Starting a band is like building a monster. These days, it’s all about robots, but if you’re forming a band, what you build is a monster, Frankenstein style.
First, you think of all the hottest graves to rob—all the bands that you want to take parts and ideas from. Sound wrong? This is art. This is not about permission. We do this because we have to. All those great bands you love, that always sound new, that no one could have predicted, well, this is how they did it.
Don’t worry. Once the monster is all stitched together, nobody’s going to recognize the components, because if you did it right, it’s such a jarringly original and obvious monster that nobody would care where the parts came from. And anyway, even if they did, we’re talking monster parts built from monster parts built from monster parts, right? Because that’s how everybody has always done it.
At first, the thing really is a monster. It lumbers, drools, walks into walls. You can’t really introduce it to anybody and...