So driving in NYC was a huge pain in the ass. We had to use the Lincoln Tunnel because they don’t allow trailers in the Holland Tunnel. The toll was $28 so that sucked, and then we got randomly searched before they let us drive through. The tunnel spit us out in the middle of time square during rush hour where we became stuck in an intersection because people felt like it was a good idea to run in front of our car. like “oh this car looks slow and slow to break, I’m gonna cross my fingers and run” We didn’t even care that we were being honked at by at least 15 different cars. We took a picture.
We arrived at Trash Bar just in time and ended up having almost no trouble parking. Previously we had realized Steph’s amp had been busted. The input box on the inside came loose and knocked the ground wire off the speaker. I decided I could fix it, with little knowledge about these things I did surgery. SOO PROUD OF MYSELF. I noticed that the connection for the ground wire had been broken off by the weight of the box that came loose and decided to re-wire it to make the other speaker the ground. And it freaking worked. AGAIN, little to no experience fixing amps. A+.
The show was in a back room in a place called The Trash Bar, which at one time was named the best punk bar in NYC. The sound guy was great and offered to record our performance live. Which sounds pretty good, I am gonna do a little editing and cutting and post the whole thing on BandCamp within the next couple weeks. EVERYTHING is ridiculously hectic these days though so timeline may be pushed.
ANYWAY the place had an open bar for an hour which was free for us and $7 for everybody else, which drew a decent number of people, not to mention it was a Thursday night.
First band, called McBride. Were amazing. Their lead singer/guitarist Danny was incredibly talented, old school rock and roll with a bit of blues tossed in. We all very much enjoyed their music. And Danny was generous and cool to hang out with as well.
Next was a duo called Barelyon. They had a vey pretty R&B ish feel to them crossbreed with some indie folk. One guitar and two vocals and they nailed a cover of Creep by Radiohead.
Third was Surf Rock is Dead. Another duo that sounded a lot like The Cure. I wasn’t too happy with the fact that they used a drum machine, but they were fun to watch and very good with their FX. They were atmospheric and dancy, and their stage presence made it very clear that this is what they want to do forever.
We were last, sometime nearing midnight. Unfortunately we cannot take pictures of ourselves, although it would have been nice if somebody wanted to come on tour with us to sell merch and document and adventure… Next time around I guess. We played mostly very well except for Andrew adding our newest song “Hate” to the set and then playing half a verse and quitting and making us restart. Overall the reaction was good, we got rid of some CD’s and we mostly drank for free. It was a decent first show in NYC, and hopefully the next one will be even better. Keep an eye out for the live tracks in the next week or so.
At the end of the night we hit the road towards Vermont, or should I say Andrew did, while Steph and I slept in the bottom bunk.