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Opportunity Wasted



So I never updated this blog beyond saying that Familiar Faces was playing a huge talent showcase at House of Blues Cleveland. Well, here's what happened...


We played HOB Cleveland Live Music Showcase, judged by Kat Gaynor, formerly of Warner Reprise. It was a great set, with a lot of the music off the "upcoming" record, and a new song I'd written a week earlier for the show.

We won, beating out 9 other groups including hip-hop, rock, rap, and instrumental pieces. I was in fucking shock, believe me, but we won.

We went on to meet with Kat, got her contact info to get some advice from her on what our future should look like.

We then proceeded to slowly and quietly fall out and do absolutely nothing with the band. I wanted to write unique and creative new music that wasn't just new, but sounded different. Our drummer, Tommy, wanted to create music for an audience that already existed locally, and more-so music that he was already a fan of. That kind of music you've heard a dozen of your friends promote on Facebook that just sounds sort of - done - for lack of a better word. And I don't mean to be so harsh, if that's how I'm coming off... I don't think his new band's music sounds bad or anything, it just doesn't sound at all unique or original from my perspective.


Anyway, our fanbase grew to be pretty large and we could have done a lot with the moment we gained following the HOB show. We didn't even release the album, though. I put up over $300 of my own money toward the $650 total we owed. About $150 of it came from the band funds we'd been holding onto from ticket sales and all that. I refused to pay for any more of it though, and there was only really about $120 left, so I figured the other 3 members of the band could handle that. One of them went off to college about 300 miles away, so he was just out altogether on the whole band thing. The other two just didn't really seem too concerned with it.

So, here we are, nearly two years down the road, no album, no band. Which would feel fine if we hadn't been in the middle of what was our most active, most productive, and most popular time together. It all just kind of dropped off, and no one cared enough to pick it up. I'm to blame just as much as anyone. I began loathing band practice and the entire writing process with Familiar Faces. I didn't have the creative control I used to, and I wasn't trying to give it up. I'd write songs and suggest covers that explored areas we hadn't already been, like reworking Hound Dog into a Punk Rock cover with a new solo, or trying to make My Heart Will Go On somehow sound badass. The rest of the guys were happy to do Blink 182, Fall Out Boy, and Taking Back Sunday covers forever. Every now and then we mixed in a cover from one of the hot new up and coming indie rock bands.

But every good thing comes to an end and, if all goes well, you make something better for yourself when it's all said and through. I've never stopped writing. I don't know how to. I don't post or publish anything these days, or at least I hadn't until this past week. I'm enjoying working on my own original music, and that's all that really matters. I'll probably start a new blog here soon with some of the material I've been working on.


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