Thursday, March 3, 2011


I remember back in the old days, the really old days before I was in Gravity Kills, it seems that the my bands were always trying to finish projects that seemingly always went unfinished. The other 3 guys in Gravity Kills had bands before Gravity that were in the same boat. Back then, if you wanted to create a recording that was worth a shit, you had to spend what seemed like a ton of money. Studio technology was not affordable at that time and if you recorded at home, it was on some piece of shit cassette four track (I guess I am dating myself now.) Gravity Kills owned our own studio but I actually did demos at home for Perversion on a 4 track mini disk player. In the old days, you would write a bunch of songs with your mates and save up some cash so you could reserve some studio time in hopes of banging out at least an EP in a few days. We all know how the studio goes in relationship with the "best laid plans" concept...It rarely goes perfect in the studio and the band would end up finishing 2 or three songs. At that point everyone would need to start saving again to get back in the studio as soon as possible. I personally have volumes of unfinished recordings from pre-gravity bands. Fast forward to 2011...

I really want to broaden this topic to other tasks that simply go along with having a band in 2011. The other day I went to a band's reverbnation account to check some availability for an upcoming small festival that I am booking. The band hadn't updated the calendar for almost a year and a half! Really!? This is a band that is currently playing shows and has upcoming dates to play but without calling the band personally, how the fuck would I know what they have available? I have talked about this before and you know where I am going...There is so much available to bands now to promote your music and shows but if you don't use it properly, it doesn't mean jack shit. It's great that you are take the time to set up your accounts and start uploading band pics and music. Is it like having a new girl friend that you are totally into it until you find out there is some maintenance involved in the relationship and you lose interests? How long does it really take to update this stuff? Newsflash...If you want to be in a band and get anywhere with it at all, dealing with your web presence on a daily basis is part of the gig. Maybe that's the difference between you and the band that you hate because they have a following and get the gigs you think you should be getting? Maybe they work harder? Maybe they finish projects? Maybe their fans actually know where they are going to play? Maybe they update their website and other accounts on-line frequently while you and your mates sit around and bitch about things not getting done and pointing fingers at everyone but yourself? I have said this before but I have learned that it is far better to have a bad plan and great execution than have a great plan with shitty execution. If you don't finish music and keep your on-line presence frequently updated, do you really think that the stars will magically align for you? You can tell that this frustrates me. Maybe it frustrates you too? I know that most of you reading this can't afford to be in a band full time without having a day job that takes up the better part of your time. Some of you have families that take up more time. In today's climate, there will be fewer and fewer of us that will be able to do it full time. Can you find an extra 30 minutes in your day? You make time to write, record and play shows. Suck it up and figure it out. With everything you don't finish, the chances of you gaining any traction at all diminishes. What would have happened if Gravity Kills would not have finished "Guilty" before the deadline? It would have never fucking happened. Glad I finally got in a band that had resolve.


  1. Jeff,

    As a webmaster who has a few "client" - true communication is the key. Many "do it yourself" artists don't want to spend the time to self-promote and update their websites & social media, but in THIS day and age, you HAVE to. That's the only way you'll be heard (or seen). Having a poor or outdated website is WORSE than no website at all. If you do have an online presence, it's on you, the band, to help keep it updated (or, in the bands I work with, they tell me and I update the site). If there's no update for any signifigant period of time, I go out of my way to ask them FOR updates so that the fans stay in the know.

    This isn't 1990 anymore - you (the band) have to put yourself out there more SO that the fans can, in turn, reach you.

  2. I can't tell you how many effing bands I see at shows who haven't touched their profiles or websites. I too understand that they have lives outside of music and blah blah blah but for cryin' out loud, myspace is FREE and these bands can't update more than twice a year? I have given up on many (punk) bands because of this and it's unfortunate because I have the cash to willingly spend on whatever merch they want me to buy so I can SUPPORT the bands I like so in turn I can enjoy more of their music.

    As a fan, Smut Peddlers and other bands I like, update your stupid site and let me know not to keep hanging on to hope that the album you said was coming four years ago is at least in progress. Or how about if the lead singer is taking a job as a construction foreman or the bassist is on smack again? I know from a little googling that Minor Threat is never getting back together and they haven't been around since '83. I had a band website as a joke called Gato Suicide and I updated it more frequently than some of these bands do, and that was for shits and giggles.

    Anyways, that's my two pesos.

  3. Always a something good in the middle of all the heat this blog puts out. Thanks for sharing Jeff - Cheers!

  4. Been about a year and I can't really find anything on where the band is going currently... just sayin.