The cab driver almost got us killed 3 times on the way there, instruments didn’t work how they are supposed to, strings broke, patch cables broke, cowbell cracked, forgot the 9V Adapter for the drum machine and had to borrow one (that ended up cutting-out at the climax of our best song). The other bands had a different fan-base who didn’t get our music, they sucked, were way too loud and they played for too long. I forget which, but the sound technician was either 17 and was more concerned about his I-pod playlist, or he was 60 and only used to mixing folk and country. Either way, he left half-way through our set to watch the hockey game at at the bar. The PA system was crap, the mixing board looked like it was from the 1950’s and recently found in the sewer, we only had 1 microphone for 4 vocalists and when not feeding back, it would shock the guitarist if he was touching his guitar strings. Everything somewhat-bassy sounded like a fart coming from the woofers, the monitors had only one mix, they were painfully tinny and we couldn’t distinguish our individual instruments–never mind vocals–in the mix. We only got 1 drink ticket each (which were only half-off anyway), there were no good beers, and everything was way too expensive. Barely anyone showed up because there was no poster (there was a poster–we spent 50 hours designing it–but it didn’t get put up), we got payed less than we were supposed to and the other bands got payed too much. Someone said that they really liked our song that “sounded like Stabbing Westward”, we lost our tambourine *and* our bass overdrive pedal, had to sleep on an uncomfortable floor at someone’s house after waiting until 4AM for them to finish their beers, and were hung over the next day for the drive to the next show. Tyler K. Rauman – myneuralart.blogspot.com
That doesn’t sound right to me. There’s usually one good beer. And don’t your contacts at least have the courtesy to give your band a single air mattress with a slow leak to fight over? The rest is pretty bang on, though.
Wow and I thought that the band I manage had a bad gig a month or so ago!!! I feel for ya man… !
I guess there are two things that may help next time – a) hire your own sound man, or do it yourself, b) don’t play at that bar again, or with those bands!
Ah well.. we live and learn. And if you were hung over the next day then you can’t have had too much of a bad night! lol
Look forward to hearing more!