|hrodbert696 ||09-23-2013 05:17 AM |
So... apparently I have a new band
So I moved halfway across the state over the summer and quit my cover band under circumstances I went into in another thread once upon a time. After various disruptions, been doing the craigslist thing in the new area, have had various emails coming and going and nothing materializing out of it.
Then yesterday finally actually got in the same room with a couple of guys, drummer and guitarist. I was not expecting much out of this one. They're older than me by about 20 years (I'm 42), and confessed over email that they're a "little rusty" so they hope I'll be patient, want to play 60s music. Don't send me a setlist, just say they'll bring some CDs and print off some chord charts and we'll see how it goes. Nobody mentions who's going to sing. Oh great. I figure I'm going to be wasting time with a couple of creaky old hippies blaring away at Crossroads or something out of tune and fumbling around with no idea what we're doing. But I've got no one else lined up to play with, so might as well go and see what happens.
So I get there, the practice space is an older basement studio owned by the guitarist. The drummer is already there to get used to the electronic kit in the studio. Everyone's friendly, I set up, and the drummer runs through some warmup rolls...
Oh, OK then. The dude can PLAY. This might not be so bad.
He's made up binders for everyone with lyrics and chord charts, alphabetized, for 30 or 40 tunes. This looks... organized! We pick a tune to go at first, I think it's Hang On Sloopy or something like that, and the drummer swings a mic over his kit and takes the vocal.
OH, OK then. The dude can SING too. As in... really SING. And the guitarist jumps right in there with him. There's a few songs where he's hunting around trying to find where the chord changes fall, but the guy can clearly play, too.
So it turned into the best-case scenario. The guys were fantastic, and the jam was a lot of fun. It's not music I normally listen to myself, but it's fun to play and would be fun to have at a party - lots of Elvis and surf tunes and stuff like that.
The plan is to go the booking-agent route and get ourselves listed for weddings, parties, company events. The two guys have a lot of background, the drummer/singer has done the wedding-MC thing plenty of times, and it seems like it may actually be viable. Time will tell, of course, but I'm looking forward to the project.