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So you want to start a band?

No money? Instruments held together with spit and duct tape? But you're gonna make it big someday, right? You'll need someplace to practice before you play the big stage. If you're from {{Suburbia}} do I have news for you! You have the ultimate practice space right in your own home!

The garage!

Yes, that dinky space where your dad keeps the Christmas decorations on the off season and keeps swearing that one day he'll clean it out so he can actually park his car in there. Co-opt that space now! Kick some stuff out of the way and drop your instruments where you can find space and wail away. You'll be playing concerts in no time, just open the garage door and the neighbors can get in on the action.

This trope is often played in fiction as a ragtag group of teenagers, for bonus points it may be a group of {{Emo Teen}}s, forming a band. Sometimes the band is a spur of the moment thing, started as a weekend project or to win a talent show and becomes the plot of the episode. Often the band will break up at the end of the episode.

TruthInTelevision, obviously, as it tends to be the largest single room in a typical suburban house that isn't in constant use by the rest of the family. (It also tends to be somewhat soundproof, which is a bonus if you're not very good.) A number of successful bands have started out as Garage Bands, with Music/{{Nirvana}} being one of the most famous in recent years. Hell, there's even a genre of music called GarageRock. Not directly related to the Apple software of the same name, although many garage band members swear by it... [[CrackIsCheaper if they can afford a MacBook.]]

See also ThreeChordsAndTheTruth.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Anime/TamakoMarket'', Tamako's father was in one with Kunio, the current owner of the music cafe when he was a teenager. He even wrote a song for his future wife.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In [[http://sparkydearly.proboards.com/thread/654 this fanfic]] of ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries'', the main pups form their own rock band. This fanfic later inspired a few fan arts and other fan works.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''Rock N Roll Equestrian Style'' is about the Mane Six forming a rock band to perform at Canterlot. There are several fan arts of the Mane Six as a rock band, but [[http://www.deviantart.com/art/Ponyville-s-favorite-band-299959502 this one]] matches the positions they have in the fanfic mentioned above, which seems to appropriately match their personalities (according to most user comments).

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', the human counterparts of the ''Friendship Is Magic'' characters form a rock band, the "Rainbooms", following Rainbow Dash's idea. They 're even seen repeating in the barn of Applejack's family farm. Several of the Web shorts preceding the movie also show them picking up their respective instruments.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Marty [=McFly=]'s band The Pinheads in ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', which auditions for the school dance. (The judge? [[Music/HueyLewisAndTheNews Huey Lewis]] in a cameo.)
-->'''Audition Judge:''' Hold it, fellas. I'm afraid you're just too darn loud.
* ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'' has the main duo's band [[XtremeKoolLetterz Wyld Stallyns]].
* The Australian movie ''Garage Days'' is about a band like this.
* In ''Film/FreakyFriday2003'', Anna's band practices down in the garage and don't get a real break until the Wango Tango auditions.
* ComicBook/ScottPilgrim's band [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Sex Bob-omb]].

* In ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', there's Insanity/The Whom/The Surruptitious Fabric/The Blots/And Supporting Bands. Due to an absence of cars (and hence of garages), they reherse in Crash's dad's stables.
* In the Creator/TimDorsey novel ''Florida Roadkill'', there's a Satanic Rock band that practices in a storage unit. They're so bad that they have to practice with the door closed because of noise complaints from the nearby airport.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/RitaRocks'', Rita, a harried but HappilyMarried mother, finds a creative outlet in a garage band with her neighbor, her best friend, and her daughter's boyfriend.
* Series/ThePartridgeFamily started out this way in their show.
* Matt from ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' started a garage band once for a subplot.
* ''Franchise/{{Degrassi}}'' has had at least one active garage band among the main characters in every version of the franchise since 1987.
* ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'' has an episode where George's son Max joins such a band as he is learning to play guitar.
* The freaks had one in ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'', before it fell apart.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Jeremy has one in ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}''.
* Chip Flagston has a band with two of his friends in ''ComicStrip/HiAndLois''.
* The New Delhi Monkey Gang, Hil's band in ''ComicStrip/SallyForthHoward''.

* Ed Grundy's band Dross in ''Radio/TheArchers''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Mae, Gregg and Angus of ''VideoGame/NightInTheWoods'' played in a band together before Mae left for college, and Bea joined during her absence. Gregg wastes no time recruiting Mae back in to play bass once she returns to Possum Springs.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'':
** The ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail141.html death metal]]" gave us Brainkrieg, a garage band in the ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'' universe. They even play out of a garage in "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/brainkriegween.html Decomposing Pumpkins]]".
** The girls tried to form their own band, Kissyboots, but [[KillEmAll it didn't go so well]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [=Deathmøle=] in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'' naturally uses this trope. [[DontExplainTheJoke Because "groj" sounds like "garage."]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': The Lords of the Underworld. They only become popular when they become [[EnsembleDarkhorse Timmy]] and the Lords of the Underworld.
** There's also Moop. In the same episode, Faith+1 starts out this way before getting popular.
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron'' has an episode where Jimmy & Co. try to start a band for a talent show.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has Chris starting a metal garage band in one episode.
** In another episode, Peter and his buddies form a rock band, but things don't go so well at their first gig when they find out they don't know any songs.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Gumby}} Gumby Adventures]]'', Gumby and his friends have a rock band of their own. They practice in their barn.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has Steve and his friends starting a band in one episode.
* The titular characters of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' started a garage band in one episode, despite only knowing how to play air guitar. They named their band "Metallica" and caused a huge riot when they didn't show up to a gig, where hundreds of people awaited [[Music/{{Metallica}} the band of the same name]].
* ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'':
** Duane's garage band SCÄB (note the HeavyMetalUmlaut). They even do a rock opera based on Creator/FranzKafka.
** Brendon and his pals start a band in "Guitarmageddon", but they put more energy into coming up with band names than on their music.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'': In the episode "A Revolution in Home Appliances," Gosalyn, Honker, and Tank start a garage band of sorts.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBremenAvenueExperience'' takes the animal characters from the FairyTale "Literature/TheBremenTownMusicians" and re-imagines them as a modern day FunnyAnimal Garage Band.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' had an episode about this, apropriately titled, "Doug's Garage Band".
* ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'' had the episode "Garage Banned" where Brad and his gang practised to win the Battle of the Bands, leaving Kick and Gunther to practice elsewhere.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' music video segment "All Day Jam", Rudy, Penny, and Snap perform as one.