So the gig....
It was fun. It was mostly for the kids, which was cool. They were running around on little sugar highs with their glow sticks having a good time. We were drinking beer and playing music and having a good time.
I felt the performance went well. We started off kinda rough, which was to be expected for a first set, but we were scheduled for four so we weren't stressed. The second set was the best and most pumping set we did all night. Third set was okay, but I think we were getting tired. Fourth set was the clean up set. Basically, we played a couple of tunes to pack up the chairs and tables by, and close the night officially. We did random songs from our heads and simply did a jam, completely unrehearsed, and it went really well.
Best song for the night would have to be Boots. It was the only song in the list we didn't rehearse, and it ROCKED THE HOUSE! So, Jessica Simpson can eat shit, die and be torn to pieces by ravenous vultures, vomited into a fire pit and burned. Because she has not only killed an AWESOME song, but she's forced millions worldwide to hear her do so. She's a damn murderer people! She should be tried as such and then be subjected to torture by 16th century Christians before being burned at the stake for being a witch.
*cough* sorry, back to the gig....
The recordings....*sigh* No offence to our tech boys, but they suck. Actually, not them, mainly their equipment, which chucked a hissy when we tried to export a number of different channels to the computer so we could record our gig on separate tracks in order to mix it later. Not only that, but the guys didn't even pan anything. It's all located in the centre. Basically, the sound that went into the computer was shit. Worse than shit, it was horrendous. The lads are obviously used to the ambience of the hall, it's their school, and they play in the box all the time - get your minds out of the gutter people - and because of the that the front of house (FOH) mix was excellent. Could have been better, but was good none the less. This meant that the levels that went into the computer were everywhere (for some strange and bizarre reason). I think they've never had to do something like this before. During sound check, the stuff that went into the computer was fine. Better than fine,it was great. But it would appear that as soon as we started performing, they cranked the master or whatever, and so we got this horribly distorted audio file that cuts out because it's too loud. *gah!*
The video is better. You can hear the FOH mix quite clearly and it makes us sound better than we actually were. Our camera operator had a panash for close ups and so some of my shenanigans were missed. I did some interpretive dance numbers to pick up my dropped drumsticks at one or two points, it was humorous. Some of the kids would stand at the stage and watch me to see what I did next. They (camera operator) also thought it would be nice to film some of the kiddies as they ran around the hall like sugared up maniacs, which was fine, but didn't really help us with judging our performance (the main reason for filming it, the other was because this was the first, and possibly, last time Patrick and I would be seen playing together).
On the whole, the night was a success. The kids had fun, and most of the adults did as well. We were praised by many different people that night, including the host (who was the most important person to impress) who even paid us a little bit more than we'd quoted. It was a successful night all round.
The host of the night, Wendy, has apparently lodged a possible request for The Hired Act to return in early December for a Christmas affair for the kids. We get to play anything we want, but I suspect we'll need to learn a few carols. We'll also be asking for standard rates (which is twice what we quoted for the bush dance, but that was a fund raiser). So, we'll have to wait and see. Patrick and I are cool with it, but Gooli doesn't seem all that keen, which is daft considering he had fun, made some money, and isn't doing anything else. Oh well. We'll see.