said any single band can put out a CD, but doing
a compilation and pulling together the recording resources is easier
and cheaper. Then there's touring. "None of us have toured
extensively," he said. "If one of the bands adopted a
city and built a following there, they could take the other bands
along. Sharing club contacts is just going to make it easier for
each band to set up a tour."
Miles gave a rather sophisticated
take on the meaning behind the confab's name, saying "a situation"
refers to a late-'60s movement by French intellectuals and artists
working around the idea of society being a spectacle that they wanted
to live outside of.
But that was followed
by a more reasonable explanation. "We also didn't know what
we were doing," he said. "We're not a label or a collective
or a commune. We're a situation of bands working together."
Five Lincoln bands are
currently caught up in this situation:
-- Crush the Clown,
a power trio that sports a tight, angular punk sound;
-- Joe Buck -- consisting of the irrepressible Dan Jenkins,
the force behind the now-defunct power-alt-country outfit Drive-by
-- The Honey Hush -- a 5-piece that includes former members
of Black Dahlias, Starboy and Bronco;
-- Junior Mighty -- the duo of Lori Allison (the Millions)
and Brian McCue (The Black Dahlias).
And, finally, Miles'
own Post-Trendies. Called The Trendies in their first incarnation
that included Matt Silcock (Head of Femur, Opium Taylor and a handful
of other notable bands), when Silcock moved to Chicago in 2001,
the band changed its name to the Post-Trendies and stayed a four-piece.
"We make a joke
on our Web site (http://geocities.com/grothescene/)
that none of the bands in 'a situation' sound alike," Miles
said. "This isn't an exclusive thing. We've talked to other
bands, including bands from Omaha. Our main goal is to raise awareness
of local music, that's the priority."