I’ve been in quite a few bands over the years. Most didn’t get too far, but two did fairly well. The first was a punk band. We formed around a guy who was formerly a one-man band. On separate occasions of seeing this one-man band, my friend and I approached him to form a band. Eventually he agreed to it. Our first show was booked after we had two practices. At that show, we played a 30 minute version of “Crimson and Clover”. People liked that enough that we got booked for another show the next Wednesday. At that one we played more than one song, but hadn’t discussed how to end any of them. The touring band we opened for said “You guys were really interesting. If you’re still around in a year, we’d love to see you.”
That band actually went on for several years, and was pretty successful. We had regular gigs at several clubs in the DFW area, put out several tracks on compilations, and had a guy who owned a label talking to us about making a full album. One high point was being in a showcase of 15 metal/punk bands, and being the only band to get a slam pit going that night. Alas, the singer ended up forming another band that could play everything we could play and more (jazz students), so he lost interest in us. My username comes from one of our song titles (see signature).
Several bands later, I ended up in an instrumental surf band. This band was pretty successful too, we ended up putting out an EP and had repeat fans who weren’t friends or relatives beforehand. The guitarist has moved out of state, so it requires some preparation to get a show for that band together.
Since that band is an infrequent gig now, I’m in yet another band. It’s kind of hard rock, kind of psychedelic, kind of punk rock. We’ve had a few successful shows, and have more booked in the near future. This one really took the longest of any of my bands to take shape. We practiced different songs with lots of different line ups before it became clear what kind of band we were.
All in all, I’ve had a great time and haven’t gotten rich. I’ve been recognized on the street as “the guy who plays/played X in Y”, which feels pretty awesome. I’ve also been misquoted in the press, which feels less awesome. But hey, they cared enough to write about the band.