BANDS IM IN
/or a collection of stories
/WAIT....WHAT YEAR IS IT?
WHATS A BAND? and Band Lore…
A band is a peculiar grouping or “working arraignment” of
musicians who endeavor to create what is sometimes referred to as a “sound” or “music” together.
It is a grouping centered around a common, active task. No matter what
the social motivation is, the priority is to first come together and
communicate musically within the group, and second for the resulting
communication to perhaps be experienced by individuals not directly involved
in the created communication or music; the “audience”. Its
presumably for their “entertainment” and this is the reigning
aspect of music made by a band. And to Be Doing It. Now. An
old forgotten band name has a craggy wornness to it, like a box found
in an old drawer that’s inexplicably filled with dry earth.
an inertial of togetherness will be fostered, and those who tend to come
together will naturally encounter a name for the group, a name that simultaneously
names the group and what the group does, and a Band is born. The name
then begins to no only refer to the music created, but also to the lives
of those involved, what happens to them in that life with music and all
tertiary cultural habits and signifiers, such as where they usually congregate,
who they associate with, what they tend to wear, and the suggestion of
their darker secrets. A Lore is created. A constellation of interlocking
pedigrees. On a grander scale, an entire people may be created, a localized
culture, a reality bubble, an autonomous zone.
named. The things they do are named, and the group is named. Not just
music is created. It could be argued that mostly not music is
created. Music itself is a primordial right of mankind. What a band is
and what it does while it makes music is not an ancient thing,
it is always of a constellation of sudden moments. It is perpetually ‘now’ based.
And that is the use of Band Lore. By defining a story around a
music we find a way to wordlessly define a kind of life, complete with
the bombast of myth and the epic quality of history. (“dude…that was the SICKEST
PARTY EVER” etc…)