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Tuesday, February 28, 2006


Imagine the blackest of pitch black darkness. Then take away anything that shines or reflects in that blackness; there are no stars, no shadows, just the absolute absence of any light or color. Now, cover your eyes in duct tape, put on a blind fold, then put on sunglasses. Now put on a ski mask, backwards. Now try to perform some skilled labor on faulty equipment, in front of an audience with their arms crossed who aren't aware of the darkness you're in.

When you've done all this, then you'll have a good feeling for what it was like for me last night performing at Dunes. I can't speak for the rest of the band, but it was definitely the darkest venue I've ever played in.

But the crowd was nice and appreciative, and we made our way through the darkness, and even played 2(!) new songs. Well, 1 new song - untitled instrumental - and 1 cover - The Cure's Lovesong, which was what we in the music biz call "completely unrehearsed".

When we were done, Neighborhood DJ played MIA near the beginning of his set that closed the night. We talked with our friends, our friends talked with each other, and I spent a few hours trying to recover from night blindness.


BethInPortland said...

You guys were friekin awesome. Seriosly. I would never have know you could not see!

Erik said...

think of it as a tribute to prince's black album.

it was pretty dark, but that's a good thing, since we would have realized we were all standing in a storage closet with rainier beer on tap and a bottle of hypnotiq.

but mark the bartender, soundguy, bouncer, and waiter was pretty cool and overall nice guy; he made sure that i saw him reorder tequila on his treo when he discovered the bar didn't have any whilst making me a margarita.

kazuhank said...

'darkest venue ever'