#1
I've been fighting with this idea for a while. My band is a three-piece, and I do not turn sixteen for a month, my drummer doesn't turn 16 for 3, and my bassist's dad won't take him to the DMV. In my state (connecticut) you can get your license in 4 months with expensive driving school or 6 without it.

we've also been grappling with the idea of a 2nd guitarist to get a heavier sound.

Should we hire a guitarist/driver ? or just wait? (b/c we can't really have our parents driving us to parties due to the nature of such things, and I fear booking a gig where we cannot get driven to)
#2
Greetings fellow nutmegger!

Do any of your friends have bands? Maybe if one of them can drive you can book gigs with them.

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#3
My drummer lived next to this guy whose in his 30's and into punk. He let us play backyard shows with local metal bands. After a $1800 ticket, that all ended.... That was about two years ago. Now I drive and everyone in my band drives.

It's tough for your situation. Just be patient.
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#5
wate for you to get the licence. (same here... i have to turn 18 tho :/ )
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#6
I am friends with one band who's got a member who drives and 2 who are in the permit stages. I have some friends who drive as well. So your staying to stick it out? (for City gigs we were just going to borrow gear from our friends bands and take the train)
#7
Taxi?

Or you could do the old:

"Billy's called, he's got the van
And Ian's got a set of drums
And I borrowed this old guitar
We're hoping some day we'll all go far
And maybe we'll write a tune
And drive in a limousine
See our picture in a magazine"

...hire some dude who does drive...

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#8
wait, and while you are waiting, get extremly tight as a band.
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#9
dude, I know exactly how you feel. My band is in almost the exact smae situation, except our drummer CAN drive but his parents are bitches and wont let him drive us, Wait it out , keep practicing
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#10
Why not put the word out at your high school? Maybe you could find somebody a bit older, and hopefully a fan of your music, to drive you to gigs, and offer them a modest reimbursement (like a meal or something) and gas money for their time. I wouldn't hire a second guitarist just because he has a car--if all else fails, I'm sure an option will open (a few months is not a long time, really), and it will work out.

I also know in big cities there are what are known as escort (not the sexual ones, no jokes please) or livery services that hire out a driver and a car or SUV for these kind of drives--you can hire them to take you and your gear to a gig. It's a common thing done in NYC for bands because they can't haul their stuff on the subway, and few people have cars. The only problem is it's expensive--but it can't hurt to look for such a service in your area, and at least have an option of it open maybe.
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#11
I think networking with some older dudes would be best. I've got a few friends who do drive and dig heavy metal and all so I was thinking hey, you drive we'll pay for gas, you get in free and you can mingle with the chicks. Good idea?
#12
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I've been fighting with this idea for a while. My band is a three-piece, and I do not turn sixteen for a month, my drummer doesn't turn 16 for 3, and my bassist's dad won't take him to the DMV. In my state (connecticut) you can get your license in 4 months with expensive driving school or 6 without it.

we've also been grappling with the idea of a 2nd guitarist to get a heavier sound.

Should we hire a guitarist/driver ? or just wait? (b/c we can't really have our parents driving us to parties due to the nature of such things, and I fear booking a gig where we cannot get driven to)


When a band is constantly touring, a driver is almost essential, but not a driver who's also a member of the band.
A guitarist who's been driving all day will not give as good a performance as a guitarist who's been resting in the back of a van all day.
Also, a driver can double up as a roadie.
So should you get a driver? Well until you hit the road proper, there's really no justification for hiring a driver, unless of course no one in the band is capable of driving, then you either have to rely on parents or find a driver. If you know someone who wishes to do it just for kicks or simply to help you out, (and believe me, there are many people like this out there) then that would be perfect, otherwise you may have to pay someone, in which case it's an extra expence that should be taken into consideration when talking to whoever is hiring your band about your price.

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I think networking with some older dudes would be best. I've got a few friends who do drive and dig heavy metal and all so I was thinking hey, you drive we'll pay for gas, you get in free and you can mingle with the chicks. Good idea?

That sounds like the best way to go to me.