Launch Pad: The Search for Space is ON

Well, time flies when you’re having funds. Which we DO, thanks to you! It’s been precisely a month since the community backed our campaign to crowdsource rent for shared rehearsal space for bands. And in addition to wrapping up the odds and ends, and gathering up rewards for the campaign contributors, we’ve been searching for a temporary home where we can put the lab in collaboration for the next six months or so. Yep, we’re ready to let local musicians put a test space to the test. Finding a space that suits, that’s the tough part, even if it’s only for a short while.

Given our budget, the initial temporary nature of our project, the general temperament of landlords when it comes to bands, and the availability of commercial real estate, finding a place to hang our hi-hats is proving challenging. Luckily, we have an Angel (who is coincidentally named Angel) — and this is not her first real estate rodeo. We also have a second angel named Annah who is helping us track down properties to peruse.

Angel and Annah have generally been shielding Ian and me from what I’m privately (and now publicly) calling The Hunt for shaRed October — as it is starting to seem to me it might be easier to find a stealthy Soviet submarine than a secure, affordable space for bands that is not a complete sh*t hole. But last Friday, they pinged us with a live one, so we all went to take a look.

It looked like this:

bucket list and this (WTF?):

ugh

…and just in case conditions needed to be more torturous, this: chain of fools

I am sure I had a semi-permanent cringe-face throughout the tour. Though, to be fair, I tend to see the clouds before the silver linings. Angel noted the spaciousness, the fact that we could “just make sure not to store anything under the places where the roof is obviously leaking” and the ample parking and (kind of) working heat.

Ian put the place to both a sound and sniff test; Annah remarked that she had never shown a property to someone who clapped in every room (gotta gauge the echo). I noted with some distress that he seemed happy that it “didn’t smell too bad” and then cheerfully declared that it “could be awesome”.

In the end, we decided to mull it over some more. It’s temporary and with some (not even that strenuously applied) elbow grease, certainly serviceable. But it’s also got drawbacks aside from the roof-on-the-carpet, the largest being some warning flags related to security. Which is (coming in before even bathrooms and heat) the biggest concern for musicians. Trust! remains the watchword.

Meanwhile, the hunt continues. We’re feeling the pressure with every day of dropping temperatures, with every inquiry from a band that wants to know if we’ve found a place where they can play, with our escalating suspicion that demand is going to outpace supply. So keep your ears to the ground and if you get a whiff of a potentially viable property that doesn’t smell too bad, do make sure you put it on our radar. Or sonar. Or both. We’re ready to move in!

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