Guitar player available, looking to play metal, punk, or hardcore (I’m using these words loosely). I’m okay joining an existing band or starting a new one.


  • in my 40s
  • have other commitments (family, job, etc…) so I cannot tour for extended periods
  • 25+ years experience being in bands
  • have toured three continents
  • can’t shred, but can play some leads
  • quick learner, and a solid player
  • can do some vocals, but I shouldn’t be the lead singer
  • not the best songwriter, but can collaborate
  • zero tolerance for racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression
  • financially stable
  • can generally commit to two practices a week


  • understand my life can be busy sometimes
  • can play your instrument well
  • have your own gear, or have the ability and willingness to acquire it
  • can take constructive criticism – both musically and personally – and apply it
  • are preferably at least 30 years old (not a deal breaker – but I’m tired of being the oldest guy in the room)
  • live in or near Philadelphia, and plan on living here indefinitely – please don’t plan on moving away in a year or so
  • understand there are inappropriate times to be intoxicated – like band practice and shows

My ideal band would:

  • play all-ages shows exclusively
  • practice on a regular schedule
  • set goals, and work toward them
  • be the primary project for all members
  • embrace DIY, Creative Commons, and the internet
  • make decisions based on consensus
  • yet give individual members enough trust, power, and authority to make timely decisions without the group
  • have a relatively inexpensive rehearsal space
  • share band expenses as much as possible (I realize peoples’ financial ability can vary widely, I’m willing to be flexible)
  • have members with a similar musical vision
  • have consistent visual art
  • equally share the work and excitement involved in being in a band
  • be aware of the culture it creates, and be self critical about it

Genres I’m interested in playing:

  • Death / Doom – Coffins, Winter, dISEMBOWELMENT, Encoffination, Conan, Corrupted, Bolt Thrower, Anatomia, Autopsy, Ilsa, etc…
  • Crust / D-Beat – Amebix. Axegrinder, From Ashes Rise, Warcry, Skitsystem, Ekkaia, Masakari, Doom, Hiatus, His Hero is Gone, Discharge, etc…
  • Grindcore / Powerviolence – early Napalm Death, Wormrot, Insect Warfare, Spazz, Man Is The Bastard, ACxDC, No Comment, Crossed Out, Infest, Assück, etc…
  • Punk / Hardcore – Septic Death, Antischism / Initial State, old Corrosion of Conformity, Gehenna, Hard to Swallow, Rorschach, Seein’ Red / ManLiftingBanner, DropDead, 7Seconds, Verbal Assault, Dag Nasty, Bl’ast!, Avail, Disembodied, Torches to Rome / Bread & Circuits, Deadguy, etc…

My Gear:

  • Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier (two-channel model)
  • Peavey VTM60
  • Sovtek Mig 100
  • two Ampeg 4X12 cabinets (Lee Jackson designed, loaded with V30s)
  • Gibson SG
  • Gibson Les Paul Special
  • various effect pedals (distortions, delays, octave, etc…)

I realize this is a lot, but I’ve been thinking seriously about what my ideal band would be like.When replying, please tell me why you think we should be in a band together. Be specific.