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!
I just thought I’d do a little update on my progress learning the Strangefish material.
Since being asked to join the band back in October, and subsequently meeting them in December I’ve set to the task of learning a full 2 hours of music.
The task is made a little easier by the fact that for the earlier material which has been on my playlists multiple times I’m really au-fait with the songs and the changes.
The later stuff, on the other hand, is still quite fresh in my mind; plus I do hold the bassist on the material in very high esteem – Carl is a great bassist and somewhat of a different style to me; hence that being a challenge.
What also didn’t help is the run of gigs we had up to Christmas with Face The Music which meant either I didn’t have a 5 string bass at home, or I was learning new stuff for that band.
Anyhow, I’ve set to it now, and I’ve created a playlist of the stuff.
I’ve now got a good handle on about 40% of the stuff I’ve got to learn… Not bad for just 2 full weeks really on it.
In case you’re wondering, I’ve sussed “Oceans Deep”, “Shifting Sands”, “Listening to Ghosts”, “Up to You”, “Holiday”, and “This is Me”.
This truly is an interesting project though, and I certainly put the songs far and away above an anything I’ve had to tackle before! They’re busy, interesting, and definitely hard work!