Good morning, campers!
We have some great news over here in Stephie Headquarters: our line-up is complete!
Finding musicians to play with isn’t hard. Finding good musicians…is. It’s a little like dating – everyone “knows a guy” that you should try out. Oh, you’re looking for a drummer? My cousin’s friend’s roommate is a drummer! But there’s always a caveat. He’s 15! He’s 65! He lives in Bogota! He’s on tour! He has three kids! He has a 60-hour-a-week job! He’s already in 17 bands! He hates Ben Folds! He only plays African-disco-Latin-funk fusion!
We ended up finding our band in the most unlikely place. Craigslist. That’s right – the deepest, darkest, sketchiest corner of the Internet. But was I afraid? No! (Yes.)
I had used Craigslist to find my apartment, my keyboard, my camera, and some other useful and/or necessary items. I had never used it to find humans. Amazingly, no one in the band is a pedophile, “personal masseuse,” BDSM fiend, Nigerian princess, or drug trafficker. I think.
Okay, so here we go. On bass, we have:
JOHN “ABEAR” HEBERT
John is from Lafayette, Lousiana and has the accent to prove it. In addition to laying down some sick bass lines, John is also a fantastic jazz pianist, guitarist, singer (you should hear him do Rick Astley karaoke), and tap dancer. He has a robust musical/children’s theater background and makes amazing faces that rival John Mayer’s when he plays on stage. His secret weapon is the big muff (“when the big muff hits ’em, it’s over,” he famously once said) and he has matching green shoes. He has seen every YouTube clip on the Internet and is producing an awesome series on chord tones, which you can check out here. When he’s not playing bass, which is never, he enjoys coming up with names for our band. If you meet John in person, don’t forget to grab a business card because they are really cool (actual, usable bass picks with his information on them.) Oh yeah, I forgot to mention: he’s a marketing genius. We will miss him when he’s at Victor Wooten’s bass camp from March 29-April 3.
On drums, we have:
Shane is originally from the Boston area, so we talk a lot about why neither of us lives there anymore. He learned how to play drums from his dad, who must be awesome, because Shane is awesome. He’s lived in New York City for four years and has played with Emily & the Marauders and Nikki Sorrentino (who I think is Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino’s cousin? I’m not sure how I know that but I’m pretty sure I read that somewhere. Maybe Shane told me. I don’t know.) Like John, Shane also enjoys coming up with band names. His best one to date has been Stephie & the Co-Pilots – get it? Like Coplan? Co-plan, Co-pil…never mind. He has a cat named Professor Peanut Butter and he’s a health freak and highly recommends that you drink coconut water if you’re dehydrated. If you follow Shane on Twitter (@ShanecConsidine), you will notice that #icing is a trending topic. I have not yet iced him, but I plan to. When he’s least expecting it. The most important thing to know about Shane is that he has met Taylor Swift. He said she wears too much makeup.
We played our first show as a trio on Sunday night at Banjo Jim’s. It was a last-minute show so we didn’t have any time to promote it and we were not expecting anyone to come. How wrong we were! We somehow packed the place shoulder-to-shoulder with complete strangers. If you are one of those strangers and you are reading this, 1)thank you so much for checking us out, 2) you should have stuck around after we were done playing because the band after us was really good, and 3) and please come to our next show on May 7 at Maxwell’s, which will be even better because we will have the entire month of April to practice! Also, it is HelloRadio‘s CD release and they are super-duper.
All right. Th-th-th-that’s all folks. One last thing: please help us think of a cool band name! Stephie Coplan & the _______’s? Stephie & the _____’s? Stephie’s _______ of ________? If we pick your idea, you will get a free copy of our EP, coming out late this summer! Conversely, if you suggest “Stephie Folds Five,” we will charge you extra for our EP.