Rather than doing an update this week on the road to #HEAL (which by the by I finally broke the seal! Down another 5 lbs this week!) since I have a week off before the band heads back to the rehearsal space to start getting ready for shows to promote the album I thought I would take the time to post about the one key factor my backing band The Critcally Ashamed is missing....a bass player.
Yes I know some of you are probably saying to yourselves "uhhh Gregry aren't you a bass player?" Why yes as some of you know I've been a bassist since the ripe old age of 15 or so. Ever since picking up a bass that was left over in my basement after practice one day when I was playing drums in a hardcore band bass has been my main instrument since. 7 bands, a ton of recordings and countless shows across the U.S. later for my very first solo release I'm hanging up the instrument and focusing on just singing (and jumping on keyboards for a few tunes) live. It's a thing I never thought I would be comfortable doing without a bass strapped on but I caught the frontman bug when I played with Split Decision and I'm really excited to do it live this year with this new band.
Therefore, we are looking for someone to board the pirate ship and join the ride! I have a great band so far with my man Victor on the drums, Helene and Pete doing the double axe attack and now we need that one missing piece. However, there are only a few small conditions I have and am looking for:
1) Don't mean to sound egotistical but at least be better than me (which come on it's not that hard 😜)
2) Be serious, but not too serious: We are all easy going and are all about having fun! I'm not standing there cracking a whip at practice going "that's supposed to be an E you dick!" But try and be prepared. If you are willing to give it a shot the whole set will be provided along with the chords for you before hand, plus seperate tracks isolated for you to listen to just your part if you need. Trust me these are songs I've written myself and I was still peeking at the "Axl Rose TelePrompTer" the two times we practiced but if you are down try not to walk in and go "ehhh...what song is that?"
3) Be animated! A wise friend who will be nameless once said while we were on tour watching some band butcher their way through a Kiss cover "man, either play Kiss like you wanna f#^k or don't play it at all!" When we finally get out there and play some gigs, you are gonna see a SHOW. Not slaying dragons and blowing stuff up on stage but a well rehearsed, visually and sonically entertaining good time. I'd rather see a band hit a few clams here and there while smiling, rocking and getting into it than a bunch of shoe gazers that play real well. You don't have to be doing DLR kicks, but don't stand there like you are smelling a fart .
4) keep the drama, ego and addictions at home: Trust me, I've been guilty of it myself in many situations letting my addictions get in the way of what was really important...the music and the performance. The past year and many before that I used band practice and gigs as an excuse to get loaded, let loose, numb my problems and be an asshole. Most people can handle a cold one or two before a show or practicing and if you can ...I'm all for it but I cannot. I'm all for having a great show, walking off stage and thennnnn knocking a few back and having a good time after but I learned this year especially my performance ability, my singing and overall good time has increased 1000% removing alcohol from the mix. You show up to gigs or rehearsal with a 12 pack (like I used to do) crying about the show, the equipment, the crowd, staggering up there and ordering beers on stage? I'm sorry, I don't need it in my life or have to worry about it. Take it from me it happens. The joke when we formed The Brady Bastards was "you see us live guaranteed one out of the three is gonna be hammered on stage" that was our "thing" but not anymore.
So, that's all I can think of at the moment (that's enough right? 😜)
i plan on tagging every 4 string brethren I know on social media that I can think of. We rehearse Wednesday at Starr Ridge Studios in Brewster NY at the moment and next rehearsal is planned for WEDNESDAY JUNE 24th from 7-9pm so if you are interested we'd love to have you come down and "audition".
We will be working on the set for the upcoming album release party which will be mostly #HEAL, a song or two from past projects and even a cover or two. Eventually after the album release shows are done my plan is to do what I'm calling "something borrowed, something new" shows which are original music set first, then a long 2nd set of all cover tunes ranging from Paul Westerberg to Eddie Money, even some Morris Day & The Time! Guaranteed the covers will be ones you love and know, but not ones you have been hit over the head with 5 gazillion times.
You can comment below on here, on the Facebook/Twitter or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can send over the details. I hope to hear from you!
Onward and Upward,