--> PLEASE APPLAUD 'COP SINGER'
The FBO believes that boundaries play no part in deciding what failed bands qualify as Failed Bands of Oklahoma material. While the Mobile HQ stopped into Sighisoara, Romania -- on its two-month trip across Romania, to spread awareness of failed bands -- a four-piece, 30-something band rehearsed in a pink-walled club in a medieval town caught their ears/eyes.
Thirty-seven year old Lucian, the club's owner and band drummer, wears a leather jacket and calls his life 'paradise.' The old pink-walled theater on the medieval steps below the castle walls of Sighisoara (the birthplace of Dracula in the 15th century) stages themed disco nights and jam sessions. Mainly he's happy just to have the stage to rehearse in the late afternoon. Playing a few 'old originals from old bands' and some covers by Romanian rock bands like Compact (whose lead singer died in a car accident when a US marine stationed in Romania slammed into the taxi he was driving in -- US authorities got the marine out of the country, and much of Romania grew furious over the lack of trial...).
Lucian named his club after an album by Dream Theater. 'Petrucci [Theater's guitarist], Malmsteen, Satriani, Vai -- they're geniuses.' Unasked, he plugs in an Ibanez V-guitar into the Marshall amp and plays licks as if Nirvana never happened.
Meanwhile, the singer, Flaviu, is a policeman. He holds lyric sheets for cover songs while the keyboard player -- actual mullet -- tries to figure out parts. He explains, 'Being a policeman isn't all that good. This is is the best way to not think about it for awhile,' he laughs.
FBO Mobile HQ - Sighisoara, Romania