When The 50/50s first started out, one of our primary goals was to play a show with HUGElarge. Last year we added The Connies to our list of bands to play live with. Well, this past Saturday night in Sebastopol (of all places) our dreams came true. There was a great turnout at Aubergine, the sound was terrific and our good friends from Burning Token Media were able to capture the event! We extend a huge thanks to all who made this such a memorable event.
And stay tuned! The 50/50s are in the process of mixing tracks at WallySound for an full-length album. Soon you’ll be able to have your ears ringing in your very own home.
Yow! What a way to celebrate a birthday. We had a blast playing the Arlene Francis Center yesterday in honor of our amazing front woman Lila. So hell-bent on rocking the socks off our audience we were that the intrepid Leilani risked life, limb and lip singing into an uncooperative microphone intent on sharing it’s electricity with her. Thanks to everyone who turned up. If you weren’t able to make it, please take a listen to our set and experience the energy yourself.
That’s right. It’s been a whole year since our first live performance. And what a difference a year makes. Expanding, contracting, evolving, and all the time rocking.
This past Saturday night at the Arlene Francis Center, The 50/50s played our one year anniversary show. While it was all a blur to me, I am told we rocked it pretty well. Cameron and Sean propelled us forward with their expert rhythm section. We had amazing harmonies, thanks to Leilani and Cameron, that perfectly accented Lila’s matchless vocals. Our sound was expanded by the awesome riffing of Chelsea on keyboard. And of course there was me, chugging away on the guitar.
There was also a full roster of excellent bands on hand to help KWTF with fundraising. While Hot Club Beelzebub lured folks in with their irresistible brand of gypsy jazz, Community College kicked things off on the main stage with a powerful punch. The Poppy Seeds held the stage with a golden voice and a strum to match. The Manchus from Mainland China tore through their debut set with the same diabolic intensity of their namesake. Intimate Garçons mesmerized us with a journey through time and space. Immediately after our set, Will Crum rocked us guerilla style from the AFC balcony. Sharky Coast brought their hurricane with them, making Irene look like a mere suggestion of weather. Guy Henry Mueller and Ryan Michael Keller created an alternate, enlightening/frightening universe. And to round it all off, Conspiracy a Go Go schooled us with their rock and roll carnival.
Thanks to all of our families, friends and fans. We have so much more in store for you.
Stay tuned for the further adventures of The 50/50s.
I’ll come clean. I’ve never been in a band before. Well, unless you count the time I played bass with some fellow floormates in a collegiate talent show. I made as fine a job of nervously plucking my way through “I Melt with You” as someone who was nearly paralyzed with stage fright could, only to discover that the bass amp was never plugged in.
Sure, I’ve played guitar for years, but I was always too self-conscious to make any attempts at forming anything other than theoretical bands. No really, it’s true. For a year and a half I worked as a finish carpenter, and to wile away the hours on one particular soul-sucking job (installing 165 kitchen units in a “luxury loft” warehouse), my co-workers and I had come up with a bitchin’ band. We would be called Maximum Scribe and we were going to play noise dub. Needless to say, this project has yet to come to fruition.
But The 50/50′s aren’t like that. For starters, we really exist and play music in this plane of existance. We are just straightforward rudimentary rock and rollers. And we’re having fun. That is without a doubt the best part. The fun. Sure I was a little stressed out before our first show, but I quickly came to the realization that we were either going to play decently (which we more or less did) or we’d stumble and crash through songs and that would be that (a number of false starts, but I’ll be darned if we didn’t pretty much nail every song). Best of all, it was fun. All right, it also helped that I got to hide behind a monitor for most of the show, but I was right out there in the open for the second show. That second show went even better. In fact, you can listen to the amazing lo-fi monoaural recording of that very show right here on this site.
I’ll let you in on another secret. Coming up with your own material is awesome. You pretty much get to make stuff up as you go along. Sure it’s nice if there’s a recognizable transition from the verse to the chorus, and bonus points if you actually figure out a bridge. But hey, let’s not get too fancy.
Thanks to our amazing rhythm section, I’ve even been able to enter the world of “noodling”. Mind you, I’m never going to be one to shred out 64th-note arpeggio sweeps or drop off-the-wall fills, but I’ll keep it interesting and complimentary.
Closely related is the amazing discovery is that after you play a song so many times, you can definitely find your mind wandering. This is generally put right by finding new ways to voice chords or excursions around the relevant notes. It also gives new appreciation to seeing bands live. I can now completely relate to why some bands will never play the same set list twice. It would definitely keep things interesting.
Anyway, I’ll do my best to keep you filled in on all the wonderful revelations I experience as The 50/50′s progress. Why, in just a month’s time, we’ll be headed into the studio. Who knows what amazing mind expansion will happen there.