Plastiq Passion had its' debut gig last Thursday, Nov. 10th at the Grand Central Cafe in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It's the first time I ever played on stage in front of an audience!
We had a midnight time slot and had to check in about an hour before showtime. The band went there separately --I drove with my friend Girlie and got lost in Brooklyn! We drove around in circles trying to find the joint, and we eventually found it with the help of a guy who drove us a map. When we got there, the band before us was setting up and the band before them was trying to pack up their stuff. All in all, there were 4 bands scheduled to play that night. We all played varying genres of music. I believe the first 2 bands were on the heavy metal/industrial side, and then the band before us were more pop-rock/classic rock. Then there was us --I would describe us a garage band that plays alternative/emo rock verging on being folksy. I was pretty floored by the band before us who had a pretty tight set. But everyone told us we'd do fine.
We had a lot of friends there to support us. Jes (our frontperson/vocals/guitars) and bassist du jour Carl (her brother) brought their posse; Tara (our drummer) brought her own peepz who drove from upstate NY just to see her! My friends also came out to show their love. Special thanks to Girlie (who drove from Connecticut!), the Party Posse, The Caroll Gardens crew (George & Rich), Laurie and Eric (who drove the whole gang over in his party van), Alex, and Steve (who took most of the photographs posted below).
I was damn nervous and couldn't even look out at the audience when we first got up. This would've been a perfect time to down a couple of shots of tequila. But after the first song, I mellowed out since it was basically a bar full of friends (and random strangers I figure I'd never see again). We had a pretty good reception and all our friends were yelling words of encouragement the whole night (granted, they were all pretty drunk as well!). Even the bar managers said they dug us, bought us a round of drinks, and said we would definitely book us again. The bar manager even put out a bucket for tips and we earned $32 that night!! Hehe! Pretty soon, I may be able to quit my day job! Sweet!
All in all, we had a crazy, wacky, kick-ass time! Jes and Carl's friends were so funny and rowdy that they instantly put us at ease. And afterwards, people we didn't even know complimented us and said we did a good job. I know we definitely need improvement, but it's nice to know that people think we have potential and dig our unique sound. I'm really looking forward to playing more gigs! And there may be another one around the corner!
My friends, Phil & Christina couldn't make it to the show...
So they sent these gorgeous flowers instead!
Flyer for the Show
(with our name spelled slightly wrong!)
Action shots of the band:
Carl & Jes
Kat on the Mic
Tara & Carl
Check out the Solo:
Posing after the Show
Song of the Day:
Outsiders by Franz Ferdinand