s Goldblade, Inca Babies, A Witness, TAB-D and my acoustic stuff over the last 7 years.. and, of course, the Membranes. He’s the engine room and his encouragement and enthusiasm, let alone the drumming, helps drive things and get things done. We’ve been through quite a lot together including the tragic loss in 2007 of our (TAB-D and former Inca Babies) bass player Bill who we will always miss.’
‘Both are wonderful people to have around and it’s great that they are involved in 6 music sessions on the Marc Riley show. It’s a great platform for new music.’
Dan Bridgwood-Hill and Rob Haynes feature prominently in forthcoming bozchestra albums MoreShortScores and Tennessee Ten. Dan has ongoing side projects with Dark Pool and Nasdaq/FTSE100 as well as playing with, among others, the equally hugely talented Kiran Leonard, Lucy and Virginia and Mathew Gray and The Awful Truth. Rob Haynes continues play on a multitude of fronts: (John Robb’s other band beside the Membranes) Goldblade, the reformed Inca babies and the reformed C86 band A Witness (and maybe a reformed TAB-D one day also!). Good work, chaps!
For more information check out Marc Riley’s webpage