Making It Happen

January 14, 2014

T-minus 19 days until The Wet Bandits take the stage for the first time as a band.  All of us have experience with other projects--but this is going to be special for me.  This is the first project that has really been driven by love of the material.  I have always loved playing--no matter what type of music.  But I'd be lying if I said that a lot of the reason I've been playing in Columbus-area bands for the last eight(!) years or so was not the money.  Money has kept me in bands for perhaps longer than I should have stayed, and sometimes made me content when perhaps I shouldn't have been.

 

But The Wet Bandits is different.  This is truly something I have enjoyed since I sent out my first craigslist post for drummers and vocalists.  It has been a lot of hard work--more listening and learning than I have done for a group since ever--but it has never been tedious or cumbersome.  All of it has been a pleasure.

 

In the future I hope that the Wet Bandits site serves as both a place where fans and friends can keep updated with where and what we're playing, and also a place where we can comment on the local and national music scene and get interactive with those who are interested in doing so.  But for now I am content to express my excitement at this new opportunity with three killer musicians:  Sam Baird, JB, and my musical brother Jeff Taylor.  It feels like starting over on the scene in the best way possible.  With that in mind, I thought it appropriate to post a photo from my first "real" gig (read: making money as a business, from a business):  Screamin' Willie's with The Christy Angeletti Band, circa 2006.  Jeff is probably somewhere offstage, wondering who this goofball kid is and why he holds his guitar pick with three fingers (a habit I would break in a year or so).

 

See you all soon!

 

--MW

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