It’s just a matter of time til you’re…
So I’m going to start at the end and work my way to the beginning.
Girls and Boys encore of “My Biggest Fan” last night rocked in a way that made me want to throw my panties on the stage.
However. The seemingly new Nashville trend of bands doing encores baffles me. It apparently baffled the sound guy too, since he sort of raised the lights and then put some music on and then sort of dimmed the lights. I mean, if you walk offstage and the crowd is yelling so loudly for you to keep playing and you won’t be able to pack up your gear without encountering the yelling crowd, then maybe you pull out an encore. But the whole planning of an encore seems kind of… awkward. I mean, when “Budweiser presents” precedes your band name, I understand planning an encore. But until then, I’m happy to see a band play 10 songs and leave.
Then again, I know I’m a peculiar little guy. Maybe all the normal people wanted an encore. Maybe everybody in the crowd is thinking “I love this band so much I want them to quit playing for about 2 minutes and then return to play another song!” But from my perspective, crowds usually thin when a local band does an encore. It’s like that awkward moment after a Will Ferrel movie where you’re watching the credits thinking, “I totally know they’re going to show outtakes” but the credits keep rolling and finally you stand up and start to walk out and then you hear the outtakes start playing and you have to stop and turn around and watch them from the aisle and you’re kinda wishing you were just one of the people who left as soon as the credits started rolling.
Or maybe it’s not like that at all.
Anyway, the sound at The End, as expected, was not so good. And like Harper the night before, G&B are a pop band with vocal melodies and harmonies and those sorts of less-loud notes just get eaten up by everything else’s volume. Oh well. The drums actually sounded good through the whole set. Actually all the instruments sounded fine, just loud. And it’s not like I’m making an old man complaint that everything was too loud. It was just too loud for the vocals to come out well. At least, they got better as the night went on.
I’ll tell you what though, the powers that be in Girls and Boys want to add a keyboard player/guitarist and another girl singer and that, my friends, is kooky talk. They have got enough going on without two more people on a small stage. I’m sure there are sounds they do on record that they’d like to duplicate live, but it was cool to hear Jim’s guitar a little more rocking than it is recorded and Joe’s keys a little loud. They wouldn’t get that with another instrument in there. Also, I like the duo of the girl singers. One more and it would get a little uneven, maybe a little intimidating. I know they like the model of the Supremes for the vocalists, but the problem with modeling your group after the Supremes is that you might get a Diana Ross and she will break your shit up.
Now the real question is: breakfast or lunch? It’s noon. Dammit, I hate it when I don’t eat as soon as I wake up.