Frequently asked questions:
- So, why don’t you guys tour as much as you used to?
- When are you coming to my town?
- What’s with all this musical theater stuff? Didn’t you guys used to be a ROCK BAND?
- Are you really letting us stream all of your music for free?
- Why should I buy mp3′s from you when I can get them from iTunes or Amazon or any other number of places? Or from (cue sinister music: DUN DUN) Limewire or any of those other peer-to-peer filesharing things that the young kids these days are getting sued for using?
- Can I buy the sheet music to this one song you wrote?
Well, it’s complicated. Actually, it’s not that complicated. It’s like this: we used to tour all the time because we needed to. After a while, we started to get burned out on all the touring, and it was beginning to be a lot less joyful. Now we play shows less frequently, but we have a lot more fun at each of them. We are a much happier band.
We’re not sure; we tour less these days, but we still love playing gigs. Check the shows page, and if we’re not coming nearby, you can “demand us”: we’ve just joined Eventful, a site where you can “demand” that your favorite performers play in your town; when we reach critical mass in your area, we’ll plan a show. Demand us by clicking on the “WANTED” poster, on the right side of our site.
Yes, we did used to be a rock band, and we still are. The funny thing was, whenever we did an audition for a label or tried to get our music heard by anyone in the mainstream music industry, we were informed that it sounded “too Broadway, too musical-theater.”
Eventually, we wised up and realized that doing some kind of cross between musical theater and rock-bandedness was what we were best at. We like writing thoughtful, crafty songs that are story-and-character-driven, and we seem to have found our niche. So much so that Val and Brendan are actively writing musicals for other people to perform, not just concert musicals for GrooveLily like Striking 12.
That said, we’re not done being a rock band, and we don’t anticipate stopping being a rock band any time soon. We like making music together too much.
Yes. You can listen to anything we’ve released, in its entirety, for free. We sincerely hope that if you like what you hear, you’ll buy some mp3′s, CD’s, or other stuff to help support us as we raise our families.
Why should I buy mp3′s from you when I can get them from iTunes or Amazon or any other number of places? Or from (cue sinister music: DUN DUN) Limewire or any of those other peer-to-peer filesharing things that the young kids these days are getting sued for using?
See above. We’re selling DRM-free, non-copy-protected, 192 kbps mp3 files that will play on any mp3 player. If you buy them directly from us, we’ll make more money and be able to buy more groceries and diapers. The way we see it, if you’re going to steal music, you’re going to steal music, and there’s nothing we can do about it. However, if you’re going to buy music, we’d love it if you’d support us directly, and buying from us on our songs page or buying CD’s from our awesome, totally nice artist-friendly record label is a great way to do that.
We’re working on it. We don’t yet have any songbooks published, but we’ve been known to sell single copies of songs; email us anytime to ask, at us (at) groovelily.com. You can also contact Theatrical Rights Worldwide for single songs (or the whole score) from Striking 12.