First Full Practice? Uh...no
Unfortunately, Pablo (our drummer) was unable to attend the practice yesterday...which is too bad because Casey was in attendance. We still ran through 8-9 things, but when you're missing your drummer, it changes the dynamics of how you play your own instrument, particularly if you play guitar. That's because you tend to overplay as compensation for the lack of the drums and then everything just runs together and you get a mishmash of sound. Too, we weren't really able to work on separate parts, which is crucial in a three guitar band. If you don't allow for space and non-clashing tone, the result can be a bunch of aimless bashing about. That said, we got far more done than I would have ever expected, which is of course a positive. Casey won't be able to practice next week, so we'll be back to week one's line-up. Since there's not a lot of time before we're supposed to play August 18, I've been wondering if it might be wise to cut the set list down to 6 or 7 songs. If we decide to play additional gigs somewhere down the line, we can add more songs then. In the meanwhile, I just hope we have a drummer next Saturday.
In other news, I should have another album for sale on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and all the other usual online stores soon...perhaps even by this coming Tuesday. I'm now in the process of readying 1997's SO FAR IN EVERY DIRECTION (the expanded 22 track edition.) While I don't think it's in the same class as WASP 51! or SAINT JUDAS or DIFFERENT or THE HAUNTED LIFE, it does have some really strong tracks on it. I'm not sure what album will follow SO FAR...probably 1992's DON'T STOP THE SCREAM. But it will be a couple months before I have to decide.