I say it over and over and over, in almost every review I write, that being in a band is a hard grind these days. Here’s at least one small stat to back me up. 40,000 bands in Seattle, and Seattle isn’t at the head of the list. Can you guess which city in the U.S. is #1? And what’s up with Tacoma, Washington (Niko Case’s home town, and mine, back in the day)? I’m just saying, if you want to make your band your life’s work, better get out there and play gigs. Lots of gigs. Oh, and give away music samplers, lots of free samplers.