Third Class shares their experiences with making music, playing shows and promoting.
Monday, August 18, 2008
The Cove Niteclub in September 2007
Five Elements, a reggae band from Youngstown, invited us to open for them in this show. Modern Life and Captain Braskey, also Youngstown acts, made their way to this venue as well. The Cove is located in Geneva On The Lake, Ohio. When I got there, Pepe and Ellen and I spent a good amount of time walking around and looking at the lake. The place had a charm to it and the bar did too. It was a fun show to play and the crowd was completely cool, especially for an out-of-town band reaction. Modern Life played an especially impressive set.
Third Class began as a product of three feral “children” who were adopted by kind parents and given instruments but no musical instruction. Over one hundred and twelve years of what might be called practice – but which also could be called the reinvention of music – the three wild children, locked in a padded room, broke guitar strings and keyboards and drumheads, rebuilding and innovating the tools of their craft until the instruments they used had no hope of being readily recognizable to modern musicians but rather seemed like weapons and torture devices from the future. At first, the music they made with their sci-fi nuitars and kianos was partially recognizable as noise, though would never be categorized as music, at least not by humans. However, over a period of thirty-seven decades, the children, who had since grown into young “men” and had left their padded room, developed a musical styling which was not wholly unbearable to others. In fact, with time and repeated exposure, some even began to enjoy the music which those who later became known as Third Class produced.