So Record Store Day was a few weeks ago and I played my first show in something like 9 years (I counted) the eve before and opened for Kid, You’ll Move Mountains. In addition to having my wife in my corner, fellow bloggers Reba (from Love Shack Baby) and Steve (from Baby Stew) were there supporting me as was Josh from Rock And Roll Brunch and The American Autumn. Heck, I even saw Mark and Joe from Division. Those people are all great and awesome for coming out, but you wanna know how it went for real, right?
I was nervous as hell. The sound sucked on the first song I played even though Corey was doing his best to get it right. I should mention that Corey Wills (of KYMM and Inspector Owl) also played and was great. But back to me. People seemed at least sorta OK with it and it was my first show in awhile, so despite the nerves, I think it went pretty well. There you have it. Groundbreaking, I know.
I played 7 songs. 1 old song from an album I “self-released” back in 2002, 5 new songs written over the past few months, and a cover of the Lifetime song from which the title of this blog is taken.
At this point, I’m not really sure what to say about me playing music. I’d rather just play it and let someone else write about it. It’s me with a guitar singing the same sort of songs I’ve always sung, but this time with a little more vitriol even if no more aggression than before. Everything’s still a little rough around the edges but, fuck, I mean, I’ve played one show. I don’t even have a name/moniker/something to go by yet. It’s a work in progress, but my wife and friends seem to like the songs so I guess I’ll take it.
Speaking of shows, I’m playing on Tuesday, May 3rd at Underground Lounge in Chicago with The Ultrasounds. I think it’s a free show and I think I go on at 9:30. If you’re around and (of course) in Chicago, you should come out and say hello. I’m also playing another show out in the ‘burbs to benefit the Northern Illinois Food Bank in St. Charles on Tuesday, May 24th with Tim Rogner (my old bandmate and the frontman for Allister) and Jim Hanke (from Kid, You’ll Move Mountains). I’m excited about things.