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A Rock and a Hard Place


Meet A Rock and a Hard Place

Performing every Friday at 4pm on Gladden


What's the story behind your band's founding?

That's a bit complicated in our case. It started of as a loose group of people who would meet every now and then to have jam sessions together. At one of those jam sessions ... . Actually we have a song about what happened then. We typically play that song at the beginning of our shows. So if you're interested, come and listen :)

 How did your band get its name?

When we decided to apply for the weatherstock event for the first time we concluded that we need a proper name - and that name (a rock and a hard place) seemed suited. A little bit ashamed I have to admit that we used names like : POL (playing out loud) and "lords and ladies of the strings" - usually someone in the audience would yell "tangas" then - Hey we were young and needed the money :)

How did your members meet one another?

Usually through music, either someone heard us playing and was interested or we saw ppl playing music and talked to them.

How would you describe your band's music?

One of our members came up with this wonderfull expression: eclectic. We play anything as long as we like it. That sometimes leads to weird combinations of music - but the wonderfull thing about it is, that we're not limiting ourselves in any way.

How do you decide which songs to play?

For concerts our bandleader sets up a list, trying to meet the interest of all the bandmembers (which may or may not be successfull). In our regular friday shows we don't play with a fixed playlist - all bandmembers can tell what they want to hear and we try to accomodate all those wishes, ofc the audience can ask us as well.

Do you have a signature song?

We have our opening song telling the story of the beginning of our band (I copied the concept of an introduction song from the Meisterbarden) and by now there is a couple of songs that are known. But I'm not sure that any of those qualifies as a real signature song.

What's the highlight of your band's time together?

The simple answer would be winning the free peoples choice award this year on weatherstock - but to me it's our first show in front of a bigger audience last year in the weatherstock preconcert series. We were all pretty nervous. We had some quarrels inside the band before we went on the stage. Then we were on the stage and the organisers were late, we didn't know if we should start or wait. All in all it seemed like it would be a disaster of an evening. But eventually when we started playing all that was forgotten and we had a wonderfull evening - they almost had to kick us from the stage because we wouldn't stop playing.

Do you have any embarrassing stories about a time when things didn't go so well?

That's a nasty question - there was plenty of occasions when things didn't go well - not really embarrassingly though.

Does your band play a regular concert? If so, when and where?

Fridays, 4pm, Dwarrowdelf, Bree West-Stables.

Does your band have a website, Twitter feed or links to any performances?

What's the one thing we should know about your band above all else?

Hehe to say it with the words of John Miles:

Music was our first love, and it will be our last. Music of the future and music of the past. To live without our music would be impossible to do. In this world of troubles, our music pulls us through.