Sunday, 13 November 2011

And the new singer is.....


At least for the time being. Everyone wants to be in a band, or so I thought. But not, apparently, in this one. To be fair, some of the people I was interested in working with lived too far away for it to be practical, perhaps. But we had three singers in a row agree to come to audition who failed to turn up, despite expressing great interest in two cases - though at least those two managed to let us know they weren't coming. So I've given up looking for the moment, though if anyone offers we will certainly consider it.

Meanwhile, we had to put the band on hold for the autumn, as our bass player lost his mother in October. As she lived at the other end of the country, Jon had to be going back and forth for quite some time, and playing in bands was not exactly the most important thing on his mind.

In consequence, we had to cancel our October gig at the Prom and both our November gigs. The former has now been rearranged to Saturday February 11th. We started rehearsing again this week, and I'm now looking to book gigs in 2012. As for the album I was hoping to get recorded: Well, it's been difficult for all of us finding the time, though two tracks exist as rough mixes. Perhaps we'll get more done next year!


Saturday, 9 July 2011

My I've been lazy....

This blog seems to have tumbleweed rolling through it. Didn't mean to have a ghost blog, but life, and lack of inspiration at times, got in the way. Yeah, and laziness. I hope to get back to updating regularly-ish now, but we'll see.

Update since the last blog: 2010 was reasonably successful in some respects - we certainly had plenty of gigs, playing 10 or 12 in various parts of Bristol. Probably we did too many for a new band - they were not all well-attended. So be it, you live and learn. And we did have a good time!

In 2011 so far, we've only played two dates, one of which was our first out of town gig. Currently we have two more in the book: A return to the Louisiana on August 25th, and our first gig at the Prom on October 8th. The Louie gig will be a prog special, headlined by prog band Also Eden. The Prom gig is dear to my heart, as it's the bar I hang out in more than any other. I've been on the stage there before, but mainly for open mic nights; playing a Saturday night slot there has been a dream left long unfulfilled!

We've also worked on recording more of the songs we have, with a view toward releasing an album independently in 2012. I was hoping this year, but life has again got in the way of that one. It will also have to wait on another item: Which is that earlier this year we decided to get a full-time singer. I've enjoyed singing these songs, especially as I wrote most of them, and my voice has improved markedly over the last couple of years, but we really need someone with a stronger voice. This will also have the bonus that I will be able to concentrate more on my guitar-playing in the live setting, and a frontman should give more focus to the group. It's been a long search, but I hope to be able to make an announcement on this in the next couple of weeks.