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Hyperstar @ Petit Campus, 10/26/2018

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Frank77, Oct 28, 2018.


  1. Last Friday night was our last gig for the next little while. Our singer decided in September that her last gig with us would be this one, and frankly it was time for her to go: Her flakiness has grown in the last few months and has affected band morale to a great extent (showing up either late, not at all or obviously unprepared for rehearsals). On Friday, she had everyone worried by not answering her phone and finally showed up like 15 minutes before the doors opened to the public. Our BL was boiling and was starting to consider our options if we had to cancel. Luckily it didn't get to that point, the gig went well, and now it's over. In the upcoming weeks/months we'll be looking for a new singer, and see where things go from there.

    We were playing le Petit Campus, a place we've played before and really enjoyed. (Warning: Horrible blurry cell phone pic ahead).

    I find it funny how the name kind of wraps around the marquee. I wonder if it's the result of a miscalculation when they ordered the sign.
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    I was the second one to show up. Our drummer Michel was first on the scene, setting up his kit.
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    If my first picture wasn't so horrible, you could kind of see through the front door that there is a long flight of stairs that leads to the venue. Last time I was there I was hauling a rental 4x10 and was a sweaty mess before I even got to unpack, but not this time thanks to my new lightweight setup. Everything can be carried in one moderately easy trip: Bass case on my back, cab one hand, gym bag in the other (which contains amp head, pedalboard, cables, guitar stand, gaffer tape roll and other miscellaneous tools). Took me a grand total of 5 minutes to set up and it sounded great immediately. Opened two ports on the back of my Changeling for some ooommph and set the switches to mids "on", highs "off". Ran the amp at about 50% volume with a flat EQ and was plenty loud. Thanks to audio genius/nicest guy on the Internet @DukeLeJeune for designing such a miracle of a cab!

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    Our band leader / keys guy Fabien arrived just a few minutes after me, followed by our trombone player Clément. Here is Fabien hard at work, setting up lines on the dance floor for the Soul Train.
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    I had never noticed the interesting lights they have over the bar. Seems appropriate for a music venue.
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    I sadly have no picture of the crowd during the show, but turnout was pretty good. Staff told us we had 95 people coming through the door. Definitely not our biggest draw, but not bad. Our BL's wife (who is a very talented photographer) and her sister were taking pictures and shot some videos. They're probably being sorted through / edited now, I'll add some if I get them soon enough.

    The gig went well, aside from one little snafu during one song: It probably wasn't too graceful but we somehow landed back on our feet (tip of the hat to our drummer for keeping it together despite the trainwreck all around him). Otherwise it was great, we all had a lot of fun and the crowd was very energetic and participative. Once again, some very cool dance moves were seen.

    Here is a picture taken towards the end of our show, uploaded to our facebook page:
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    A little after midnight, the show was over and people were heading home. I packed my stuff, enjoyed one of my complimentary drinks with my bandmates (and gave the other two to friends), then left around 1 am.

    As I got closer to my place I realized I was feeling hungry, but then thought everything would be closed. To my great surprise, a deli just around the corner was still opened. I unloaded my gear, dropped off the car and headed there around 1:30 for a takeout nocturnal poutine. It wasn't the best idea I've had this year: First, it wasn't that good a poutine (fries left much, much to be desired), and second, I'm not 20 anymore so such excesses no longer go unpunished - I felt a bit weird in the morning.

    Here's a pic, just because it is in the gig report rules that "thou shalt post pics of thy food":
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    That's it. Things should be fairly quiet on the band front for the next little while. Between finding / auditioning new singers, and people going away for the holidays, I don't expect much to be happening before 2019. Luckily I have a side project going on with JD (the guitar player) and two other guys, so I'll still be playing even if I'm not gigging.

