We’ll get to the post mortem of The Tidal Wave of Indifference Presents… shortly, but first here’s a sorta gig guide to help keep you entertained for the next few weeks.
First up is the latest Ayetunes-branded gig at Glasgow’s Captain’s Rest on Wednesday (Sept 28). School night gigs are always a problem for us, especially in Glasgow so we won’t be there, but with Jim’s latest venture involves the redoubtable Shambles Miller, plus the Sea Kings and Spook School who we’re less familiar with. We recommend you make up for our non-attendance and get yourself along – it’ll cost you a mere fiver.
Saturday (Oct 1) brings an unfortunate clash with both the launch of Supermationation’s new EP Amongst the Northern Lochs at the Wee Red Bar (playing two sets – one acoustic, and one plugged in!) plus support, all for free…. and over at Henry’s is the latest Ides of Toad gig (tickets) featuring John Knox Sex Club, Easter and Fuzzystar.
Tough one, this and we don’t envy anyone having to make that choice. Ours is made for us by virtue of a poorly-planned weekend up north which means that we won’t be heading to either. Hopefully you’re getting a bit of a theme here?
Finally, another mention for Michael Feerick and Matthew Collings at the Wee Red on October 16, as put on by Pendulum Man (tickets). Feerick was the frontman of Tidal Wave faves Amusement Parks on Fire so we’re cursing Maw & Paw Tidal Wave for choosing that weekend to foist themselves on us, especially now that the superb Debutant has been added to the bill. Bugger.
And so, to Saturday’s shenanigans at the Wee Red Bar. Some things we’ve learned:
1. Come loaded with pound coins if you’re going to charge something stupid like £6… alternatively just charge a simple price, like a fiver. Keep It Simple, Stupid.
2. Never have any expectation that the soundcheck will run as you’ve planned.
3. A wide variety of instruments will upset a soundman. Greg, our excellent technical guy was stunned that we’d managed to find four bands with a fiddler, which caused some stress. And that’s before we got to Lost Telegrams’ accordion and mandolin.
4. Don’t trust Facebook. Our list of attendees looked healthy pre-gig, but around a dozen or so people we know personally didn’t show. Things come up, we understand, IT’S OK. But it doesn’t work that well as an indication of attendees. But to be quite honest if everyone that said they were coming on Facebook had showed, we would have had to start turning people away. Seriously.
5. Do expect to have an absolute ball.
Seriously, any pre-gig worries about numbers were already dispersing 20 minutes after doors opened as Lost Telgrams were striking up, and absolutely blown away by the time the Douglas Firs hit the stage. We had almost 130 paying punters through the door, and even though a decent chunk of that came from the bands’ cheaper guestlist, we still had enough money to pay all four acts handsomely (we think) and made a modest profit ourselves which we promptly drank in Brauhaus and the Citrus Club.
Thanks to everyone who came along – you surely couldn’t have failed to have fun?
Thanks to the bands. You were all absolutely brilliant. Well, we think… we were rather busy at the door for Lost Telegrams and the Douglas Firs, then totting up money and selling merch during Star Wheel Press. But there were plenty of wonderful sounds coming from behind us. The only band we were able to focus on fully were French Wives, and they were indeed superb. Everyone told us in the pub how great you all were anyway (and here’s a lovely review of the evening if you’ve not already seen it) and I was delighted to see a bundle of merch being shifted too.
Thanks to the staff at the Wee Red. Like the bands, you took a chance on a rookie promoter. I can only assume you made an absolute packet at the bar?
Thanks to Mrs Tidal Wave for keeping me sane on the night, helping with – no, doing – the door and putting up with my drunken foolishness once we’d moved on.
We enjoyed it so much we’re DEFINITELY DOING IT AGAIN. Stay tuned!