Dodgeball Uniforms and Glow Sticks for "Drop!"
Well the last few weeks have been very busy for us! First off, on May 13th was our school talent show. We as a band spent the week leading up to this performance figuring out a way to really make a BANG! After much collaboration, what we came up with was — dodgeball uniforms and glowsticks, what else? — Imagine if you will, out of a lineup filled with piano solos and Flight of the Conchord covers, one band dares to take their show to the extreme….
…The room is pitch black. All that can be heard is the cheers of teenagers. Out of the darkness comes neon lights. These lights bounce and move in the form of drumsticks and guitars while the music begins to grow. For about a minute, these lights play a catchy intro called Drop-off! until all of the sudden, the music stops — silence — then Griffin yells, “1-2-3-4!!!” The lights come on and the band, sporting matching dodgeball uniforms, plays the song Drop!
Personally, I felt this was the greatest performance so far. To wear ridiculous outfits and be able to add a bit of entertainment to our show and make it more than just music was fantastic. I never get nervous about playing live but for some reason the overwhelming cheers and the inability to see anything (along with the fact that we had to set up all our equipment in a matter of 45 seconds) gave me a huge rush!
Thank You Rachel Krueger!
Soon after the talent show, on May 15th we played in the courtyard of the Rose Garden as a part of the Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Heart Screening. It was a great chance for us to experiment with our sound in an outdoor environment and we got a great reaction from passersby (i.e. during our 11 minute version of “The World Outside”). Playing at the Rose Garden was 4 hours of fun and a perfect opportunity to show off our new bass drum head which was hand painted by our friend Rachel Krueger. A special thanks to Rachel and to everyone who volunteered at the event and soaked in our music!
Now away from the live side of the band and into the dojo..
On Friday afternoon, Griff and I shut ourselves off from the world as we laid down the guitar and drum tracks for “Drop!” It was a fantastic start to the recording and the final results left us both with a musical orgasm of sorts. Griffin continued the recording process for most of today and we are hoping to have it up on the internet for your beautiful ears to enjoy by the end of the week.
That’s what’s been going on in our lives for the last few weeks. Coming up we’re playing a couple of shows that will definitely be worth attending. On June 4th, we’re playing at Skyview High School around 5:00 for their end of year Spring Fling then that same night, we’re featured in the Skyview Battle of the Bands across the street at Alkai Middle School. (We actually need to sell 20 tickets to this so buy one from us for $5 and we’ll give you free music!)
The BIG upcoming show will be June 11th at Pop Culture with our friends In Retrospect. Stick this on your calendar because I can promise you it will be the show worth watching! Also, if you want to know what we’ve been listening to lately, check out MGMT, Blitzen Trapper and the song “To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High)” by Ryan Adams!
Thanks for all the love!