I’m Nick Holt and I’m the bass guitarist in an alternative rock band called Cinic (pronounced ‘Cynic’) based in Manchester, UK. I’m 43 now and ever since I was 15 I’ve been dreaming of being a rock star. Sadly, though and for reasons that I don’t fully understand myself I have never done anything about my ambitions, preferring to sit about waiting for it all to happen instead of making it happen.
However a few years ago, having split up with my wife and sold our family home, I had some money and time on my hands. The money was meant to be a deposit on a new house but I put a bit aside to buy a new bass guitar and an amp and decided to make a real effort to join a band. I had long given up on the rock star dream, but I thought I should get some live performances under my belt before I dropped dead.
At work one day I found a website (joinmyband.co.uk), placed an ad and then went into a meeting. When I came out I had two responses, one of which was from Carl, the guitarist from Cinic who were a fairly new band who rehearsed in Salford, so I went down one Thursday evening and ended up joining them.
That was in 2013 and between then and now, we’ve had a couple of personnel changes so the band now comprises myself on bass and keys, Pete Lownsborough on vocals, Neil Lambert on lead guitar and Nick Hall on drums.
We currently have eight original songs which the singer Pete brought from a previous band, plus two which I wrote. We’re trying to record an album, and at the same time get ready to start playing live because at this point we have never done a gig together.
So this blog is my account of the process of getting and playing our first gig and then seeing how it goes from there