I've been playing semi-professionally since 1985 in the Northeast Pennsylvania area, and I've already given my musical history elsewhere on this board a while back, so I won't elaborate again there. In short, I haven't played in a regular band since 1996 and only sat in once with one other band two and a half years ago. Not long ago, after taking the two-hour drive (and the day off from work) to see Mike Watt play in Philly, I got the itch and decided to see if I could get a new band together, only this time I decided that I want to be the H.N.I.C. this time around, after years of being a sidemouse and playing other people's music. So I wrote up an ad, printed a couple of flyers which I posted at the music stores in my area, and took out an ad in the local music paper, listing the influences for what I wanted to do as far as covers and originals (Stooges, Black Flag, Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Husker Du, etc.). It's been about four or five weeks since I did all that, and here's how many responses I've gotten via phone and e-mail so far: Yes, that's right, none. Nothing, zero, zilch, ****-all, gooseegg, nada, bupkiss. I am beyond frustrated enough. If you're not playing overplayed bar band standards/classic rock, tuneless nu-metal garbage, or wannabe Deadhead/Dave Matthews jamband stuff, it seems like musicians around here may not be interested... YET I know for a fact that playing a repritoire different from the same old dungheap would be a welcome change of airspace around here. Am I banging my head against the wall for nothing, or is it just that musicians in Northeastern PA simply have no sense of adventure anymore?