#1
ok next year my band plans on renting out a four bedroom house because itd be easier to practice if we're all already in one place but i keep getting told that this is a bad idea and could end up being the end of the band

my opinion is that this could be a good test if we could tour together before we actually schedule the shows and spend the money, but what do you guys think?
#2
it souns good now, but wait a month when everybody is pissed off at eachother.
sure, everybody will be there, which is a good and bad thing.
i dont recomend it.
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#3
That's a big financial commitment. Surely you'd have to sign a 6 month lease, on a 4 bed house?

What if you're sick of it a week in??
#4
Well how responsible and financially responsible is your band, great professional band members would also make reasonable room mates imo. Arew they always on time? Pay their share? Manage equipment, travel, booking, networking well? No hard drugs, no more than light boozing? ALWAYS CLEAN UP AFTER THEMSELVES?

If you could count on them to carry out a professional tour without major conflict, then you can probably trust them as roomies. If anyone falls short of this at all, you'll probably grow to absolutely hate that person while you're living with him/her.
#5
You'll probably all just get really sick of each other and break up.
#6
It's like having a brother. Remember your childhood when the two of you were around eachother all of the time (That is, if you DO have a brother)? You'll spend too much time with your bandmates than you would like to, which will eventually make every little thing they do seem annoying. The only difference is that when you have a brother, you've been with them your whole life and you accept that they'll always be there. So, really, your relationship with your bandmates would likely degrade into all of the annoyance that your brother gave you minus the love you had for him. Unless you guys really get along really well.
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#8
Don't listen to the bull**** people are spouting about how this will ruin your band. Yeah, of course it could, but people have been moving in with each other for quite a long time and you know what? A lot of them stay friends

Have you had any experience sharing accomodation with people outside your family? University or the like (from your age, I assume not)? Has anyone else in the band? If so, you/they probably already have an idea of what sort of stuff you need to think about.

If not, then the best advice I can give you from my own experience of sharing accomodation is compromise. Now, it sounds obvious (and it is), but I've seen a whole lot of people (including some people I've shared accomodation with) moving out because they wouldn't compromise.

It's just common-sense stuff - if one person likes things extremely tidy and everyone else doesn't care if the place gets a bit messy, then the tidy person agrees to loosen up a little and the other three agree to tidy a bit more than they would if they were by themselves. If one person's a smoker and the other three think it's a filthy, disgusting habit, then the smoker should agree to smoke only in their room and the other three should agree to tolerate the tobacco smoke when they need to be in that person's room (or the smoker could agree to smoke outside, but I heard it can get pretty cold in Louisiana in the winter, so this could piss off a smoker. Maybe better to compromise...)

Hope that works out for you.
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Don't listen to the bull**** people are spouting about how this will ruin your band. Yeah, of course it could, but people have been moving in with each other for quite a long time and you know what? A lot of them stay friends

Have you had any experience sharing accomodation with people outside your family? University or the like (from your age, I assume not)? Has anyone else in the band? If so, you/they probably already have an idea of what sort of stuff you need to think about.

If not, then the best advice I can give you from my own experience of sharing accomodation is compromise. Now, it sounds obvious (and it is), but I've seen a whole lot of people (including some people I've shared accomodation with) moving out because they wouldn't compromise.

It's just common-sense stuff - if one person likes things extremely tidy and everyone else doesn't care if the place gets a bit messy, then the tidy person agrees to loosen up a little and the other three agree to tidy a bit more than they would if they were by themselves. If one person's a smoker and the other three think it's a filthy, disgusting habit, then the smoker should agree to smoke only in their room and the other three should agree to tolerate the tobacco smoke when they need to be in that person's room (or the smoker could agree to smoke outside, but I heard it can get pretty cold in Louisiana in the winter, so this could piss off a smoker. Maybe better to compromise...)

Hope that works out for you.

