Friday, April 22, 2005

Starlight "songs still stuck in my head" Mints

OK, so lets recap. I learned 12 songs in 5 days. Normally not a big deal. But these are Starlight Mints songs. I love them. They are weird. Normally when you learn a bands songs, you learn the chord changes, a few "riffs" or melodies, etc... Except for 2-3 of the older ones, these were math equations.

But they followed no theorems or laws created by anyone. I am not saying these songs don't make musical sense, they do. But they are so well written and so well "worked over" that it makes it REALLY hard to learn it all quickly. I listened to the songs about 85% of the time I was not sleeping or practicing them live. When I woke up, the first thought that came to my mind would be the sound of one of their songs. I am not kidding. EVERY second of every waking moment I had the music in my head. It has yet to leave my brain.

Melissa and I took the day off from work to get some wedding stuff done. We accomplished a lot: Her wedding band, Groomsmen tuxes, invitations, cake pricing, and alcohol pricing.

The show:
We arrive at 3 for load in. The Violent Femmes are on stage sound checking. The "bass player" was playing with some effect that made his bass sound like a lazer gun. Ya it didn't get annoying I promise. The room was a basketball stadium holding 2000 people legally. It was a big box, which is perfect for creating a lot of natural reverb and slapback. Not the most favored things.

Standing on stage doing sound check you had two bands playing. Your band on stage and the band you heard about .75 seconds later from the back wall. It was hard to really concentrate on the ONE drumbeat you were supposed to listen to(the one on stage).

Then we were led to our green/blue room. It was entitled "the wrestling room". I think they named it that, because it consisted of two full size wrestling mats, workout equipment, and pictures of people wrestling on the walls. LUXURY!

They made us start way early at 7:05, and we were off and running. The next 50min was all survival. Drums were falling over, guitars were coming unplugged or muted. Sound was bouncing back at us to taunt us and mess us up. But alas no train wrecks. I missed a few parts, because my concentration could not be totally directed on the parts. But again no train wrecks.

I had a lot of fun. And told them to call me anytime they need any help, but maybe 2-3 weeks before?

To those who went: how did it sound? Did you have fun? Enjoy the Femmes?

Melissa and I stayed long enough to hear their pretty lame version of "blister in the sun" and headed out with intentions to meet up with friends at VZD's. As we started to notice how tired we were and how late it was getting, we decided to pull our patented "we think we are just gonna head home, we are really tired".

Thank you Melissa for putting up with me for 4+ years, and especially for the past week, I love you more than anything.

Anyone have any pics from the show?


Blogger the_duty said...

no pics of the show...

however i DO have some rather raunchy pics of:

YOU, a weedeater, a gallon of CoolWhip, a live baby chicken, and a small japanese boy...

e-mail me for details folks...

4/22/2005 8:17 AM  
Blogger david said...

ouch, i'd like to see those pics.

4/22/2005 8:24 AM  
Blogger eric said...

nice. well you did well, except for when you fucked up. i think trent had the speakers cranked to 12. i didn't enjoy the femmes too much. we left. we had fun at vzd's. you should have not wussed out. you are officially a member/ex member of the starlight mints. how does it feel?

4/22/2005 8:26 AM  
Anonymous AARON - CURRY said...

The show was great. Except for the fact that you were playing in a gym, and that is understood that the sound will sound a little off. But I walked in on the ARRIBA'S of "Margarita". (I think/hope that was the first song you played, I wouldn't have wanted to miss any of it) Other then those things, the show was (and this is the truth) better than the Femmes.

5/14/2005 7:07 PM  

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