So I'd have to say the Stonecrusher show was a success last night. We were the opening band and had far more people there than the other bands combined. Lots of thanks to everyone who made it out. Overall it was a great night, but there always has to be drama. As far as I knew the show was supposed to have a $4 cover, but it was changed to $7 at the last minute. Then the door money for the night was given to the headlining band Madeline Haze to split up between the other bands. The total came to about $100 for all the bands, and they felt that since they are "on tour", and the $100 wouldn't even cover their gas to the next show, they'd just keep it and the other bands wouldn't get anything. So after talking to the sound guy who had given them the money and told them to split it up, and then thinking they had already left, we managed to track them down in their RV which was parked around the corner. After about 20 minutes of arguing between the 3 bands, we came to an agreement that the 2 local bands would take $25 each and they got the rest, as their expenses are higher than ours. The money wasn't so much the issue, as was the fact they were just going to pocket it without discussing it with the other bands.
Then my friends Raina and Daniell made it to the show, and Raina was supposed to be the designated driver for the two of them, and ended up getting drunk, so drama ensued with them which I will spare you from.
So the musical saga of my life continues. Even though the show went well last night, I am not happy in general with the band that is Stonecrusher. I do not feel the rest of the band shares the same level of seriousness I have towards music in general. Tyler, the drummer, is basically holding the band back. He makes the same mistakes repeatedly no matter how many times we try to work with him to correct them. His inability when it comes to playing and working on new songs is the reason for our lack of impetus when it comes to new material. Our newest piece took him 3 months to get to the point of being able to play it live, and it is mediocre at best. I have been pushing the other guys for a new drummer for months. They agree, but seem to have no desire to actually FIND a new drummer. I feel as if I am the only person who wants the band to be better, and be something more than a crappy local metal band.
I have become good friends with another local musician named Robert Galvan (yes, ANOTHER Robert) who is in a local band called the Black Saints. I met Robert through my friend Raina, and I have been to several of their shows to support them. I have gotten to know the other members of the band as well with the exception of Henry the drummer, who seems to be a nice person, but is just "there", I guess is the best way to describe it. To make a long story short, they are looking to replace him. Robert knows I drum and he, the other guitarist Anthony and I have jammed a couple times in their rehearsal space. So Robert is pushing hard right now for me to be the drummer for the Black Saints. Anthony and the vocalist Drew are also on board, Brian the bassist is the only one that doesn't share the same sentiment. It isn't that he doesn't like my drumming, he also just wants to see what else is out there. Everyone in the band is very serious about music, and has the same hunger for it that I do. The commitment however means Stonecrusher getting pushed to the backburner, or being quit altogether. I've invested a lot in Stonecrusher, but I don't see the band really going much further, and the Black Saints is an opportunity I cannot pass up. The goal currently is to try to have me ready to play a show with them in November, so I have my work cut out for me.
Well I have stuff to do and I've wasted enough time with this today.