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I Got Band Trouble Blues

PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 2:43 am
by hashtaff
Well, the band was coming on nicely. A six piece with lead/rythmm guitar, drums, bass singer and me playing harp.
We had three good sets of rocking blues and were just getting regular work. And, I thought, having a ball.
Probably as a result of having too many personalities(egos) I have found that:
The drummer doesn't like the lead guitar.
The lead guitar sdoesn't like the bass.
The singer doesn't like the rythm guitar and
No-one likes the singer!!
It all came to a head when the other night at a friend's 40th b'day party to which we were aked to play and the singer (who is a bit flakey at the best of times) got so stoned/drunk in the first break that he fell off his chair and couldn't stand or speak!! ( a teeny bit unprofessional!)
We had to abandon the second set and give the money back.
What a drop kick.
We played at a pub the next night, but as you could probably imaging, the atmosphere was a little tense and we never really fired up.

The drummer and the bass player(who owns the pa) have in the meantime found work with a singer/songwriter/guitar player who has recently moved into town and have given their notice.
Looks like the band is kaput.
Oh well, start all over I guess.
We have a 30 minute set tonight as warm up for a band at a newly formed monthly Blues club and then we'll pack up our gear and go our own separate ways.
Oh Well, hope we finish with a bang.
Frustrating though.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 7:01 am
by De Ferre
Now that you tell all this... I do not like your singer either! :?

Good luck with your next project!
Usually, changes are for good.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 8:19 am
by allanlummox
A LOT of the reason I mainly do a Solo act these days.

I know that doesn't help much.

It's part of the world of working in music.

Don't lose heart, though.

Back to square one is kind of a healthy place to be, really.

A reminder that it may stop - but it never ends.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 11:38 am
by jeffl
Hey,sorry to hear about all that,Hash. Those kinds of stories are really the norm, not the exception, though. Nobody's filled with more hope than us musicians, lookin' for the right band situtations. Best wishes.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 12:35 pm
by bosco
When I was 15, I couldn't for the life of me figure out why the most popular band in the world would break up.

Now I'm 50, and every day that I'm in a band I better understand why the Beatles didn't last.

Best of luck Rob, and don't forget why you started doing this in the first place.



PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 2:27 pm
by maxx england
You reminded me why I never persevered up till now with public performing. Hope you get someone you can work with long term, just keep pushing.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 3:36 pm
by Bournio
Not cool! Happens though, we had a three man band, where we all drifted and went "Phut!"

Trying to start a new band, I have a few mates who I want in, cos I know their talents! but they're too shy :( so I'm trying kinda 2 people jams with them, build some confidence(hopefully!)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 3:38 pm
by jeffl
Music is a funny thing. Sometimes you gotta think like a Catfish, and let the current bring your food to you; other times you gotta think like a Pickerel or Bass,and go prowling and attacking. I changed my approach from the "search and attack" mode to the Catfish mode, after I got a little tired of tryin' to make things work. It'll prob'ly change again.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 6:47 pm
by bigdaddy
Replacing people can be easy in some parts of the country but in others it's tough. Hope you live in an area with lots to choose from. I tend to lean towards full bands when it comes to blues. Solo acts and duals tend to bore the heck out of me. Sometimes we have to accept peoples low down dirty ways just for the music. It's the music that's important, not who's the show or whatever. It's the music, I do hope you put it back together quick. You might wanna look for older players, 40's and 50's. Hopefully they have grown out of that ego wannabe crap. I was there in my 20's and man I know I was sad.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 7:06 pm
by ricochet
"Pickerel or Bass" wouldn't be a bad band name.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 8:25 pm
by jeffl
They had a pickerel player in my 7th grade orchestra.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 8:47 pm
by ricochet
And contrary to what's been said, they CAN tuna fish.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 9:21 pm
by jeffl
ricochet wrote:And contrary to what's been said, they CAN tuna fish.
....but,only by pilleting (sp.) all its scales first.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:37 pm
by hashtaff
Thanks guys for all the encouragement.
Ironically our swansong last night was the best we have played.
30 minute opening set, seven of our best numbers. Audience response was great with lots of positive feedback afterwards (and even my wife liked it!!)
What a great way to bow out!!
As it was the second meeting of a fledgling blues club met quite a few like minded musicians. Next month I'll turn up with a few harps and have a jam.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:42 pm
by ricochet
That's great, Taff!