On Saturday, we played at The Victoria in Witham, a pub with a Scooter and Motor Bike club. Unfortunately the layout of the place was a bit awkward, we were trapped in a corner, and it was not possible to get decent footage of us, though I do intend to share some of the audio tracks. We also couldn’t hear ourselves, and it was hard to see the audience – but we’re told we sounded OK once the sound was balanced up.
On Monday, my birthday by the way, we played in Harlow, in the open air. It was our first experience together or that sort of stage, and the great thing was, that as soon as we set up our amps, someone with a console off stage did the sound balancing for us. Of course, that’s no guarantee that my trusty DV camcorder will pick up the sound, especially the bass that seems to confuse it badly, or that the people I’ve entrusted it to, will just leave it running, rather than try to save tape between songs and miss the beginnings! Still, the video footage is great fun. I don’t seem to be able to embed a playlist here, so please use this link to watch all the concert. Or if you prefer, you can see the individual videos.
On a personal note, you may ask how I feel about playing for service charities, such as Scotty’s Little Soldiers (Saturday) and Help For Heroes (Monday). Well you don’t have to agree with the wars that governments send soldiers to, and you have to recognise that there is quite an element these days of economic conscription, as these young men, in many cases, have no other prospects. But more than that, I think that it’s a disgrace that, increasingly, those who are of no further use to the country (because they are dead or injured), are treated appallingly by governments, presumably for the crime of “Not Being Bankers or Very Rich”. These charities shouldn’t need to exist in my view, and it’s an indictment on capitalism that they first force young men to take up arms, then send them abroad with a hidden agenda (oil), and then cast them aside when they are of no further use.
So an element of mixed feelings, but I couldn’t let my band-mates down, could I?