Y’know one of the things I love about this whole interwebby/music/blog thing I’ve got going here? New artists. New music. Sharing that thrill of the discovery – of hearing a new band that you just adore from the first few chords…that gets under your skin and makes you feel.
In the olden days, (y’know – when I was in high school and college) you could only do that with the people in your immediate circle. Your“real life” friends. We passed around mix tapes, recorded songs right from the radio and sat around listening and talking about music. You were lucky if you knew somebody who got out to see cool new music or you’d never hear anything good.
But now? Now when you find it, you can share it with the world. How cool is that?
Part of the whole “new discovery” is the opportunity to get to know the band – as people. While this isn’t always the case –(because some folks think plugging into an amp makes them rockstars and too good to associate with rabble) – quite often you can get a glimpse into what drives a band, and the people who support it and make it work.
THAT is the best part for me. The dichotomy between the personas. Being able to talk to folks who seems perfectly normal one minute, and then watch them take the stage and morph into entities powerful enough to captivate an audience with the music they’ve created. Sure, many hugely popular artists still retain that sense of self and grounding…but so many do not. An up and coming band who are truly grateful for those who appreciate and support them create a whole different level of “fan”. And if they’re good, they keep those fans for life.
I’m turning over the floor now to my buddy Ash, who’s like a little sister to me. She’s intimately involved with one such band. I invite you to read her post with the eyes of someone who gets it. Share her excitement & passion, take a listen to the music and see if you don’t become “Ungrained” too. 😉
I am quite certain the name could stand on its own. And it probably will one day.
Let me quickly address my audience here – most of you are parents, am I right? I am not. But I am a sister. The bassist? He’s my brother. Which also means, we have parents. Parents who heard guitar riff after guitar riff, and bass line after bass line for years and years through relatively thin walls.
Every band member of every band has a family; a mother, father, stepfather, stepmother, grandparents, siblings, etc. etc.
It is important to remind people of this when they are acting a fool, making weird decisions, or are simply sitting on a couch totally distracted by their instrument and not calling their family members back until they leave that musical moment.
We love them for that. We are amazed by their talent and passion for something as amazing as music.
When my brother picked up a guitar a long, long time ago, I watched him do it. And haven’t taken my eyes off since. And I am thankful every single day for that…
Which makes this post that much more fun for me.
Ungrained, a Raleigh based 3-piece band featuring Adam Cohen on bass, Josh Adams on guitar and vocals and Rob Beeghly on drums. Formed at some point during 2009, with a bunch of local shows and hours of practice under their belts by now.
And now, we have an amazing EP on its way very, very soon and are ready to take this show on the road and let as many people as possible experience honest and original rock music. This is a true chance to be involved at the very beginning of something. You know, your own “It’s all happening!” moment.
Your own opportunity to become ingrained…
This isn’t a plug for you to click “Like”, or for you to “ReTweet” this blog.
This isn’t an invitations to hang posters and get points for doing so.
This isn’t a “help us get or keep a record deal by showing up at a show just for the sake of numbers” campaign.
This is simply an opportunity to support hard work, passion and talent.
If you love music, and love a musician or even several of them, then you can understand why I am sharing this band with you.
Your support is appreciated. I really hope to see you at a show one night soon.
The band likes tequila. If you hit me up (ashley.cohen (at) gmail.com) before you come see us, I promise I will let you in on the tradition for a night…
Here’s the info and a little audio present for your earholes, as my brother would say. Take a listen! I mean, it is called Dogshit Whiskey… that has to be somewhat intriguing, right?
www.ungrainedmusic.com | www.facebook.com/ungrainedmusic | www.myspace.com/ungrained
Email us, we really want to see you in a venue you like! (ungrained (at) gmail.com)
AND some upcoming shows in Raleigh!
Saturday November 20 – The Dive Bar
Friday December 10 – Southland Ballroom
Saturday December 18 – The Black Flower