Thursday, November 29, 2007

Business time

First of all a big 'Congrat's' to my homeboy Ragin who's now a proud Daddy to little Rajan jr. - as yet unnamed I believe. Much love to you & the lovely Lexis. make us proud.. :)

Two shows coming up:

Wed 5 Dec Pisces at Blend.

City Streets
Secret Garden
I'll wait for you
Oh my
Fall again
In the meantime
Only a fool

We have practice this Sunday, couple of things about the show: I'm going to get Mike to open the gig with a bit of a drum intro, perhaps keeping a regular time on his hi-hat while doing a few combo's before Graeme & I come in with the main riff. Should be good.
I'm also going to perform Oh my solo. Which may or may not go down well in the pub. Not really suitable for a solo acoustic track, but the set needs it so..

The other gig is also at Blend on Saturday the 15th. It's for our work Social club function. Myself and two workmates are playing rock'n'roll covers as 'The Merrymen'

Who do you love? - The Doors
Money - The Beatles
Maybelline - Chuck Berry
Tutti Frutti - Little Richard
A hard days night - The Beatles
That's alright Mama - Elvis
What you want me to do? - Elvis
School days - AC DC
Great balls of Fire - Jerry Lee
Hound Dog - Jerry Lee
Rocker - AC DC
Roll over Beethoven - The Beatles
Kick out the Jams - MC5

Out of all those songs I'm most excited about playing Kick out the jams, a legendary rock track by the Motor City 5. I think Pisces will start covering it too.
The bars open to anyone, some come on down if you want to hear some kick-ass Rock'n'roll!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Christmas gigs

Well, where to start? Unfortunately our Nov gig at Blend fell through due to clashing with bookings so I'm at him now to sort one early for us in Dec. It's such a freakin pride swallowing, soul destroying process trying to get a bar to take a chance on you. To them you're just another band that doesn't even play music people are gonna know, why the hell should he bother? You try to give them a sense of what you're trying to achieve & get them believing a little that it can actually be a successful venture but until they see it with their own eyes you're basically pushing shit uphill. That's why every show we play is so important, we proving ourselves everytime we play & for every listener we win over with a good show, 10 others will be put off by a bad one. But that's what it makes it so much fun right? These are the days that I'll look back on fondly, struggling for gigs, sweaty shaking hands before we play - this only happens once in a bands career so might as well enjoy it. The birth of the band.
Have also been offered a gig at the Wellington Musicians club Christmas function on Sat Dec 8. It's a six song set with five other bands, if it works out it'll be the first time our name has been on a flyer being distributed around town. That's pretty cool. It would also be pretty sweet playing to a bunch of musicians, like minded people that'll be listening to the band with a discerning ear.
Myself & two other Asteron staff are also forming a band to play at our social club Christmas function. I got to choose the setlist so I indulged a little & chose old rock'n'roll tracks by Elvis & the Beatles & Chuck Berry, that sort of thing. It's been a fantasy of mine to play this type of set for a while so I totally get to indulge myself.
Anyway, will post later when & if the gigs get the greenlight.