In that time, I have seen a great deal of live bands, both touring, and those considered to be 'local' bands just starting out.
I have to admit that sometimes I need to remind myself when seeing a 'local' band, that most of these guys are just starting out. They are learning how to move on stage (without it looking forced) and realizing that they also have to connect with an audience. Not all are willing to accept that their show isn't just about them. Believe it or not, you can't just play what moves you as an artist. If you don't get the crowd to buy in, then you will lose them.
If that happens, even a local band with support from friends & family will eventually lose their following. Not everyone will have the stamina to keep paying a cover charge night after night while you work out the bugs or play just to appease yourself. Once your previously loyal followers quit coming, then good luck finding a venue to keep bringing you back.
WHAT A GIFT it was to see CHOICE NOT CHANCE for the first time.
Their show truly gave me the boost I needed when I was just at the end of my rope (and patience) for new & growing bands.
The night before their show I took the time to check out their newly released single HAUNTED BY GHOSTS on iTunes. As I listened, I searched online for 'something' about who these guys are.
There was almost no info about them to be found with the exception of an old & under utilized Facebook page. Learning these guys have been playing together for over 9 years explained a ton about what I was listening to. There was WRITING SKILL here.
Fast forward to their set opening up for Australian rockers THE LAZYS. WOW.
All I kept thinking to myself was "Where the f*@k have these guys been hiding?!"
Apparently, these seasoned musicians, CHOICE NOT CHANCE have been hiding out writing, all while hammering thru life working, raising a family and surviving life's hurdles. You know, the things that most of us did 'after' our youth has been long spent touring every bar and venue that would pay you.
Well this band may have done it a bit backwards, but the reward is just the same.
Take it as a gift like I did. WATCH FOR AN UPCOMING EVENT WITH THIS BAND, then go and buy a ticket! In the meantime, head to iTunes, and download their single Haunted by Ghosts.
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