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a band from florida contacted us a month or two ago asking us to open for them at their chicago show. they sounded cool and they just had a single posted on pitchfork so we agreed. now the booking company is fucking shit up: they're having us headline (ie play at midnight on a thursday), with the band we were supposed to open for playing first and a solo singer-songwriter playing in between. the venue is way too big for us to headline and the booking company has been dicks with us about money before. supposedly they have been trying to book a fourth band for the show for the past month without being able to and tried to dump the work of lining up another band onto us. now i look at the out-of-town band's schedule and see they're playing three shows in chicago, so they're probably not going to draw anyone either.

i am regretting agreeing to play the show but it's in a week and a half so we're locked in. what do you do to make yourself more excited about shows that you are dreading?

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 8 September 2009 15:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

Oh man I hate shit like this. I actually canceled a show just last week, which is I think the first time I've ever done that, because of a similar situation. If you're really locked in, I say treat it as a chance to experiment. You know, like Spinal Tap Mark II, a free jazz exploration. Try new songs, or learn a bunch of covers, or switch instruments or something. But really I feel like if you find out you've been misled or outright lied to you have every right to pull out of the show. Why do you owe these people anything?

St3ve Go1db3rg, Tuesday, 8 September 2009 16:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

what's the worst that could happen? you play a show for not that many people? i mean, i know it's a drag, but i always think that when i'm part of a tiny audience i still expect the band to play like they mean it. maybe the other band will be into you guys and be able to repay the favor at some point.

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Tuesday, 8 September 2009 20:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

I think the worst part of playing/being an audience member at one of these booking error type of shows is feeling embarrassed about it, especially when it's a large room with very few people in it.

what happened? i am confused. (sarahel), Tuesday, 8 September 2009 20:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

Can you guys do covers of random dark house tunes, like "Answering Machine" and "One Night In NYC"?

Photo needs a Jamiroquai hat (HI DERE), Tuesday, 8 September 2009 20:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

Another suggestion - try to play your regular set in half the time.

what happened? i am confused. (sarahel), Tuesday, 8 September 2009 20:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

ah, the past-midnight "headlining" slot -- the worst thing is when the promoter/club tries to make this sound like a real privelege. We've had to do this on a few occasions - maybe in bigger cities there are big crowds after midnight but in Denver, things usually start to clear out around then. funnily, i think we may have played our best set during one of these nights ... to about ten people. So I don't know, just get out there and tear it up!

tylerw, Tuesday, 8 September 2009 20:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

realistically we're just going to play our same set we had planned, we're not the kind of band/people to do some random improv thing or try an experiment. i guess i'm looking for ways to improve my outlook about the gig (and just to bitch about it).

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 8 September 2009 20:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

usually what i try to do is try to forget about the audience (or lack thereof) and just try and have fun playing with and engaging with my bandmates on stage, almost like pretend we're in our practice space instead of on a stage. sometimes this works.

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 8 September 2009 20:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah, that's pretty much the way to go IMO

Photo needs a Jamiroquai hat (HI DERE), Tuesday, 8 September 2009 20:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

My suggestion would be to plan to play a shorter version of your set - kick more ass in a shorter amount of time - if the audience is pretty small, especially since you're on last. If they're still feeling it, then play the full length.

what happened? i am confused. (sarahel), Tuesday, 8 September 2009 20:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

also, do not wear pants

tylerw, Tuesday, 8 September 2009 20:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

i hear that works really well in chicago.

what happened? i am confused. (sarahel), Tuesday, 8 September 2009 20:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

xp sarahel OTM

agreed it's not always easy to psych up but playing music with your friends is still a fun way to spend an evening, plus you might even get to know a band from another town which is not a bad thing

sonderangerbot, Tuesday, 8 September 2009 20:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

dude just fuckin rock it, wtf?!
drink as much free beer as they'll let ya and get up there and fuckin rock it. eat all the free bon bons drink all the free beer don't steal but maybe play a prank on the other band, ya know debauchery. i know it's only rock and roll but i like it.

nope, i'm thinking maybe throw a tantrum, and compose a wicked diatribe denouncing this.

wait nope, no tantrum/diatribe, just fuckin rock it!

Don't hag me with your false green. (jdchurchill), Tuesday, 8 September 2009 22:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

in short, just rock it!

ojo, Wednesday, 9 September 2009 01:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

ha i like jdchurchill's advice, thanks. we will rock it.

