I received an email a few days ago from Kel, of “The Travelling So & So’s”, who performed on March 16 at the Defusion party. The email was in response to my perception of what had happened on the night and cleared up some misconceptions. She clarified that it was in fact them that was still setting up late and not the Tricktronix.
To start off with, I would like to apologise for some of my comments. I was mistaken in my understanding that they turned up late. Kel let me know that they arrived at 6pm, an hour and 15 minutes before they were due to start. As a musician myself, I would have preferred to be earlier if I was performing, in saying that though, an hour and 15 should be plenty of time to get setup and have a warm up, assuming that the situation is as promised.
It seems the lack of organisation in regards to the live bands was caused by a lack of space for the drum kit and having to figure out an alternative placement for it, and from the organisers telling them that there would be certain equipment available, which was not there, such as PA speakers, microphones, and microphone stands. So they were not expecting to need to bring these things and had to chase it all up at the last minute. This is why people were arriving late with music gear.
So, I would like to apologise for my conclusion and statements regarding these events and the disorganisation of “The Travelling So & So’s”.
Kel also noted my comments about the large amount of feedback, and I may have misunderstood, but also indicated that I thought their musicianship was bad.
I apologise if it came across this way. As I said previously “They were all good musicians and the lead singer had a great voice…” Being a bass player myself, I am rather jealous that the bass player of “The Travelling So & So’s” gets to jam and play music with such a talented group of musicians.
My main problem with the music was, and still is, that the mix was bad and detracted from the otherwise good musicianship. Yes, I understand a room that is literally a cement box is hard to get a good sound from, I have played in similar environments and am well aware of that. However, that does not change that the vocals were far quieter than the instruments. I could hear maybe half of the vocals, and understand maybe half of that again. I understand that during the warm up, vocals were being improvised and that’s cool, it’s a pity it took two songs before the increasing amounts of feedback from the louder vocals (which were still way too quiet) was fixed.
I am glad to hear that the problems got sorted out in the end. Though it is a pity it wasn’t sooner or it could have been a much better night for myself and all the others that left by 10pm. Kudos to “The Travelling So & So’s” for taking it on themselves to organise the missing equipment and allowing the other bands to use it as well.
Thanks for taking the time to correct my misconceptions and let me know what actually happened.