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but we all do that (well, sod off to the bar at least).
but people seem to really like us or leave. I'm quite happy about this.
Make a big deal about the fact that Shane McGowan and Nick Cave came to one of their gigs, even proudly boasting about this on their website.
They omit the part where they left after one song!
I think all bands had have this..
Once we cleared a student union full of golf students simply by soundchecking, that gave me a great joy.
Doesn't bother me though - I'd much rather everyone who doesn't like it leaves, that way there's no talking over the quiet bits.
we cleared a room in Mansfield.
It's great to play to a room of people who are enjoying it, even if that's less people than there might be if everyone stayed.
Luckily with our band
a) There are no quiet bits
b) I tend to spend the majority of the gig stalking around the crowd. It tends to be people don't talk 'cos they're scared to draw attention to themselves...
I'd rather 10 people watching in rapt amusement than 50 people barely listening to our music.
You mean you don't have any awkward silences in your songs then? Because we have cat noises and masks. We're all about being literal.
and in the bits between songs when it becomes apparent I've forgotten to tell the band the setlist.
The last time I promoted a night was during the tube strike. I spent ages worrying about if the audience'd turn up and how everything I was going and it was only once we got on stage I realised I'd given no thought whatsoever to what we were actually gonna play ourselves...
for the massive vodaphone call centre in Newark. I have no idea why they booked us, our drummer worked there and put us forward for it.
Anyway, as we started playing there were about 300 people in the giant marque watching us, by the end of the first song there were about three people left.
a reasonable sort of local band supported us, pretty good for a local band, but nothing more than that - anyway in true first on style, they brought about forty mates to see them, and one of them was a girl who I think was called Kate who I got talking to at the bar, who basically threw herself at both me, and our old bass player Jon, and I think even our drummer Mike. This girl was comedy gold - she actually necked an entire bottle of white wine in more or less one swig, then bought another one, which probably went the same way. Anyway as I was tuning before we played, she came up to me, and started running her hands up and down the microphone stand - and was like "you gonna dedicate a song to me?" while pouting - it was like a comedy sketch. I was trying to fend it off, but having drunk a fair bit of wine myself I played up to it and was like "hey maybe I will", and she was all like "see you when you come off stage...!" as she rubbed my leg.
So we blasted into our first song, and she left halfway through the second verse.
A guy who I knew from Uni had heard my acoustic stuff and really liked it so, after a couple of false starts, brought some quiet bookish looking friends to one of my first ever band gigs.
At the time we had a guitarist who, whilst techncially amazing, was also prone to unpredictable bouts of improvisation and the gigs tended to descend into complete chaos. Plus I'd been drinking a fair bit before.
The gig got totally and utterly out of hand - by the end, the guitarist was trying to destroy the drumkit, the songs had decended in random one-chord noise and somewhere in the middle of this I'd ended up stripped down the waist and, following a guy attempting to simulate a blow-job on me, I ended up collapsed on the floor whilst two guys were smearing chocolate into my abdomen and a girl knelt over me throwing flowers over my semi-naked body.
From a "watching a good band play well" viewpoint it was a disaster but from an audience point of view it was chaotic car crash gold.
Not long after the gig finished I realised this guy from my Uni and his friends had gone. I've never heard from him since.
Blimey. I did not have you pegged as that kind of man. Maybe you should join Horse Vomit?
Do they go in for the whole showmanship thing too?
i dunno why that would force anyone to leave though..
not me to go into my Iggy Pop meets Birthday Party-era Nick Cave mode.