We had a great first rehearsal at Suburbia Studios in SE Portland. The three of us gathered together in a room that looks nothing like a molester's basement:
We had a great time together. We stepped smoothly into our familiar roles. I was the scatterbrained chords, melody, and lyrics man with pieces of songs that were waiting to be put together. Joe was the fierce and blunt arranger. Bob was the encyclopedia, with spot on knowledge of which bands we could emulate to get the right feel for particular songs, which was our focus for today. The songs we worked on were:
Roll On, Mighty Danube
Girls & Sweaters
Church, Mosque, Church, Mosque, Church, Mosque, Mosque
I Think We Just Lose Touch
On The Wet Streets Of Sevilla
So far, I'm excited that we already have an ecclectic mix of influences. We tried to make Roll On, Mighty Danube feel like The Band, Church, Mosque, Church, Mosque, Church, Mosque, Mosque feel like Sparks (via Green Day), Girls and Sweaters feel like Apples in Stereo, I Think We Just Lose Touch feel like ELO, and On The Wet Streets Of Sevilla feel like the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. Plus, we were already talking about strings, electronics, and other things we'd like to hear on the final album.
So my homework now is to finish the lyrics on the songs we worked on today and to get some more songs together. We rehearse again in two weeks. More later.