Tempe's Big Fish Pub was one of the few music dive bars in the East Valley that was all-ages. This was one of two "stealth shows" we played in May, leaving our usual friends and loved ones a breather while sharpening our craft in front of what we assumed would be indifferent or hostile audiences. In keeping with the "all ages" theme, however, we did have a few visiting guests who had been unable to see us play up until that time due to their having been born too darned recently. So they got to see us play in front of a room that, well, didn't respond much at all, but at least didn't hate us, and to them the whole "rock/metal club show" thing apparently seemed really cool, judging by their reactions afterward.
The opening band, La Tarea, played a funny Mexican grindcore cover of Outkast's "Hey Ya." No, seriously. It was pretty good. I enjoyed it, anyway.
There is no video or audio of this show. I hated to leave a show undocumented, but we had no idea what we were walking into, and I was reluctant to have a $700 video camera exposed to damage or theft when I was busy performing.
Venue: Big Fish Pub
Location: Tempe, AZ
Vocals, Bass: Mike Bahr
Guitars: Jeff Mink
Drums: Chuck Prime
Other act(s): La Tarea, Kaos Banshees
1. After You Fell Asleep
3. 21 Months
6. Blue Instant
7. The Truth Will Set Me Free
8. Schism (Tool)
One cool thing I remember about this show is that the venue had metal bar trellises over all their windows, and there was a howling spring rainstorm going on outside, and the streetlights and lightning bolts threw a spectacular display of light and shadow all across the ceiling and floor from the front of the venue while we played.