Three Dollar Bill –the college experiment; that will get marked!
Comprising of Alfie Marston on guitar and backing vocals, Luke Rivers on bass, Jordan Carriers on drums and lead vocalist and lyricist Karac Nelson, ‘Three Dollar Bill’ was formed by their tutor at Halesowen College as part of their music course. So named by beanie wearing Alfie because “that’s all we’re worth”. They are a fun, friendly, passionate and really rather good, if improvised! You really get a sense of these guy’s talents and individual tastes and styles. You’d never be able to tell that they didn’t choose to be each other’s band mates; they all just gel so well together. I spent my Monday evening sat in the corner of a rather nice rehearsal room in Base Studios, Stourbridge quietly observing the band; well that’s when I wasn’t sticking a flashing camera in their faces. The room had a casual friendly vibe to it and the music was loud noise, vibrations running up and down my body, and that was just jamming and tuning up! Tonight was jamming and rehearsing songs for the gig at Base Studio’s on the 27th February, £2 on the door which opens at 7pm. I will also be reviewing the night as another Halesowen band ‘Canary Adams’, plus the currently unnamed Halesowen Tutors band will be playing.
Cover songs ranged from Led Zeppelin ‘Immigrant Song’, to Skints ‘Cultural Vultures’ to Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘Suck My Kiss’. Their music, even on the covers, is energetic and passionate. Karac’s vocals are strong and flexible as he smoothly yells above the screaming and pounding instruments. These lads know their stuff. Other influences include Jeff Buckley (Karac), Rancid (Alfie), Bay City Rollers (Jordan, I pray this is a joke) and Iron Maiden (Luke). “Village People!” shouts the usually quiet black haired Jordon from behind the drum kit at the back of the room. Conversation later also included The Spice Girls, and funny fake stories behind the formation: “we were all in a strip club when this stripper came up to us and said we looked like a band” quips curly haired Luke, joined by guitarist Alfie “and the first drum beat we came up with was first tapped out on Jordan breasts”. There were also intriguing stories of Karac taking his top off on stage when playing an original song ‘The Garden’, encouraged by Jordan “just love those nipples”. They played ‘The Garden’, with it’s completely “innocent” lyrics. It’s fast, choppy, with a bouncing reggae beat and punk spiked guitar. It was a song that showed that they were not afraid of letting rip into their instruments and showcased Alfie’s guitar skills with his scratchy guitar solo. Their other original songs followed in the same vain. “Lie Through Your Teeth’ was a bit more straight forward rock while “Shot Them Down”, which is on Sound Cloud (https://soundcloud.com/three-dollar-bill) made me want to dance and grind to its bouncing choppy reggae beat.
When asked if they were serious about being in bands I received a chorus of overly enthusiastic ‘YESES’. Some members admitted that simply being in the music business would be good enough for them, but being in a band is the dream. Oh so relatable. And I wish them all the luck in the world but if they keep working hard, find their band, find their style and keep that passion I saw sparkling today, I don’t see why not.