On Saturday I had the honor of performing in the Alan Ibell band. It was a pretty cool evening, featuring Tono & The Finance Company, and The Biff Merchants in support.
Both the support bands really played well. The Biff Merchants played in their “quieter” setup, in which Ben (the drummer) plays with a makeshift box thing which has incredible aggressive kick drum sound, just “turned down.” So basically the whole band could just turn down to his level, and they sounded clear, crisp,and tight. The New Main Street Singers from A Mighty Wind would be proud.
Tono et al played well also, though by this stage I was starting to get distracted by some elements of the cafe's furniture arrangement for live gigs (sorry guys, nothing good for the press kit in here hehe):
Something really needs to be done about the position of the couches, coffee tables, and lunch tables around the bar. The bar is the place I want to hang around (for it's easy access to beer – which is delicious and cheap at Circadian Rhythm), yet it suffers bottlenecking. As everyone standing are squashed to the bar side of the room it's difficult to see the band if your a few people back from the front “row.” However I don't really know if there's anywhere to really put any of the furniture in that building, and I'm sure that the owners make much better money off running the place as a restaurant rather than a venue.
If I was smart I would have taken photos of this. Sorry.
Anyway that was really a minor annoyance given the quality of the music and the great people at the gig. I really enjoyed the company of the people involved with the evening, with extra-curricular highlights including a late night business meeting in the nearby alleyway, and Tono getting Logan to by him a “bottle of red” at 3am. I saw him 10 hours later, and it wasn't a happy sight.
In other news I sent off my Working Holiday Visa application to the British High Commission today (530 something dollars later). Hopefully they don't think I'm a security threat, and grant me 2 years access to their country.