This and I think you should still schedule band practice; don't just get everyone together when you feel like jammig because I assume that they want to have some time for themselves.
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yea ive had experience rooming with people i go to LSU and have an apartment here with one of my good friends from highschool. and as far as financial commitment its not going to be that bad with four people sharing the rent it would be just like having three roomies that werent in my band. and we're all great friends and have been for a really long time (with the exception of the guitarist who is my drummers cousin, i just met him a few months ago but hes a really chill guy who always show up to practice). the only thing i can really see bothering me is our drummer is THAT drummer you know the one who NEVER quits playing, but he has an electric kit so if that starts happening ill just unplug his ass
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It would be interesting to see how it would be like if someone got booted from the bands.... awkward!


This was meant to be funny but it's actually a good point.
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yea ive had experience rooming with people i go to LSU and have an apartment here with one of my good friends from highschool. and as far as financial commitment its not going to be that bad with four people sharing the rent it would be just like having three roomies that werent in my band. and we're all great friends and have been for a really long time (with the exception of the guitarist who is my drummers cousin, i just met him a few months ago but hes a really chill guy who always show up to practice). the only thing i can really see bothering me is our drummer is THAT drummer you know the one who NEVER quits playing, but he has an electric kit so if that starts happening ill just unplug his ass



Yeah, last thing you want is a drummer who practices!!!



I'd go for it - but be smart about it. For instance - if one person wants to move out, will the remaining 3 be able to cover the rent until you get a new roommate? Etc...You might want to sign some kind of agreement to make sure nobody gets screwed.
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#14
Although I agree with most of the posters that you'll probably end up wanting to to punch each other, there's a chance it could be one of the most fun things you ever do. You'll have to be prepared to give your friendships higher priority than the band, though.
#15
It's just the same situation as living with your friends really. Personally I couldn't live with every one of my friends, I'd prefer to live with strangers.

And a poster above said it's like living with your brother, nothing could be further from the truth. If you live with a family member you can fight and instantly make up. With friends, not so much.

I don't think it would be comparative to touring together; touring involves a common goal, a reason while you're all there (to play gigs). If you live together, there's the possibility of dragging other issues into the band (late rent, not cleaning up, partying all night, the guy who now stays in his room all the time), and that could severely impact the music.
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Yeah, last thing you want is a drummer who practices!!!



I'd go for it - but be smart about it. For instance - if one person wants to move out, will the remaining 3 be able to cover the rent until you get a new roommate? Etc...You might want to sign some kind of agreement to make sure nobody gets screwed.



no not becuase he just practices i mean all the time if hes watching tv hes banging his drumsticks on the table if hes eating theres a plate on his snare drum, but it wouldnt really bother me that bad i dont think, i mean we all always have our respective instruments in our hands majority of the time. and yes there is def. gonna be some kind of contract signing to where we all have to pay the rent for so many months

and to the guy above me in my opinion it could also make us stronger as a band and impact our music in positive ways, idk we've decided that we're gonna try it, and if it doesnt work then it doesnt work
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and to the guy above me in my opinion it could also make us stronger as a band and impact our music in positive ways, idk we've decided that we're gonna try it, and if it doesnt work then it doesnt work


Good luck dude! Hope it all goes well.
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no not becuase he just practices i mean all the time if hes watching tv hes banging his drumsticks on the table if hes eating theres a plate on his snare drum, but it wouldnt really bother me that bad i dont think, i mean we all always have our respective instruments in our hands majority of the time. and yes there is def. gonna be some kind of contract signing to where we all have to pay the rent for so many months

and to the guy above me in my opinion it could also make us stronger as a band and impact our music in positive ways, idk we've decided that we're gonna try it, and if it doesnt work then it doesnt work



Yeah - I can see how that would be annoying....


Try to find a place with a garage or basement where he can keep his set and have him use practice pads.

You can even turn that room into the practice room and put some carpet or sound deadening material on the walls.

