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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 4:36 pm
by Adam Blake
Ha ha! That'll teach us to put three bands on in a West End club. It was chaos but it was very enjoyable. Norman came down with a mate. Thanks, Norman!
The first band, Hooligan Night, were like a cross between The Yeah Yeah Yeah's and Tom Waits - they even did a Tom Waits cover ("Whistling Past The Graveyard") - and me and Norman decided they were more than acceptable. The second band, Earthling Society, were MUCH TOO LOUD!!! They drove me into the bar so I can't really comment on their music. By the time they finished there were precisely eight minutes to effect the changeover. One of my guitars de-tuned itself between the dressing room and the stage which might have caused a less experienced trooper to have a tantrum but I merely incorporated tuning up very loudly into the act. Everyone noticed. One of my pedals died as well. No-one noticed. I thought we played very well under siege conditions. As a last afterthought I put a tape recorder into my gig bag and remembered to turn it on as we started. Who'd have thought it? The recording's not bad at all. Bootlegs of the "Lunar Dunes Live at The Marquee" may be appearing on market stalls near you in the not too distant future...

PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 5:32 pm
by NormanD
I've been sitting here wondering what to write and suddenly Adam's post pops up, giving us the user's experience.

It was a great night out, with a few age-related grumpy misgivings, which I'll get out the way first. The Marquee must now be on its umpteenth location. It's new, and clean, but can't decide whether it wants to be a chrome wine bar or a rock venue. The gents' toilet is actually more spacious than the stage area - and the close proximity between performers and audience must surely have been designed to break down that third wall, in order to make you feel at one with the music. Trouble is, it's so bleedin' loud.....

Dunes (I'm going to start popularising their name) weren't able to hit the stage until 11.00, which sadly meant I could only hear the first five or so numbers. London may be a 24-hr city, but unfortunately the trains aren't, and I made the last one home with just a couple of minutes spare.

The second band - very early-Floyd - drove us back upstairs too. Very psych, very loud, and could have used a bit more humour (me, I'd have called one of the songs "A Saucerful of Milk"). Their set was also over-long and needed more variation.

The logistics of a band setting up to play, ensuring the equipment is ok and the sound balance right, are unknowns to me. Adam's explanation of some of the problems is fascinating. I did see you hop off stage with your guitar a couple of numbers in, which - fortunately - was not to thump somebody, but the other tech problems were not especially apparent. The instrumentation moulded together so well that the temp absence of guitar caused no disruption.

I was pleased that you had the vocalist with you because her singing is beautiful. What do you call singing without words? Vocalising? She has a soaring, sweet voice that's only heard on one track on the CD. Live, with the band, they magically raise each other to musical heights.

You may be joking about a bootleg CD of your performance, Adam, but it would really complement the actual album and show that you're not just a studio band reliant on good engineering, etc, but a major league player.

I don't think I've ever before been present at a band's debut performance, and I'm dead pleased I was there last night. An evening of psychedelic madness and mayhem, wonderfully trippy music, a smoke machine, a light show, people in funny hats, and even a couple of people sitting on the floor to listen to the music. Welcome back to the 1960s......

PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 6:08 pm
by Adam Blake
normand wrote: Welcome back to the 1960s......

But minus the drugs, which I kind of like actually. I suppose it's all very well for me to say that - having thoroughly indulged and renounced. But I like not having to fight my way through a haze of dope smoke. We were going to put "No mind expanding drugs were used in the making of this music" (because there really weren't) on the album sleeve, but then we thought that people would think we were taking the piss...

PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 6:25 pm
by Jamie Renton
normand wrote:I was pleased that you had the vocalist with you because her singing is beautiful.

I think that must be the wonderful KRUPA, Who will be doing a live set at my Chillis Fly West night at Mau Mau on Portobello Rd next Friday 18th.

She's on at 10, so you should be able to get the last train home with time to spare, if you fancy coming down.



PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 6:35 pm
by Adam Blake
It WAS Krupa, sorry I should have said that before. Yes, I'll be there!

PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 7:13 pm
by judith
Oh this was too special, to open up the 'pute this morning to the forum and read, one right after another, the experience of the performer and the impressions of the audience member. Thank you Adam and Norman. It was almost (almost) as good as being there.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 1:28 am
by joel
What Judith said.
Looking forward to the Doones' Tokyo live debut (and the official bootleg) :-)

PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:32 pm
by Dayna
I am really getting to like this whole thing more & more. Have taken it in my car with me & listen to it at home too.

I've read the album cover & saw that you are the one that wrote Rowing Boat. Is that true?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:10 pm
by Adam Blake
Dayna wrote:Adam,
I've read the album cover & saw that you are the one that wrote Rowing Boat. Is that true?


PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 3:18 pm
by Dayna
Thanks. I should have worded my question different than I did.

I sent that track to my Mom in Florida for her to hear it, & she said it's very pretty.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:33 pm
by Adam Blake
Thank you. I always liked it too. Was glad to have a chance to record it properly.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 5:32 am
by Dayna
With music like this, who needs drugs to feel good? Today I have been laying on my couch, with headphones on, in the total dark, with nothing but the moon shining through my window & my eyes closed. It felt like whole sound of the guitar & other things together were swirling around inside my head & down through my body and I'm getting chills. It can really carry you away. I feel like I'm still shaking inside.
I think Rowing Boat is pretty.

One of my favorites is The Todal Gleeps. It's very powerful. I am still taking all the others in right now, so I'll be back with more, later.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:58 pm
by Dayna
I'm continuing this from what I wrote last night. Herzegovina is another favorite. My Lagan Love is very pretty. I love it all though.
Trying to write something about this is nice. I'm saying what is really in my heart but I feel kind of like I'm a student doing an essay for a teacher. Of course it would be great having you as a music teacher.

The drummer & bass player are very good, along with your own guitar playing, which is very exciting to listen to.
Hope you get some really good reviews on it.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2008 2:00 am
by Adam Blake
Thanks for your continuing interest, Dayna. The Todal is a character from a children's book called "The Thirteen Clocks", written by James Thurber who was, I believe, from Ohio.

PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 9:02 pm
by Dayna
I've really gotten to like Herzegovina a lot. Too me it sounds like it's just full of stuff going on, & it makes me feel excited. Can you describe it that way?