Sunday, April 15, 2012

The show in review

Last night was our show at White Collar Crime. Since the venue's change in management, numerous bands such as The Old Ceremony, The Moderate, Royal Pains, and Jack the Radio have taken to their stage, and Once and Future Kings is the latest addition to that roster.

Early in the day we arrived at WCC to set up for the performance and for live recording. It took us 2.5 hours to set up completely, as we supplied everything - the PA, mixing board, and all the recording gear. But it's always a relaxing, meditative experience for us to set up leisurely.

At 10pm we showed up to catch the tail end of a private party that was wrapping up. We were intrigued, since some pretty evocative hip-hop was blasting through the house sound system, and we were trying to puzzle out how we were going to transition into a live indie rock atmosphere. Then someone associated with WCC - didn't catch the name due to the music - mentioned the transition. Great - they were on the same page! Luckily I had thought about this ahead of time and prepared a mix on my ipod. The house killed the hip-hop and I seemlessly hit play on our prepared mix, a randomized assortment of Beatles, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, PJ Harvey, etc.

Then we took to the stage at about 10:30. When our amps kicked on and Rush and Bearded hit the proverbial test chords, we were immediately met with a raucous chorus of woo's. Alcohol is great for that. Thanks WCC. Thanks Beerfest. That was fun. We played two sets and recorded each one live. For a change, our music was accompanied by at least a dozen dancers, which fed back into our own energy. The crowd was obviously there to have a good time, and we had a blast as a result. Some of our guests even insisted on buying CD's. We might be kind of spoiled on this kind of show from now on. It was intoxicating to have such a joyous audience. So we are hereby issuing a challenge for our audiences of the future. Move your feet! These songs are dance-able!

Many thanks to those that made it out last night!

Also, we might be sharing some the products of our recording effort in the near future. Stay tuned :)

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