The Shed 07/09/2007

“Get on the scene, like a drum machine”

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When Stu announced that he wouldn’t be able to play this gig because he was going to be in Devon, we were left with a bit of a quandary. We asked our friend Pete if he’s like to be a substitute but, while he did come along to a rehearsal, I think he felt a bit awkward at sitting on someone else’s drum stool. I also asked another couple of people who I know that play drums but they weren’t too keen either. So, with us unable to find a replacement, I went out and bought a drum machine. We spent a rehearsal messing around with it and then Ant took it home and, after a couple of days, he had programmed it with a set-list:

All I Want
While You Wait
T-Shirt Hero
You Throw My Love Away
I’ll Get By
I Don’t Know What It Is
It’s In The Air

It’s been quite an experience playing with a drum machine; even just the fact that we had to spend so much more time rehearsing to make sure that the starts, endings and vocal cues were all hit as programmed since a drum machine obviously doesn’t know when you’ve gone wrong and can’t compensate. It also meant that I couldn’t go strutting off stage as we couldn’t do what we normally do and keep extending instrumentals until I get back. My on and off stage antics have become such a big part of the show and, combined with the fact that we were almost playing by rote, meant that, despite playing well, the gig felt a bit flat. It also probably wasn’t helped by the fact that it was yet another late finish. Still, late nights? It’s only rock ‘n’ roll.

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