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Through the Square Window

Get your fill of lyrical electro-pop with one man from Wells and his synthesizers - aka Through the Square Window.

Who are Through the Square Window?

Through the Square Window is Keith Harrison - one man and some synthesisers.

Where in Somerset are you from?


When did you form?

In its present form, Through the Square Window has existed as a project since 2001.

How did you start?

Through the Square Window started out as a trio, then became a quartet, reduced to a duo, and finally a solo project in 2001.

How would you describe your music?

Lyrical electro-pop.

How did the band gets its name?

The name was suggested by a former band member (saxophonist) - it's obviously from the BBC's Play School transmissions.

At the time, we thought we could only provide a limited view on things (ie what you see through a window) - quite why we plumped for square ahead of round or arched, I don't know.

Who are your musical influences?

Quite varied. Charles Aznavour, Client, Depeche Mode, Jaques Brel, Kraftwerk, Ladytron and St Etienne would all be included.

What is your most memorable gig so far?

This wasn't so much a gig as a one-off a cappella rendition of one of my songs at Oban's McCaig Tower a few years ago.

There was a wooden stage in the central grassed area. I got up, sang, and then received a round of applause from a mix of friends, tourists and others who happened to be there.

Where would you most like to play?

There are some quite good small theatres around the UK, which are probably not the first places one would think of - eg the new theatre in Peebles. It would be quite nice to play a gallery somewhere - Arken in Denmark would be a striking one.

Through the Square Window isn't really a 'live' band, so it's a matter of finding somewhere that would be suitable, and where the audience might like what I'm offering.

Finally, tell us some interesting facts about yourself

The new Through The Square Window demo CD Playtime is the third since 2001.

The previous discs (called An EP, and Further Adventures in Euroland - both four-track EPs) picked up some nice reviews in a couple of technical magazines.

Copies of the discs found homes in places as diverse as Athens, Glasgow, Norwich and Glastonbury.

last updated: 16/01/06
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