We’re the Awesome Covers Band, and we’re currently looking for an acoustic rhythm guitarist and a drummer to complete our line up.
/.01 what's the plan
The aim is to put together a band to play gigs around the Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire area.
We’re assembling a five piece covers band: Vocals, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Rhythm guitar, bass, and drums.
We’re not looking at a) being famous b) playing pro-gigs every weekend (weddings, funerals or barmitzvahs) or c) playing in an environment where we’re shouting at each other in a continually stressy environment as we strive for musical perfection.
We’re also not looking at playing an endless stream of ‘normal’ pub-rock covers. You know the ones. The sort of song that you see a band banging out, hating themselves whilst drunk aunties wave their hands in the air shortly before falling over.
That’s not the plan. That's not the plan at all.
/.02 who's on board
The Awesome Covers Band already have a vocalist, lead guitarist and bass player from the now defunct Singfield (who came to an end when their drummer selfishly moved to California, the little scamp).
Sarah, Nick and Ben are betweeen 37 and 43 years old, and are pretty sensible people. They've all got proper jobs, and proper lives and, let's be honest, aren't rock stars. However they ARE people who just love playing music.
You can get an idea of the sort of stuff that we used to play, and a general level of musical ability from the links below.
/.02 who's on board
who are we looking for?
We're looking for an acoustic rhythm guitarist
We need someone who’s comfortable playing acoustic guitar in a rhythm capacity, although there may be some scope also for electric rhythm too.
You’ll be providing the total rhythmic and harmonic bed for many of the songs, and will be having a REAL prescence in the sound, so a complete confidence in this is needed. Due to the wide range of the songs, you’ll need a complete playing style between strum and pick, you know the kinda thing. Have a listen to Frank Turner and you’ll get the idea.
The ability to change strings in a hurry will probably also be a bonus. As will be the ability to join Sarah and Nick with backing vocals.
We're looking for a super dooper drummer
We need someone who is able to play in a range of styles, and is able to truly use their drums as the instrument they are. The music that we're intending to play will need a lot of versitility, so there'll be lots of opportunity to do lots of different things.
You’ll also be expected to be able to take an endless stream of drummer jokes, and to supply your own bananas. You’ll also need the ability to translate ‘non-drummer speak’ into music – you know the sort of thing, where the vocalist says “Just go Duh.Duh. Bang. Dah-dah-DAH!”. Yeah, that.
Key to it as ever is locking in with the bass guitar, so you'll need that inherent telepathic ability that drummers/bass players have!
Needless to say, the expectation of both is that you’ve got a gear and transport, flexibility to rehearse and gig.
Now we’re not looking at complete virtuoso levels of musicianship, because Sarah, Nick and Dom are far from that. But, we’re looking for a good level of confidence, a good level of competence, and the skill to be able to listen to proposed tracks, and rearrange. That bit is kinda key!
/.04 the setlist
Now, as above we’re not looking at just banging out an endless stream of world weary standards. If anyone ever suggests playing ‘I Love Rock ‘n Roll’ then they’ll be set on fire, for example. We’ve also a keenness to bring lots of modern songs to the set. Therefore, you’ll need to have the Most Eclectic Music Taste in the World Ever™. We’ve a huge bunch of possible ideas, songs from the 80’s, 90’s, modern pop songs to be reworked into a pub pop/rock band style.
We’ve even got some stunning trance songs on the list by the awesome Above and Beyond that we’re looking at bringing to that environment. See, the plan isn’t to play obscure Ben Harper B sides and bootlegs that would appeal to the rare muso in the audience (whilst they nod at us in a knowing way). It is, instead, to play some great tunes, in new and exciting ways.
There are so many great songs out there there’s no excuse not to bring them to a different audience. There’ll MAYBE be some originals thrown in, great songs that we’ve picked up in various bands along the way. And you know what, if you’ve got some great originals too, then that’s just fine. Let’s throw it all in. As long as they’re awesome.
So below are some of the songs that we've picked up along the way as this project has been formed and started to be put together. Of course, it doesn't mean that this is the full set list; these are just ideas that mainly Dom and Sarah came up with whilst sitting with a couple of boxes of wine.
The view is NOT to take these songs and try and replicate them 'as per the record'. Instead, it's to take them, work with them. Maybe rearrange them a little. Slow some of them down, speed some of them up. Who knows?! A few YouTube links below, some may work, some may not (due to licensing issues), however some may give you an idea.
My Little Something - Above & Beyond
Slide - Goo Goo Dolls
Don't Look Back - Matrix and Futurebound
Hot Fudge - Robbie Willians
Talks To Angels - Black Crows
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Heat Is On - Glenn Frey
Hello - Above & Beyond
You Need Me I Don't Need You - Ed Sheeran
Thousand Trees - Stereophonics
Look Away - Big Country
I Like The Way You Move - Bodyrockers
Mr Brightside - The Killers
Finetime - Cast
Way It Should Be - Singfield
Shout - Tears for Fears
Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepson
Meteor Shower - Owl City
Wherever You Will Go - The Calling
So,that's the deal!
If you're interested, then drop us a line today. Send an email in the first instance to email@example.com with your contact details and we can have a bit of a natter. As you know, these things can take a bit of time to get together, so looking for your patience as we find the right personnel. The plan would be to have a chat about what it is, your experience etc. When it comes to 'auditions' we're keen not to audition in the established sense. What we'd like to see though is some footage of you playing. Hopefully you'll already have something online, or can always get your mate to film you on their phone.
Important to the whole process though is making sure that we're people who you'd want to be in a band with, and that there's a good chemisty as that's 99% of the work done. Therefore, I'm sure 'going out for a curry' will be a crucial part of the plan.
So drop us an email for more information.