Let’s Meet the Band

by Thomas Pace on June 18, 2012

There are a few new faces in the band so let’s get acquainted with them shall we?

T.R. Findlay has replaced Sue Zindle on bass (we wish Sue the best of luck in L.A). T.R. is a friend of the studio (Uptown Recording) and has quickly made himself indispensable to us as a solid player with a fine ear and great back-up singer.

Also, Tom Slater has joined the band on keyboards. Tom has been helping me out by singing on my records for years and is a talented singer-songwriter in his own right. I was finally able to talk him into joining our band after courting him for what seems like forever.

And of course, Brian Wilke still joins us from time to time on pedal-steel (he is a bad-ass mo-fo).

Beyond this, Matt Denny still plays lead guitar (like a boss) and Glenn Hara is still our drummer and generally the band’s voice of reason.

Since the band has been on hiatus for the last couple of years, it’s important to us that we show people our live shows will be as good as ever. Better. So, we’ve been really slaving away in rehearsal and I think it shows.

In my opinion, there are very few experiences like that of being in a band while it effectively sharpens itself. It’s a kind of “before your eyes” magic that is completely thrilling because, while you are a part of it, you are also only a part of it, and when a band really gets comfortable with itself the music becomes much greater than the sum of its parts.

So, you rehearse, over and over and over again. The is goal is to get “tight.” That’s the measure of a band isn’t it, to be “tight”? Of course it is. Still, in truth, there is yet another critical layer, a counter-balance, if you will, within the tightness that a band works achieve. Great bands, in addition to being “tight,” are also “loose.”

A looseness within the tightness (it might sound silly but it’s absolutely true). A band wants to be tight enough to hit all the dramatic points within the arrangement a song, but loose enough to play and/or improvise around these points. It’s a state only achieved with tons of practice.

This is where our band is now. Tight and loose (insert your own joke here). It’s taken a lot of patience and hard work to get there. A lot of “buy-in” and maybe even a little suspension of disbelief from everyone in the band. Still, we made it.

We made it and it’s fucking awesome. So, come on out to Martyrs’ on the 7th, and you can see what I’m talking about.

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