10/09/08- October news and snooze....

And shoes!  And canoes!  Okay...  I'm sitting on the porch at the new house I'm renting a room in and it seems as though Fleet Week has begun.  Fleet Week is a big air show that happens every year in San Francisco where these Blue Angel fighter planes fly over the city, sneering in the face of Newton and giving the local birds an lifelong inferiority complex. 

Needless to say, it's a very loud.

This post, composed on the 68th anniversary of the birth of the patron-saint Lennon, is mainly about how there's actually not a lot to report for the month of October.  That said, there's actually quite a bit that I want to inform all you readers out there (all two of you) on.

Strategy....  We're probably going to start doing less gigs.  Sounds like a good plan?  Here's the reasoning for this.  One of our biggest challenges has always been getting people to come to shows.  I don't know what the source of this problem is but what I've noticed is that we've been tending to schedule these clusters of three or four shows all within a few days of each other which doesn't allow for much time for individual promotion for each one. 

What are new strategy is going to be is planning maybe only one show per month in a certain area and finding the smallest venue possible to do it in.  The goal then would be to concentrate that whole month on promoting just that one show with the ultimate outcome being packing the venue...even if packing it means only bringing in twenty people.  Once we can bring in twenty people, we'll find a venue where packing it would mean bringing in forty people, and so on and so forth.  This is going to mean increasing visibility in local music rags, both online and off, and also guerilla marketing techniques such as spontaneous performances all around San Francisco.  Keep your eyes out for us in the BART stations in the coming weeks! 

Eventually what we want to do is put together a street team of people who are interested in helping us get the word out on shows and just the group in general.  Let me know if anyone is interested in lending their talents and time to this.

And ultimately, I'd love to hear feedback from anyone reading this what we could do to make you want to come to more shows.  Or come to shows in the first place.

Our next show in San Francisco isn't until November 8th at Brainwash.  Maybe we can make it into a post-election celebration/mourning (I suppose some of us will be celebrating and some of us will be mourning).

In the meantime, I've entered a song once again in the OurStage competition this time in the NoisePop category which will give winners a shot at playing the NoisePop festival here in SF which would be very cool.  Go to www.ourstage.com, go to music, and then scroll down and click on the NoisePop 2009 category.  Two random songs will pop and you'll be asked to say which one you like better and by how much.  Choose one and two more will come up.  Eventually my song "Clown Review" will show up.  Playing NoisePop would be a huge step forward for us.

I'm hoping to start recording demos soon for a new album or a new something.  I don't know how long it will be before I end up doing a new album.  I don't fee like the first one has reached it's potential audience yet.  I also don't really want to record another album until I have the resources I need to really make it great.  It's frustrating because I have probably enough songs for about three albums stored up.  I'm going to start making Garage Band demos of some of the songs and maybe I'll post them on here....if you're good!

I think that's about all I've got for now.  I'm reading a book called "Zen and the Art of Motorcylce Maintenance" which is something of a classic and is an amazing book.  I highly recommend it!

Peace,
   Adrian

3 comments

  • Kelly MacDonald

    Kelly MacDonald

    For getting people to your shows there's always the simple flyer technique (which you're probably already utilizing). And the whole whoring out your friends to spread the word (which you're also probably doing). Your music is incredible and very far from what's common these days. I know you can go far with word of mouth. I think you just need to get more people talking. Do you play any of your old music anymore? I mean, really old... like high school old. I think if you played smaller venues and also included a couple really intimate songs it would draw the listeners in and make the experience especially memorable (for them to go talking about hehe).

    For getting people to your shows there's always the simple flyer technique (which you're probably already utilizing).
    And the whole whoring out your friends to spread the word (which you're also probably doing).

    Your music is incredible and very far from what's common these days. I know you can go far with word of mouth. I think you just need to get more people talking.

    Do you play any of your old music anymore? I mean, really old... like high school old.
    I think if you played smaller venues and also included a couple really intimate songs it would draw the listeners in and make the experience especially memorable (for them to go talking about hehe).

  • Rachel

    Rachel

    I like the idea of paring down the number of shows so you can be more intentional. I think developing this website into a living document - having as much info that's up to date as possible - will also help the band in the effort of getting the word out about who you are and what your sound is. Keep up the great work!!!

    I like the idea of paring down the number of shows so you can be more intentional. I think developing this website into a living document - having as much info that's up to date as possible - will also help the band in the effort of getting the word out about who you are and what your sound is. Keep up the great work!!!

  • Perfecta

    Perfecta

    Hello. Life is divided into the horrible and the miserable. I am from Arabia and learning to read in English, tell me right I wrote the following sentence: "These were seen by the albumin." Thank you very much :(. Perfecta.

    Hello. Life is divided into the horrible and the miserable.
    I am from Arabia and learning to read in English, tell me right I wrote the following sentence: "These were seen by the albumin."

    Thank you very much frown. Perfecta.

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