Textbook Takedown started as a few friends (Ric (drums), Scott (Bass), Ant (Guitar) and Martin (guitar / Vox) ) deciding to buy some guitars, drums etc and starting a band, we practiced in the hallway in Ric’s house, we soon found that Ant (apt-ly named) wasn’t too keen on playing guitar and didn’t have long enough fingers for playing chords, The 3 remaining members started working on covers of bands such as Nirvana and Green Day. The band didn’t have a name and a few ideas were throne around like, “Radix”, “Mecca” and “7 Silver Bullets”, Radix stuck the longest.
The first gig was at Scott’s (bass) birthday, they were all very nervous but it seamed to go down “OK”.
Mean while Martin was asked to play at the school talent show with his new friend Adam and a few other members of his school, The song was “Complicated” by Avril Lavine. They practiced and after a lot of stress and confusion played the show, they called themselves “Phoenix”. The show didn’t go down to well and they never played together again.
Mean while Ric, Scott and Martin were still practicing round Ric’s house and were all still learning their instruments.
Adam and Martin (from Phoenix) started hanging out after school at the local church social club playing music together,
One day it became a good idea to make Adam the sing of the band, shortly after they were offered a gig at the local church, they played… It was a great ( if nervous ) night and they all learn alot about playing live shows.
The band decided that they would need a better name than “Radix”, in the end it came to a “paper in the hat” solution. “Textbook Takedown” was pulled out, at first not everyone was sure of the name but it soon settled in.
The band started working on some original songs and soon started putting out some great songs like “Error of your ways” and “Someone Else”
The band lost their second member Scott, he was replaced with Jimmy
The band then got their first support slot as the lineup, supporting OurDeadEmpire at Rasputins in Yarmouth, The show started well but audio issued caused the set to finish early, it was another great learning curve for the band and helped strenthen them as a unit.
More and more songs got written and soon the band had 14 and were ready to start recording.
One of the band members had to move to London for work, this caused an issue within the band and ended with the boys disbanding,
In September of 2009 Martin will be moving back to Norfolk and after many talks with the band they have decided to get back together and become TEXTBOOK TAKEDOWN once more…
To Be Continued…