I recently heard Kreator's Extreme Aggression for the first time. Easily one of the coolest, rippingest, most head-bangable and air-guitarable thrash albums ever, how the fuck have I missed this until now?
more deets! how was attendance during your opening set? was the crowd into it? did you chill with BTBAM people at all?
Man, it was a really interesting vibe going in. As I was setting up our merch near the front of the club well before doors, on two separate occasions someone entered the building, came right up to me because I was nearest the door, and asked me, "when's Tesseract going on?" I fumbled through explaining to them that they weren't there at all, and on both occasions the person was pretty upset. Up until then, I hadn't been planning on saying anything before we started playing, just getting up there and busting into "National Anthem" which on its own tends to enact as much engagement as we're likely to inspire on any given night. However, in this case, I felt like it had been brought to my attention that even at the early hour of 7pm (this was an all-ages show) it was fairly likely that there would be some people in the crowd who would think they were watching Astronoid or otherwise just not know what the fuck was going on.
There were probably about 100 people in the room when we took the stage, which doesn't feel like a lot because the place can hold about 600. I started off by saying, "I didn't expect to have to explain this initially. I was just going to come up here and play. But as recently as a couple of hours ago, I had people coming up to me asking, 'when's Tesseract playing.' [mix of laughter and groans from the crowd]. Well, they're not here tonight, and if that upsets you, please take it up with them on social media. This situation wasn't in our control, and it wasn't in the 40 Watt's control. But something we are in control of are *gestures* these three electric guitars, and *points* that drum kit [this got a surprising ovation.] So for the next half hour, we'd like to play these instruments for you, to take you to a timeline of reality that, we hope, will feel correct to you. *busts into National Anthem*
And that was all it really took to *get* them. By the end of our second song, the place was packed, and the crowd seemed in a great mood the whole time much to my surprise and delight. Merch sales were nothing earth-shattering but definitely not shabby and better than an average night. Half of the people who came up to me at our merch booth just wanted to buy BTBAM stuff.
As anticipated, BTBAM was very busy warming up before the show, especially with it being the very first show of the tour. However, through a convoluted series of circumstances spanning years, I'd previously befriended their bassist, Dan. The band arrived the day before to setup up/test their new lighting rig at the club and rehearse for a long time, after which Dan and I met up and sat drinking tea at the coffee shop I work at for about three hours before he was just about nodding off from being tired. Getting the perspective of someone who has been through as much professionally/creatively as he has was a rare treat that I savored.
Report: the show did not suck. I need to take some inventory but we have plenty of shirts left. Everyone who has pm'd me: thanks, I'll be able to sort everything out with you guys next week but you'll get your Maiko shirts for sure.
To celebrate the BTBAM show (and in anticipation of the fact that we are happily going on tour with Bit Brigade AGAIN in March/early April!) we decided our classic Space Shuttle design needed a new friend...designed by our own beloved MAIKOOOOOO! The pic is a little blurry but the actual image on the irl shirt is not at all.
Also if you haven't seen Flight of the Navigator as an adult, do yourself a favor and indulge in a seriously underrated 80s gem. It's only a goofy kids movie for about 20 minutes; the rest of it (including the ending) is like a pretty great Black Mirror episode.
The main comment I want to make that I won't because I'm tryna stay classy would be "sorry your favorite blog hasn't told you that it's okay to think we're cool yet." One of the things I resent most about mainstream music culture, especially when it comes to heavy music, is the degree to which people have to be told what to like. Or maybe that's just the "old man yells at cloud" in me. But when I read about how "generic and boring" we are, I'm like, "okay, I've been trying to find other bands that sound like Double Ferrari for half a decade, please send them my way if they're swarming out there somewhere I can't see!"
I'm not gonna sweat it. The stage is my ultimate comfort zone. I just feel bad because, to answer brodan's question, ticketfly (it isn't even up to the venue) doesn't offer refunds unless the billed "headliner" themselves cancels. But it's coming to light that Tesseract was the real draw for a lot of people in this area.