This summer I finally got the impulse to get over my doubts and fears and start a band. I am 35 and it feels like it's high time if I'm ever going to, and I knew I would regret if I never performed on stage. I had been playing a bit of guitar for a couple of years, but nowhere enough to get in shape to perform. And I knew the guitar was just a stepping stone for me; it was always about the fantasy of screaming into a mic in front of an audience. One afternoon it just struck me: it was right now or never, so before I could stop myself I outlined my plan on Facebook. There were enough volunteers for two bands in a couple of hours.
We're now practicing every other week in a rent-by-the-hour rehearsal space that comes with amps and drums. I am a beginning rhythm guitarist and vocalist, the bassist picked up the instrument for the first time in our first rehearsal, and the drummer knows what he's doing (he has played on stage multiple times). We have a lead guitarist, too, but he's been more on and off so far.
We don't really have a musical direction yet, aside from a vague "contemporary American pop punk" description, let alone a name. My main inspiration is Vagiant/Tijuana Sweetheart of Harmonix/Rock Band fame.
There are three own songs and I'm just figuring out the lyrics to one of them, the others are just frameworks. Today we settled on two cover songs to bring into the rotation, Green Day's Peacemaker and Queens Of The Stone Age's Go With The Flow.
It feels pretty amazing when it works, like "I can't believe I'm part of that sound", and having the band practice looming gives me the motivation I need to keep practicing.
Anybody else who's picked up an instrument and started a band at a far too old age? I'm the senior in the group, but the others are only a couple of years younger than I am. It feels like it certainly takes a lot more repetition and dedication to learn anything that complex at this age than what it used to.