On the side, Will and Rory collaborated as an acoustic duo named Lotus Kids, playing several small gigs including a music night at Hartismere High School, where they played their own song 'A Song About You'. It was in the two years as Lotus Kids that Will wrote his first songs, writing both an album's worth of prog-rock material for Media Jam, and half an album's worth for Lotus Kids (Rory wrote the other half). Only a small collection of these songs continued to be played after Lotus Kids ended, to appear on Will's first, unnamed solo demo. June To July and Weakened State are two of these. Knowing that there were more 'sub-average' songs to get through before the 'real ones' started coming, Will persisted, and by the beginning of sixth form at Thomas Mills High School, he had his second demo 'First Will and Testament' recorded using his Boss 4-track.
Will felt that while he was undoubtedly improving, these songs were nowhere near the quality he could achieve, and set about writing music and lyrics separately for a while, to focus on each with more intensity. He also vowed not to use puns for album titles in the future, wanting to give his music a more serious tone. It was at this time that Will was introduced by Rory to Thom Yorke's solo album 'The Eraser', notably the first and most important direct influence on his song-writing. Finding no other lyrical ability comparable to Yorke, Will decided to aspire to the quality of Yorke's words, and performed 'Clock' at the 2008 Christmas concert at Thomas Mills with great reception.
Will continues to write and perform at local festivals and open mike nights, and is currently recording his first album 'Non-Combatant's Shell Shock', the demo of which is on this profile. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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