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 instinctively 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 continued to evolve with a raw electric sound,"...with Andy playing fuzzy guitar, KATE on electric bass, percussion, and SKIP on electronic drums... all done in headphones... "
Until hatching into a new incarnation; they called it THE 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 a house in Huntington Beach, CA in which they were able to arrange 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 spent in the next house they moved to, on California street in Huntington Beach, using two rooms with a little more separation for the guitar mics from the drum mics. Still too much bleed left us wanting more, or actually less as the case may be.
Another move to another Huntington Beach home, 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, keeping the jamming 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 cut and paste and fill in the blanks. This became a very productive way to create, and there are currently hundreds of songs waiting to be revisited.