Tag: dreadlock holiday
For those of you familiar with Rugfest, good work. For those unfamiliar, shame on you. But I will explain all anyway. I’m nice like that. Rugfest is a festival based in Wallingford and run by the Rugby club – mucho entertainment was provided at said event (including beer of the alcoholic type) and fun to be had by all. And so to recap the Quadro-day up to point-of-play:
The day for us started about 5pm when I left Oxford enroute to the most happening farm there has ever been for final preparations and convoying fun. Practice was good: ran some dodgy parts (not that there were any, it’s just a figure of speech), finalised the set and then packed up and ready for our trek to Wallingford.
The venue: we arrived nicely in time – about 2/3 hours before playing and parked up at the front of the rugby club. We then strolled on up to the entrance (which, being a festival, was a field. Not that I think I’m above playing in fields. I am though in case you are now wondering) got our all-area rockstar passes (complete with booze voucher) and ventured on up to take in some of the surroundings. And I have to say, the sound coming from the stage was very impressive. We were to play out of the back of a truck (well, the side) with a huge sound system and several engineers catering for all of our needs – even a full drum kit was provided which was, as far as I could tell from Dan’s face, a little more than adequate.
And so for the gig. As it was my birthday (waay) I was starting to get a little tanked/merry/drunk/blind (waaaaaaaaaaaaaay) through free drinking and also just buying lots of drink. But I was fit to play (fortunately). And so at 11pm we soldiered onto the stage ready for an performance under intense heat (the lights really were warm and they actually made me feel justified in wearing aviators at 11pm). Some of the audience had started to part as there were lots of families (and Quadrophobe is too hardcore for family entertainment. Not really, if you are a family please come and see Quadrophobe), but there there was still a strong contingent ready for our own brand of sound. And brand it we did.
The music I thought was great – lots of energy, generally together and a good all round performance. I say generally together because those of you see us regularly (yay for Quadro-fans) will realise that often we are playing on a smaller stage (oh yeah, this was a BIG stage, probably as big as our ventures at the O2) and so some of the eye contact we usually get going on (not the dodgy pervy type – the type where we communicate in order to play together) was a lot tricky to do when sexy wing-man 1 is about 40 feet away! As well as the lights being slightly blinding. But it rocked still!
Music went down very well with the crowd – there was a combination of people loving the music and watching intently as well as some who were at that stage in the drinking where they could not help but dance dance dance (which Quadrophobe LOVES by the way) and I think I even got my (left) nipple out at one point (on request, not just because I like being shirtless. That was just a happy coincidence). And when we came off we were all shattered – coated in sweat (gorgeous) out of breath (lovely) and in need of a sit down (eurgh). Now THAT is the sign of a good gig (as well as the musical element. That counts for some too)
Overall this gig gets a strong B, a B+ in fact. Great audience reaction, all the energy in the world and some gooood tunes played (and Dreadlock holiday was loved this time around. SCORE!).
Catch you soon peepies
Yes, it is that time of year: school is not only out for summer but out for good, and who is there to help celebrate it in Quadro-style? Yes, it is QUADROPHOBE! Not many people have mastered said Quadro-style, but somehow we manage it. Somehow.
As I recall it has been a month since we last blessed anyone with our unique brand of noise, and a month since I last blessed you with my unique attempt at writing coherent English. And when I say blessed, I mean truly blessed!
For those of you who did not know or were unsure, Quadrophobe is in fact an ensemble heralding not only for Wantage, but all from the wonderful weird and wacky institution that is King Alfreds. So when we got the call asking us to play at such a prestigious event we said “I dunno, sounds pretty boring to me but okay then”. And so there it was, Quadrophobe had been booked. The setting was PERFECT.
This magical musical event was scheduled to happen aty Lains Barn, a venue whilst familiar to the eye was not so familiar to the ears as a place of performing awesome music. So we Quadro-convoyed it up from the farm with all the gear we could ever need for this particular gig and soundchecked pretty much instantly on arrival. As stated earlier in this blog, we had never played this venue before and so we were intrigued as to the acoustic that a barn could offer us. The sound system was set up nicely for us on arrival (though we brought extra microphones jsut to make sure that every single noise we make is heard) and looked pretty comprehensive: PA avec huge subwoofer, monitors and a carpet even so that the drumkit did not slide about. And we even had 3 sound engineers catering to our every need. Perfect.
Soundcheck was fairly standard: we played a bit and then the brass got told off for being too loud. So we got quietened (the rest of the band forget that if I decide I’m not loud enough then I just play louder until I feel that I am dominating the sound sufficiently. HA!). A couple of attempts at “Few Last Words” (ON THE NEW EP!) and we were sorted for the night. Score. Before we were then asked upon to perform our eclectic mix of awesomeness we then pigged out at the hog roast which nicely filled a hole. Then when the hole was nicely filled I ate another one. Nice.
Preceeding us in the billing was an act from the school – a certain Mr Warne – who provided folk for the masses, which went down very well. Quadrophobe were going to have a tough time following this act.
But on we went: we had judged that the mix of current dedicated Quadro-fans and “potential” future Quadro-fans was stirred nicely, and so we would have to produce some material that was known by the masses who were less familiar with our collection of songs (and by less familiar, I mean don’t have a f*$&ing clue who we are). We also kindly agreed to split the set into two halves so that the formalities of the awards ceremony could take place. How kind we are. Also, I welcomed the beer break with open hand.
So to our set: we started off with some favourites of ours – a bit of Few Last Words and Tibet as well as others before moving onto to some songs that the lesser-committed-Quadro-fan would recognise. I think this first set went down really well – people seemed pretty keen for our stuff as well as covers (less keen for ours perhaps, but there was still dancing so I allowed this). And the sound system was sounding pretty good as well (I could even hear myself clearly in the monitor. Sweet).
As for the second set this went down pretty well, though our brand new cover of Dreadlock Holiday did not get quite the reception we were expecting. And by not quite the reception, we mean not a single person danced to it. Shame on you KA’s leavers for not recognising an awesome tune! But there we have it. We continued on with our set mixing recent covers (Love Machine) and not so recent covers (Lady Madonna) in with our own stylings. We then finished strong with some Badger fun and Bad Guys. There seemed to be genuine enjoyment/quite often simply drunkardness on the faces of those dancing.
This was a good gig, and we showcased a good number of tunes over the 90 minutes that we were in charge of everyone’s fun for. I give this gig a C. Perhaps some further tailoring of the set could have helped keep the crowd more into it (a couple more famous covers is my feeling), but we were loved thoughout the entire gig . And that is all that really matters.