    Last time I posted a gig report, some of you expressed interest in our EP: It finally came out Friday! So if you'd like to check it out, here are links for iTunes / Google Play. I don't know if this is allowed - if not, Mods, please let me know.

    iTunes: ‎Glitterbox - EP by Hyperstar

    Google: Hyperstar: Glitterbox – Musique sur Google Play

    My two favorite tunes on the EP are "Get on the Train" and "Jump", they are the most funk of the bunch, the others have more of a disco vibe.

    That's it for now, have a good Sunday guys.
     
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2018
  2. Tony In Philly

    Tony In Philly Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Filthydelphia, USA
    Looks like a fun gig!
     
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  3. Bassed in NZ

    Bassed in NZ ...in search of the impeccable groove...

    Feb 22, 2008
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Great report and nice looking gig - would love to be in a horn band! Sorry to hear that it'll be quiet for a while as you replace your singer, but suspect it's for the best - and you can do without the stress of whether they're going to turn up or not right before a gig!

    Loving the tracks that you posted - great grooves man. Poutine at 1:30am - yeah, I'd struggle too (got to try a pretty good version when I was in Canada last year, but much earlier in the day).

    Enjoy the side project
     
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  4. It truly was! I wish I had some pics of the crowd (I don't have @BassCliff 's amp-selfie skills!). That place is the perfect size venue for us : We've had around 200 people there before, but the place doesn't look sad and empty if there's half as many people like last Friday. There is a spot at the back with tables and stools for folks who prefer to sit down and enjoy their drink, and the dance floor is large enough. Even when the place is packed, it's configured in such a way that it's never too hard to reach the bar, the washrooms or the exit. I'd play there every week if I could!
     
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  5. Thanks for the kind words!

    The side project is a nice change of pace, and more technical - I get to dust off the ol' 5-string active bass and play some Medeski, Scofield, Martin and Wood, some stuff by Hiromi's band, and they even want to tackle some Uzeb! :help:

    The keys player is a monster and the drummer is one of the best I've played with. I'm going to have to work extra hard to keep up, but that's how you grow, right?
     
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  6. Some pics from our photographer:

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  7. DukeLeJeune

    DukeLeJeune rational romantic mystic cynical idealist Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 24, 2008
    Princeton, Texas
    Owner & designer, AudioKinesis; Auth. mfg, Big E (Home Audio only)
    Merci beaucoup, Monsieur Frank Soixante Dix-Sept!
     
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  8. BassCliff

    BassCliff

    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi!

    Wow! Nice gig! Thanks for the pictures. I'm sure you guys blew the roof off the dump! (Figuratively speaking, of course.) Best of luck finding a new singer. I'm sure that as fun as your band is, you won't have much trouble finding the right fit. I'm looking forward to more!


    Thank you for your indulgence,

    BassCliff
     
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  9. Thanks Cliff!
     
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  10. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    Very cool gig. I've always liked your band. Solid stuff. I'm sure you'll find a talented singer to happily join the fun.
     
  11. Thanks Grant!
     
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  12. friskinator

    friskinator Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Montreal, QC
    I moved to Montreal almost 3 months ago from the States, and I was able to attend this show. This was my first time seeing live music in Montreal, and my first time attending a fellow TB member's gig. They sounded great, the crowd was definitely into it, and the club definitely has a cool vibe.

    @Frank77, it was great to finally meet in person, and I hope we can connect again soon!
     
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  13. Always a pleasure to meet another TB member! Hopefully next time you'll tell me all about a new band you've started playing with!
     
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  14. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    Excellent gig report .. long time no see.. keep them coming. ;)
     
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  15. Bassed in NZ

    Bassed in NZ ...in search of the impeccable groove...

    Feb 22, 2008
    Auckland, New Zealand
    You're most welcome - loving the extra photos too - looks like you were having a great time!

    Side project sounds great - yep, that's how you grow, I rehearsed last night for a jazz gig on Friday with a quartet and the keys and guitar players are super talented - working hard to keep up is part of the stretch!

    All the best with it!
     
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  16. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Looks like a great time! Congrats on the lighter rig - bet it sounded killer, too! And good luck with replacing the flakey singer.
     
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