I thought it was time I did a decent progress update on the Strangefish stuff, after all, it’s now about a month since our first rehearsal.
Friday’s Allan Chapman talk was postponed due to the horrible weather (lots of snow) and so we had a nice night in the house.
Saturday, on the other hand, was set to be a very busy day. First, Mum’s boiler is playing up, so I had to go and get that going again.
The afternoon was an early set-off. The gig was at Ackworth so not too far away (and because it was a self booking rather than an agent booking it was great to be able to negotiate our own terms).
Arriving at the venue at 3, we had ’til 5 to soundcheck as it was a surprise party.
Amusingly, we could probably have arrived a whole hour later! The event didn’t really kick off until after half past six.
First set at 8 was a suited one. Blue suit. New shoes.
It was also a change of dry for us. Stay Together is now gone; replaced by Shallow (Lady Ga Ga). It was a good, well played set. Very enjoyable.
The second set was at half past nine. Blue shirt. PVC leather look trousers for this one.
We’ve got stuff starting to go green now, which means I know it well enough to consider myself able to play it live and not whole heartedly fuck it up!
I have to say, Strangefish has had two pretty stonking bass players. It’s certainly a challenge and it makes me realise what an easy life I had when I was in Manning.
After last night’s IQ gig in Bury at The Met, which I have to say was stupendously good (even if they didn’t play Out of Nowhere) and arriving home at half past midnight; I was awoken at 7:30am for a Strangefish rehearsal.
With lasers and songs from Ever buzzing in my mind (did I mention I love lasers) I headed to Bury again.
The rehearsal studio, Redwall, apparently was used by IQ on a number of occasions. The guy managing it told me that when he noticed my IQ hoodie.
I was first there, but I loaded in, set up, and then helped the rest of the guys load in.
Once we were all set up we commenced rehearsals and went through about 10 songs in total, some of them twice. We also caught a new photo to get us going with the forthcoming gigs.
I’m not going to divulge much more about the material we did, as I’d love you too see a gig sometime soon!
I can say, though, that Oceans Deep sounded great!
New year’s eve this year was a gig in Gainsborough. The last gig arranged by our current agent before we go freelance and head to pastures new.
Sadly, because of the timing of everything it’s left us with a rather large 4 month hole in our schedule now, but that works great for me as it lets me give my Strangefish material a lot more time. I suspect stuff will come in though, it’s just the air has to clear first.
We’re now freelance but we have two agents booking gigs for us already and May onwards is looking pretty cool now. I think we’re going to sort our own new year’s eve though.
The gig, however, was superb. I really liked the club. It was a private member’s club which always means you’re going to get an element of filtering. They had booked “an evening with” type of thing and got us and a DJ.
£20 a ticket with a buffet! Can’t be sniffed at.
So we arrived. Loaded in (a nice flat load) and set up. The onstage sound wasn’t good though, mostly due to the corner stage, but it’s something you learn to deal with.
The place filled up. Really filled up.
So the first set arrived at 9pm. I suited up in my blue suit, which I thought would be tight and actually wasn’t – that 3kg on the scales is all lies! And we played our hearts out.
The new song (Lady Gaga’s “Shallow”) was rather epic! The audience really went mad at that one. I suspect being brave and doing such an out there and new song earns respect.
The second set at 10:50 took us up to about 15 minutes off midnight. Great for the DJ to take us through the bells.
This set I was a little more conservative in my looks than I’ve been at previous gigs. Absolutely no shiny trousers this time, just skinny blue jeans and a blue shirt. It’s a very slimming look and I have to say I look rather good in it!
Once midnight was out of the way we packed down and headed home. It was just before 2am hometime. Not bad for new years eve.