Our show last weekend at Gallery Cabaret was a “rough outing.” Surprise! We thought we were primed for a great show; a friendly room, a nice bill of fellow bands, but it didn’t turn out that way. To coin a phrase from David Foster Wallace’s magnum opus, “Infinite Jest,” – “The Night Wore a Sombrero.”
I was the prime culprit, the shakiest of the shaky. My guitar-playing was ragged, hesitant and sloppy, and a toxic vibe of doubt seeped into the rest of the band. A “vibe” is a delicate thing. It can easily be flattened. We had come off a string of transcendent shows, but you don’t conjure transcendence out of thin air, or maybe you do, but that kind of transcendence cannot be delivered on demand.
Anyway, chalk it up to “lessons learned.” Take nothing for granted. Listen. Be attentive to every detail. Little mistakes can lead you over the cliff. We want every show to be the best show ever. It’s a challenge and a goal. It’s the good work, for sure. And we all re-committed to the cause. This band will not be denied! – Jammer
The never-ending city tour continues. Our first whitewolfsonicprincess show for 2013 was at the Gallery Cabaret last night. A pretty amazing little club, funky and sort of “bohemian;” which is just about the perfect setting for our band. We were on a bill with Christina Trulio and The Gunnelpumpers. Lots of cool sounds. It was a great mix of music. We were smack dab in the middle of the bill, book-ended by Christina’s gorgeous “cowboys and brazilian” songs and the Gunnelpumpers over-the-top, improvisational madness. When it was our turn, we played a tight set, my new Seagull acoustic guitar (Love that expert Canandian build quality!) sounded big and full, and our bass player’s new fret-less bass added a smooth shimmer to our songs. We were all inspired by the sound on stage. The Cabaret is a very lively room. When Douglas Johnson joined us on Clevinger bass, it pumped up the adrenaline level a notch or two. Carla’s vocals were soulful and resonant. Rich backed it all up on drums, adding an extra, big-time wallop on that little wooden stage. The crowd was friendly, attentive and very generous with lots of words of praise. Good vibes all around. An excellent start to the new year! – Jammer
Postscript: The Desiccated Old Blackbird, talking about our show last night: “Jimmy, it was great seeing you without that fucking hat!”