I just had to blog about it, because apparently all of the venting I’ve done with the guys isn’t quite enough. A post on Craigslist in the musicians category for Grand Rapids referencing auditioning vocalists lead me to respond in the same fashion about guitar players. It will probably be flagged for removal so I need to post it on Tumblr before I lose it.
(I speak from my very own personal experiences with my former/current bands. Take seriously what you will, as working in the music industry leads us to all have different observations of many odd types of personalities and characters, but I digress…)
You’re probably, most likely, not a God of Guitar. Don’t act like one, because the fastest way for a band to shut you out is when you are invited to play in a band and you:
1. At a rate of 103MPH, speak of your other "projects” and don’t ask or pause long enough to hear what the goal of this band is. That’s fantastic that you have many musical aspirations, but if you are using those to reference how much MORE experience you think you have than us, you come off as conceited and only looking to play with us to expand your repertoire.
2. Also don’t stop playing! Ever! Obviously we’re interested in your skill level but we’re also hoping to see if YOU will be a good fit. This includes sense of humor, sense of surrounding, and sense of dignity.
3. Show up unprepared. We all break sticks, cables and strings. This shit happens, so be prepared. It’s not very conducive to our time if you have to make a trip to guitar center twenty minutes into practice. We have limited time, make the most of it.
4. (on that note) take a smoke break every ten minutes. You wouldn’t get away with this at your day job.
5. Show up an hour late or not show up at all. We all work and have lives outside of the band, but our time is valuable and precious. It’s DISRESPECTFUL to waste ours because you were too fucking wasted the night prior to come to practice the following night. If there is a schedule conflict, all we ask for is communication.
6. Only tap. Really?
Also, why must we over-saturate a small town or city with a band? If you play Mulligans once a week, Pyramid Scheme once a week and also hit up MXTP, Billy’s and Jukes in between, chances are you are going to lose followers, and fast. DO NOT be your biggest fan. "
We’re deep into recording our EP right now. As we’ve decided to utilize Jared’s schooling and have him record us in our very own practice spot, it’s definitely become quite the project. Since we practice in a basement, you can imagine that we’ve had to really tap into our right brains and transform the area into a home studio…which ended up looking more like those blanket forts that we made in our parent’s livingroom as children. But as it turns out, those fort building skills really turned out to be handy as it seems that so far, everything is sounding pretty decent considering our circumstance. Thanks Mom and Dad!
As we’re in the midst of this, we’re still trying to book shows. We’re finding that Michigan’s local music scene doesn’t cater very well to our genre of music (whatever that is) or that people don’t really care for/don’t get what we do. That’s fine, we’re going to keep doing what we love doing, but somehow we’ve got to overcome this. We feel that we’ve really grown since our demo and that it no longer accurately represents our sound, so we don’t want to push that any harder, but you better believe that as soon as we release this EP, we wont stop until everyone in Michigan is tired of hearing our name.
I would say that we’ll update you when the time comes to release, but we’ll make sure that we shout it from the interweb’s roof top. In the mean time, check out our show at Mulligan’s with Protected Left and Terror! Terror!…Oh My! on 4/13!