Exactly eight years ago today my three best friends and I played our first gig.
We formed a band in middle school called the Brink of Insanity and performed in the school talent show in the 7th grade. It was our first of only two gigs we played. To this day, there is still some disdain in my heart for Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day. The amount of times I heard that song in the span of a week was astronomical. I haven’t listened to it all the way through since.
We were more than a one-hit wonder, though. We were strictly a cover band, but we managed to learn and play close to fifteen songs before going to high school and pursuing other interests.
Connor Griffin was on drums, Alex and Garrett were on guitar, and I sang. Looking back at the video now, it’s honestly painfully obvious that we didn’t practice as much as we should have (but I don’t think Connor made a single mistake), but it was such a great time and fun to look back on.
Thanks to the internet, this performance has been permanently saved for all to laugh at, and we’ll all laugh with you.
I wrote last year about some interest in pursuing music with Garrett after we went to the Matchbox 20 concert in August and were brought on stage. Garrett and I are currently working on making some of our own music in a genre unlike any other while also starting to do some covers, as well.
The only full video of any of us making music together since that talent show is a cover Alex and I did of Death Cab for Cutie’s “I’ll Follow You Into the Dark”. Needless to say that we got much better with age in the six and a half years between the two videos.
With Alex being in California and Garrett being in Fayetteville, it makes it very difficult to write music together, but that’s not going to stop us from trying. Garrett and Alex are constantly coming up with riffs and strumming patterns and I’m constantly writing lyrics to try to fit them. It just comes down to finding time to meet and merge everything at this point.
Until we get a full song of our own written, or a few, we will continue to be known as the best middle school band to never make it big.