As a bit of a spin off from the 90’s Tribute Nights, The Basement in Belconnen has also started holding 80’s Tribute Nights. These can actually pretty good also, as the bands covered are often less Metal orientated that the 90’s Tribute Nights. Here we have an odds and sods band formed with various Canberra musicians, calling themselves Head Injuries, and playing the songs of Midnight Oil. They were probably the best band on the After Dark Bar stage on the night. The clip for “Read About It” above was recorded by me using my trusty phone, while the entire set recording in the clip below was recorded on a Sony Camcorder with a Rode microphone attached, from a tripod standing on the desktop of the mixing booth. I actually think that the phone recording is a bit more accurate to how it sounded in the room! Diligent lights by the Diligent Jen™!
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Tagged 80's Tribute Night, ADB, After Dark Bar, Back Room, Canberra, Covers, Full Set, Live Recording, Midnight Oil, Mobile Phone Footage, The Basement
According to the bio on their Facebook page, Wolfpack play blistering punk thrash. Damn straight they do! These guys put on a brilliant live show, and they have a pretty solid political message, without being too self righteous. Pretty nice guys to work with, and very pro. These songs were recorded at the “Pigfest Without Matt #3” Show, whatever that is. As always, the recorded sound is a bit sloppy, but you get the idea, although it is hard to capture the energy that they had on stage, but the second video here, “Screaming Queens” does give you a good indication. Tops lights by the Tops Jen™!
Arrowhead are a Sydney stoner rock band, and here is some footage of them performing at their CD launch that they shared with Frozen Planet 1969. They were pretty cool, and easy to work with, and had some groovy songs. The audio is a bit distorted due to the high volume in the room, and the image kinda shakes a bit, as the phone was mounted on a tripod on the desk, which was rattling around with every kick drum punch. As usual, mobile phone footage is always sketchy at best, so the audio is a bit flakey, but that is what you get from a mobile phone. As always, stunning lights by the Stunning Jen™!
This one is kinda funny. Nothing much too exciting, this show was a birthday party for someone, where they had Silentia and Dead Horse Gap Band (DHGB) playing. DHGB were meant to be the headline act, and were very precious about their sound check and setup, as they wished to video record some of their songs for posting on social media etc. Silentia proceed to play 2 one hour sets, and were in no rush to get on with it, starting at 9pm, when they should have started before 8pm. This meant that DHGB went on stage some time around 11:30pm, and they were none too happy about it! Anyway, the above clip is my phone recording of DHGB playing a Neil Young cover, while below is some of their videos, which they edited together from various camera views and audio sources. I actually think my phone did a better job than them! Unlucky!
This is the last band in my set of recordings from the Festival Allsorts #3 gig. By far, Blissphorus were the pick of the bands that played on the After Dark Bar stage. All the band members are solid musicians, and are mature enough to have their various instruments mastered, and their arrangements and set up well and are pretty cool. They are all real easy to work with too! Having said that, the phone recording is slightly frustrating, as it does not quite capture the crispness and punchiness of the sound in the room, and the mix seems to change through out the set, while only hinting at how huge their sound was. Not only were they the best band, but definitely the best sounding on the night. It all looks pretty cool as well, thanks to lights from the Pretty Cool Jen™!
Another set from the Festival Allsorts #3 gig. This time it is Violet Faye, who were greatly improved from the previous time that I had mixed them. Funny that I still look at them and think of them as kids, but pretty sure that they are actually in their early 20’s. *Sigh*. The usual issues with phone recordings apply, so these are always just guides of what it kinda sounded like on the night. If the lights get better about half way through, it’s because Jen arrived and took over!
Festival Allsorts is a small local music festival that has been running for the last few years, showcasing Canberra bands. It usually has a good mix of bands of different styles, and can be a fun, if somewhat long day, I mixed 12 bands at this beast! Muddy Wolfe were the first “band” on the day, and here is their set on that day. As always, the phone recording does not do the sound in the room justice, with the female vocals and keyboards seeming to disappear in the mix on the recording. You get that. Crappy lights done by me.