Hogwind? KFJC? Ah....hell yeah! Hogwind is a band that makes me laugh so hard as we play "versions" of "classic songs". KFJC is the best radio station in the world, bar none. The two put together was definitely a blast.
A quick, rain free drive down 280, marveling at the view of the hills shrouded in dark and mist, getting to see Eric and DJ Naysayer and the amazing KFJC staff, a fun, hysterical 45 minutes set of murdering Christmas songs with Hogwind. I mean, how could things be better?
A few days later, I'm still chuckling at the memory. I hope to play with Hogwind some more, that is for sure.
Below: Hogwind Frankenstein kit; Hogwind members marvel at Hogwind LP test pressing; set list
Before Feral Luggage's show at Temescal Arts Center last Sunday, I had a bit of nostalgia as I walked around the neighborhood. Seeing the pentagram that is embossed upon the sidewalk of a storefront that used to be that of Ancient Ways, I had all kinds of memories floating back to me. Thoughts of happenings many years ago, there and at the Omni, which was on the same block, proved to be a bit bittersweet, as memories so often are.
Bittersweet too was the show. Sweet, because I felt as though we played really well, with plenty of great interaction between drummer Patrick Telesfore, Jr. and myself. Sweet playing from Kersti on woodwinds, sweet bass pulses from Eli, sweet guitar tones from Mika. It all gelled over a perfect 45 minutes or so of music.Slightly bitter on account of a very low turnout. I try to not let that get to me, but at the same time it can sting a bit. Feral Luggage will continue, but I wonder if we'll every be able to generate any kind of audience. As I'm typing these words, part of my brain is scolding itself for being whiny!
The experience of playing was worth schlepping out on a Sunday night for me, and I guess that that's what matters, really.
Below: used the Jungle Kit again, to good effect; Feral Luggage full shot by and Greg Cutler, thanks, Greg!
Sadly, I never got to play Elbo Room in San Francisco. Saw some cool shows there, always wanted to play there, but just never had the right band circumstance. Needless to say, I was stoked that Surplus 1980 got onto a really cool bill at the new Oakland location, with Cash Pony and Atomic Ape. We got sandwiched right in the middle of these two fine, intricate instrumental Prog bands. A bit daunting, really. Surplus pulls from Prog, especially Bill and Moe!, but I don't feel that we play Prog per se. That's fine with me, I like things that are bit more on the Blues side, even though I do relish the challenges that Moe! throws my way in song writing.
We played pretty riskily, putting forward two new ideas that we'd been working on all week in rehearsal for some exciting events coming up in 2020. The first was a group composition with no name, the second one is being built from a set of drum patterns that I've cooked up! Hooray! The former went down OK, while on the latter I completely spaced out on a part that'd been added a few days earlier. Oh, my. I did not even think of that until after our set. I hope that they sounded coherent to the audience.
Along with those tunes, be played some of our usual set, and had a really good energy. I felt as though we added the Punk Rock energy to the show, or at least the more ragged energy. This was fine with me, even as the back line bass drum was tending to creep away from me during several songs, necessitating Surplus bass player Tom to basically block the drum with his leg. Many thanks, Tom.
A fun night, with a friendly audience and great bands in Oakland. Can't really ask for too much more than that.
Below: the moving bass drum; proof of appearance, as I can't find a photo of our set on social media