The scariest part of being a fledgling pop musician is the fea of tomorrow.
Where is next gig? Will I make enough money to buy food and pay the rent? Will I ever get a record contract?
All of these questions and many more have been asked by a
superb pop band from Vermont called The Boyz.
The trio has been together for nearly eight years and, as truth would have it, are no longer boys but young men.
"Sometimes it's hard to be optimistic but we don't let it get to us," guitarist Mark Bowie said of the band's struggle to get a major recording deal. "Sometimes bands try for 10 years to get a deal and it doesn't really mean anything because the album fails to sell. We've asked ourselves so many times, 'Where do we go from here?'
"We've just decided that we're going to be the best band we can be, and if we don't make it at least we've given it our best shot and we've made some pretty good music along the way," Bowie said.
The latest batch of original songs The Boyz have manufactured can be heard on "Salad Days," their third independent release since 1985.
In support of the album, the band has been booked at 50 college shows across the country thanks to an affiliation with the National Association of Campus Activities. The Boyz will appear at Anne Arundel Community College tomorrow, Salisbury State on Saturday and the University of Baltimore Oct. 11.
"We haven't done an album since 1987 because we've bee playing so many live shows," Bowie said. "I think it's really helped us to become a tighter unit and it shows on the new record. Hopefully it's just a matter of time before we're noticed by the record companies."
The concert calendar . . .
Suzanne Vega performs tonight at Shriver Hall.
At Hammerjacks: The Ramones (tomorrow), Extreme (Saturday), Tony MacAlpine ( Sunday), Stryper (Oct. 13), Joe Jackson (Oct. 14), Kix (Oct. 18, 19 and 20), Vixen and Electric Boys (Oct. 21) and Slaughter (Oct. 28).
At Max's on Broadway: Albert Collins (tonight), Steve Kilbey of The Church (Monday), Beat Farmers (Oct. 14), Marianne Faithfull (Oct. 18), Phranc (Oct. 19), Steve Morse (Oct. 21), Robyn Hitchcock (Oct. 25) and Mary's Danish (Oct. 28).
Coming to the Network: Pat Travers (tomorrow), Foghat (Oct. 12), the Dixie All-Stars (Oct. 13), Blushing Brides (Oct. 20) and Social Distortion (Nov. 4).
At the Capital Centre: Fleetwood Mac (Nov. 7) and AC/DC (Nov. 18, tentatively).
The Arena hosts two big country shows: Randy Travis (Oct. 20) and Conway Twitty (Nov. 10). Also on the country circuit, Michael Martin Murphy performs at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Oct. 17.
M.C. Hammer brings his troupe to the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., Sunday night.
At Painters Mill: Little Feat will do a pair of shows on Oct. 19 and 20. Feat also appears at D.A.R. Constitution Hall in D.C. on Oct. 17.
Other shows in D.C. include Branford Marsalis at Lisner Auditorium (tonight), Gene Loves Jezebel and Concrete Blonde at Lisner (Oct. 23).