Posts tagged ‘boardwalk pub’

August 4, 2011

replacing peggy

“peggy” is our ampeg ba210 amp that we’ve had for just over a year.  we’ve gotten to know her well and get used to her and her ways.  we bought her gently used and she’s seen over 30 shows with us.  not to mention many a jam.  we love her warmth and tone.  she is great at jams and at intimate venues but she is lacking the punch we need for bigger venues and shows.  last weekend we accidentally dropped her in the parking lot getting to our civic holiday show at the Boardwalk Pub.

not only was the pressure on us to perform well (our bass teacher was in the audience) that day but there was a sizable crowd and it was outdoors.  not a good mix.  not having enough guts and the nick she took in the parking lot made for a tense show.  we just couldn’t get enough sound out of her for our liking.  our bass teacher said all was fine with the sound but we knew it wasn’t.  we knew her limits and being outside for a gig just made it hit home.   its been problem that has been building up ever since we started giggin.  the need for more bass sound than she can give us.  we considered the dropping of peggy a sign that the search for something louder had to start in earnest.  perhaps it was her way of saying “enuff with bringing me everywhere“!

peggy at the bottom!

here’s a pic of peggy in action at the fionn macools gig those handsome hooligans did.  wow that stage was small.  we’ll likely keep her for jams and home practices but the need for something bigger for gigs is a need that is now too hard to ignore.

let the search for a 400w or better rig begin!  having said that, we’ve rented a Traynor DynaBass 200 for this weekend.  it the biggest bass amp our local music shop had for rent.  we’ll try her out at the 2 small gigs we have this weekend with TooNice.  hopefully there is a tad more punch and the tone is acceptable.  its a start.

Solid State Traynor DynaBass 200w

on a final note, following up on our purchase of the bassballs pedal…. we love it still!  been throwing it into a few numbers here and there.  love the little tickle it gives and then there more room to give more warble if we ever want to get zany with it.  we also revamped the pedal board order for more effectiveness.  it now goes: TU>MUFF>STOMP>BASSBALLS>FLANGER.  so sweet!  now how are we gonna fit on a 6th pedal?

august pedalboard setup!

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July 20, 2011

Canada Day Week Recap

TooNice Covers!

ya, so its a tad late but we’ve been busy.  giggin the week of Canada Day with TooNice was off the charts.  it started with what was supposed to be a laid back nite at the Boardwalk Pub in Toronto.  it was a wednesday and our first visit there but little did we know that teachers would be packing the place.  school had just been let out for summer and they all wanted to PARTY! a great 3 hrs of almost non-stop roots reggae was the cure for what ales them indeed!  too bad we had to stop around 1130 as we were playing the patio and for most of the world, the next day was a work day…

the very next morning we got up early to be on Rogers TV Barrie to promote ourselves and the upcoming Barrie New Music Fest.  that was a first for us, playing bass on TV!  it was fun of course and somehow we got conned into doing most of the talking during the interview.  though to the interviewers credit, he managed to get the others involved as well.  a few short hours after that, it was off to Hamilton for an awesome gig with the Saints Are Coming!  wow, we love that band!  we had never been to the Casbah b4 but had heard many stories of it.  its status in Cdn touring culture is epic.   after playing many small gigs since mid-may it was great to hear our bass in a huge room at a huge volume.  we were in bass heaven!  our hour long set was worth every drop of sweat. as for the Saints Are Coming, we couldn’t resist the dancefloor!  their infectious take on celtic-inspired numbers takes the cake!  can’t wait to play with them and/or see them again soon!  great atmosphere at the Casbah and fingers crossed for a hasty return.

the very next day was Canada Day and we’re back the Boardwalk Pub for a few afternoon sets.   we know from history that canada day at woodbine beach is a hot ticket but the shear volume of ppl was beyond even our expectations.  playing the only beach venue to literally thousands of ppl in and outside the venue was worth every second of negotiating the crowds to get there.  perfect weather and perfect tunes.  was so impressed by the Responsables .  they played a few sets as well and tore it up!  great times and after an afternoon of sun and heat, it was time for rest and relaxation on the friday evening.

the last gig of the week was a super casual, low key acoustic gig at the Sheesha Lounge in Toronto.  this place on Bloor has food and drink(non-alcoholic) but its main focus is tea smoking thru huge bongs!  needless to say, the vibe was pretty chill.  we played 3 hours to an appreciative crowd and looking back, it was the perfect ending to a hectic week of shows.

as for our bass playing… prior to the set of shows we had set a manta of: “no mistakes will be repeated“.  and they weren’t!  we’ve come to the realization that we will always make some mistakes in our live bass playing.  exactly what they will be is the surprise!  we come to the gigs as prepared as possible but we can never predict what can happen onstage.  another fun aspect that we hadn’t thought of encountering when we started.  onwards and upwards!