Hints that it's Time to Find a New Band
Some bands last a long time - The Rolling Stones, for example - and some bands don't. When I was in bands, their average lifespan was less then a year. Sometimes it was less than a month. Sometimes it was one rehearsal.
How, bucko, can you know when it's time to find a new band? Well, here's some helpful hints.
It might be time to find a new band if:
- You are the only one who still shows up for rehearsals
- You are the only one who still shows up for gigs
- There are no gigs
- The rest of the band decides it would rather stay in the garage and not do gigs
- You are a horn player, and the keyboard player has just purchased a keyboard that produces excellent electronic horn sounds
- You are a horn player, and the band starts to do gigs without the horn section
- You are a horn player
- The female vocalist (known in the biz as the 'chick singer') who was formerly in a relationship with the guitarist is now in a relationship with the drummer.
- The female vocalist who was formerly in a relationship with your band leader is now in a relationship with the leader of some other band, but still singing with your band.
- The female vocalist is in a relationship with the entire band.
- The female vocalist, previously not in a relationship with anyone in the band, is now in a relationship with any member of the band
- The otherwise all-male band has a female vocalist
- You are a female vocalist
- You are a vocalist
- You are the only male in a metal band otherwise comprised of lesbians - unless you just plain don't talk at all and look somewhat like a girl
- You hear that part of the band did a gig without some other part of the band
- You hear, not from anyone in the band, that the band did a gig without you
- Your band decides to go on the road and you realize that you can't stand these people
- Your band decides to go on the road and doesn't tell you
- Your band cannot keep a bass player
- The band leader tells you, pointedly, "We're moving in a new direction."
- Mostly the band leader tells you, "Lay out."
- You repeatedly find after each set that someone has unplugged your instrument
- The band repeatedly gives you the wrong address for the gig
- The band keeps gigs secret from you
- The band keeps rehearsals secret from you
- The band changes its name and leaves town without you
- The band files a restraining order against you