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Band Review

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They were, as many bands are, PA challenged. Their PA was not great and on top of that the mix was not good. I gave them some advice at their first break and that helped. The guitar player was mixing off the stage and couldn't tell the mix was off. They extended no song. Five minute solos for each tune can easily become overkill but they did a 3 minute version of every song and absolutely jammed nothing out. I found that to be boring. There were no highs and no lows. They never even pushed the tempo. They were, however, very tight and for the most part their execution of the songs were very good. There song selection was mostly 60's and 70's rock of the pop variety.

They had four singers in the group. Individually they were all good but they used no harmonies relying on gang vocals mostly. Their lead singer was a powerful female singer. She stood out as not only an excellent singer but also had a good stage presence for a rock band. She also used auxiliary percussion to great effect. She did a great version of Bobby McGee although I would say everything she did was great. They used 2 powered speakers. Each had a twelve and a horn in a molded plastic case of a name brand I couldn't make out. They couldn't have been very good as they sounded lousy. They also had several small self powered monitors that I would have guessed to be of the same make.

The guitar player played a blond Telecaster through a Fender Twin Reverb. At first his sound was way too midrangy as he used a lousy sounding chorus on everything. I advised him to kill that effect. He did after which he sounded much better. He was an excellent singer and an ok rhythm guitarist but he really shied away from doing solos. We would play a basic melody line but it would pass without notice.

The bass player was very good. He didn't play anything over the top but he had a great feel for the songs and was a big bonus for the band. He used a Hartke 3500 amp head with a 4x10 Hartke cabinet. It was the metal coned model but it had no horn and I believe the 35oz as opposed to the 50oz magnets. The rig was plenty loud and sounded great. I couldn't definitively tell the brand of bass he was playing as it was covered in stickers but the headstock was reminiscent of a Peavey model. Strangely he actually sang most of the songs although the female lead singer was a much better vocalist. Not that he was a slouch. He was very good.

The drummer was excellent. He played a five piece trap kit. I couldn't identify the brand but it had a large kick and sounded great. Between him and the bass player they made a tight and powerful rhythm section. He was far better than the average drummer and I felt that his talents were being wasted in a band that never stretched out.

The keyboard was awesome although you could rarely ever hear him. He could play everything and could solo like crazy. I asked him to turn up in the mix. He did but it was not enough. They should really feature his playing but he rarely stepped out. His rig was odd. He actually had a computer set up. I would think that would be very difficult to haul around from gig to gig. It sounded good. He also did some singing.

Overall the band has potential. I just think they need a manager or somebody to give them some good musical advice. They should feature their lead singer more and focus on harmonies and they should let that keyboard player loose on the solo sections. They need to generate a little more excitement. At this point I wouldn't go out of my way to see them.