Split Sofa is a musical project established by Derbyshire singer / song writer Lewis Docksey in 1999 to release his own style of genre called ‘ Sofa Rock’ which takes elements of late sixties & early seventies influences
Lewis formed Sofa in August of 1999 and worked with local musicians to help record his material. After the first release ‘Angerlistic Pillow’ released in 2000 he worked with Mick Strode ex Band of Joy / forever more & Duke La Rue who produced the (2002) album ‘The Day After The Day Before’ & ‘The Sorceress Lullaby’ (2004) other albums followed (see Discography)
SOFA ‘LIVE’ BAND
Sofa became a live band which played from 2007 – 2018. They played local venues and Music festivals and played the world famous ‘Cavern’ in Liverpool 5 times appearing at ‘The International Pop Overthrow Festival run by David Bash who described the band in 2014;
Historically a recording project (they’ve got three EPs and six full length albums already to their credit!), but more recently converted to a live band, these gents from Derbyshire have developed their own fresh new sub-genre of pop and prog that they like to call “Sofa Rock.” Influences include: Pink Floyd, Love, The Doors, Caravan, Gong, Kula Shaker, The Beatles, & music from the late ‘60s early ‘70s prog/rock/pysch. Their latest, Coloured Dream, “… is full of deceptively lightweight songs that impinge on your consciousness like hazy whispers.” (Geoff Barton, Classic Rock Magazine) A seventh full length album, Thornby Park, is in the works, and you can stay tuned to watch it all develop by following them on Twitter! Cool!”
Sofa Rock’s been played across the internet radio stations now for over 15 years being played on BBC Radio, Lonely Oak Radio, Phoenix Radio plus many more playlist across the world internet. Sofa can can be downloaded on over 250 streaming sites including Apple Music, CD Baby, Spotify, Deezer, Yandex, Tick Tock, you tube music & tidal
Sofa’s been featured on two ‘International pop overthrow’ compilations – “International Pop Overthrow volume 17” reviewed by Ted Frank released in 2014. “It all culminates brilliantly in a reimagined Flaming Lips sound on Split Sofa’s “10,000 Light Years from the Sun.” (A tip of the hat, too, to The Rolling Stones and “2000 Light Years from Home.”)
PRESS & REVIEWS
The Gathering’ released in 2010 to much acclaim, Alan Jones reviewed the album on readytorock.com, he said:
”The Gathering is the band’s fifth album and, for someone like myself who’s never really been into psychedelia (with the valiant exception of the wonderful Ozric Tentacles), I approached this review with a certain amount of skepticism. I shouldn’t have. This is an excellent album” and he states “I would describe the entire work as a triumphant psychedelic trip without the need of the tabs”.
The Gathering was also reviewed by The Rock Society Magazine was described the album as;
‘There is a definitive feel of late sixties Move / Beatles-esque Psychedelic Pop Sensibility permeating several of the tracks here, while a languid melodic feel reminiscent of Obscured by clouds – era Pink Floyd is evident. Elsewhere, and it all adds up to a pleasant, well-executed, relaxing listen”.
Through 2011 & 2012 the band recorded ‘Coloured Dream’ which was reviewed in Classic Rock magazine by Geoff Brittian:
“With their influences rooted firmly in British 6o’s psychedelia. Midlands band Split Sofa’s sixth album is full of deceptively lightweight Songs that impinge on your consciousness like hazy whispers. Highlights are the winsome Lennon-esque Until Tomorrow and the jangly Lovely day which could be a summer hit with more lavish production”.
Powerplay magazine also saw the album as
“The music on here is kinda laid back, to the point of horizontal; It’s very summery and melodic. Split sofa are a bit of a throwback. They love the sixties and are content to stay there, playing psychedelic Rock and singing about the summer of love, but rather than being from The west coast there’ll from the East Midlands”.
In the fall of 2018 Lewie folded the Live band and went solo. Firstly working with top UK Producer Shaun Lowe at Prism Studios in Hanley Stoke On Trent. Shaun produced two singles ‘Sinking Down’ & ‘Melt’. As well as being the owner and Engineer at Prism mainly recording bands which is what he’s more known for, working on various genres from Rock, Metal, Folk, Jazz, Soul and Punk he has also over the years had many successful remix projects