Musicians wanted to form alt-rock phenomenon (yeah, that's right -- phenomenon!), Hey there, thanks for clicking.... Right, here goes then: My last band broke up around last Chris... Cheapest class...

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Musicians wanted to form alt-rock phenomenon (yeah, that's right -- phenomenon!) (London)

Posted on: Monday, 09 August, 2010  15:51
Updated On: Monday, 13 December, 2010  15:55
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Hey there, thanks for clicking.... Right, here goes then: My last band broke up around last Christmas, since then I've been working on new material alone --- it's all coming along rather nicely, but I'm starting to rather desperately miss playing live, with a band. I have also come to the conclusion that I need a writing partner, more specifically, a lyricist/singer - music falls copiously out of my head on a regular basis, but I've always found lyrics an uphill struggle, and I'm very rarely satisfied with the end result. So hopefully, the first member I'd ideally like in place is someone with the opposite problem --- a glut of lyrics (and a great voice) that are crying out for the right music. Having said this, I have more than enough music demoed already to be happy to start putting together musicians while searching for the right vocalist (as it will obv take some time for the various playing styles and personalities to really get to know each other). I'll be playing guitar/keys (as neccessary) and I'm happy to do backing vox too, so I'm looking for a drummer, bassist, guitarist and keys (if you play more than one instrument, that's always handy!) I'd ideally like at least one of you to be female, with backing vox. Age isn't hugely important, but I am after people with at least some gigging/recording experience --- this will be a serious project, not a hobby. Guess I should say a little about myself, huh? Ok, I'm 29, been playing music all my life --- piano since age 4, guitar since 14. I can also get some vaguely acceptable sounds out of a cello and drumkit (if pushed!) my singing's ok, I can hold a tune, but as I said above, I need a much, much better singer for this band. I've been recording music since I started with a little cassette 4-track in the 90's. I live in North London. Wow, you're still reading? Cool, well I'd better try and tell you about the music --- Well it is, broadly speaking, "alternative rock" (is that still even a genre these days?) which is to say, it's mostly guitar-based, sometimes quiet, pretty and trippy, sometimes fuzzed-up, feedback-laden and rifftastic (and more often than not, both.) Not to sound too much like a hack music journalist, but I guess if you imagined My Bloody Valentine inviting the Smashing Pumpkins and NIN around for a jam in their basement, and it got quite loud, and QOTSA called the cops, who showed up, but then they turned out to be half of Mogwai, who.......hang on, this metaphor's gotten out of control a little --- you get the idea though, right? Around the time I left my last band, I was starting to become quite dissatisfied with the direction we were headed, which seemed to be more and more that we were playing ever more complicated songs as if to say "look at how amazingly accomplished we are, we can play in 13/8!" Now, my songs can be a little complex sometimes (especially drum-wise,) but there is a conscious decision that this will never be to the detriment of the song ----- after leaving my previous band, I found I had lost a lot of my enthusiasm for simply playing music -- it felt like a real effort. So, one of the big things I want from this band is that everyone enjoys playing --- it's taken me a little while to get myself back to really enjoying playing again, and after taking this time to write and demo new material, I can hear the band I want in my head --- I just need to find the real-life, three-dimensional people now to make it a reality! So yeah, if you're a good, passionate musician/singer that fits any of the roles outlined above, and if you have something special to offer a project that you can really get your teeth into, that will both challenge and reward you, then get in touch. My god --- you're still here? Well, if you've made it this far, you're more than likely one of the people I'm looking for! I realise this is a ridiculously long ad, but I'd rather get things out now, and be clear about what I'm looking for --- I've spent enough time in bands over the years who've spent like a year kicking their heels in search of the elusive last member (always the bloody drummer!) while not really achieving much in the meantime. This ain't gonna happen in this band... Right, well thanks for reading, and hopefully speak to you soon (whoever you are) ....Below is a random selection of bands/artists I listen to, I'm sure some or all of them have influenced me to a greater or lesser extent...... Alice In Chains, Aphex Twin, Arcade Fire, Autolux, The Beach Boys, Bloc Party, Boards Of Canada, Boston, Brain Eno, Calexico, Cocteau Twins, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Cure, Curve, Death From Above, Deftones, Depeche Mode, Distillers, Dresden Dolls, Echo & The Bunnymen, Evil Nine, Explosions In The Sky, Fiona Apple, Freeland, The Frogs, Garbage, Hole, The Hope Blister, How To Destroy Angels, Imogen Heap, James Taylor, Janes Addiction, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, Joni Mitchell, Joy Division, Katatonia, King Crimson, Kyuss, Ladytron, LCD Soundsystem, Led Zeppelin, Leftfield, Lisa Germano, Liz Phair, Los Campesinos!, M.I.A., Marilyn Manson, Massive Attack, Mazzy Star, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Metric, Ministry, Mogwai, Mountain, My Bloody Valentine, Neil Young, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Opal, The Orb, Pan Sonic, Pantera, Pearl Jam, A Perfect Circle, Pixies, PJ Harvey, Placebo, Plump DJs, Porcupine Tree, Portishead, Prince, The Prodigy, Queens Of The Stone Age, REM, Radiohead, Red House Painters, Robert Jonson, Saul Williams, Secret Machines, Shellac, Silversun Pickups, Sleep, Slowdive, Smashing Pumpkins, Sneaker Pimps, Soundgarden, Sparklehorse, Sparks, Spinnerette, Spiritualized, Squarepusher, Steven Wilson, Sugar, Swervedriver, Team Sleep, Teargas & Plateglass, This Mortal Coil, Tool, Tori Amos, Tortoise, Type O Negative, UFO, Underworld, The Velvet Underground, Weezer, The White Stripes, The Who, Widespread Panic, Xiu Xiu, Zwan......

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