Posted by Streaming Music | Posted in Live Music | Posted on 22-05-2009
Around the pubs and clubs in the United Kingdom there are still a lot of bands playing for only several pounds to demanding audiencess who at the same time request Chuck Berry and the Arctic Monkeys. Keeping all these divergent people in the audiences happy is never easy, but not impossible either. With nice stage craft and clever of songs at a specific Club, a nice performer could make anyone happy.
The organization of these bands is extraordinary. They must find like minded musicians that are committed. Then they must find somewhere to practice. This isn’t easy as most can’t do this at home. If you’re fortunate to have a house large enough, it’s un like ly you could get round the neighbours, as it’s so loud! It can’t be turned down as everything must be as loud as the drums. A performer generally hires a room to practice, at excellent fee to themselves.
A performer must furthermore spend literally thousands on equipment. PA, lighting, guitars, drums etc.
The next hurdle is transport. For some reason most drummers can’t drive! Cars are generally inadequate as you would need a fleet of about 5 for your gig, truly expensive on the fuel, and impractical. Most bands have to hire or buy a van, again at excellent fee to themselves.
When they have finally rehearsed all there material over weeks or months, they are ready to play live. It is an exciting day, one of wonder, excitement and slight fear. You turn up to the Club to find one man and his dog. And that man is truly drunk, wants to be your manager, and giving you all the benefit of his ‘wisdom’ in the music game! The landlord is furthermore drunk, and you can’t work out if he likes you or not.
You get poorly paid, if you get paid at all, and return home generally out of pocket.
Nonetheless the real rock heroes come back for more. They find the perfect Club s, gain a reputation, and play at some excellent places. Sure they still have bad shows, but the nice ones make up for it. They make it look so easy, but it isn’t. One such performer can be seen at http://www.thehalfmonty.tk
The Half Monty have had there share of ups and downs. They have been ripped of at shows, played in the most dodgy Club s, and heckled to death. But they are still here, bigger and better than ever having learnt from their early days.
So remember, when you see a local/regional performer advertised at a pub or club, go see them and help them. It isn’t easy for the lads and lasses. Perhaps buy them a beer after the gig if you really enjoyed it. , for these are the true heroes of rock.