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History

2007

2007 is a relatively short year for BAiT. After a meeting towards the end of March at which cards are very firmly put on the table and a possible way forward is discussed, it becomes clear that there is no consensus on the future direction of the band. The vocalist issue merely compounds things and so the band agrees to dissolve itself. Everyone agrees to finish work on the final three tracks recorded featuring Declan on lead vocals and these are finally finished and mixed in May to create the band's final EP. Following this, Andy returns to his solo work while Chris, Nick and John continue with covers band Kill Clouseau alongside new singer, Mark, of rock covers band, Ministry of Beaver. During the summer, Chris decides to hang up his guitar and concentrate on photography and Nick announces that he is moving out of the area. Following Kill Clouseau's final gig on New Year's Eve, John joins Ministry of Beaver.

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2006

The band's tenth year of existence is launched with the retrospective acoustic album, 'Lite', featuring acoustic versions of songs from the band's back catalogue. By July, a chance meeting between John and Declan Sharma, another British musician on the Spock's Beard's (American Prog band) forums leads to Declan filling the shoes as lead vocalist. Declan fits right in with BAiT, but geographical distance, Declan's other music and work commitments, and BAiT's gruelling rehearsal/writing/recording schedule are against us. By the end of the year, Declan reverts to being session vocalist for the band. Despite these issues, Declan, Chris, Nick, and John form a covers 'spin-off' band, Kill Clouseau, and perform a few gigs, including New Year's Eve. Andy pursues the acoustic side of his work whilst BAiT has some 'down time'.

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2005

The band are busy at the start of the year, mixing their new album, The Full English, which is released in March. On the back of this, John re-records all of his drum parts for last year's album, South Of The Delta, on his real drum kit and this is also remixed. April sees Andy's return to the band after his involvement with the remixing of South Of The Delta. During the summer, the band starts working on acoustic versions of its songs and finally gets back on the stage during the late summer. At the close of year, the band is working on its acoustic album.

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2004

The year starts with the band mixing the third album, South Of The Delta, which is eventually concluded for an Easter release. Live rehearsals of the whole album commence. Rehearsals go well, to the point where the band are ready to gig, when fate throws a spanner in the works and Andy and the band part company. Chris, Nick, and John return to writing material for a new album. By year's end, six new songs have been written and recorded for the next album.

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2003

BAiT start the year as a three-piece, developing new material, until they meet up with keyboard player Nick Nugent. Work on material for a new album begins in earnest, until the band radically change their approach to recording and start the process from scratch, essentially scrapping months of work. The year is consumed by writing and recording new original material. At the close of the year, the band concludes the recording process.

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2002

Shut Up And Take A Seat, the band's second album is launched. Ben Campbell leaves BAiT to work on his music studies. Chris Johnson replaces him on guitar. Andy gets married. Founding member, Daniel Hall, leaves the band to concentrate on a songwriting career. Chris, Andy and John develop new material and start recording at the end of the year. Dan plays his farewell gig with the band on New Year's Eve.

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2001

Dave Perry leaves the band in March to work full-time as a professional musician with local covers bands. Ben Campbell replaces him on guitar. Jeff Powles becomes the band's booking agent / manager. John takes delivery of a wonderful new Yamaha drum kit. The band start recording their second album, Shut Up And Take A Seat.

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2000

Guitar magazine gives BAiT's debut album, Not In My Back Yard, the thumbs up in its reviews section and includes a track from the album on its cover CD. Fresh in from Norway, guitarist Dave Perry become's BAiT's first fourth member. Julian Phipps, the band's manager from the outset, leaves to concentrate on his career. The band hits the London scene. Andy takes delivery of the famous Rickenbacker 4001 bass guitar to inject some clunk into the band's sound.

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1999

BAiT learn their craft for real on the Midlands social club circuit, playing mainly covers in order to fund the purchase of new equipment. The band record their first proper attempt at a demo CD, featuring four of their live original favourites.

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1998

BAiT record some of their early original material for an early unofficial 'album', entitled Propeller Head. The collection comprises the songs which form the backbone of BAiT's early, all-original gigs. The band buys a 16 track digital recording desk. Towards the end of the year, the trio head to the Côte d'Azur for a seven night stint at the Thor Pub, Nice.

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1997

The band works on its original material, constantly practising and playing original only gigs wherever, whenever, and for whatever possible. The band's work ethic is noted by the local press, who praise the band for its 'heads-down and get on with it' approach and songwriting skills.

1996

Andy Pitcher meets up with Daniel Hall with the idea of putting together an acoustic duo. Quickly realising that they want a fuller sound, Dan contacts former Kid Gloves band mate, John, and offers him the position of drummer in the band. Impressed by the material, John signs up.