ANCIENT HISTORY

ANCIENT HISTORY

 New York City, New York, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

He was hospitalized by a stalker, then the love of his life contracted HIV, then Polydor Records flew him to London, all within the month he started recording. it's alot to write down for this innovative, finger-picking singer/songwriter, experimenting with the effects of ambience and found-sounds.

Biography

Donald Ducote has been traveling around the country writing songs, self-releasing records for the past 8 years. Listen to the tunes and let the music speak for itself. His first project, My Sister In 1994, was embraced by college radio and local venues throughout the greater southwest and california. When the project finally arrived in NYC in 2007 it was accepted and acclimated into the budding community of Bushwick, Brooklyn.
After releasing his third record Ducote was contacted by Siluh Records of Europe. They flew to NYC to sign the band and release both the first MS94 and the third MS94 record. The contract was never signed and Polydor Records soon contacted Ducote about licensing 4 songs off of his first record, released in Phoenix, Arizona in 2007.
MS94 had played a number of shows in the Lower East Side during CMJ 2009 and one fan, Emma Gillespie, bought all three CDs before she returned to Scotland. In the following year Emma would go on to win Must Be The Music, a nationally-televised talent-show program in the UK. She had 2 singles in the Top 10 Billboard Charts and she signed to Universal/Polydor soon after. She is currently recording her 2nd album and four of Ducote's songs are competing for spots on the record. When it came time to write original songs she hand-picked Ducote to work with. He was flown to London for three weeks in February of 2011 and spent most of the time collaborating with Emma and her current rhythm section, the bassist and drummer from Pete Dougherty's Babyshambles project.
Upon returning to the US at the end of February, Ducote got comfortable and set about completing what was shaping up to be his strongest, truest record to date with his producer Jim Smith (who also produced the final MS94 record). 'TRACKS' as it is titled, is a conglomeration of all of Ducote's key influences without having them altered by the influences of his bandmates. He and Smith laid down strict rules for the recording process (no drum sticks, no drum sets, no proper studios, analog tape). Ducote grew up on turn-of-the-century indie rock, (Elliott Smith, Pinback, Belle & Sebastian etc.) and he had yet to capture a record that reflected the same level of fragility and beauty as the records of his inspirations. He wanted to create something delicate and warm; something that you listen to in the dead of the night; something with mood and sadness, hope and mystery. Ducote spent two very turbulent years crafting this record and with this transformation it seemed only right to employ a new title for the project as a whole. He eventually settled on 'Ancient History'.
His backing band for the record is/was Austin Lemieux on lead guitar, Paul Johnson on bass, and Xopher Mitchell on piano. Ducote performed the percussion himself. As the record slowly finalizes the band is gearing up and playing rooftops around Bushwick as they learn and familiarize themselves with this fresh approach to shoegaze indie rock. They plan to play out extensively in the coming year.

Discography

-MY SISTER IN 1994
Vasquez- LP (2007)
In Tall Cotton- LP (2008)
Monitor- LP (2009)

-ANCIENT HISTORY
Tracks- LP (2011)

Set List

1.she gave you the keys
2.four-leafed
3.let's all try to keep the spoon dry
4.hands are for holding drinks
5.quiet nights in noisy neighborhoods
6.eskimo
-i may throw in a cover of elliott smith's 'angeles'
7.the courtyard at midnite
8.at the rose hotel
9.jesus, another holiday
10.i know it's late
11.oh yeah

This would typically last us about 45 minutes, though we could add more songs if we wanted to play longer.