How it all began

I was 18. I had never been in a “band” before. Sure I played with some people occasionally, and even performed out several times, but it was never anything serious. I knew I loved music, but I had no idea how to go about starting a band, booking a show, getting music out there, etc. It was intimidating to say the least.

Yet several of my friends were in bands and playing out with some regularity. Looking back now, they weren’t great, but in my eyes, they were the coolest people ever. They were out there doing it…and I was still sitting alone in my basement writing and recording demos that I wasn’t sure anyone would ever hear, let alone care anything about.

Some of the recordings were piano based, some distorted guitar based, most were just instrumental versions of songs. (I never intended to be a singer, I was convinced my voice was horrible due to various feedback from several sources throughout my childhood.) But there was one demo that I recorded that had four or five acoustic versions of pop–rock songs I had written, and simply to convey the idea of the melodies and lyrics I had in my head, I sang some rough notes over the guitars… and then made the leap…I handed out a handful of cassettes to a few of my closest friends.

What followed was an outpouring of love and support. My friends would walk around singing my songs. People were passing my tapes around. It was incredible! And then I started getting asked a question I wasn’t exactly expecting, when was my band playing out next?

…uuuuuuhhhhhh…well shit……

Next up, how my first band started and how our first show was incredible…but not so much our second show…

“What followed was an outpouring of love and support. My friends would walk around singing my songs. People were passing my tapes around. It was incredible!”

GEORGE CHASE