Saturday, April 19, 2008

A Graveyard Smash

Me and Austin at the Misfits Warsaw show show, last night. It was good, cool props and the band rocked out. Misfits are now Jerry Only on bass, Dez Cadena and Robo from Black Flag on, respectively, guitar and drums. They are all great guys. Dez is one of the cooler guitar players around and Robo  rocks like he always has. Jerry is a terrific performer and has a genuine love for the music and the fans.

Got stuck doing monitors for this show. It's tough getting Jerrys mix loud enough. Everything got pushed to within a hair of feedback at soundcheck and naturally, once the show started, more was needed.  I couldn't hear what was happening on Jerrys side, these guys are loud, and we didn't have enough stuff for a cue wedge. His tech would signal me to up the volume. I would, knowing it was going to feedback, which it did, so I would try to guess which frequency was bugging out. I'd say I got it right about half the time. I had three separate mixes set up just for Jerry so I had to try and determine which one was the problem as well.  Just turning everything down a bit wasn't really an option though I tried that as well occasionally, just out of frustration. Jerry was cool about the whole thing and it really could have been a lot worse . Anyway, we got through the show and I became even more convinced that ANYBODY who absolutely needs to hear a lot of their vocal or whatever should at least try IN EAR MONITORS. It may not be the perfect solution but it will allow you to hear yourself and not blow out your voice after the fifth song. Come on , if you can use an I Pod for your intro music instead of a record or cassette, you can try something new on stage! Try it, you'll like it!

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