Friday, March 09, 2007

Back In Black

Back in my teenage years, I was the lead singer of a band.

One of the major drawbacks to me being the lead singer of a band was that I can't really sing.

Inspired by Oasis and their "anyone can be a rock'n'roll star" mentality, I was convinced that superstardom awaited me, if I only I could find someone to write the songs.

And so, I formed a band, appointing myself lead singer. I was also the band's self-appointed publicist, manager, creative director and every other position that didn't involve playing an instrument.

We named ourselves Merge, a typically lame Britpop era band name (inspired by the likes of Blur, Suede, Pulp, Menswear, Sleeper, Oasis and so on).

We weren't as bad as we could have been, primarily because of two talented songwriters / guitar players.

But after three gigs in two years, we called it a day, sparing the discerning listening public in Brechin any more of our acoustic onslaught.

Now, almost a decade later, three of the members, myself included, are attempting to rekindle those dying embers. Two of them, myself not included, are proficient songwriters with ample material to fill four or five albums.

And my role this time around will be to do whatever I'm told.

Like setting up the amplifiers and fetching the beer....

7 comments:

Mirk said...

When I saw the title I came over all excited Back in Black AC/DC then just as quickly you mentioned Oasis and it all went.

As you are in a band now I suppose that means you will be going all myspace ;0) Why not put a demo on your blog here and give us a swatch it would be very interesting. Keep on rockin Groanin!

Maeve said...

I used to date a bass player when I was a lass.
He had the BEST hands.
*Heavy sigh*

Erica said...

Dude, that is GREAT! I'd definitely buy a CD.

My best friend (actually, her husband, but I was friends with him first, and just think of them as being a Combined Best Friend Unit) was the lead singer in a death metal band when I was in high school.

Altar of Flesh...that was some crazy stuff.

Groanin' Jock said...

Mirk: I love AC/DC almost as much as I do Oasis - Bon Scott was raised in Angus, just like me! No danger of us 'going My Space' just yet - although I may be tempted to post a demo at this here site....

Maeve: Funny you should say that, I spent all weekend playing bass and just bought one yesterday!

Erica: I think it will be safe to say that our CD will NEVER be available in any store!

Mirk said...

That's what I like to hear!

Sho said...

Ha ha! Merge - I remember it well! Who were your bandmates?

Groanin' Jock said...

Sho: I couldn't possibly name names - anyway, if you can remember Merge's heyday, you probably need prescription medication....