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 Post subject: Re: Thinkin' about covering some local songs
PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:01 am 
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So you're all hovering around 40 y/o or something right?


Roughly. So at what age should I just hang it up? I need some career guidance.


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 Post subject: Re: Thinkin' about covering some local songs
PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:09 am 
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I don't have a plan for how often. If it's a nice product, maybe once a month, or so. If the group gels, maybe see where else it goes.

Once a month would be far too often for such a thing. Regular cover bands compete within a market that's largely separate from original bands, and they would almost never be competing with the national acts that provide the source material. The point of covering anything, generally, is to play something recognizable for the audience, and it would be entirely lost on the typical cover circuit. Limited booking (maybe 4 times a year, if that) would be flattering for the artisits being covered. Any more than that, and it would start getting awkward.

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 Post subject: Re: Thinkin' about covering some local songs
PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:17 am 
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Shit, i think you should just get on a bill with another local band and cover their entire set before they go on. You could only do it once, but it'd be hilarious*.


*"hilarious" being completely open to interpretation, of course

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 Post subject: Re: Thinkin' about covering some local songs
PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:49 am 
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abstraction wrote:
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I don't have a plan for how often. If it's a nice product, maybe once a month, or so. If the group gels, maybe see where else it goes.

Once a month would be far too often for such a thing. Regular cover bands compete within a market that's largely separate from original bands, and they would almost never be competing with the national acts that provide the source material. The point of covering anything, generally, is to play something recognizable for the audience, and it would be entirely lost on the typical cover circuit. Limited booking (maybe 4 times a year, if that) would be flattering for the artisits being covered. Any more than that, and it would start getting awkward.


A band that only performs four times a year will probably sound like shit. Thanks for your input though.

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 Post subject: Re: Thinkin' about covering some local songs
PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 3:14 pm 
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BillyCool wrote:
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I don't have a plan for how often. If it's a nice product, maybe once a month, or so. If the group gels, maybe see where else it goes.

Once a month would be far too often for such a thing. Regular cover bands compete within a market that's largely separate from original bands, and they would almost never be competing with the national acts that provide the source material. The point of covering anything, generally, is to play something recognizable for the audience, and it would be entirely lost on the typical cover circuit. Limited booking (maybe 4 times a year, if that) would be flattering for the artisits being covered. Any more than that, and it would start getting awkward.


A band that only performs four times a year will probably sound like shit. Thanks for your input though.

So your intent is to what, then? Book regular monthly shows in local venues, playing nothing but the work of other currently-active, local musicians? Apart from the issue of whether that's entirely ethical, part of the appeal of cover bands is that the audience can't just go across the street and listen to the actual band perform.

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 Post subject: Re: Thinkin' about covering some local songs
PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 3:23 pm 
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And as distasteful as it is for me to mention it, eventually, someone in your band is going to start wondering about $, and if you're not playing for charity as someone sensibly suggested at the outset of this thread, some of the original artists might start wondering about it too.

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 Post subject: Re: Thinkin' about covering some local songs
PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 3:56 pm 
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Worrying about money would certainly be jumping the gun. Original bands don't make shit, and neither would a band that covered other local bands. Anyone who wants to make money should go play some real cover tunes.

It doesn't much matter anyway, as a project like this will most likely never take flight.

What I would like to see, however, is for local groups to cover each other more often. I think it would be a good thing for the local scene. What better way to show your interest and respect for someone else's songwriting than to play the songs yourself?

Ultimately, I don't know what the hell I'm doing, or why I do what I do. I just do stuff. This is my most recent thing. I'm sure I'll go back to writing songs about boobs and whiskey soon enough.

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 Post subject: Re: Thinkin' about covering some local songs
PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 5:31 pm 
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BillyCool wrote:
What I would like to see, however, is for local groups to cover each other more often. I think it would be a good thing for the local scene. What better way to show your interest and respect for someone else's songwriting than to play the songs yourself?

I agree and would also love to see it happen. I have seen it happen on rare occasions, but only between bands that knew each other well enough not to step on each other's toes. It's a tricky thing.

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 Post subject: Re: Thinkin' about covering some local songs
PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:31 pm 
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Ah yes. I forgot about the pilot series idea of following bands on tour, showing up unannounced with your bands fliers, demanding that you are legitmately on the bill and can prove it, generally acting as if it were a battle of the bands and then playing the headliners entire set. Banned on The Run. CAN'T WAIT!

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