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I finished my shift today to greet five weeks off work - that's four weeks on tour with STRAY and a week Rest and Recuperation. This will be by far my most consuming musical exploit so far - we'll be playing 16 dates over four weeks travelling the length and breadth of England and Wales co-headlining with Ken Pustelnik 's Groundhogs. If you live along the road we'll be taking it would be fab to see you on the way. Feeling very lucky to have been given the opportunity to do this stuff with Del and the other Stray fellas - came a bit late in my musical career - but better late than never and I'm loving every minute of it!

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Wow. I didn't know that they were still going. One of my favourite bands of the early 70's before I joined the RN and took myself way from 'all that'.

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1 hour ago, PJ-Bassist said:

Feb 28th, you're playing my home town!! Whoop!

@Al Krowwe still thinking of a BC get together March 12th?

@King Tut my old Eden Cab going on tour with you? 

 

 

 

Yeah the Eden is coming with me. I prefer a taller rig - 2 12" cabs stacked vertically but it's gonna spend a lot of its time in a van so vulnerable to theft. I'd sooner leave the Eden in the van than a Barefaced for that reason. 

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This'll be my pedalboard set up. Black Ric 4003, an old Trace AH300 GP7 SM and an Eden Nemesis 4 x 10.

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Jeez, I missed the other band due to the font confusing old eyes. Groundhogs! My absolute favourite band back in the day. I guess Tony McPhee isn’t up to it nowadays.

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4 hours ago, GreeneKing said:

Jeez, I missed the other band due to the font confusing old eyes. Groundhogs! My absolute favourite band back in the day. I guess Tony McPhee isn’t up to it nowadays.

The official name of the band we're touring with is 'Ken Pustelnik's Groundhogs'. Ken was the original drummer. They're a great band and lovely fellas. Couldn't have asked for a better opening night - packed house, seamless changeover and nice performances all round. Chislehirst tomorrow (Wednesday)!

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I might do a daily entry for this as a little diary! So last night was the first night at The Boom Boom Club in Sutton which is located in Sutton Utd FC. Nice stage and sound and regular sound and lighting engineers for the venue (and tonight's at Chislehirst). They know their onions so that's half the battle. We had a great crowd and it went swimmingly well - a good turnout and good performances from both bands - nice smooth changeover too.

I was using a Trace AH300 SM GP7. Ive had it for a while but been nervous about using it due to intel on the power side of the amp indicating that it's likely to go DC and take your speakers out. I found the official Trace Elliot solution thanks to this site and Facebook and got a mate who amp engineers to implement the mod.

Anyway - matched up with a Tech 21 VTBass I got a passable approximation of an overdriven valve amp which i was pretty pleased with. On one song I needed the pedal off and I'm finding that the pedal adds an awful lot of top to the sound which i consequently backed off on the pedal. I understand later versions have a switch to turn off the speaker emulation which tames the top a bit. Generally happy with my sound but tonight I'm gonna edit my fuzz patch to add just a smidge of high mids and might try to add a bit of bottom around 100hz to see if i can get just a touch more meat without it getting boomy.

I'm getting picked up in about 20 minutes then heading back up the M1 and M25 to tonight's Shenanigans at The Beaverwood in Chislehirst - nice venue. back to my own bed tonight before two nights away for Southampton (Thursday), Tavistock (Friday) where we have Ethyrfield supporting and Swansea Sin City on Saturday.

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Second night - Chislehirst - was another cracker. The only drama was when Chris - The Groundhog's singer took a jolt off the mic during soundcheck that launched him back towards the drum kit - something definitely wasn't right there but he was ok and they managed to sort it. There was a proper comedy moment when we were sound checking when  Del's guitar was coming out of Pete's rig and they all got a bit fingers and thumbs trying to sort it. All good sound wise with me so I'll keep on doing what I'm doing. We encored with 'Hallelujah' which was the first time i've played it live but its a pretty straightforward rock n roll tune - so that's all three new ones done now. Just waiting for the bus to head off to Southampton for a show at The Brook. Here's a clip from Tuesday's gig at The Boom Boom - the guy who posted it also has a 45 min clip from the gig on his feed if anyone's interested.