Good luck.
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#19
I wouldn't do it, although as Damascus says, it could work.
To me there's just so many things that can go wrong with the situation that one of them more than likely will.
I know what it's like being with the rest of my band for any amount of time from touring with them, and I can honestly say that even though I love 'em all like brothers, I cannot imagine me living with them (although I did used to share a house with our guitarist many years ago, we got on OK but I think we get on better since I moved out)
I will say this though, if you and the band can organise yourselves enough and compromise enough to live together succesfully without any real hicups, then you should find touring an absolute doddle.
But, and this is the thing, it more than likely will strain your relationship if you live together, and strained relationships are not generaly that good for bands.
#20
There was a local band around here that toured,slept,ate, and did basically everything in this one van together. Now they're best of friends. But, I dunno... My bandmates and I get into fist fights if we practice 20 hours a week, nevermind LIVING together...
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why woul that make any difference, four bandmembers four bedrooms
#23
my thing is this. if you can all learn to respect each others space and be honest with each other is shouldn't be that much of a problem. keep to your own rooms and realize that if you go out to the main living room then you're prolly gonna end up hanging out with whoevers in there. if you go and wanna hang out in jims room and he says "no company right now, i wanna chill by myself" then don't take it personally. same goes for you, if you don't wanna hang out then tell them "hey not right now, maybe later" as for no drinking/drugging i definitely won't say don't do it. but make sure the people you're living with are responsible enough to pay their bills before getting smashed.
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my thing is this. if you can all learn to respect each others space and be honest with each other is shouldn't be that much of a problem. keep to your own rooms and realize that if you go out to the main living room then you're prolly gonna end up hanging out with whoevers in there. if you go and wanna hang out in jims room and he says "no company right now, i wanna chill by myself" then don't take it personally. same goes for you, if you don't wanna hang out then tell them "hey not right now, maybe later" as for no drinking/drugging i definitely won't say don't do it. but make sure the people you're living with are responsible enough to pay their bills before getting smashed.

And also that they are not the kinda person who starts wrecking and trashing the place when they are smashed.
#25
Don't do it. Just... don't do it. Here is a list of things that are likely to happen:

Someone is going to be loud while you're trying to sleep.

Someone's going to be a dick.

You won't all be able to agree upon house rules.

If you do agree upon house rules, someone is going to break them.

Someone will bring over an annoying and/or disgusting girl who eventually becomes his girlfriend and then basically lives there and doesn't pay any rent.

If one of you complains about that girl, fights and arguments will take place.

Someone will have a habit or a certain way of doing things that drives one or all of the rest of you absolutely insane.

If you ask him to stop doing it, he will tell you to mind your business, he will keep doing it, you will feel disrespected, and you will end up pissed, in addition to still being annoyed.

If you do not ask him to stop doing it, your frustration will just build and build and build until eventually you explode upon him and cause a fight.

Speaking of explosions, some one will inevitably poop and forget to flush. Also, someone will spend hours in the bathroom... but only when you really need to go in there for something.
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#26
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Don't do it. Just... don't do it. Here is a list of things that are likely to happen:


What evidence are you basing that rant on?

Yes, of course mosy of those things are likely to happen at some point, but having gone through the university experience, with one year living with complete strangers, then two years living with friends I made in that first year, as well as visiting various friends in different universities around the country, I have seen the majority of housemate situations work out.

Now, it's possibly just a coincidence that most of my personal experiences with it worked out, possibly just a coincidence that most of the ones I saw at my own univeristy worked, possibly just a coincidence that most of the ones I saw at universities that my friends attended worked out...how bad were your own experiences with this to make you so sure that it'll fail?
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#27
That list actually summed up my first year of college living with a few of my friends (which soon grew to 1-4 random people who somehow just became our friends coming in and leaving the picture randomly).

I think the most important thing to think about is this: are these the guys you wanna try and make this in? I mean, you have to know there is no place even in the back of your mind thats tellin you, "oh, well this guy might be replaceable later on..." That kind of attitude won't work if you're expecting to live with this person. Make sure you've found a good group of guys who genuinely want a shot at the road and I think it'll be good.
#28
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why woul that make any difference, four bandmembers four bedrooms


ah, i didn't know how big an apartment you were talking about. all the ones i've ever been in are pretty small.
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ah, i didn't know how big an apartment you were talking about. all the ones i've ever been in are pretty small.



we're renting out a house
#30
lamb of god were all dorm mates in college and they worked out.

some other bands just got sick of each other.

It's better if you guys live NEAR each other within a few miles. Just make an effort to drive out a little rather than call off practice because of 15 min drive.
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