Post by Owen from Final Fantasy on Dec 6, 2012 1:53:56 GMT -5
tone you're not being too strict at all!
Part of the reason why I started the show with so many solo songs was because the venue we were in was designed for acoustic performances and theatre. During soundcheck we draped towels over the drums and pulled the volume down, down, down. This concert, my concert, is primarily designed for clubs and bars and outdoor stages (as have all my shows!) and I've always felt that the violin onstage keeps me squarely in the concert hall. It's not a pudgy-nosed "I'm a rocker" thing, it's always been difficult for me to feel comfortable playing electric music in spaces designed for acoustic music.
I have asked my booking agents repeatedly and consistently to "book us in clubs" but in some cities-- such as Munich-- it is impossible to do so. Rather than deliver a 2006 set of 2006 songs I preferred to simply try and make it work with my band in that situation. We reined it in extremely, sound-wise-- our monitors onstage were about the volume of laptop speakers. If the show disappointed you, I apologize. It was, as I said, not only my first time playing all these songs in public, but also my bassist and my drummer's, and so to do so was a humungous challenge.
I really really enjoyed the Munich show yesterday! The new songs sound amazing, can't wait to hear them again - live and on the album Thank you so much for playing all those new songs! Btw - does somebody have a setlist?
As for the band - yes, the drummer was a bit too loud at some parts. - but I also thought that it's because of the location. It's a theatre, so obviously the stage sound has to be very clear and good to hear. I guess you can hear it in the far back if somebody whispers on stage...and if there's a drummer hitting his drums it obviously makes a lot of sound
Anyway, the arrangements were really good and I enjoyed it a lot. And actually I think that the drums really add a certain something to the songs. I love it when Owen plays all by himself - the way he started the show. But I also enjoy it a lot when he plays with his band.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Alea, Manus and Owen !
You are all certainly right about the acoustic problem in the theatre, i should have beared it in mind, when mentioning the loud drums. and i guess i went too far by questioning the concept of the new band. i liked the show and especially the new songs - with the drummer ! still i have the need to point out that some of the climatic use of crash cymbals especially on "older" songs like "Lewis takes of his shirt" or "Tryst With Mephistopheles" dont really fit. its not only because of the rock cliché - which i admit may have a personal problem with ;-) - , sonically they just compete too much with the high violin notes and overtones. im sorry for complaining so much. i love you owen ! :-) Your singing was incredibly good yesterday !
I hate all of you who got to see the show! Must've been awesome. I personally really like the new sound. Aggressive, angry, everything. And I think the drums give Lewis Takes off His Shirt an awesome kick especially during the last minute of the song, but I'm indifferent about their use on Tryst.
On another note: IF ANY OF YOU ARE AT ATP, GET A VIDEO OF THE NEW STUFF IF YOU CAN! (i've probably been asking this too many times)
The Paris show was awesoooome. I couldn't stay afterwards to say thanks this time so I'm saying it here: thank you!
Song song song to start with, that was awesome. The drums sound great and more specifically on Midnight Directives. Oh and I love the new song called Infernal Fantasy. The bass was a bit loud but maybe that's because I was in the front, idk. I've been to OP shows where the sound was better. But it was very good nonetheless. TRYST WITH MEPHISTOPHELES. YES. Anyway. Yes, a very good evening. Torn between taking out my violin again and telling myself i can't play that well anyway. But at least I want to play a bit again, that hasn't happened in a while.
Last Edit: Dec 12, 2012 11:55:14 GMT -5 by Alyssa!
Watch out! It seems as though it is about to rush into the darkness where you are sitting and reduce you to a mangled sack of skin, full of crumpled flesh and splintered bones, and destroy this hall and this building, so full of wine, women, music and vice, and transform it into fragments and into dust. But this, too, is merely a train of shadows.
Thanks for naming the song, I keep referring to it as the one that has that worrying then hopeful then worrying sound on the violin at the end XD. He played it last night as well. I hope some people will have filmed the songs from last night because there were a lot of the new songs.