Would you join a band?

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  1. beans

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    If the songs were really depressing?

    I was asked to join a band, but the songs I've heard so far seem such a downer...

    Though having said that; there aren't that many bands I would call happy.
     
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    So it's a blues band...
     
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    Yes!

    In fact, I would probably say 'no thanks' if the songs were really happy!
     
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    Different strokes for different folks. There's always a place for depressing songs. I noticed you're in England. Radiohead wrote the book on depressing/moody music that also happens to be amazing.
     
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    Haha.

    Its a woman singing about woman troubles band band...if you know what I mean.
     
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    run
    run like the wind!
    flee as fast as your feet will carry you
     
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    1. Why are you joining a band?

    If the answer is, "to join a band" or "for something to do" than go ahead.

    Personally, I join bands based on the following criteria:

    1. Do they have well-paying gigs?

    If the answer is yes, then I play with them. Simple as that.

    If I really love the music, I'll do it for less than if I really hate the music. But if I commit to the band I learn all the material and play it as well as I possibly can.

    If they play once a month, I'll do it for less than if they want to play 16 times a month. When it becomes a "career", I need to get paid like it's a career.

    I won't join any band "for fun". I'll sit in and play with people, or have a jam session, or whatever, for fun, but otherwise unless it's a charity event or I'm doing someone a favor, I expect all my time rehearsing, travelling, money spent on gear acquisition and upkeep, etc. is well compensated (the compensation could be consumables or "watchables", or something similar for some or most of the compensation).
     
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    Well, wether the songs are happy or sad or anything in between would have nothing to do with it.
     
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    1. joining a band for my enjoyment of music is my reason. not really after fame or wealth, if that came along eventually I would not say no :D
    no but really, i like to play, playing alone is a bit dull for me.

    My last band was just a jam band that didn't really go anywhere, this one has songs written etc that I have to learn other than that its all pre-prepared I just have to see if I and it fits.?
     
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    Are the songs mostly slow and moody?

    I take the liberty of only joining bands where I like the music. Sometimes this means I have to try and start my own band with people that like similar (though doesn't have to be the exact same, I like a variety of music) music. Life's too short to be playing depressing music all evening every gig.

    Also, blues is decidedly (to me) not depressing, most of it is like someone laughing telling about either their bad fortune, or also the joy of being alive.
     
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    I would say the Cure did it better than radiohead.. but that's just my opinion :D
     
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    Might be worth the experience if you don't have anything else in the hopper. If it stinks you can always bow out.
     
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    There are three reasons to join a band:

    Music: do you like the music? Can you learn something new from playing it, or with the musicians involved?
    Mates: you like the people in the band
    Money: it pays

    Any two of those are reason enough. One alone won't do it. All three is rare.
     
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    What I've heard of it is mid tempo moody,not some grindingly slow adagio stuff, Ah if only I could make a band of people who like similar music to me..!
     
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    or 90s grunge/heroin/never take a bath band
     
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    So like the blues, or radiohead, or black sabbath or Alice in chains.
    Ohh yuk! Who'd want to play that stuff :)
     
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    Janis Joplin?
     
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    Did you even discuss this with the band?

    Is the band open to further developing the songs - or are the songs - completely done and unchangeable?

    I once started a band and had a drummer on board who loved the songs we were going to do (originals).
    We both knew that what we had recorded were just sketches - and we were excited that once other members jammed with us - we could develop a sound - an exciting sound.
    We had lovely melodies, well developed lyrics and great arrangements - but again - we were excited to add a bridge, change the tempo, turn it upside down while hopefully keeping the melodies and lyrics - or even improving them...

    This was in L.A. (mid nineties IIRC)

    and wouldn't you know it - almost every single person who was given a CD - so they could have an idea - and hopefully appreciate the songwriting level -
    immediately decided that

    it was not hard enough
    not fast enough
    not loud enough
    not metal enough
    not enough distortion
    not nirvana-like
    not pearl jam-like


    when we tried to explain that we could find our sound and turn the tunes any which way - it fell on deaf ears...

    Everyone had a "set thing" they were looking for

    Female vocalists wanted to be clones of the chick from EVANESCENCE

    Male vocalists wanted to be a clone of ______________

    Pretty frustrating.

    I would at least discuss these songs with the band.
     

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