many thanks to the fan who has posted this clip from our recent gig at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar in Brighton.
It can only be described as a ‘clip’ – missing out, as it does, the intro, guitar solo, middle eight section and most of the extended ‘stage ending’ we’d prepared for the gig but it gives a flavour and the sounds a reasonable quality.
This gig – the second for the current line up – has produced some interesting discussions around performance. And these have co-incided with my enjoyment of Neil Peart‘s fascinating ‘Anatomy of a Drum solo’ DVD while I’ve been laid up with a back injury.
(No, not a direct result of the gig!)
So on the band front we’re looking at ways to deliberately enhance the performance experience for the audience – intro’s, introductions, some shorter ‘incidental’ pieces, voice overs etc.
And as we move into a new period of song writing, looking at ways to continue to use energy and drama in our music, alongside a deliberately shorter format. This should provide us with a bit more flexibility for choosing songs to play in a short set situation.
Meanwhile, on the drumming front, the main idea that I took away from Neil Peart’s fine video was how important it is to perfom a solo that is true to oneself, that interests the musician, but that also entertains the audience – our old friends energy and dynamics!
So it’s ‘on to the drawing board’ for the band and ‘back to the drawing board’ for my solo. Watch this space!
‘Til next time,
- Neil Peart on introverts, learning to improvise, and why people should be nicer to one another (macleans.ca)