What makes a friendly band??

Nuke

Active Member
Playing music and watchin a bloke wagle a stick for two hours in rehersals is all very well and good but what in a band makes you want to go back week after week and carry. What things about your band make you go back for more.
Personally mine would be the copious amounts of alcohol that are consumed after every rehersal and concert :guiness but im sure everyones is different. Any ideas?
 

Okiedokie of Oz

Active Member
I find a band has to excel in one of 2 categories.

1) Musical ability.
If the band plays nicely together, and plays to an audience that is always VERY appreciative, I enjoy the band immensly.

2) Socially
I hate bands with players that are up themselves, or don't socialise.
 

andyp

Active Member
Friendly people. Music you enjoy. If you don't enjoy the music, or don't like the people, why go?
I would argue that bands that socialise together play better together, too.
A lot of my band are my oldest friends, and that's one of the most important things to me.
 

2nd man down

Moderator
Staff member
Fun people, good atmosphere, and it makes a difference when you know everyone is trying their hardest.
Root out the prima-donnas (or prima donnash...private joke!!) too, they can ruin morale in no time.
 

sparkling_quavers

Active Member
All of the above but it is the simple things that make a difference. Like if (as a new potential player or guest) you go to a concert/rehearsal and nobody makes an effort to chat to you. It might seem crazy but I have (and know alot of players who have guested for bands that have been like that too) To put it quite simply- you don't bother going back again do you?
 

akwarose

Active Member
friendly people that u can be yourself with, and who dont judge you when u ask for help with something, people who are willing to help, good atmosphere, music you enjoy and the fact that i love it to pieces, coz i like performing as part of a group!
 

ploughboy

Active Member
2nd man down said:
Fun people, good atmosphere, and it makes a difference when you know everyone is trying their hardest.
Root out the prima-donnas (or prima donnash...private joke!!) too, they can ruin morale in no time.
:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

Close to the wire that one mate :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: funny tho!!
 

manx_yessir

Member
sparkling_quavers said:
Like if (as a new potential player or guest) you go to a concert/rehearsal and nobody makes an effort to chat to you. It might seem crazy but I have (and know alot of players who have guested for bands that have been like that too) To put it quite simply- you don't bother going back again do you?
Yep I have to agree with you there Rach. When we went to our first Littleborough rehearsal last year & then Emley this year, there were plenty of people who made sure they came & talked to us & invited us to the pub afterwards. We also went to play with a couple of bands last year before joining Littleborough and hardly anyone made us feel welcome so we felt like outsiders. As much as I love banding, I'd rather not play then go somewhere where everyone didn't get along.
 

Big Twigge

Active Member
A band where they don't shout at you for playing a little wrong note and who invite you to the pub with them for post band pints and make you feel welcome...would work for me :D
 

drummergurl

Active Member
Naruco said:
I enjoy playing- good people in the band... that keeps me going as music is all I have

:)
ditto, and also, people chatting to ya on your first rehearsal is always good, i always feel like the little lonely one in the corner whenever i go to a new band or go to a rehearsal with a band i know no1 from
 

Dave Payn

Active Member
A mixture of commitment to making good music to the best of the collective ability, mixed in with people willing to have a chat, a laugh and a joke over a few drinks and DEFINITELY no members long disappeared up their own backsides!
 

Cornishwomble

Active Member
I like a band who go out of their way to say hello to guests. Practices may only take up 3-4 hours a week of your time, so I always like bands who socialise and do other things.

I like bands who try hard and are not always moaning, who actually enjoy doing gigs and turn up with plenty of time so that the whole thing runs smoothly.
 

lynchie

Active Member
I believe that taking over half an indian restaurant with band members is a good way to show solidarity... also taking over large sections of pubs and bars works similarly...

Flixton... experts in rearranging tables...
 

Will the Sec

Active Member
When I told DP I was leaving my former band, he said "Come to Fulham. You'll be hooked by the people, and you'll never want to leave." I told him he was nuts, as Fulham is on the wrong side of London, but his words were prophetic.

I always make a point of saying hallo to new members and will buy them a drink at the break. (We're lucky to have a bar on site.)

In addition, I'll use my knowledge of London to see if they're using the optimum method of getting to and from the rehearsal venue. If it's easy to get to and from band, (and safely) then that is a catalyst for them to come again.

Ideally, the MD will have a quick chat too, and BUY THEM A BEER. (This has never happened at Fulham...) *ducks*

When it comes to deps, be friendly, be appreciative, don't be critical of their playing (you can apply that concept if necessary by not asking them again) and above all, offer them a suitable dep fee. They might refuse anyway, but the sure fire way to alienate a fellow bander is to take their services for granted. It won't help should you need deps in the future, either.
 

flugelgal

Active Member
I agree pretty much with what everybody has said here. I think if people in the band are welcoming and friendly it makes all the difference. I just joined Granite City a few months ago and people like Moy have been wonderful, feeding me and everything on occasion. Makes all the difference!
 
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