It’s Friday which means that if you’re in an office you’ll need a really great addictive website to waste a couple of hours on this afternoon (not that we at Esquire would ever do this – senior management take note).
Which is why we urge you to type rockcontrol.com into your browser right now. Basically, it’s an X Factor for the internet. Which means it’s interactive. And full of egomaniacs, some certified lunatics and a number of people who really do deserve a Brit Award of some kind.
The basic idea is to create a real band, put it together and get it a hit record. If you failed to get even grade one piano at school (remember, the seat goes in front of - not behind - the piano) you can still play by registering as a band manager who votes on which musicians go through to the next round where they are then sent on the road. This is real remember, so there’s a good chance of one human killing another (New Order came to blows over the way Hooky ate his crisps).
After nine months the people behind it – Mark Bowness who created the BBC2 show Tribe Wanted and former Mercury Music Prize nominated musician turned web guru Tom Salmon - hope to have created a song that will hit number one in every territory in the world.
Esquire’s current favourite audition is muso bass-playing Scot Allan Ferguson who jammed with himself in front of a camera for 16 hours then posted it as a two minute audition. We're so glad we don't live next to him. A brilliant idea, brilliantly executed. It might just work.