Just for Laughs ─ Bands about to splitlearning You know your band is about to break up when...
Some bands last for years, and others only for months, but the reality is that all bands break up eventually. When a split is imminent, the telltale sings are everywhere. As a public service we compiled a list of them.
You know your band is about to break up when...
- The drummer starts writing songs
- The guitar player brings his girlfriend to rehearsals
- The bassist can't stop talking about his funk side project
- You've been rehearsing two years and still haven't played a gig
- The singer proposes to include his keyboard player buddy in the band...and the keyboard player wants to play solos, too
- All your friends and family have come to at least four concerts
- The bassist suggests trying out his fretless
- The drummer proposes an intro with mallets
- The drummer wants to add e-drum pads to his drum kit
- Your girlfriend comes to your show but spends the whole time texting
- For the first time ever, you need to tell the drummer to play louder
- For the first time ever, you need to tell the guitarist to play louder
- You suggest that the drummer and bassist start playing with a click
- Nobody in the crowd demands an encore, except for your mom...and the audience is made up of family members only
- The sound engineer goes for a smoke during your gig...and he never comes back
- The opening act has a larger audience than your band
- The singer proposes to play guitar during a song
- You still have 200 copies of your first EP left…and you pressed 250
- The guitar player just bought a phaser pedal
- The crowd is all wearing earplugs…and you’re an acoustic band
- Your bassist says he just heard Frank Zappa and it's awesome
- The bass player can't play Mondays...
- ...the drummer Tuesdays
- ...the guitarist Wednesdays
- ...the singer Thursdays
- The guitar player comes in late to a rehearsal and says he needs to leave early for a dental appointment