Saturday, September 08, 2007

In the thick of it

Crazy couple shows this week. Let's start with last night, pictured above. We played the Beachcomber in Quincy (and got paid nicely for it) with our main men Girls Guns & Glory and Shay's Rebellion. I danced like crazy during GGG -- it was a seriously sweet set. Yet, by the time we took the stage, I was not in the best of moods. I tell you this because the crowd changed all that. They were on the dance floor, pretty much from the beginning to the end. And since they were grooving so much, we changed the set list as we went, trying to keep it up tempo (and cutting a planned version of "Lightning in a Bottle"). By the time we got to our closing song, "It's Gonna Be Alright," the sound guy said we had 20 more minutes. So we jammed on "Alright" a bit, and then did three more tunes. It was weird -- how'd we get so much extra time? We had already played a long set, but either way, it's cool. Some songs were shakey, but hey, when the love is flowing, who cares? When we played "Six Hours" I asked the crowd to dance and Fritz got lucky with a Lithuanian girl. I wonder if he used a pickup line about Arvydas Sabonis. Yeah, the love was flowing, baby. That's how last night ended.
SET LIST (to the best of my memory): Shotgun Wedding / On The Lam / The Nadir / You'll Be Crying Soon / Loose Lips / Better Than This / Carolyn, Don't Leave Like This / Whitewashed / Shine A Light / Debts / It's Gonna Be Alright / The Devil's Arms / Six Hours / We Could Be Solo Acts

Here are some more photos of the night that I found when Adam/Blade tagged them. You can see Scott getting mobbed, me sulking or just focusing, and people partying. Above, in Fritz's images, you can see that Mike is still king of the ladies' hearts. Perhaps we need a disclaimer a la "That Thing You Do."

Wednesday, we played an outdoor show at Northeastern University. There's nothing quite like graduating and coming back to your alma mater to play in the quad a week later. Really makes you feel like a big shot. I used that joke twice. See now, here's the thing with this show: we had to bring a PA. I hate doing that. It makes me feel like we're still in high school. But we are playing THREE shows this month that require us to bring a PA. Whatever. Anyhow, the show went well enough except for the fact that we played while most people were in class and finished our last song right as HUNDREDS of kids streamed out of the halls. So it was a bit ill-timed, if I do say so myself. We didn't make a set list and just played an hour, deciding songs as we came to them, so I have no set list for you, sadly. My apologies!

On the business front, we are currently embroiled in an epic battle with our practice space. See, we split it and the other guy, who originally brought us in, left. So now the owner wants us to pay in full, which to some degree makes sense -- for him. However, we don't have the money for it, we never signed a contract or agreement saying that we were obligated to do this, and he has a long waiting list for spaces, so why doesn't he just stick someone new in there? He says the space was meant for one person and if we want to keep it, we need to pay in full. I said this will be our last month there and good riddance. We need to get something closer to all of our homes (we're all on the other side of the Charles at this point), we need to get something without broken sockets and a puddle of water so big that fish could swim in it. Most of all, we need to get something we can afford, and this apparently is not that room. We already paid rent for September, our normal amount, and we'll move out before MPMF. Hey, we don't need a rehearsal space for October, since we'll be gone most of the time, so we save money there. Then, when we return, hopefully we'll have something new lined up.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

you should play at the beachcomber again!

10 September, 2007 13:42  

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