Monday, November 17, 2008

Almost InFamous

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 5:50 PM

Several years ago, an ex-boyfriend, Justin #1, would regularly get together with my best friend, Wes and his friend, Micah to play music. Occasionally, I would assist with harmonies and writing, but was never fully part of the group as I didn’t play an instrument. When my relationship with Justin #1 ended, his ties to Wes and Micah ended as well due to their connection to me. A couple of years later, Micah and I decided to give the music thing a shot as we both had identical musical preferences. We began writing several of our own songs, but the predominance of our focus surrounded cover tunes. We selected our favorite songs while working on new ways to make them our “own.”   Months later, I met Scott through a mutual friend. Through email exchanges, we discovered our musical preferences paralleled. I invited him to join Micah and me to practice one evening and the rest is history.  Our greatest struggle surrounded selecting our band name. I liked “The Pass a Fist,” a play on words for “The Pacifists,” which obviously have opposing meanings. This was immediately shot down. I always joked with Scott, telling him all the girls would come see us just to see him. Micah jokingly said, “Yeah. Like the poster in Almost Famous. You’ll be in focus and Lauryn and I will be blurs in the background.” Scott retorted with, “Hmm. Haven’t seen it, but we’d be more like Almost Infamous.” And it stuck. We roll our eyes when asked of our name now, however it was too late to rename our trio.    
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The original crew. From L to R: Micah, me, and Scott
We began playing out in local bars in April 2007. I had formed a relationship with the owner of Gusano’s as I DJed (karaoke) there sometimes. He was gracious enough to give us a shot and from there we were afforded the opportunity to play in many venues. Unfortunately, a few months into it, Scott was forced to “quit the band” as his work schedule forced him to work evenings. Micah and I regrouped and decided to give it a shot with just the two of us. We’ve been a duo for the last year and have always missed our third addition. Scott was always cheerful and comical. Micah tends to be rather reserved. I was the primary “voice” when Scott detached. Part of our charm, so we’ve been told, was the impromptu banter among the three of us between songs.
Scott’s hours were altered yet again a couple of months ago. As a result, we have regrouped, literally, to form our original trio. We’ve added a ton of new songs and Micah has included a keyboard enabling us to add a bit more flavor. It’s been a while, but we look forward to reuniting among an audience.  Hoping you’re able to join us this Thursday evening at Markham Street Grill and Pub, a quaint bar on the west side of Markham. Show begins at 8:30pm, no cover. We have an eclectic set list ranging from The Beatles, Bonnie Raitt, ‘80s, ‘90s, etc. I was fortunate to find two guys with the same random love in music. Our selection tends to reflect a wide variety mirroring our iPods.
I was hesitant to include this link as the recording is raw, flawed, and unmixed, but it gives you a general idea.



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