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  1. so you have 9 days to go, and only one rehearsal between now and then? All of the suggestions above are good, but you also need to make good use of the remaining practice. You need to run through the whole set, and you need to get the whole band ready so that you don;t spend half of it bickering over how to end the songs you haven't played before or which key they should be in. I'd also suggest that just because everybody can't make more than one practice doesn't mean that the rest of you can't have an extra rehearsal - not ideal, but you can still work on arrangements and knowing the songs better, and doesn't necessarily need to be in the studio - you sitting down at home with the guitarist can be just as valuable
  2. Nice choice - I don't have that one, but it's pretty much the eq stage that is in my Ampeg SCR DI pedal (with the distortion extracted and put into another stand alone pedal). I like it a lot because the ultra hi and low buttons mimic the eq shaping on my SVT-2 Pro (for when I don't have my amp). But it is for shaping the eq more than boosting the signal
  3. all came with deluxe versions, and bonus discs with all the various B-sides from the time. Though, there's a noticeable difference in quality and I'm not sure they've spent much/any time remastering the bonus stuff
  4. have you heard the remasters they put out a couple of years back? All the Patton albums. haven't heard the vinyl but the CDs sound excellent
  5. I'd back BigRed X - the simplest solution if you don't want to mess with the basic tone would simply be increasing the input gain on your amp If that doesn't work for your set up then maybe something like an MXR Micro Amp (literally just a pedal with a Gain knob on it - I use it for very similar reasons, although it does depend on the rest of your set up, it can be a clean boost if it's a clean signal chain, or add more dirt and aggression if that's how the rest of your signal is set up) or a Boss GEB7 where you can use the sliders to increase the signal across the board (plus adds eq shaping if that's required)
  6. Not the same cause, but for years I got a sore forearm from playing a Rickenbacker 4001 with a pick, because the bass has a sharp front edge, and over the length of a set that minor rubbing made my arm really sore. Same thing playing Les Pauls. And when I went back to playing my Ricky for a couple of gigs recently it came back to me at the first rehearsal. I struggled for years because old school wristbands simply don't cover up enough of my forearm, and wearing two or three looks two or three times cheesier. Simplest solution was longer wristbands: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nike-Unisexs-Swoosh-Doublewide-Wristbands/dp/B008C24NPQ/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=long+nike+wristbands&qid=1557923904&s=gateway&sr=8-3 Other colours and cheaper makes are available. Not cheesy looking (IMHO) and double up for wiping sweat off your brow. Certainly nobody's pointed and laughed at me, or in fact even commented on them.
  7. I like the production, and loved the album at the time (and still do) but the high pitched, rap metal nasal vocals date it badly. He really hit his stride on Angel Dust. I missed Jim Martin after that
  8. Back to the OP, The Real Thing does now sound oddly dated, largely because of Mike Patton’s voice
  9. For the Chuck Mosley fans I’d also recommend The Man With The Action Hair by Cement and Soul Pretender by Primitive Race. I didn’t know about the last one until I read his obituary, and it makes his death all the more sad as he was really at the peak of his powers, the band harnessing his vocal drone. i also picked up Joe Haze Session #2 that was put out as a very limited single for Record Store Day this year - a couple of acoustic covers, very like the stuff he played live when I saw him
  10. First saw FNM at the Marquee on the original Real Thing tour - the same week it came out. Got home from work, played side 1 before needing to leave for the gig. Blown away. I still have the 1989 tour shirt, with just the three UK club dates on the back. Seen them many, many times since, as well as Mr Bungle, and either Fantomas or Tomahawk (or possibly both). Love Mike Patton, although his bands can make quite challenging music. But for all that, my favourite FNM are the Chuck Moseley albums, especially Introduce Yourself (although the remastered first album is spectacularly good). Actually missed that line up playing at the Marquee (back in the days before they sold tickets, so you had to check the weekly listings and then turn up and queue on the day to get in - they'd played the previous weekend) Finally saw Chuck play at the Boston Arms a couple of years back, maybe a year or so before he died. If anybody likes his version of FNM I can thoroughly recommend his Will Rap Over Hard Rock For Food album (as Chuck Moseley and VUA)
  11. part of my hating of camping at festivals was Day 3 of Reading, where you had to walk through the campsite to get to the main entrance, and it just smelled like an open sewer. As did half the campers...
