Ah, to be a young, buzzed-about musician: the fun! The parties! And best of all: the travel! Yes, it's true that getting famous happens in stages, and getting rich happens after that, so being on the road as an up-and-coming band is a schlep: a lot of buses and vans, you gotta lug your own gear, and a lot of questionable "eggs" in Motel 6 continental breakfasts. Nevertheless, there's an integrity to paying your dues. Unlike some U2 stadium tour where your private jet space-docks at the 100,000 seat arena and you enter and exit without ever touching the ground outside, when you're on the road as a young band, you're really experiencing it, city by city, venue by venue.
For example, check out the differences in these two back-to-back debut shows that Myles Hendrik's new band Viva Modula recently played, the first at MESA in Costa Mesa, the second at L.A.'s own Harvard & Stone, and see if you can see what makes L.A. and OC different.
Costa Mesa- doesn't it look nice? French fries, art, people who seem like they shower on a semi-regular basis: yep, this is the Orange County American Dream, right here. But- is there a trade-off? Can the OC ever really rock? Or for that, do we have to move on...
...to good old, down n' dirty L.A.? Now, granted, this is Harvard & Stone which only opened a couple of months ago, so we're not exactly scraping up against the dingiest that L.A. has to offer. But have you noticed that even our nice places seem a little more dingy—and I mean that in the best possible way. Face it, L.A., you just rock, and that's something you can't teach or fake.