Friday, May 28, 2004

Tourography: Sonogasm live at Priceless Inn 2004-05-28

It was back to Boston's/Priceless Inn for a Memorial Day weekend kicker-off-er show with a nice group of our nearest and dearest.  Justin ran the camera and did a good job directing some shots of each member of the band.  I especially like it when someone is doing that and gets good footage of the drummer, as Justin did in the clips from this show.  Drumming, done well, has great visual aesthetics.

[YouTube video clip to be added]

Band: Sonogasm
Date: 2004-05-28
Venue: Priceless Inn
Location: Tempe, AZ

Vocals, Bass: Mike Bahr
Guitars: Jeff Mink
Drums: Chuck Prime

Other act(s): Tykkus, Red Headed Step Chylde, Stygian Abyss, Storm Within

Setlist:
1. After You Fell Asleep

2. Threads
3. 21 Months
4. The Safety Dance (Grim & Necro version) (Men Without Hats)
5. Crystal
6. Luna
7. The Truth Will Set Me Free
8. Schism (Tool)
9. Blue Instant


We premiered "The Necro Dance," our evil and metallica cover of Men Without Hats' 1983 hit "The Safety Dance."  The crowd had a great laugh, but they were there bouncing their heads to the beat throughout it.  As I figure it, if I am on stage entertaining you, you are free to consume that entertainment as you like -- enthusiastically, apathetically, proactively, or disinterestedly -- but you're wasting your own fun if you wear a mask of indifference while inside you really want to boogie it up and enjoy yourself.  This, I think, is why mostly it is the "lame" people like parents and such who end up cutting loose and having a good time at wedding receptions.  The rest of us could learn a lot from them.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Tourography: Sonogasm live at Big Fish Pub 2004-05-19

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.


Band: Sonogasm
Date: 2004-05-19
Venue: Big Fish Pub
Location: Tempe, AZ

Vocals, Bass: Mike Bahr
Guitars: Jeff Mink
Drums: Chuck Prime

Other act(s): La Tarea, Kaos Banshees

Setlist:
1. After You Fell Asleep

2. Threads
3. 21 Months
4. Luna
5. Crystal
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.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Tourography: Sonogasm live at Big Fish Pub 2004-05-12

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.  We were offered this gig about 90 minutes before stage time, so we basically held our usual weeknight practice in front of a few barflies and disinterested undergrads.


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.


Band: Sonogasm
Date: 2004-05-12
Venue: Big Fish Pub
Location: Tempe, AZ

Vocals, Bass: Mike Bahr
Guitars: Jeff Mink
Drums: Chuck Prime

Other act(s): Idiot Kin, Curbside Special

Setlist:
1. Threads
2. 21 Months
3. After You Fell Asleep
4. Schism (Tool)
5. Luna
6. The Truth Will Set Me Free
7. Blue Instant
8. Christian Woman (Type O Negative)

There wasn't much to say about this show.  A few spectators threw up the horns when we played our cover songs, but that was about as much attention as we rated.

Saturday, May 8, 2004

Tourography: Sonogasm live at Chasers 2004-05-08

Chasers is the south Scottsdale club that wishes it could have half the class of Hollywood Alley.  The only positives that come to mind are that they have a decent load-in area and decent stage lighting.  


The club itself is a dank dump, but the way the staff behaves, you'd think you were in a bistro brew pub off Fifth Street just west of the Waterfront.  If I'm going to be treated like a leper while I'm working, I'll just busk on Mill Avenue and probably bank a lot more cash doing it, thankyouverymuch.


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Band: Sonogasm
Date: 2004-05-08
Venue: Chasers
Location: Scottsdale, AZ

Vocals, Bass: Mike Bahr
Guitars: Jeff Mink
Drums: Chuck Prime

Other act(s): Slaves for Scores, Dependency, Zara

Setlist:
1. Threads

2. 21 Months
3. After You Fell Asleep
4. Schism (Tool)
5. Luna
6. Crystal
7. The Truth Will Set Me Free
8. Christian Woman (Type O Negative)



We were cut off on clock before we could play Blue Instant, which had never been omitted from any of our setlists before (and rightfully not, because it was our best song at the time and our first original song that people actually asked me to play by name).  Fortunately, I hadn't made any promises before this particular show.


This might be the best live take of "Crystal" we had -- that song was a woofer and I should have pitched it long before, but now that it's all over, I'm happy that I documented everything as well as I did, so as to preserve such pleasant surprises.

Friday, May 7, 2004

Tourography: Restorative Justice live at Prof. Coyle's 2004-05-07

This was a completely unplanned show, pushing the limits of what I knew from memory (without using chord charts) on the acoustic guitar.  This once-in-a-lifetime performance of "Restorative Justice," an impromptu ad-hoc band named after the class of the same name taught by the host of the evening's revelry, would not have been possible except that I happened to have my guitar in the trunk of my car.  I had been practicing with Sonogasm earlier in the afternoon before heading out to Professor Coyle's end-of-semester party.

Band: Restorative Justice
Date: 2004-05-07
Venue: Professor Coyle's Apartment
Location: Tempe, AZ

Vocals: Shane Schoenrock (Two and a Half Weeks)

Guitars, backing vocals: Mike Bahr (Sonogasm)

Other act(s): none

Setlist:
1. Selling the Drama (Live)

2. Plush (Stone Temple Pilots)
3. Black (Pearl Jam)
4. Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd)
5. Twelve-Bar Blues (Traditional)
- followed by acoustic-guitar karaoke for everyone who cared to sing

Nothin' but good, clean drunken fun.