Tonight was more difficult than it should’ve been.
Luckily, The Spinoffs are 4 professionals. The room was not the most
appropriate for us and the P.A. wasn’t much better. We had help
getting the best from it, though, and to that I must thank John Miley. Thank you, Sir.
Kathy’s tuner decided to go nuts so it took a little longer to get
started. We had to play quietly enough that I couldn’t control my
sonics as easily either. It’s a good thing that these songs can
survive no matter what. It was nice to see people singing along with
“Lucky Stars”. It’s featured on the current AthFest compilation
album. I guess people do still listen to those discs!
“Stars Go On” appeared to get the best response of the night and
it’s still (and will likely remain) one of my favorite songs on
which I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate.
“Always” was done for the first time tonight. It’s an old song of
mine, but it’s very, very different. This arrangement is all loose,
intertwining guitars. It drones and pulses and goes wherever it
feels. There’s no exact direction with it. We let it take us where
it goes. That’s very unusual to me. I love how different this band
is to all of the other ones of which I’ve been a part.
Bryan’s first Spinoffs tune came next. “Talk Of The Town” is a
surprising turn for Bryan and for the Spinoffs. It’s darn near
country. It reminds me of The Band and The Grateful Dead a bit. It’s
a great story song and it doesn’t forget the hooks. This was the
second of three first performances tonight.
“Wide Bicycle” was my turn again. It’s the same song as when The
Critical Darlings do it, but it feels like something other to me
with The Spinoffs. To me, this version is about the intertwining
guitars and with the exception of the guitar hook, Kathy plays lead.
It’s gets twisty, turny and fairly psychedelic.
We had to take out one song from tonight to keep everything running
on schedule. Besides, Bryan had to get across town to play with The
HEAP. I recommended we ditch “You Belong To Me” and rip out Kathy’s
new hard rocker “Disposable”. I knew this one could be sloppy if it
needed to be. It’s sounds straight from the garage and reminds me of
The Stooges. It’s ugly. We made some noise. The crowd perked up and
seemed to really dig it, too. I used my “explosion” sound at the end
since we weren’t doing “You Belong To Me” and goodnights were said.
There were smiles all around. Our new drummer Tim Payne is perfect
for the band. While I love the “winging it” aspect of The Spinoffs,
I also can’t wait until the songs come into their own. Plus, we have
a few new tunes in the wings. I hope it’s not another 6 month wait