Our experience on the road is often quite volatile. One night its poppin off an awful lot, the next night it's dead. We've grown used to leveling our expectations before any gig, especially in a new market. That way, we avoid disappointment and preconceived notions of what the crowd will be like or how good the stage sound will be, or whether or not the stage will be large enough to accommodate our full set up. I think most bands would tell you that coping with this uncertainty is a crucial factor in maintaining a positive attitude on the road. Just be prepared for anything and greet the challenge with a smile and a determination to make the most of it, no matter what happens. If nothing else, it'll make a great chapter in our memoirs someday.
It goes without saying that we certainly weren't prepared for what we encountered last night in Idaho Falls. It was our first appearance there and we had no idea what to expect. We rolled up on what looked like a large home that said "Sickhouse Records" on the side. "Uh oh," we collectively thought. House party incoming...
We met Brian, the sound guy, and stepped inside to be pleasantly surprised that they had a sweet and spacious venue going! It was a well-equipped stage with quality sound and lights in a good sized room. There was even a green room space downstairs Where Garrett could get his tea on!
On top of that, the promoter and the sound guy, both named Brian, were incredibly accommodating, professional, and all around kick ass human beings. On top of that, a healthy crop of Idaho Falls' finest music lovers turned out to have a good time with us and our two local supporting acts, Solace, and F.L.U.
We gave them our best effort from the word go, kicking off with one of our newest tunes, tentatively titled "Vaseline Groove," (10 points if you get the movie reference!). We followed that up with another new original, "Bizarre The Days," both of which we just tracked for our new album last week.
The Sickhouse - Idaho Falls, ID
Set 1: Vaseline Groove > Sammy, Bizarre The Days, Backbone > Unusual Suspects > Sammy, Dirt Man > Latin Jam > Moma Dance, Gospel Hop, Big Brother, Tasty > Techno > Making Flippy Floppy, Axel Umph, New Drug > Cure Tha Snucka
After the show we were greeted by some truly awesome and enthusiastic folks who had enjoyed the show and were already planning for the next one.
If you were there, thank you for making our first Idaho Falls experience as kick ass as it was! Don't be surprised if we show up there again in the next few weeks! We've got a whole lot more music where that came from.
Joe & The Boys