SEEKING

Band to Join, Vocalist, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Violin, Trumpet, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Flute, Other, Vocalist - Alto, Trombone, Steel guitar, Upright bass, Cello.

ABOUT

Not really a seasoned pro brimming with confidence and lingo, and so I probably wouldn't feel too comfortable around musicians who identify as such - just seeking one with a good ear and phenomenal taste. No ideal age range, but empathy is a must. Weird is good, but most cherished is appreciation of pop songwriting of the 1960s school, or actual classical music, or both. That said, two all-time pet peeves for me are Frank Zappa and the Ramones. Don't ask me about it lest I school ye!

Really into: bothering to write an ending to a song, alternate tunings, unique chord voicings, melodic phrases that extend beyond one bar, Ween, downward picking, downtuning, the open E chord shape, mellotrons, acoustic guitars, vocal harmonies, drones on high notes, The Best Show on WFMU, making up complicated parts and then trying to learn how to play them, coming up with something simple but compelling whilst doing physical labor thinking I'll remember it then not being able to, dreaming up super ambitious arrangements and valiantly attempting yet ultimately failing to do them justice in Garageband

I got a bunch of songs, open to sharing ideas and leadership with the right collaborators.

Drums-wise I'd like to find someone who can harness a lot of power and spontaneity on a small kit and enjoys finding the groove at a moderate tempo.

I've got radical ideas for bass - never understood how so many people revere John Entwistle or Chris Squire or any other player from that era that preferred huge, guitar-like tones and melodic parts and yet no one wants to emulate them. So yeah, if I could find anyone who can actually get that sound while stepping forward from the typical backseat role, I'd be happy.

Tambourines + horns - these are essential sperit-rousing ingredients and not to be taken lightly. If you play any such esoteria and have a passion for the rock and specifically the rock (but other things too i guess), I'd be more than thrilled to meetcha

benraphaelreedatgmaildotcom

Screen name:
ben1325461
Member since:
Nov 10 2018
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Moderately Committed
Years playing music:
20
Gigs played:
10 to 50

Influences

The Beatles, Rocket From the Crypt, Robyn Hitchcock, Strawbs, Guided by Voices, REM, Ween, The Presidents of the United States of America, The Hives, Circle/Ektro recs, XTC, Once and Future Band, Donovan, The Alan Parsons Project, Dead Rider, Chicago, Trans Am, Come, Unwound, The Residents, Fairport Convention, Melvins, Jay Reatard, The Stranglers, Gary Numan, Roy Wood/The Move, Mission of Burma, The Moody Blues, Mike Oldfield, The Left Banke, Sebadoh, Flipper, Kevin Ayers, Renaissance, King Khan & the Shrines, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Grifters, The Verlaines, Zeppelin, Part Chimp, Genesis, Deerhoof, Weird War, The Frogs, Cheer-Accident, RAH Band, KNOWER, Neil Hamburger

Instrument experience:

Vocalist:
Advanced
Vocalist - Baritone:
Advanced
Rhythm Guitar:
Advanced
Lead Guitar:
Advanced
Acoustic Guitar:
Advanced
Bass Guitar:
Advanced
Keyboard:
Advanced
Background Singer:
Advanced
Vocalist - Tenor:
Moderate
Drums:
Moderate
Piano:
Moderate
Violin:
Intermediate
Saxophone:
Intermediate
Trumpet:
Beginner
Harmonica:
Beginner
Flute:
Beginner
Banjo:
Beginner
Mandolin:
Beginner
Steel guitar:
Beginner
Cello:
Beginner

EQUIPMENT

Sunn Spectrum II head
Vox VT100x combo gtr amp
Danelectro electric 12-string
Teisco Tulip
Epiphone SG
Epiphone LP
Nord Electro 3
other assorted elec basses, acoustic gtrs, drums, alto sax

MUSIC