We played one long set; exhausting, but a hell of a lot
of fun. People were a-dancin'!
I looked back during the drum solos and was blown away by Mel &
Roberto's virtuoso performance. Man! They kicked up dust! Some folk
felt that the absence of a break didn't give people the time to
as people who come to Layabout gigs are prone to do.
Other folks told me that Jody (on keyboard) was too buried; it was
hard to see who was singing. Perhaps we should use lights. High praise
for Peggy and Sylvia (singers) according to several members of the
audience, they really sounded great.
It really feels good so sing songs about smashing the state. We live
such tame, 'civilized' lives that the day to day existence can almost
drive you crazy. Singing about what you'd like to do, and how you
would like the World to be, is like a salve on a heat rash.
Several Layabout members commented on the fact that a subtle shift has
occurred in the psyche of the band; we appear to be more relaxed with
a greater degree of assuredness. We're prone to take more chances,
kick back more, let ourselves be attuned to the surrounding
An atmosphere that contained a tad more smoke than is to my liking. My
throat felt raw from breathing second hand smoke towards the end of
the last half of the set. Folks, if ya gotta smoke, smoke something
Special thanks to the Immigrant
Suns for playing with us - they were great! Also thanks to Dean
Western who did the mix. Everybody had nothing but great things to say
about the sound. Dean, you're the best!
Laurenn Rowland snapped some pictures of the
event. Scoot down the browser and check them out.
Check out the Urbane Gorilla's poster:
The band on stage
Sylvia - in front...and Jody
Alan Franklin - shining like a national guitar...
Djeto of the Immigrant
Mel Rosas breaks down his kit at the practice
Peggy King on stage
Mel (left) and Roberto outside Alvin's
Pictures by Laurenn