Sunday, March 25, 2007

Great Scott!

You know, the day after I wrote my last post, I was feeling better about the band than ever. I was excited to practice, and excited for our next show. It felt liberating in a way to express some deep concerns. Either way, it translated to a productive practice and a fun show.

Last night, we headlined Great Scott for the second time, but for the first time on a weekend. It was a pretty big deal and a nice homecoming. The bill was eclectic and smaller, with Lady of Spain and Hallelujah the Hills. Lady of Spain was really cool and talented, and I'm going to try to set up a show with them in NYC soon (they're looking to get on the road, and I'm always down for NYC). My only concern was that HTH should headline, especially since a lot of Allston folks came to see them (and because they're an incredible band who just signed to Misra). Sure enough, after their set (which was amazing) a steady stream of people started exiting the club and we set up quickly. While some left and didn't come back, there was still a large crowd there, a lot of whom I didn't know which is always good. And, as a testament to our playing, once we were onstage, I saw hardly anybody continue to leave, even when it was time to catch the last train home in the snow. Plus, most people seemed pretty into it. We got a nice chunk of change for the show, too, and since it was hosted by the Northeast Performer and Pump Audio, we met some really cool people doing some awesome things for independent music. I met the magazine's editor, a younger guy who plays in the band The Main Drag, who I've heard good things about and intend to check out when they play the Middle East with HTH next month.

Anyhow, I think opening with "The Nadir" was a crucial move. Following HTH, it kind of set the tempo a little lower than normal, but then built up into "On The Lam." Plus, I finally played that expensive guitar I bought last summer for an entire show. It's a really cool guitar, I just can never get the sound I want out of it with the band. But last night it sounded pretty cool, ESPECIALLY on "Shotgun Wedding." The band really played well, too, we were pretty tight through most of the night except a couple botched parts in "It's Gonna Be Alright." So, yeah, the night ended up being really cool and I think everyone had a pretty good time. I know I did. Did you?

Oh, and Caitlin did get me the Metro clips from last week. All three of them! One talks about the show and declares, boldly, "Cassavettes and Hallelujah The Hills sit at the top of Boston's indie-rock heap." Whoa! Nice to know! The Pump Audio guys, who had come all the way from NYC for this, said that they'd heard our "loud buzz" and were really impressed. So, I guess we're doing our jobs in promotion!

SET LIST: The Nadir / On The Lam / Shotgun Wedding / Carolyn, Don't Leave Like This / Debts / Seasons / Like Secrets Beneath / Loose Lips / Trouble From The Start / It's Gonna Be Alright / Shine A Light

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Anonymous mel said...

i know i've probably said this a million times, but i really can't wait to hear the new songs!

26 March, 2007 05:46  

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