Daniel Hirsch didn’t let go of his dreams just because he went to college. A Junior at Moorhead State University, is studying accounting and moonlighting on the side with his band Exchanging Blanks. Their fan base is small, and they have only just begun to play together, but they have high hopes for the future –a future they hope will get a jumpstart here in downtown Fargo.
The making of a band
The creation of a band isn’t always as dramatic as levels of auditioning and dismay, for Exchanging Blanks, it was as simple as looking across the aisle in church, says Hirsch.
Jake and Charlie Schumacher are the drummer and guitarists for the band and when Hirsch was about 5 years old he ran into Charlie. They have been friends ever since.
“We started playing this last May/June together,” says Hirsch.
After years of playing instruments apart, the threesome has finally evolved into Exchanging Blanks.
What is Exchanging Blanks?
“Its meaning is really open to interpretation, and the genre we would fit into consists of several ranging from indie/punk to classic rock,” says Hirsch.
When compared to more mainstream bands, fans say they are a Rage Against the Machine meets Led Zeppelin meets Weezer sort of arrangement.
They play what they like and oftentimes end up sounding like who they like.
“It’s really difficult to come up with something and not think to yourself that it sounds similar to something or someone else, but as long as its all written by your own accord then it’s original and original is good,” says Hirsch.
What’s cool about being in a band anyway?
“The thing I like about being in a band the most is that you really get to express yourself free of judgment. Sure, you might catch crap from your band mates, but in the end it’s really just another form of expression,” says Hirsch.
Exchanging Blanks writes about things that frustrate them and it comes out as passion in their songs.
“We address an issue that may not be discussed very openly, and we throw some catchy guitars and drums behind, and next thing you know you’re really rocking out to something you believe in,” says Hirsch.
Ready to play yet? Start with the instrument
Every good band has skilled musicians, but how do they get to the point where they are ready to write some music? Practice makes perfect.
“The first bass I got was in seventh or eighth grade, I haven’t taken any lessons but I have taught myself to just kind of play what sounds good and have tried to go through some lesson books,” says Hirsch.
Now well practiced, perform
Exchanging Blanks, like most bands, didn’t practice just to play amongst themselves, but getting shows is harder than just calling venues.
“We have really only played one show, maybe two if you consider playing at the drummer and guitarists’ backyard for a wedding party thing,” says Hirsch.
Ready to play some shows, Exchanging Blanks have spoke with some venues; but because they don’t have any demo tapes, these venues quickly and abruptly fall out of contact.
A future in F-M?
“We just want to play where we are welcome,” says Hirsch who is looking to play shows either in the F-M area or Minneapolis because he has lived both places and has a small fan base in both cities.
Exchanging Blanks is ready and willing to play. Keep an eye out for this up-and-coming new band that plans to announce a concert date for downtown Fargo soon.