 

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So on to day four. We've just left Southampton and heading on to Tavistock for a gig at The Wharf tonight. 

Had a good gig last night and was great to meet @Mickeyboro

Nice venue although a bit odd as the stage is really high and halfway between the lower and upper viewing areas. The sound engineer here also knew his onions and we had a cracking sound onstage. The Groundhogs were on fire. Very loud and a really nice out front sound.

We usually have three roadies, one of whom drives but due to an unusual set of circumstances we've got none for last night and the next two. Really missed them as the load in wasn't great!

We're all fed courtesy of Sainsburys but I'm suffering from sleep deprivation and feeling pretty knackered to be honest. Our keys player has bought his meth lab with him aka a mocha pot and stove and decent coffee to keep us going!

Looking forward to meeting up with Ethyrfield tonight who are supporting. Onward and hopefully upward!

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Good to meet you too, Colin. Impressive player as well as a nice chap!

Also impressed by the Groundhogs bassist who played a Guild 301 through a Sunn amp. If you find out more about him please share...

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1 minute ago, Mickeyboro said:

Good to meet you too, Colin. Impressive player as well as a nice chap!

Also impressed by the Groundhogs bassist who played a Guild 301 through a Sunn amp. If you find out more about him please share...

Thank you! Well all I know is his name is Latch! Nice fella, nice player, nice feel player. Like his vibrato!

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Last day of the first leg today. We're on the road from Tavistock to Swansea for a gig at Sin City.

Weather aside, we had another good gig yesterday. Nice venue and a great sound. We had a bit of an issue with an irate stage manager regarding gear sharing but it all went well in the end. We had our first support in the shape of Ethyrfield, a young Cornish trio who are well worth a watch. We went on next and had a good show and The Hogs once more were on fire. Their bass player, Latch, managed to break a string on their last number but soldiered on.

I really liked the venue, it's a mini theatre but they took the stalls seating out for a more rock n roll vibe.the building was all stone so the sound was really good, and a nice easy load in which is just as well as it was lashing down. 

We're driving home from Swansea tonight with only two gigs next week, Thekla at Brizzle and The Craufurd in Milton Keynes, our 'Home' gig.

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I'm going to write about yesterday's gig then call it a day unless anything of interest crops up. Swansea Sin City. We arrived and our first impressions were 'what a bloody awful load in'. Fortunately there were staff there to help us load in and out but what a bloody palaver. Limited parking and outside steps up three or four floors (hard to tell). 

This gig was spoiled really by the sound engineer who obviously knew his stuff, but made everything seem like it was too much trouble for him, huffing and puffing his way through the process. Diplomacy was not his strong point and it's really much better if we all treat each other with respect and try to get the best out of people rather than acting like a primadonna - that's our job!!

Anyway - one of the monitor amps went tits up during the support band's set - he tried to repatch stuff but consequently both The Groundhogs and us had shite monitor mixes.

Other than that we went down well. We drove back straight after the gig - I was first drop off getting in around 0430. Got to say, I'm officially broken! Absolutely exhausting.

Just a quick mention for the support band - Bigfeat - really nice sounding five piece with 3/4 part vocals, two guitars and a keys player - kind of a southern rock laid back groove - really enjoyed them.

We've only got two gigs next week - Thekla Bristol on Thursday and The Craufurd in MK on Friday - our home gig. Five the week after, all out and back on the day including The Garage in London, then the following week we're staying away for four gigs oop North. Really enjoying the experience so far but looking forward to a decent night's sleep in my own bed!

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Just wanted to share this rather nice vid from our show at The Garage. Essentially Rik 4003 into Joyo Orange Juice into Bugera Veyron 1001T. Di Post EQ. You can hear the bass a treat with headphones. I'm pretty happy with that tone.

 

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Is it too late to say that when Stray supported the Groundhogs at the Caird Hall, Dundee, during the early 1970s they blew the headliners off the stage?

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