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 10 September 2009 17:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

feeling better about this show. it might be empty, fuck it.

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 10 September 2009 17:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

HA! and now i get an email from the booking company that we have been moved to 2nd out of three (or 3rd if they ever actually book a fourth band), per our request. whatever.

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 10 September 2009 17:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

but still dude: rock that shit.

Don't hag me with your false green. (jdchurchill), Thursday, 10 September 2009 19:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

ok

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 10 September 2009 19:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

are you coming? to the show?

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 10 September 2009 19:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

Has this happened yet? How'd it go?

oing oing oing (╓abies), Thursday, 17 September 2009 14:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

And was it rocked?

oing oing oing (╓abies), Thursday, 17 September 2009 14:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

it's tonight. still not really expecting many people in the audience but i'm pumped for our set, it's been sounding really good in practice lately, so i think we'll be able to just have fun. i might take our video camera.

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 17 September 2009 14:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

I always really really love small shows that are just like some people with a basement + 10-15 of their drunk friends, though I dunno how I'd feel about that at a venue.

oing oing oing (╓abies), Thursday, 17 September 2009 14:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

Sorry, that's kinda discouraging! I mean ROCK IT

oing oing oing (╓abies), Thursday, 17 September 2009 14:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

i think we would be happiest mostly playing house/basement/art space shows, but the people we used to do that with stopped doing it and now we don't really have any connections to that scene anymore

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 17 September 2009 15:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

This is all I can think about every time I see this thread.
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bamcquern, Thursday, 17 September 2009 16:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

ugh

congratulations (n/a), Friday, 18 September 2009 04:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

oh no

million dollar pig junior (electricsound), Friday, 18 September 2009 05:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

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Herman G. Uccmane (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 18 September 2009 05:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

did yz rock it?

Mark G, Friday, 18 September 2009 14:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

oh shit i think the twitter music reviewer is trying to make fun of me

congratulations (n/a), Friday, 18 September 2009 15:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

i've been playing in my friend's band for about a year, most of the time i play autoharp. last night we're playing a show, we're a fairly quiet band, and a drunk guy decides that the middle of a song is a good time to wander up and ask what the instrument i'm playing is called. i try to just stare him down, he says "you don't know what it's called? ok" and wanders away. kinda put me in an odd funk for the rest of the set.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

"it's called a nightcap"
*smashes it over drunk guys head*

the boy with the gorn at his side (Edward III), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

^ why I don't play folk music anymore

the boy with the gorn at his side (Edward III), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

that's better than "can i hit your drum? hey, can i hit your drum?"

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

I have a concert on Sunday in which we are doing this song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CsBGC8KlDo

it's going to be a hot mess, or maybe it will all come together at the last minute, I dunno

Bam! Orgasm explosion in your facehole. (DJP), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

the club also arbitrarily pushed back the start of the music by an hour, literally minutes after we were talking about how we liked playing there because they're so professional

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

just rock it, DJP

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

that song is sick, btw

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

there's a video of a high school choir doing it from memory with random choreography:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoK9X35LQyE

it is a fucking badass song when it works and a trainwreck and a half when it doesn't

Bam! Orgasm explosion in your facehole. (DJP), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

haha yes i can believe that

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

omg @ that video

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

lol I know, right?

Bam! Orgasm explosion in your facehole. (DJP), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

awesome

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

yessss

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

random choreography indeed! the boys stage right doing the beavis dance at :53 is great.

NZA, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

i'm in a band with some guys i know from high school, and this OTHER guy we knew from high school who is kind of a trainwreck, he's kind of got mental problems and he's an alcoholic, well, whenever he comes to our shows he makes a big spectacle of himself, saying things like "okay guys well i'm going to that OTHER show now, but you shouldn't care cuz i payed my cover" or "hey you guys see the members of the band you're opening for over there in the bar, they suck haha" etc in the lulls between songs, and i have learned to dread any show that he rsvps on facebook to.

NZA, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

Down here in the hinterland, the shite I dread is having to play gigs where you have to drag the PA to play a gig. The amps and such you got to do, but the PA on top is kind of a pain. Bars with live music are a bit more hit and miss like this in the sticks. The shows are usually pretty good and some we actually get a decent crowd over a night, but it is a whole lot more work.

earlnash, Friday, 20 January 2012 22:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

last band of a four-band bill on a monday night = show dread
at least i took tuesday off work

na (NA), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 16:14 (ten months ago) Permalink


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