Today's submission for Project: Create was supposed to be something awesome and exciting. For those of you who may not know, I play drums in a hard rock and heavy metal covers band called Sudden Gunfire. We've been playing together for about eighteen months now, and are just starting to get a footing on the local live music scene. Tonight was scheduled to be my our first band practice in three weeks (the two previous practices having been cancelled on account of some Earth Rockers and a Gimp Fight). Not having played with the guys for a while, I was pretty excited about thrashing out some of our standards, as well as wrapping our heads around some new songs we've decided to add to our repertoire. I spent most of this afternoon at work with Rage Against the Machine's Killing in the Name going through my head, desperate for the evening to roll round so we could finally try playing it as a band.
We arrived at our rehearsal studio just before 8pm this evening to find another band already set up and playing. As I understand it, the guy who runs the studio double-booked it by mistake, and we were the band unfortunate enough to arrive second tonight. We got an apology and his word that we can use the space free-of-charge next week, but it was still an incredibly bitter pill to swallow, especially being so stoked to play music with the band after what felt like an interminable break. We all went for a beer at a nearby pub instead, but although it was nice to catch up with the guys and relax after a long day at work, it was still gutting not to be able to play music.
To make matters worse, tonight's practice was supposed to play host to my Project: Create submission for today. As well as my drum kit, I took my laptop along to tonight's practice, with the intention of recording our practice session. I was then planning to cherry-pick the best tracks from the recording and put them up here as a mini-EP, a taster of what we're all about and what we're capable of as musicians. No practice means that idea sadly hasn't come to fruition. That makes me doubly gutted, because I was just as excited by the prospect of putting together such an EP as I was about practising in the first place. Our next practice won't be until August 1st, which falls just outside the boundaries of Project: Create. That means you probably won't be hearing anything of Sudden Gunfire (at least on this blog) for quite some time.
To compensate for the lack of a mini-EP, I've poured what remains of today's sapped creative energy stores into building and publishing an official Facebook page for Sudden Gunfire. It's a page that I hope the band can use to continue to build its local fan base, and to better inform those who are interested in seeing us as to precisely when they can see us. It's still in its infancy, but I think I've laid a pretty solid foundation that myself and the rest of the guys can build on throughout the rest of the year. If you're interested in the checking the page out, or if you want to 'like' us (it would be hugely appreciated), then you can do so by following this link here. It's no mini-EP, I know, but hopefully it'll suffice.