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A Pause for Literature

I’m reading Great Expectations by Charles Dickens at the moment. I can’t help but feel that Mr Pip would do better, and the whole book a lot shorter, if someone tapped him on the shoulder and said, “Plenty more fish in the sea lad!”.

Worse things happen at Sea – Frank Turner. It’s a tenuous link, but I love this song, it holds a lot of meaning for me, and reminds me of worse times.

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Mental Japanese New Wave Band? Yes Please!

I absolutely love Polysics!

Had the privilege of seeing them at The Garage way back in June 2006. That was one hot and sweaty gig.

The lead singer, being Japanese and all, wasn’t all that good at English. His crowd interaction consisted of him shouting
“We Polysics! You… UK!” much like the native little fat kid you meet on holiday who tries to communicate with you before running off with your frisbee.

Give the man his dues though, he speaks much better English than I do Japanese. That’s probably because I have learnt all my Japanese from JWOW. Here’s a nice example of JWOW for you:

PHOWAR!

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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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Meeting the Singer – Auditions In The Beer Garden

I met up with the girl I mentioned in the last post. We went for a drink in a local and sat in the sun. She was really nice, very friendly and chatty, and down to earth, a real person. When we started the band, Jacko and I both stated that we want people who we can get along with, being in a band is a pretty expensive hobby (there is very little money to be had, lets not kid ourselves), and we want to have fun with our friends. Well, I think she would fit the bill.

My only concern at this stage is her voice. Obviously I didn’t make her audition in the middle of the beer garden, but I checked out her previous band’s myspace when I got home. Don’t get me wrong she can sing, and has a lovely voice. But will this fit the hard and fast punk that we play? I’m not too sure.

Who knows? She may be up for something a bit heavier. Or she might not even want to sing for us when she hears our stuff.

Hopefully she will be able to match the sound we’re carving out, and hopefully our songs can build a platform for her vocals to stand on.

Either way, I hope I have made a new friend. She writes and records solo albums all by herself, and although being new to the city like I am, she has friends here, so it would be cool for us to all hang out together. Time will tell.

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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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