Tuesday 30 October 2012

+ Busy Start to November

Three gigs in a row (or four, depending on how you count them):

Thursday Nov 1 - No Island at the Roxy, playing a set at 10pm, $10 tickets available from the band, more expensive at the door.

Friday Nov 2 - Playing with both The Ivy League Brawlers & Los Furios at Seylynn Hall in North Vancouver. All ages welcome, $10 at the door, first band at 8pm, ILB at 9pm, Furios at 10pm.

Saturday Nov 3 - Los Furios is playing a Mexican Day of the Dead show at 136 Powell Street in Vancouver. Event starts at 6pm, but The Furios probably won't be on until later. I really don't know any more details about this one at the moment.

Tuesday 23 October 2012

+ Recording MissingNo

Some very talented friends of mine have formed a band that caters to a bit of a niche market: Instrumental, sometimes-jazz, video game music covers. Their name is MissingNo (http://www.facebook.com/missingnoband). I saw them perform on Friday night, and even though I'm not really into video games and didn't recognize a lot of the pieces, the arrangements and performance were enough to have me thoroughly enjoying the music for its own merits without the added nostalgia value.

This weekend I got to play the part of recording engineer for their a 5-song demo they're putting together. We hit a technology snag with our plans to do multitrack recording and ended up opting for a live mix off the floor. Rhythm section was recorded on Saturday, and I'm heading back into the studio tonight to track the horns. I'll post a link to the final product once it's finished.

Sunday 14 October 2012

+ The Brawlers Are Back

Rehearsed with The Ivy League Brawlers today for the first time in quite a while, it was fun being back at it. I'm very excited to be playing a show with them again soon, the last time ILB performed was back in March. We have a gig with Los Furios on November 2nd, an all-ages show in North Van. These two bands are a good fit for each other, I'm surprised that they've never done a show together until now. Event info is on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/359404030808460/

Two more Brawlers shows have been booked before the end of the year. After that, we're planning to do a small recording project in January.

Sunday 7 October 2012

+ October Update

I have a couple of quiet weeks without gigs coming up, but plenty of other things to keep me busy. My teaching schedule has filled out a bit more recently, and I've been finding that work quite rewarding.

The show on Friday with No Island & Los Furios was super fun. The venue was packed, including several friends and familiar faces. The energy was fantastic for both bands' sets, and I had a blast.

Here's one of No Island's newer recordings, featuring our keyboardist Andy Rice on vocals. At the show, Keith broke a string and had to swap guitars right before we played this one... only remembering at the very last second (during the count-in) that this other guitar was set up with a different tuning. He nailed it, solo and all.