  12. Glastonbury's never appealed to me, but I love a festival. Ideally one with hotel rooms nearby (and having to camp at Glasto is one of my key reasons for not being interested). It slightly saddens me (in a fairly disinterested way - I've never been) that it's gone from being a few fields full of music loving hippies who were there to see some bands to being an "experience" available only to those with high limits on their credit cards who lurk on the website ready to snap up their tickets as soon as they go on sale, and who are there to show off that they're going rather than actually being music fans. the BBC's annual "you poor viewers at home aren't as cool as everybody here, we're brilliant" coverage doesn't help. Most of the music isn't really my thing, but that's no reason to hate the line up, I'm sure some people will like it. Just as I'm sure that nobody with a ticket cares in the slightest who is playing, as long as they can bore everybody about how amazing it is to be there. And (to steal a line from a drummer mate of mine who got sick of overhearing it in his local every year after festival season and would tell them all what he thought of their showing off) their claims to being music fans would be taken a lot more seriously if they actually spend a fiver and went to see new bands at the Dog & Duck rather than dropping several hundred quid for one annual event and then doing nothing to support live music the rest of the year. I'm sure there are plenty of actual music fans there...but the coverage and interviews with the crowd always seems to be about showing off that they are there I dunno, maybe it's ageing, and hating the pesky kids who ruin it for everybody else. I used to go to the Reading festival most years for about a decade after the millennium, and saw the transition from it being a rock festival compared to Glastonbury, with Metal Sunday and the punk tent every year, to a run of the mill pop festival that is full of kids running around with little interest in the music, excited to be at their first festival without the parents (and in fact a mate of mine's 17 year old went last year for exactly that right-of-passage reason). I tend to pick festivals that I know will be fun regardless of who's playing, albeit ones where whoever is playing will be within the venn diagram of what I like. I remember going to Download two years ago and being somewhat underwhelmed by the headliners and bands at the top of the bill, and because of that seeing loads of brilliant bands that would have escaped my attention if I'd been glued to the main stage all weekend. So either go or don't go, don't complain about the line up. Nothing worse than being with a mate who keeps droning on about how poor the line up is this year...I speak from experience...
  13. yeah, pictures please when Timpsons have finished the job
  14. an old band of mine played a couple of gigs on England football nights (that we'd not realised when we made the bookings) in pubs that weren't showing the game and the crowds were always significantly worse than usual On the way to a gig on Saturday, the singer was telling us how his two lads had asked if he could take them to the pub to watch some football that was on that afternoon. Them too young to drink, him too uninterested in football to want to watch it, but he thought he'd encourage their new interests so bought a paper and read that while they watched the game. On the way back they were explaining to him how the team they have chosen to follow, Liverpool, had got to the Champion's League final, and could he take them to see a Liverpool game next season? Yes lads, not sure about going to Liverpool but maybe when they play in London... He then googled tickets for their next game (yesterday's game against Wolves) and saw that on re-sale sites it was £120, and several grand for the Champion's League final, and decided that perhaps this taking the kids to football business isn't something that is likely to happen. I explained to him the significance of the Wolves game and that it might not be as expensive when they're not in with a chance of winning the Premiership, but I'm not sure that his kids will be seeing Liverpool any time soon. But he does like the idea of taking them to the local non-league club
  15. Bit of an odd one on Saturday night...odd may be over-stating things. Not what we expected is probably closer to it We'd been told that we were playing a charity night for the tenth anniversary of the death of someone that our singer knew. The band being one that I've notionally been in for a while, but we've never played, or even rehearsed, because all the other band members are in a much better known, much busier band. This one is purely playing old hard rock covers for a laugh, and this seemed to be a great opportunity to cobble together half an hour of those, get out and see if it works. There are a couple of bands playing, plus mention of a bit of a jam session to follow, but it's tricky to get any details. Nothing on t'internet about it, or on social media, which seems a bit odd considering it's on at the Face Bar in Reading, a venue that has regular gigs and club nights. It's pretty close to where the singer lives, bit of a trip out of town for the rest of us, not least the drummer who is in another band playing the Incineration Festival at the Electric Ballroom in Camden that afternoon. The singer has to bring a bass cab to the venue (not mine, long story) and because of post gig drinking logistics decides that he'll do that in the afternoon rather than taking it as we arrive for the gig. First he's going to a lunch that the widow is having for friends. The first subtle shift is that the lunch seems to be for the widow's birthday rather than the anniversary of the death, although it may be the deceased's birthday - I'm a bit fuzzy on that. On mentioning that he's going to drop the bass cab off at the Face Bar, the widow tells our singer that the gig isn't happening there! Instead it's at an arts centre on the other side of Reading, and no longer seems to be a charity night, but a birthday gig. Ah, that explains the lack of any social media coverage then. Messages quickly sent to the band telling us of the change in details...slight concern that any mates who were going to come to the gig will now be gatecrashers... Still, it's a gig for the band, and when we arrive the stage is set up, and the "jam" part of the night is about to happen - do I know the bass lines for any of the following songs? This seems to be what the guitarist currently on stage and the singer are pretty sure they know. I can cover one song, and the bass player from the other band that is playing can do the rest. Songs are played, guitarists and drummers are swapped, and it's a really nice vibe. I guess two or three dozen people are there, certainly enough to make a reasonable crowd, all of them into the sort of stuff we're playing, with a small chunk of them participating one way or another We get up and do our half hour, go down pretty well (not that I think the crowd would have told us if we were awful, but we thoroughly enjoyed it). Not as tight as we would hope to be if we'd rehearsed more than twice, but close enough for rock n roll. Then over to the other band, an established covers outfit, who played a great set. Interesting set up too - everything (including the guitar head - they seemed to be using a Kemper) went through the PA, and levels were controlled on an iPad. No long, tedious sound checks when we played or the jam was happening - they'd set everything before the crowd arrived so those playing just plugged in, tuned up and away they went with a tweak or two on the iPad as and when required. So, not what we were expecting on many levels, but a really nice evening, a good first gig with the band, and all of us agreeing that we should do more of the same
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