Show Notes: Mo’s Pub & Eatery, Langley, WA 5/1/2014 (the “we’s on an island” thing)
all acoustic shows are all too rare in this world of PA’s. the last one we played (probably?) was a porch on a party house in Missoula, MT, 2011, back when we were but a wee band and too tired to carry our garbage PA into the last gig of an ill-prepared but fun-as-shit tour. this one was a little more inspiring, though had fewer pierced party kids. somehow, this dude Russ had found our profile (probably because we’d been overly loudly broadcasting ourselves like a preacher without a flock), and actually emailed to ask if we’d come play all acoustic.
um. fuck yes, we will do that.
but frankly, barefeets, it’d been awhile since anyone had done that for us – the Pac NW, especially at that point (in the ever-waning window of retrospect), had been a place of us begging for stage time, and really not the other way around. back in the state of our ill-fated birth, this kind of thing happened all the time, much to the boosting of our teeny ego, so it wasn’t like we weren’t used to it…but damn. it felt good to be a sort-of gangsta, again. kind of like it should be, whatever “it” and “should” are. that’s often part of the problem, you know, but at the same time, it gives you that kind of monk-like focus you need to keep yourself mindful of the present, to keep from desiring too many things – because especially on this path of music, you get what the path gives, and not much else.
at least this time, it gave me a sweet gig. I rode the ferry from Edmonds, which was a first for me, and drove up to the gig as the sun was going down. went inside, and Russ had us all set up with the bartender – served up a beer and a water, all ready to sit down by the fireplace and play our little feet off. the acoustics turned out to be GREAT – voice and guitar carried well, people could hear, and we found, yet again, the power of the all-acoustic sound. it was really incredible to see people actually listening to the music, like stopping conversations and chewing to listen, instead of being assaulted by a PA.
thanks, Russ, and Mo’s, for this gem.
if it’s plugged in, it’s not acoustic, dawg.