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2010-02-10 Wed 16:58
I hope it was the same for all of you who came to the showね.
OK, so there were supposed to be five bands performing for last Monday's gig. We got a message from the organizer of the event on Sunday night that two cancelled for whatever reason. Wow, a three-headliner show. How wonderful. But because it was an audition, our 25 minute set was going to stay as a 25 minute set.
(Yeah, we submitted our song and got the chance to perform for this audition--an audition to play for a relatively big event next month with FACT as the headliner. Fifteen bands played throughout a three-day audition battling for just one slot.)
Well, after doing a bit of shopping on the other side of the Shimokitazawa station, I strolled down to the venue at around three pm. Other than Yusun's equipment, the place was pretty much empty and quiet except for a few people setting up the stage and the sound system. I was filling out papers, you know, the set list, what amps to use, the guest list, etc when the organizer, a young man with half of his face hidden behind a mask, came up to me to explain that another band cancelled and that there were only going to be two bands, us and another band from Osaka, playing that night. OoooooKaaaay. I had to wait for a while till the other aozoans came in to share the fun news. Was a laugh to see their sleepy eyes open wide.
Soundcheck was smooth and simple. We waited for another half hour for the other band to finish their soundcheck, had a little meeting with them and the organizer about the conditions of the audition etc, did a little introduction thing while at it, and we went off to nearby cafe for a little snack.
It was a really cute and cozy cafe with a little library. Yusun and Numa had coffee, Midori had a chocolate cake with chai, Sak had a bowl of taco rice, and I had a glass of Oreo-sesame (yes, our little joke continues)-soymilk. We actually had a constructive conversation about our plans for this year, like recording, booking more gigs, making new songs, etc., with a tad of nonsense in between of course. Our conversation attracted a guy in charge of booking events and bands for this venue in Shinjuku that happened to be there in the cafe. He promised to come see our show later that night. He kept his promise for he was already there when we went back in time for the first, oh sorry, the other band.
Our set list was as follows:
1. a little too late
2. a quiet morning
4. girls in full bloom
6. the fall
Right, we sorta forced it into a 25 minute set. I was choking with the smoke (yeah, it gives that nice dark and mysterious effect, but...) and we, other than Sak who was safely behind his drumset, were having a hard time trying not to step on each others' feet and pedals (the stage was, I guess, small for us), but we managed. It was great to see familiar faces in the audience (have to say that almost all of them were familiar because, well, I wonder why?!) although making eye-contact was a bit too bold of an act for me. In general, maybe we did better at our previous gig at CHOP, but we still had the same fun.
The night ended before eight pm. Sweeeeeet.
We stayed for another hour or so drinking and talking at the venue.
Really, thanks to all of you that came last Monday to support us for the audition.
After saying our farewells, the five aozoans plus a friend went to a japanese bar near the station to have dinner. With glasses of beer and plum wine and bowls of 80 yen Sanuki udon, we yapped till midnight, this time, purely nonsense.
Thought, with only two bands playing on a Monday night, I'd get home early, but wasn't the case. Didn't regret the next morning, though, even if my baggy eyes wouldn't open and my brain wasn't functioning enough for work. Hmmm, I guess I did have a blast after all.
2010-02-07 Sun 22:16
2010-02-03 Wed 15:11
So we had our first gig for 2010 last Friday at Ikebukuro CHOP.
Before going under, I roamed around the area into a couple of appliance stores to find me a cable attachment for my new toy. (The "toy" meaning a guitar BOSS delay pedal that ex-DaTURA Kanako left behind with Yusun's tempo tap hanging on the side for a more dream-like vocal effect???) It took a bit of courage to step inside those huge and noisy places (seriously, electrical mayhem) and to ask the all-too-perky clerks, but, no, they didn't have it. Bummer. I went to the venue feeling a little down already. In fact, I was the first person to be there and so had a few moments to sulk over my morning blues alone, I guess.
After several minutes, people started flooding into the venue with their equipment. aozoa was the second to rehearse/soundcheck. Fortunately, the venue had the cable attachment that I needed so I was able to test and use my little toy. Ah, a sigh of relief. Things went pretty smoothly and we were off to have dinner in about an hour.
We went to a nearby Denny's to chow down on some hot food and yap for the next few hours before the show. The gals had sandwhiches and pancakes, Yusun ordered a plate that was more of a kid's special, beef patties with a mountain-sized rice plate for Sak, and Numa's dinner was drowned in a thick layer of cheese--not to mention that fact that he topped it with some more Parmesan cheese. (Last time it was sesame; this time, I guess he had a huge cheese craving.) It's amazing how we can just go off talking nonsense for hours, but I guess you can say it's a way to relax and get (emotionally) prepared for the show. Well, it is for me, at least.
The event started from 7pm, aozoa being the third band to perform that night.
The set list :
1. a little too late
2. a quiet morning
4. girls in full bloom (new song)
7. the fall
Nothing crazy happened from what I remember. Personally, I wish I could have sung a bit softer, but it's always difficult to make out my voice through the monitors with all the loudness. Hope my toy was effective. Gotta think more carefully of when (and when not) to step on it for the next show. Thanks to a good friend, you can watch aozoa's performance on youtube. Just so that you know ;-)
Well, all in all, the first gig for the new year went well.
So did the after party with just a little booze and a stormy conversation about S&M.
Oh, and I never knew Doritos could be that tasty after a good sweat!
aozoa's next show is going to be on Feb. 8th at Shimokitazawa MOSAIC.
Sort of like an audition live for an opening act position for a band called FACT.
It's a Monday (what a way to start the week), but hopefully people can come and support us.
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