Really excited to see this page up, here's to more stuff from Mika Pontecorvo's productive side of the musical world!
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017
Set will start at 10 PM Pacific Time.
POST SCRIPT: This appearance was postponed due to car issues, and will be rescheduled to a later date.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
These are probably the last recordings that we made. Joe Noble will be uploading archival stuff from time to time.....
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Eli's is also a really fine place in which to play music, as Surplus 1980 found out on the evening of 5/26. We were part of a really cool bill that featured Shame Waves, Naked Lights, and XDS along with our sounds.
Surplus opened the show in the excitement of featuring new bass player HL Nelly. There were likely some nervous vibes being felt, but thankfully they did not equate any kind of train wreck action. On the contrary, it felt to me that everything ran pretty damn smoothly. More than that: it felt on. Our relatively brief five song set consisted of Moe!'s tunes worked out within the past year and a half or so, my favorite being the groovy Motivated Song About Procrastination, with its neat bridge figure of steeple-like time patterns and swooping double time ending. That one's a hoot. An older song, Morale Is High, always challenging, seemed to have been played almost flawlessly. It's one that you're glad if you've gotten through it without stumbling. Thankfully, we finished it on our feet. Additionally, I seem to have shaken off 2016's curse of clamming during Failure of Commitment. Seems as though that one's form is known to me again.
All told, Surplus 1980's set felt tight and inspired. For me, it was one of those sets wherein even the minor gaff of dropping a stick could not impede the force of the flow. Kind of a victory for Surplus 1980, I'd say. What a pleasure to see friends and acquaintances and play on a bill with a clutch of really fine, inspiring musicians and their bands.
An A+ night in the cool late May air of the (b)East.
Below: Welcome to Surplus 1980, HL, hope that you'll stick around for a while
Moe! and Melne set up