Jun 6 2006

Music! Now available in Sugar Free!

So now that Charlie’s in the studio we’re finally starting to finalize some tracks. So far we’ve completed Phoenix Never Dies (also known as our “new hit single”) and Flaw Filled Arrogance. Neither are really good examples of our actual sound, but FFA was one of the easier songs to produce (in other words, less complex) and PND was turning out so awesome in the studio that we just spent more time on it than others. So we put them up on our Myspace account.

The versions we have up on our myspace account are rough cuts, which is to say they’ve not yet been mastered. As a result, some sections are louder than others, instruments aren’t quite balanced against each other, our singer’s voice is either too loud or too soft and, well, there’s a lot of work left to be done before we get something you can hear on the radio.

Speak of the radio, our producer’s contacts with 105.3 (“The Buzz“) are interested in putting us on the air. I’m totally new to this, so I don’t know if that means “We’ll put you on during our indie rock show” (which runs on Sunday Nights at 2:00 A.M. or something) or what, but I’d assume it’s nothing to get excited about, at least not yet.

And here I’m conflicted. I’m not a huge fan of The Buzz because they’re owned by Clearchannel, a radio conglomerate I’m not fond of. I really love 99x, and while they do play a very eclectic mix of music, they don’t play our kind of music, and I have to grudgingly admit that The Buzz is doing more for local music than 99x is.

But hey, radio play. Go us.

Also on the good news front, we’ve got a gig coming up at The Masquerade, which is a very “pro” venue here in Atlanta. Playing the Masquerade pretty much legitimizes your band, from what I understand. To put it another way: we’re actually going to get paid for this show. Imagine that!

This whole experience with this band is getting interesting. I can feel we’re on the edge of a horizon of opportunity. We’re a the point when most bands fall apart; we either push forward and strive for success which is entirely dependent on establishing a fan base, and how pallatable our music is to the public, or we can drag our feet and watch this sail on by. If we choose to push forward, however, I can see this band becoming a serious time sink for me, and I honestly couldn’t tell you if I would rather play music or work a nine-to-five job and live a more “normal” life.

The music industry’s something I dread. It’s unpredictable and cutthroat and not, I think, a place for a person who’s just as satisfied with at-home, amateur production as live performance. I might not be hitting my mid-life crisis yet, but I hope that when I do, I have no more an inclination to rush off and start living in a tour bus than I do now.