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Weapon Of Choice?

I’ve just had a quick look on gumtree for any potential bandmates to hook up with, or bands to join.

Unfortunately there wasn’t too much available, what most of the adverts were calling out for singers, drummers and bassists.

I can’t sing to save my life, and have no intention of moving out of my pokey little flat to accommodate a big ass drum-kit. But I can play bass.

For about the last 5 years I have been considering swapping to bass purely for this reason. Maybe now it’s high time I did so?

Whatever happens I will post an ad up on there myself. I’ve done it before and had poor responses but it’s free so I might as well give it a go.

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Old Jams. New Jams. No Jams.

The last post (written in June 2010, but posted in January 2011) shows how just how incomplete my little projects become. Maybe I should modify them, instead of taking on larger challenges, just tackle little chunks at a time. The only other option I can think of is giving up, which for me, is akin to rolling over and dying. To this end, I will aim to update with smaller posts, and much more regularly. I promise. Maybe.

So what’s happened in the last 6 months or so? Quite a lot and not a lot!

Jacko and I had stopped jamming with Rafferty, but had pretty much stopped jamming together as well.

When Jacko and I did get together on the odd occasion it was clear that he (and probably me as well) had lost all motivation. I was like trying to have sex with a flaccid penis. It clearly wasn’t going anywhere.

Being the proactive little man that I am, I began to look for other opportunities, again through GumTree. I had an audition for a band, which I won’t go into (it was awful, so maybe I’ll tell you about it in another post, once I have come to terms with the whole ordeal).

From GumTree some good did come; we met Manning, a classically trained guitarist, who has all the same influences as me and Jacko.

Better still, he had written a stack of awesome songs!

We jammed three or four times. Each time was great! His material was all there, we worked on fleshing out the sound and filling in the gaps. it was going great. Or so I thought.

All of this was just before Christmas. Manning being a student, and me being a non-local, we both went home for a few weeks to do the family thing. Jacko and I have both text him trying to get the next jam sorted, but neither of us have heard anything. Not a dickie bird.

Sigh. Back to square one.

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Poor Housekeeping

I haven’t written a new post for the blog in over six months, and haven’t updated in even longer. For completeness sake I will post the last entry I wrote, even though it is unfinished (I didn’t even finish my sentence!).

Sherlock
26/01/2011

Despite my lack of updates, a lot has happened with the band. I say a lot, but actually nothing has happened, which means that somethings are changing. Unfortunately, none of this is for the better.

Firstly, band practices are becoming less and less regular. In fact, we haven’t had a full practice (full! ha! there’s only three of us!) since the last practice that I moaned about. Jacko and I have sat down together and written some new stuff, but this is only in my front room. I’ve told him that I’m unhappy with the rate of progress

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Finding a Singer – Adverts and Auditions

After the last practice I told the other guys that I would put an advert on Gumtree. Although I have written the advert I haven’t yet posted it, and instead have replied to a few postings.

Had one response almost straight away for a guy that is keen to sing, so we are meeting him tomorrow. This one is a dude and has been in other punk bands before. Another Gumtree find, but this guy seems really keen!

Nothing really got going with the girl that I mentioned in previous posts. Every time we invited her along to her a jam she wouldn’t make it. We’ve pretty much given up hope there, until she asked if we wanted to jam on Sunday. Think I’ll have to let her down, but not sure how to say it.

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Finding a singer

Today I am going to combine my two favourite subjects into one post; women and punk music. How will I do that you may well ask. I shall do this by writing about getting a female singer for the band!

There are several advantages to have a female frontman (or should that be female-frontwoman? or just frontwoman?); you can hop on the Paramore bandwagon, you will stand out a lot more from the other bands playing with you, girls have nice singing voices, they also smell better than blokes…the list is endless.

I went on Gumtree last weekend and found a ad advertising a female singer in our area (I was also looking for a bassist but they seem hard to come by), so we started emailing back an forth until we arranged to meet up today (it was meant to be last night, but she cancelled! Scuppered my Saturday night plans!).

All this is pretty standard, until I told Jacko about it. As I went to show him the emails, he said,
“I bet I know who this is!”. Sure enough he did. Turns out that before we decided to start the band, Jacko had met up with this girl to jam. Nothing came of it because he was asked to join another band shortly afterwards (nothing came of that one either, the missing ingredient? Surely it was me).

I’m not sure why nothing got going with our potential singer and Jacko, he hasn’t stopped going on about her. Not just for her singing ability but also for her looks, her sense of style, her accent, the way she has her hair…blah blah blah

My worry now is that if I tell her that my bandmate knows her already, she will think we have been stalking her. Just to clarify, this has been a complete coincidence! Honest guv! But I’m really not sure when, or how to bring this up. Maybe when I meet her tonight I just won’t mention it.

I’ll keep you posted on how this goes, hopefully we should have a near complete band soon, and really get the ball rolling in terms of gigs.

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