Over 20 years ago something incredible happened. A local band in New Hampshire called Groovechild released an album and it was magic. It sold 60,000 copies. That is unheard of. Incredible. Every review and every story about this band since then references this fact and I feel that I must mention it here. They almost did it. We hear this time and time again. Almost man, close but not close enough. A documentary of the NH seacoast music scene highlights the band’s journey in the 90’s. They almost made it big. Almost. They…. didn’t… quite…. do it.
Local musicians need all the help, support and love they can get. The uphill battle to get anywhere in local music is debilitating. You can do these 5 small and quick things to help. You seriously have no excuse. To quote Nike- Just do it, I pitty the fool. I think Nike said that. Anyways do these 5 things right now!
If you are going to be a guitar player; knowing these are things are a MUST! read part two! Stuff Every Guitar Player Should Know PART TWO
1. Play really fast solos- The more notes the better. Please do not concern yourself with good phrasing or timing or expression; only play the notes as fast as you can. The best place to practice these techniques is at the local music store. Ask to try out a guitar and amp, turn it up really loud and then proceed to play really really fast. I bet everyone in the store will stop and say; "Wow, he is really good, I wish I was him." The store employees will also want to become your friends. They won't be annoyed with you at all. The true musician only plays fast.
2. Turn up your amp- If you are in a band, you are in control. There is no reason you should be able to hear the bass, drums or any other instrument. You should be much more loud then everyone else. If during practice you can make out what the other musicians are playing and your amp is already at 10... buy a new, more powerful amp. It is also suggested that you turn down other amps when they are not looking. The other people in the band just don't know as much as you.
3. Learn the intros to popular songs such as crazy train. Stop playing when you reach the hard part with chords
4. Don't worry about playing in time; that's the drummer's department. Go crazy.
5. You have to make faces. Notice how all the good guitarists make weird faces, like either they are talking to themselves or making funny faces at an imaginary baby? You gotta do that. Stretching of the facial muscles will help your fingers move faster.
6. Hate everyone that plays better or faster than you with passion. Try everything to find mistakes in their playing so you can point them out.
7. Remember that there is no part in the song that would not be improved by your little improvisations. Stick in little riffs everywhere. If there is another instrument taking a solo, be sure to jump right in (on) and add all the amazing value that you know you can.
Art Thief is a post alternative industrial art pop band from Vancouver BC. A mixing bowl of samples intelligently thrust together in a haphazardly perfect style. Passionate vocals that that bleed into your brain to take up residency asking you to listen again. Sometimes you think you hear Pink Floyd and other times you hear Manson. Neither is there. This is more enjoyment than others that came before. Perfect guys- just perfect.
Netherlands is where "Lion, Meet lizard" hail from .Their music is mostly instrumental and could be simply described as electronic and complexly described as peanut butter cob salad. When vocals appear they are digitized and robotized and chill your body. The music arrangements are very think and fill the stereo spectrum. Electronic music to relax to and feal. The flow and building of noise to music keeps your brain bouncing from beat to melody. Fantastically crafted. Fanatically loved.
We have been doing YourBand.info for 5 years now. In honor of this, we are starting a new column that we will periodically post called 5, 3, 1. We will share what we were talking about on the site 5 years, 3 years, and 1 year ago.
Andy Laliotis of Lamont Smooth, Kitchen, Blue Light Rain, and Diamond Joe will be joining Boogie on Alice on stage for their show at Toad Hall in Franklin on October 10th 2015. This might be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Please do yourself a favor and write that date down. This show is going to be epic. Epic, Yes E-pic. That is one better than a D pic.
The Grebes are a folk, Americana, cow punk, alt country band from Concord NH. You may not have heard of them yet but you will be hearing about them… like right now. I am telling you right now. You have heard of them. Go listen to this band. With the Rippin’ e Brakes done for, Captain Chet on break and Dusty Grey outta town, there is a hole in the Concord country/folk/Americana department that The Grebes are going to fill and over flow.
The Mallett Brothers Band is an alt country band from Portland Maine. If you don’t know what alt country is, think Johnny Cash on speed(wait, he WAS on speed… might be a bad example) They have spent the last 6 years recording and touring the country gaining fans wherever they go. Their sound is a little more rock than country. Let us pretend you took two brothers, plopped them in Nashville for their childhood and then moved them to Maine. The Mallett Brothers Band would sound exactly like what you might imagine from that type of exposure. There is good reason for that too.. because… that is exactly what happened to the brothers as kids. You might also assume they sound like the Avett Brothers, or Doobie Brothers, or The Allman Brothers, or Hanson or The Everly Brothers and… you know what? You would be wrong- like really wrong. Dead wrong. Do you really think just cause bands brothers it automatically means they are gonna sound like the Mallett Brothers band? Wow. Anyway… moving on
We sat down with one of the brothers, Luke Mallett, and asked him our famous five questions. Here is what he had to say.
Click here for the interview
Cole Robbie Band is doing a show with Boogie On Alice at Toad Hall in Franklin. It's a cool place and could be a cool venue in the future if we support it now. The Boogie and Cole Robbie show is October 10th 2015. Toad Hall is 4 stories of art n sculpture and the bottom floor is a live music venue. Great sound system ran well and they are doing a lot on a limited budget. With Cole Robbie pulling a good crew from the north and Boogie On Alice bringing up from the Concord area, there is going to be a great big ol party on our hands October 10th.
Click here for the entire story on Toad Hall and the show