I know. I know. It’s been a while since we wrote.
Did a gig at the Guru Nanak Bhavan recently, a charity bash organised by the Aditi School. A tight ship – everything went pretty much according to plan, watched a whole lot of young guns playing their own music – kudos lads! Soundproof, Wax (special mention – great stuff!) and a few others whose names have slipped my aging mind.
Got on last (alas, the bane of the ‘headline’ act), missing my usual roadie, POD was switched to different mode, wasn’t loud enough, etc etc, but pulled off decent gig. Kids flooded the aisles, jumped and screamed and everybody had a ball! Nice. New songs seem to go down well..
Somebody told us later that they’d heard a couple of young people talking about TAAQ and saying “These guys have to be well funded – how else can they sound like that?!!” and more along those same lines.
Well. I wish we were ‘well funded’. It’s taken us ten years of slogging ass to get where we are today – and believe you me, that’s not very far. Not very far at all. Sure, people have heard of us, and thanks to the UK thing, we have this quaint ‘international’ tag now, but all that is still diddly squat to what and where we want to be.
It’s now amusing to think that when we started out, we had gear that was way poorer in quality than anything used by those other bands on stage that day. There was simply so little available, just ten years ago. My first electric guitar – you’ve read about it on this blog. If not, do. Our founding bassist didn’t even have a bass for the first few years with the band – we played on borrowed stuff (and here’s a “thank you!” for all those folks who lent).
I remember when we got our first batch of ‘good’ gear. Most of it second-hand, but the brands – the brands that were music by themselves. Washburn. Tama. Ibanez. Boss…
Anyway. I could go on. Just want to say that just being ‘well funded’ isn’t enough to be a BAND. You need a whole lot of sweat, commitment.. and some sheer bloody-mindedness to get anywhere. And the anywhere you finally get to may not even be somewhere. But you do it anyway. Because there’s nothing else you can do.
Yes, we wrote Sevenish around that time. It probably says it all.
All I want is some more money
All I need is some more honey
Let a poor boy show you how to be…