This would be Sonogasm's first full-length set, and by pure coincidence was the only time we were able to play the venerable Mason Jar venue. Metal acts from Motley Crue to Dokken to Ratt to Jane's Addiction to Tool had all played The Jar in Phoenix in the decades previous, as thoroughly documented by memorabilia covering every wall, and it served for those bands as something of a milepost on the way to stardom. It did not serve as such for Sonogasm, but then again, we weren't very good.
Owner emeritus Franco Gagliano finally gave up the ghost a few years after our show, and the Mason Jar was renovated, renamed, and reopened as a gay bar.
[YouTube video clip to be added]
Venue: The Mason Jar
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Vocals, Bass: Mike Bahr
Guitars: Jeff Mink
Drums: Chuck Prime
Other act(s): Cameron Was, Azul
1. The Truth Will Set Me Free
2. 21 Months
3. Winter Moon
6. Blue Instant
7. Schism (Tool)
Our second show brought visible (well, audible) improvement, but we were still just getting our sea legs. Watching the video clips of this show, I smile at some of the nice, tight runs and passionate unison sequences, but I cringe at Chuck's occasional off-timed drums, Jeff's occasional guitar errors, and especially at my own out-of-tune vocals.
This was our first show playing a cover song, and we never played a set of all originals again from that point on.