Punk Rock: Classic and Modern

The REOFFENDERS are on an indefinite break. Never say never, but we currently have no plans to play. However, we had joy and we had fun... and we blogged about it. Enjoy reading and reliving some good times.

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Gremlins and Cymbals

Do you ever get "one of those days" where everything goes wrong? I figured we write a lot of blogs saying how great things went so its only fair to share when things don't go quite to plan.

We were setting up in Zephyr Bar in Exeter last night when Katie suddenly realised that she didn't have her cymbals with her. I did a bit of ringing around and Phil Smyth came to the rescue, suggesting The Showman who have a drum kit for jam nights. Paul at the Showman was sooooo kind in letting us borrow their cymbals - big thanks to both Phil and Paul for saving our bacon.

The next glitch was our monitor speakers stopped working so we couldn't hear what we were doing. John and I ended up singing too hard because we couldn't hear ourselves. We both had colds already so that didn't help the sore throats. It was really difficult for the musicians to stay tight when they couldn't hear themselves never mind each other.

Added to that, I couldn’t get the lights to work properly. They have a microphone on a master light unit which picks up sound and reacts accordingly. Normally I put the master next to Paul but I couldn't get it close enough to him so had to monkey around with the speed and sensitivity settings. Got it close but as good as normal.

We weren't at our best but we were good enough that most of the audience wouldn't have noticed. I just felt that we weren't getting into it as much as normal because we were stressed and distracted. Hey ho... it happens, fortunately not very often.

Zephyr did seem to enjoy the gig though and we're looking forward to seeing the place next time when they've got the stage and lights sorted. Yummy! Thanks to Ali and Steve at Zephyr for booking us - we'll be back, and better, very soon


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