As a result of being asked to help with marketing for the game, Sleater-Kinney
's Carrie Brownstein has spent plenty of time playing music, both on the road and with Rock Band
. Over at Slate, the lead guitarist has written an entertaining piece that compares the experience of actual touring and being part of a digi-band in EA's new music game.
Unsurprisingly, Brownstein judges real touring to be the more rewarding experience, though she admits that Rock Band
has it's perks. Namely, she hopes, it has the ability to inspire the next generation of real musicians, saying, "maybe by pretending to be in a band, there will be those who'll find the nerve to go beyond the game, and to take the brave leaps required to create something real."