It was Wednesday night, which since Red Knife formed, had been their practice night. They were back on track with Billy on drums. Sandra and Harry almost instantly wanted him in the band when they heard him play the drum intro to Twist The Knife'. They blasted into it, tighter than before. It sounded like Red Knife had nearly been reborn, with an amazing drum part and heavy bass line backing the guitars. Sandra stepped up to the microphone and screamed out the lyrics to the first verse: See what becomes of me, as I force you to bleed. Stab into your heart and twist the knife. By the time they got to the solo the members of Red Knife felt like they were on a stage underneath the hot spotlights, playing for a huge crowd.
They blasted through the rest of their songs. Red Knife had recorded and put out two EP's on their own, each containing seven songs. At the end of the fourteen songs, Sandra started to talk. I think we should work on writing some new songs. It makes sense, what with the lineup change and all. The others quickly agreed. They began working on a new song, which they aptly named Era of Blood' after Sandra had started to sing in a low creepy voice I walk through the city, but find nothing but blood. This marks a new era, an era of blood.
They finished practice and Billy and Rick went in from their garage, as Harry and Sandra headed home. The phone rang, and Rick picked it up. It was Robby on the other end. Hey dude, Red Knife find a drummer yet?
Yeah, Robby, what about it?
Well, we got a new singer, and we're looking to play a gig this Saturday at the Civic Center in Washburn, we got a few bands, and Nonetheless says that they'll only do it if you guys do.
Why's it matter to them if we play or not?
I don't know dude, but if we can get enough bands to play we can probably get a big f--king crowd.
Alright, Robby, I'll talk to everyone, but if we do, we want the headlining spot.
Okay, man, catch ya later, dude.
Hey Billy, where you at? Rick called through the house.
I'm just moving my drumset out from the garage. Billy called back. Rick walked into the garage and told Billy about the gig. It had been two months since they Red Knife had played a gig, and Sandra and Harry were psyched for it when Rick told them.
It was Saturday, and Sandra and Harry were over for a last minute practice. All right guys, I think we should work on the new song we started to write last practice. Rick said. The others agreed, and they went to work on it.
Around 6:30 p.m. The members of Red Knife started to put their gear in the back of Rick's van. The show was scheduled to start at 7:00, with some band from out of state opening. Then it was some local pop-punk band, Nonetheless, and then Frozen With Fear. They were scheduled to go on at 11:00, but they wanted to show up early to check out some of the other bands and work on set lists.
They arrived around 7:30. The Rabies, which was a half-assed punk band from Minnesota, were halfway through their set when they got there. They were the openers, and most of the people there could tell why. The members of Red Knife sat in the van until their set was over and then went in. They started to unload their gear halfway through the second band's set. They figured that there was no rush to get their stuff in.
The members of Red Knife finished unloading, and went to sit at a table in the back corner of the place. Sandra was the first to speak. So what about the set list guys?
I think we should do the new song as the closer. Harry responded enthusiastically.
Yeah, I agree with that. Rick said. Billy, however, sat there silently, feeling almost completely ignored, his eyes darting to look at whoever was speaking. Rick, Sandra, and Harry finished the set lists without any real input from Billy and then headed off to talk to people they knew. They had decided to open up with one of their most known songs, Wanderlust. Billy simply sat at the table alone, watching whatever band was on stage.
Billy watched curiously as Nonetheless climbed up on to the stage with their gear. Rick had told him that they would only play if Red Knife played. This shot a feeling of curiosity and worry through him in the form of a cold shiver down the spine. Nonetheless had only been playing for a couple of months. No one really knew who they were. So who were they to make demands?
Billy looked around nervously. The bloody letters at the top of the flyers that spelt out Red Knife' had brought in many people. He continued to look around. After a while he saw Rick and Sandra talking to a group of people, completely ignoring the show and the band playing on the stage. He saw Harry in the mosh pit, holding his own extremely well.
He continued to watch the show carefully, until someone sat down at the table. You're in Red Knife, right? The person said, almost sure of the answer he was about to receive.
Yeah, I guess. Billy replied, almost apathetically, as he continued to watched the show. Nonetheless finished the song and Billy turned to continue talking. I'm Billy, the new drummer. Who are you?
My name's Liam, I'm the new singer for Frozen With Fear. This sparked a bit of interest for Billy.
So, where are you from then? Cause I haven't seen you around here before. Billy asked.
I moved here from Minneapolis a couple weeks ago. I heard that Frozen With Fear was looking for a new singer and figured I'd try out.
Why would you want to come up here from Minneapolis? Most people around here end up moving to there, not the other way around.
Well, my uncle used to live up here and offered to sell me his house when he heard I was moving. But I moved from Minneapolis because I didn't like the scene down there. Hard to start a band cause everyone else is already in one, and harder to join a band because they all just break up if they lose someone. I just got frustrated with it. So I moved up here.
Oh. Billy replied. He had a strange feeling that there was more to Liam than what he was telling him.
Well, I got to get ready to go up on stage, Liam stated as he left. Nonetheless were clearing their gear off of the stage and Frozen With Fear started to bring theirs on.
They played through their set and Red Knife easily won over the house. They had acquired a big following around the area and had playing gigs since Rick's freshman year, originally as a three-piece. Harry joined the year after. Soon after the addition of Harry, they recorded their first EP, Twist The Knife. They gigged and built up their reputation for the next year or so. Then during the summer before this year they recorded their second EP, Replacing History With Fiction.
They finished their set and received compliments on their new song. They started to pack their stuff into Rick's van. Billy got his drums into it, and went back into the building to help out with the rest of the gear. When he got inside, Liam was waiting to talk to him.