S.F.T. had to practice right before they played their set. Practicing before you're about to play is NEVER a good thing. A few mistakes, a couple of start overs, hopefully they got it all out of their system before they get up on stage in a few minutes. So after that run through was done I jumped in the shower while Bob broke everything down and loaded up the gear and Erika got ready. Once that was all done we quickly jumped into my ride for the sort-of long trek across town to the old Cheyenne Saloon which has now been rechristened the Adrenaline Sports Bar. We quickly made our way in, checked out the new improvements, like the Wing King kitchen in the back, the amazing new sound system, and the greatly improved beer list. While standing around chit-chatting with Tyson and Co., I caught a few songs from the opening band Horripilation, but they didn't have a bass player, and I didn't pay them any attention because of it, but I heard something going on up there on the stage... I could hear what they were trying for, this hard hitting, Metal tinged Hardcore Punk sound, 400 Blows being the obvious comparison, and I was kind of digging it. I don't know if they have a bass player, or if their bass player just didn't show up for the gig, but I'd definitely like to check the band out if they play with a bassist. Check out Horripilation on Facebook by clicking here.
Didn't have much time to chit-chat, because Horripilation had just announced that they only had a couple of songs left, so I excused myself and headed outside to help Bob set my drum kit up. Horripilation was done, the borrachos in the parking lot were rounded up, we loaded our gear onto the stage, S.F.T. did a quick sound check, Brian, being the consummate front man that he is, gave us a proper introduction and like that we were off and running. It was during the 3rd song Addiction that I realized I had a monitor directly behind me, pointing to my right for some reason, and if I leaned back while playing I could actually hear everything coming through the PA, and from what I could hear, I think we sounded pretty good. People were digging us, everyone in the band was smiling and having a good time, and that's all that matters. If it wasn't for Carlos telling everybody that we sucked, it would of almost been a great set! LOL As usual, I was spot on, and I didn't hear any mistakes made from anybody else in the band, so maybe there is something to this running through the set before you get up on stage to play thing! I'm sure the amazing PA system @ Adrenaline had a lot to do with it, but S.F.T. played a really good set. It's just a shame that there weren't more people there to see it! Oh well. It was fun. :-) Tyson took some pictures with his trusty cell phone, and you can click here to check those out. "Like" S.F.T. on Facebook by clicking here.
After a little sexy parking lot action I headed back inside to check out Unit F, because they were Friends with Tom and he liked them, but he likes that Sounds Of Shit band, so his tastes are a bit wonky at best. The band was raging through their set, sounding very melodic, riff heavy, sing-song harmonies, and Unit F reminded me of bands like Ten Foot Pole or Jughead's Revenge, and it wasn't that they were bad, but more like they just weren't that good. Maybe it was me, maybe the band was having an off night, I dunno. They just kind of ran through their tunes, and I spent the majority of their set saying goodbye to everyone that was leaving for Home or better things to do than watching the band. Unit F wrapped things up to a smattering of applause, and made a few new fans along the way, which is better than making no fans at all, right? Right! Check out the Unit F Facebook page by clicking here.
Lambs To Lions were announced as the next band playing, and since everyone was itching to get the Hell out of there, I said my goodbyes to the brave few who stuck around and then I left, making a mental note to try and check out the Lambs To Lions and Unit F when the Vegascendents played with both of them tomorrow night @ the Double Clown. As we were leaving I could see 3D6 unloading their gear from their ride, getting ready to play after Lambs To Lions, and I toyed with the idea of sticking around to see them, but Erika promised me some home made peppered salami, mozzarella, mushroom, spinach pizza, and being the fatty that I am, you know what I opted to do at that point...
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