Shit the bed! It only seems like a few days ago since the lovely lads of Brotherhood asked us to support them at a super secret(at the time) show at Rescue Rooms. Now it’s only a few days away! Yesterday we headed off to the rehearsal room, strapped on our guitars and grabbed the drumsticks for the last time before the big show. How are we feeling? Well, 80% major excitement and 20% squeaky bum time but thats all good. It’s healthy to be nervous in some degree before something as great as this show, it keeps you on your game! Having said that, we feel ready, and I mean super duper tight as a ducks arse ready! We couldn’t be happier with how the band is sounding right now. Not only are the songs tight but they come alive, they build, they decay, they climax and they leave you feeling good!
About the show itself, the doors will open at 6pm and Kelsey Shaw will be opening up the evening from about 7pm ish. Those little sausages of 5th Order 😉 will be hitting the stage from around 7.35pm and then Brotherhood after 8.30pm. Do arrive as early as you can so you don’t miss any of the action. Remember that the show is SOLD OUT so it will be tight at the gig and probably a bit sweaty so come dressed nice as casual.
On the night, we will have CD copies of our album for sale on the merch stand so go grab one if you don’t own one already.
All info is posted by Matt in the Brotherhood facebook group, so hang around on there if you need anything.
Are you ready?
Here are some tips on how to smash band practise.
1.Practise every aspect of the show
Our last few rehearsals over the past month or so have been pretty straight forward as most of the technical work had been completed some time ago and we had the structure of each song perfected. So recently its been a case of just rattling through the set as we would on the night, over and over and over again until it almost bores you. Thats when you know that you can play them on ‘autopilot’ and focus on putting on a show. We even practise walking on and off stage to the intro and outros to get the timing right. We also rehearse everything that we are going to say between songs. Everything is choreographed to some extent. Trust me it feels very weird doing this and you feel like a right bellend in the practise room but it is definitely worth the embarrassment in rehearsal to avoid embarrassment on the night.
2. Film every single session
This is so important, there is so much you can learn from watching back each session because over time you can see the overall improvement of the band, very satisfying to watch! You can also spot mistakes that might be difficult to notice when you are actually playing. Getting a good idea of what the band will look like on stage is a really powerful asset to have. You don’t have to go fancy with this either, just a smartphone propped up somewhere is fine. We are currently toying with filming our sessions on a DSLR and recording the audio from the usb recording function of our Yamaha desk. This can double up as content for social media!
3. Get together more often
It’s easy enough to understand that the more you practise the better you will be, practise makes perfect after all. For a covers band, practising once or twice per week is fine, and you can even drop practise altogether if you are gigging all weekend, every weekend and only rehearse when your learning new material. For Originals, it’s a different kettle of little fishies. Let’s say you are a post punk band (like ourselves). You are essentially competing with the like of Editors, White lies etc. I think those guys rehearse for more than 2 hours once a fortnight. Get together and play as a band as often as possible. I know it’s hard to find time, we’ve all got work and family’s and all that shit.
What I would say though, in my opinion shorter and more frequent sessions of 3 hours or so are better than huge day long sessions once in a blue moon. I don’t know if you have played a les paul for more than 3 hours in one go but my god it’s back breaking. Kills your mood. Take a coffee break halfway through each session and have a natter, talk shit and mess about for 5 minutes, loosen up.
Let’s hear your tips for a great rehearsal session,