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The Bravos

Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:18 pm
by beagle
Just thought I'd put a little plug in for a new covers band I just joined.
It's brand new having recorded 6 quick demos and yet to play it's first gig.
I'm quite excited by it as the songs are mainly motown but not played strictly to the original.
Plenty of scope for improvisation or injecting my own bits into it.
Here are the demo tracks that we've just finished and I'll update when the rest are done.
(For these recordings I played my Fender Jazz straight into the desk. On Higher Ground I used an electro-harmonix Q-Tron.)
See what you think. :-)

https://soundcloud.com/the-bravos-1/higher-ground

https://soundcloud.com/the-bravos-1/tracks-of-my-tears

https://soundcloud.com/the-bravos-1/youre-so-vain

Website: http://www.thebravos.co.nz
Fakebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebravosband

Re: The Bravos

Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:59 pm
by Mr Bass Man
that all sounds pretty cool....

Re: The Bravos

Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:17 pm
by john
Sounds great Steve. You're such a pro and the singer has a great voice.
I had a look at the set list and there is some really great tunes on there, it looks like a lot of fun.
Although if I was going to do a Smokey tune involving tears then Tears of a Clown would be top of my list

Re: The Bravos

Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:55 pm
by beagle
Wow thanks man. :oops:
Yeah it's a fun setlist. I haven't had the opportunity to play quite a few of these songs so it's good fun.
Tears of a Clown... great song!
I found a ska version for you mate... oh and check out the bass player cause the moves are a crack up :lol:

Re: The Bravos

Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:57 am
by greghr
Sounds great,

Good tight music, great songs, great vocalist, love the sax. Hope you guys get some gigs and if you ever come down to Gisborne I'll be sure to catch you. We have a great venue at the local Dome room at the Poverty bay club. Don McGlashan, Bela Kololo have played there. Its an intimate venue without the boozy feeling like a straight Pub.

If you don't mind me asking, I'm intrigued how you guys set your self up. Are you all old friends, did you advertise for various players, audition people?
What expectations of commitment to the band do you expect from each other?
How often do you practice?

I ask because I am at the point where I would love to play in a regular practicing/hopefully gigging band but am at a bit of a loss how to get it all going
Cheers
Greg

Re: The Bravos

Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:36 am
by beagle
Hey thanks for the feedback Greg... much appreciated 8)
It would be great to get down your way so who knows.... that sounds like a great venue.

That's alot of questions... here goes!

Nearly all of my gigs / bands have been through people I know so I think getting out and meeting other musicians is the secret to finding opportunities.

I'd recommend you go along to open mic nights, jam nights, music clubs, advertise on nzbands.co.nz or rockshop classifieds... whatever you can do to meet and jam with other musos of any level. It doesn't pay to be fussy until you can afford to be... just put yourself out there and say yes to anything that comes along.

If you can't find a band to join, you could start your own circle of musicians that meet somewhere every now and then for a jam and a beer. There's no obligations and a lot of fun. Often bands or 'drummer + bassist' partnerships form out of that sort of thing.

I got into the Bravos through the guitarist who I fill in for on occasion. The previous bass player didn't fit so he asked if I was interested. I had met that guitarist through a drummer we shared.

I haven't played with anyone else in this band before but from doing this, I've now got a fill-in gig next month for the drummers other band and so the circle continues.

These guys are all well seasoned are playing regularly in other things.

The purpose of this band is to do paid gigs and some festivals.

We've had 4 rehearsals and are now 'on ice' until a gig comes along. We'll have brush up rehearsal before the first gig. If gigs become regular then rehearsals won't be required except for working on new material.

Re: The Bravos

Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 3:09 pm
by greghr
I'd recommend you go along to open mic nights, jam nights, music clubs, advertise on nzbands.co.nz or rockshop classifieds... whatever you can do to meet and jam with other musos of any level. It doesn't pay to be fussy until you can afford to be... just put yourself out there and say yes to anything that comes along.

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. There's a lot of great advice there. Good luck with the gig finding.

Re: The Bravos

Posted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:47 pm
by beagle
greghr wrote: Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. There's a lot of great advice there. Good luck with the gig finding.
Now that's a whole seperate issue and a half :-) Thanks and good luck yourself.

Re: The Bravos

Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:31 pm
by pins
Great playing Steve and the Jazz suits and sits in the mix very well. And what a great voice the female vocalist has !!!!

The band sounds very pro , the gigs will come knocking I'm sure. :)

Re: The Bravos

Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:38 pm
by Mr Bass Man
Do you guys find time to rehearse?
only reason I say that is some years ago I joined a 10 piece funk / soul band with Male & Female singer, guitar, bass, keys, drums, sax, trumpet and 2 Backing vocalists - but we could never get the whole band together at the same time to rehearse... trying to organise that many people was a nightmare and after about 10 rehearsals we had only got about 4-5 songs down.... :shock:

but that demo sounds pretty tight :D

Re: The Bravos

Posted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:07 am
by beagle
pins wrote:Great playing Steve and the Jazz suits and sits in the mix very well. And what a great voice the female vocalist has !!!!

The band sounds very pro , the gigs will come knocking I'm sure. :)
Thanks Pins! Yeah the Jazz works huh. Perfect for these songs.
Mr Bass Man wrote:Do you guys find time to rehearse?
only reason I say that is some years ago I joined a 10 piece funk / soul band with Male & Female singer, guitar, bass, keys, drums, sax, trumpet and 2 Backing vocalists - but we could never get the whole band together at the same time to rehearse... trying to organise that many people was a nightmare and after about 10 rehearsals we had only got about 4-5 songs down.... :shock:

but that demo sounds pretty tight :D
Wow; yeah I hear you. I guess large bands are notorious for that. That must of been a good experience playing in something that big.
This one is only a 5 piece... any larger and things would start getting hard. We're not focusing on much detail or arrangements either.
I think that will come further down the track and some originals also.