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05/28/2004: "practice."

Hung out in my friend's band's practice space tonight, in this great, kind of seedy building that's all band practice spaces. Beer cans, a leopard-print couch (with matching rug!), a drum kit covered in a garish orange holographic pattern, the stench of stale smoke, graffiti scrawls on the walls--it reminded me of my old place, actually. My friend's band is more on the noise tip--they know they'll never make it--but most of the rock bands in the building are trying for radio hits. Which is a totally cool aspiration--it's not easy to write a radio hit--but it was almost heartbreaking to hear those bands practice through the walls while I was nursing my beer. That I-IV-V chord progression, the slightly nasal na-na-na-na singing, the bassplaying on the tonic of every chord, the precise drumming. I don't know if any of them will make it; maybe a few of them will. But the vast majority of the bands I heard practicing make music that becomes those promos that you can't sell because no one wants them. It's kind of sad, but true.


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