My name is Pete David and I sing in a band called The Payroll Union.
I've written blogs before, on politics, books, football, film... and music, though never my own. Maybe that's weird but I think it probably makes sense to a lot of bloggers. It's a lot easier to write about other things - people and worlds elsewhere - and the veil of distance can provide you with an illusory sense of objectivity. So, it's with some trepidation I write these words. The blog, I hope, isn't entirely vain. One thing it isn't meant to be is a personal diary. I don't have a problem with those types of blogs - some can can be very funny and insightful - but I think there is a fine line between self-reflection and self-absorption. I don't intend to attempt that balancing act. What I do want to do is provide an insight into our band. Why? Because being in this band is fun. Because right now we're writing our best stuff. Because I want to keep a record. Maybe it will be cathartic, as is the hope of many bloggers. I know I'm going to enjoy writing it, despite my trepidation. Let me know if you do too.
So, what to expect... I'll obviously let you know what we're up to - gigs, recording, videos etc. - but I'll also talk about songwriting (be warned, I'll bang on about my subject matter - primarily American history - quite a lot!), who is influencing me, any successes (and failures... we've had a few) we manage to acquire along the way. As George Jung would say, the gladness, the sadness, the madness and the badness. But we don't do coke. Yet.