Rock bands are typically thought of as a young person's game. Megan Garza talks about what she learned after joining a band for the first time in her 30's.
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Rockin' in the Free World
BY ASTRID SISON
@ VOL 127
ON JUL 29, 2015
"We learned so many lessons, not just about playing on the stage but also about each other. We learned how very strong our friendship is compared to others."
Local rocker and bassist for the independent Tokyo-based 3-piece band "Tits, Tats, and Whiskers", Astrid Sison shares some of the trials, tribulations, wonders, and joys of fearlessly rocking the stage, self-recording and releasing, touring the world, and being a part of a band of friends with a shared musical vision. Sison's charisma comes through as she touches on the hard work and passion that she and her bandmates pour into their musical aspirations. No doubt, these rockers are living the dream!
Guitars, Rock and Roll, the Stranglers, David Bowie and MORE!
BY JOHN ELLIS
@ VOL 9
ON FEB 22, 2016
John Ellis shares on a number of topics including his time with the Strangerls meeting Iggy Pop and David Bowie...and MORE! Ellis is an English guitarist and songwriter.
Between late 1990 and 2000, Ellis was a member of the punk rock band The Stranglers, starting with the album Stranglers In the Night. During that period he also created music for European Art exhibitions and several short films. Ellis left the Stranglers in 2000. He is an exponent of the E-bow guitar.
Idiot's Guide to Being a Touring Rock Band
BY STEPHEN O'SHEA
@ VOL 11
ON MAY 06, 2016
"Don't spend the night in that hotel!"
In Idiot's Guide to Being a Touring Rock Band from PechaKucha Night New Westminster Vol. 11, Stephen O'Shea takes us coast to coast and back again and tells us all the ins and outs of being a touring rock band. Think you have what it takes to take your rock band on a tour across Canada?
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, September 5th, 2016.
Stay Up Late
BY PAUL RICHARDS
@ VOL 25
ON OCT 12, 2016
'Keep it punk' says the director of charity Stay Up Late. Paul Richards is on a mission: to enable people with learning disabilities and autism to lead full and active social lives. Paul shares the charity's brilliantly simple yet highly effective initiatives like Gig Buddies.
I Bet You Look Desperately Uncoordinated On The Dancefloor: an accidental journey into rock stardom
BY KEITH GABRIEL
@ VOL 33
ON OCT 03, 2017
Keith Gabriel brings us I Bet You Look Desperately Uncoordinated On The Dancefloor: an accidental journey into rock stardom. By day, Keith Gabriel works inefficiently at the University of Warwick. By night, he generally does as little as he can, aside from bemoaning the domestic mundanities of parenthood. So how did this increasingly corpulent man, who’d previously never sang before a live audience, end up as the lead singer of an indie-rock band? And did he wiggle like a Jarvis, pogo like a Damon or just kinda stand there like a Liam?
Livin' in Gomerica: tales from the World's Biggest Band
BY ANDY WALLMAN
@ VOL 24
ON NOV 09, 2017
Were The Gomers the world's biggest band? They made some noise in the late 1980's with a few songs appearing on the national Dr. Demento radio show. Over time, they realized they knew over 2,000 cover songs and a live karaoke band was born. The spent the next 12 years sharing the stage with over ten thousand lead singers who (usually) lived out their rock and roll dreams three blissful rockin' minutes at a time. (That is a big band.) Andy Wallman was the first chair tambourine player for The Gomers and will take you on the inside of what it was like to be Livin' in Gomerica.
Rokkferð til Iceland með Vinum
BY CLIFF LAZENBY
@ VOL 32
ON FEB 15, 2018
Cliff Lazenby has been a fan of the San Francisco-based rock band, Thee Oh Sees, for years, but was long deprived of hearing them live. So when the band announced they would be headlining a 3 day music festival in Iceland of all wonderful places, Cliff made plans with some fellow music freak friends to embark on an Icelandic adventure.
Calamity strikes one week before scheduled to leave - the festival goes bankrupt! Cliff and his friends decided to go through with their plans, and instead experienced the trip of a lifetime.
Our Band Could Be Your Life
BY LANCE PORTER
@ VOL 8
ON APR 06, 2018
Lance Porter is a music nerd. He has been obsessed with punk rock since 1980, when he saw Devo on late-night TV. (I know Devo isn’t really punk, but I was 10, OK?) His music nerdiness has dictated almost every move in his life, including the cities he chose to live in and the woman he married. However, it took just over 30 years for him to finally get the guts to live out a rock ‘n’ roll fantasy and form his own band.