We used to look down at this place. I mean literally. From our little eyrie (alas, now defunct) in Barton Centre, a certain 6th floor balcony that is now, perhaps, part of popular Banga-lore. Way back when in those black & white times, a Blue Fox hid out there, some kind of phamily restaurant, I believe. We actually saw L’attitude being built, and Suraj (Motherjane) was the cool guy who did all the AC work. It’s now Smartini, and we played there last night.
Sound guys SoundAce weren’t really on the ball. Not even sniffing distance, actually. Just managed to pull it off. And, dear readers, if ever you play at Smartini, remember not to hit a Bb note on stage. It cries wolf.
People were trickling in – a lot of the crowd was probably at the Max Mueller Jazz gig – heck we’d have liked to go too! And the smart folks at Smartini weren’t letting stags in. And stopping folks who didn’t have ‘invites’ (which were only available inside Smartini, I think).
Was a fun gig for us though – relaxed and easy. Played some new songs – 1996 – to good response. Had to sing really hard – could barely hear vox on monitors. Don’t like that situation. Feel like you’re not in control. Tony took nice solo on Intermission. Nate was cooking too.
Went to Church St. Empire afterward, hoping that a certain young Nick didn’t choose that night for a bit of bohemian bullying, with full parental backing.