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Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Realities of Unsigned Band Life

I've said it before, but there are things that go along with being in an unsigned band that people do not tell you about before you sign yourself up to the job.

The day-to-day jobs outnumber the gigging, meeting people and doing cool stuff by a pretty hefty margin. Our booking agent just sent us the details of a 10-date November tour, and the Schools Tour dates are just starting to come together. This happened within a week of finding out that our van is no longer roadworthy. So away from all the songwriting, rehearsing, recording etc. We have to find a van, go check it out, buy it, strip it out and put in all the things we need (bunks for sleeping, storage areas, internal lights etc.)

I'm not complaining, as there is actually a massive sense of achievement attached to most of this stuff.

We are in a lucky position, in that we earned enough from our last set of touring to pay for the bulk of the new van. We know bands who can't afford to do that so we appreciate how good it is, but it still doesn't undermine the amount of work that we pour in to getting a tour on the road before a single date is even thought about.

It's at these times that I count myself lucky to have Kev in our band, as not only is he a kick-ass drummer, but he also knows how to build things, weld, and use power tools. Not my area of expertise. I'll post some photos of the new van up on the street-team so go check them out if you get time.

Dan is also in my good books at the moment as he's been working so hard on booking schools tours, which is one of the most mind-numbing jobs we've ever done. Calling hundreds of receptionists over a few days can be repetitive to say the least.

We're are getting really close to where all the day-to-day stuff starts to blend into playing shows, which is where it gets fun. I have had no decent stories to tell recently, as I haven't left my home-town for weeks on end. I am going crazy. Literally. I need something exciting to happen. I haven't felt adrenaline pump through my bloodstream in so long I've forgotten what it feels like.

I hope the same thing isn't happening to you,

Max x

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Everything Is Borrowed

So I posted up all the stuff from my L.A. trip for anyone that asked for it. My photos are up on my street-team profile you you'll need to sign up here if you want to go check them out.

Since I've been back, I have pretty much just been writing music. It's been boring not playing shows, but I love writing too so it's not the worst thing in the world. We have about 10 songs that are at various points of completion. There are at least another five or 6 on my mobile phone (yeah, that's how I write music, singing like a dork into my mobile phone while I'm walking down the road or lying awake at 3am).

We are now booking the 2008/09 dates for schools tour. This is going to be a big one, Dan and I called 493 schools last week. It's a pretty mind-numbing job leaving a lot of messages for teachers, but we kept each other going through the week and I am proud of the start we made. For the first time we also have a booking agent, who's sole job is to get us non-schools show. We've heard back from them that things are going well at their end so we'll be up and down the country again before you know it.

The new set will be more of a cohesive show than just us playing a bunch of songs. All the artwork will FINALLY be up on stage, there will be musical links/joins between the songs and some new crowd interaction stuff. I know some people hate it when bands play a "pre-written" set all the time, and that a band should just make it up as they go along, but I like watching a show. We are trying to work in some better dynamics, make the songs fit together better and include other instruments which Kev will control through the wonders of technology.

I literally can not wait until we get back on the road. I didn't know how much I needed it until we had so much time at home this year. I am not good at being here this much - it's not boredom because I work hard in the studio and in my day-job so I always have stuff to do, but it's my mind goes a little numb seeing the same people and having no big adventures. I love my friends and family, but I need abreak from them every now and then I guess.

Right, I will post up with some actual updates soon.

Max x

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