who are Andrew and Mary Kate Kirby, from Dallas, Texas meeting Skip in California, when they worked together
in a blues band run by a local bandleader, had Andy on Keyboard and Kate on congas, Skip on drums, other players on guitars and bass.
When the night ended, they got together at A&K's apartment, not far away, jammed a little bit. The three inxtictively formed a trio which happened to be well-versed in harmony.
Playfully working at breaking the boundaries set by the classic rock masters...
Two Moons became Tu Moons...
"The Ravages Of Time"
The newly redubbed
"TU Moons" at first,
played out with Andy and Kate on 12 and 6-string Acoustic guitars
with Skip on piano
They performed several shows at the Gem Theater in Garden Grove,Ca,
and a couple other venues, for the 'Live' Magazine music showcases at that time
Tu Moons evolved into a raw electric sound,"...with Andy playing fuzz guitar, KATE on bass, percussion, and SKIP on electronic drums... all done in headphones... "
Until hatching into a new incarnation called RAVAGES OF TIME
No longer working in Skip's apartment living room, next to an early-to-bed, early-to-rise neighbor... "Andy and Kate had just moved to where they now had a small bedroom in which they were able to arrange albeit a down-sized studio, we were able to set up the band in the room with the recording equipment, and a 5-piece set of acoustic drums. We were there for a year maybe..."
Then, expanding from 8 to 16 inputs, sometime during the period in the next house on California street in Huntington Beach, using the largest room with a small room next to it, we were able to separate the guitar mic from the drum mics better. Still too much bleed left us wanting more, or actually less as the case may be.
Another move to a home, this time into the master bedroom of the house which happened to be next to the landlord's home. Seemed we were always "roughing it", but evetually this room got treated, and things started sounded a lot better..
Still, not "anal-yzing" it too much, we kept it as spontaneous as possible, with a "fixing it in the mix" type of writing process: getting the basic inspirations and ideas to tracks as they flow (asap) then go back to fill in the blanks. There are currently hundreds of songs waiting to be revisited,...__