The past six weeks have been full of live performances. I was tallying it up today, and I think I’ve played somewhere every week for the last six, from a pair of shows with the expanding band lineup, to a few solo acoustic sets, and the odd open mic here and there. It occurred to me in thinking about this today, that while I have a vision for this music, I still don’t have a plan.
I’m ok with that. This whole process has been a long and unfolding adventure, so I’ll keep that up. The closest thing I have to a plan is to say that from here on out, we’ll try to play a show a month and no more, because I’ve still got a few more songs to write on my new John Henry-inspired concept album. Maybe it’s more of a song cycle than a strict concept album, but whatever it is, it needs to get recorded later this year. Steps are being taken to make that happen, too. So we’ll see where this road takes us.
In any event, it’s time to introduce the rest of the band. Sci-Fi Romance is now myself (Vance Kotrla) on vocals and guitar, Kurt Bloom on drums, and Jody Stark on cello. These musicians are a blessing, and if you are local to LA and you haven’t had a chance to see us play together, I think I can say you’re missing out. I say that as a fan of them, myself.
Here are a couple of videos from our last show at the Pig N Whistle, which may become our local home.
As the descriptions say, the quality isn’t astonishing, but you get the idea.