Today’s blog comes hot on the heels of a great night at The Railway, Winchester where the mighty Fusion Orchestra 2 took to the stage, supported by their friends Bella Feud.
So thanks to everyone who came along and supported the band (s) – ’twas great to see you all! Thanks too to Ben Bell for finding time during soundcheck to take some pics. We’re sifting through the media as I write but I’ve included some of myself and the set up I was using for those interested in such things.
This gig saw the first live outing of a slightly re-arranged cymbal set up – pushing my fav 6″ China/splash to sit by the hi-hat, trying out a 14″ China and introducing the chimes for some of the middle section on ‘Have I Left The Gas On?’
Having the small china on my left worked really well, meaning I could accent ‘off beats’ in some of the pieces quite easily.
Ok, so that’s the gear stuff out of the way…
Any regular readers of the blog may re-call that FO2 were working on our ‘Stage Communication’ at the pre-gig rehearsal. Well, that worked really well – up to a point – that point being the moment that the smoke machine was turned on!
This pic is from just before we went on…there was lots more smoke to come! I must admit it was a bit of a ‘Spinal Tap’ moment. There were quite a few well rehearsed points where I was supposed to be looking for a visual cue from Col or Ben and all I could see was…smoke. Still, at least it added to the atmosphere…quite literally!
The new track ‘Secret Shadow’ went down really well – it’s good to get a vote of confidence for that before it comes out on the album/EP that we’re mixing at the moment.
I think this gig goes into the memory banks as the most fun so far. We’d all arrived without incident, the soundcheck went smoothly and the soundman obviously knew what he was doing so we were all feeling very relaxed. We had time to venture into town (big thumbs up for Winchester) and had a meal together before watching Bella Feud – which is always a joy.
Despite the smoke, the music was tight and the energy high. Roll on next venue!
‘Til next time,
- Blast from the past – ish! (rattledrum.wordpress.com)
- Common Mistakes in Smoke Alarm Maintenance (allstate.com)