Monthly Archives: July 2011
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A long and rowdy weekend…
Well, it all started on Saturday. After getting a little confused about stage/set times for the Carnage Klub gig, and the Robstock gig (On the same night), It was finally clear what needed to happen. I had to buy an energy drink. Not that I was happy about it!
The Carnage Klub gig started off with a Foyer-staged performance from Ephemetry. Which was frankly beautiful. A guy with a plugged-in acoustic guitar, not using a microphone to sing through, and I’m thinking, this isn’t going to work… -But it does, and it’s seriously lovely. Only improved by a soaring, yet melancholic violin to flesh out the sound further. This strange venue, a rehearsal space and studio steadily fills. And the taxi rank next door provide an awkward accompaniment on taxi band radio, and the odd car pulling through the crowd.
My set was sort of thrown together really. Practise room P.A. system, and a very full, and suitably hot room in which to play, made for an interesting experience. I wanted better sound, but I loved being the guy in the corner. It somehow felt more of a battle with myself to feel comfortable. I really enjoyed road testing new songs “For WIll” and “D and D”. Feel like I’m still getting to know them. It was lovely to see some old friends too.
I was done by 10pm sharp, and happily on the road to Wolverhampton (From Amblecote) to get to load in at Robstock. Upon arriving, I could here the musings from old school buddy Phil Jarvis, And was greeted by some of my oldest friends.
It was getting very late. In fact, a bottle or two of Merlot, had taken my eyes off the time, and the next thing I know, it’s 1am and the police are very politely pulling the plug on the whole thing! Some very calm words from Sandeep Dhillon of Zelig, (who’d already wowed the crowd with their ever-tighter and somehow loosely slick sounds.) and the show was allowed to carry on, albeit “unplugged”.
So, around an hour later, and a chicken pitta (and more wine) I was summonsed to the “other” stage. (A chair in a gazebo). I was clearly instructed and guided by Dave Andrews, to play, and an audience assembled. -It’s worth stating here, that I’ve never actually performed this way. On a chair, in a garden, and without the apparent security of a P.A. System and Sound Engineer. That said, I really enjoyed it. There was a little of “showing my oldest friends what I do” and a little of, “I’m drunk, I’m having a great time, and what the hell!”. After a few songs, Sandeep joined me on Cojon. This was another variable that I hadn’t expected, yet really enjoyed. He’s quite a percussionist. After the set had de-generated to drunken Nirvana covers, that I don’t know how to play, I slipped away to sleep in the car. -I don’t know why, but needless to say, I was at the end of “my drink”.So, until the next Soiree.
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