Thursday, 23 October 2008

A memorable date!

3 years ago, it was the first show for us, CCM at Section 2 with our school uniforms!

Time really pass like the Toilet water (Ha.. I know this is not a cool metaphor), and we all still stick together, including the band members and also our lovely friends who are just like the members in the band. 
So we're hitting November soon, it is going to be a crazy busy month for us, since there's almost one gig a week, Jam Fest, Underground, Respect Live, the show with the Yours in the end of the month... Let's stay awake and enjoy all these moments together, from the past few shows, I think we all learned a bit about everything (the sound, the set...) and let's keep it on, because we all know how good does it feel after giving a good performance rather than just a "so so" performance. Remember the night at the Edge? (to Mic and Jan), it was the coolest feeling ever, I felt happy with what I did and also for how the audience react, so let's try to make all the gigs as memorable as we could and meanwhile, let's make our time more worth while, this is the youth!! 


Monday, 20 October 2008

All in a day's life

Yesterday when I was walking with Jan to the Fringe Club before the gig, we were chatting all along the way, with Jan on my right side. There was one funny moment when I turned my head to Jan, I saw another Jan pointing his finger to me. That's how we discovered this big poster of Listen Up! 29. We leaned at the fence, kept staring at ourselves on that big poster over minutes. Well, one word to best describe, SICK.

Before the gig Jan and I went to Musicland, where we had our JAM2008 audition at, to check out the band kids over there. If we're not there watching and listening we won't be having an idea of how talented the kids are. We've met lots of young musicians, who're aged from 13 - 16, and are extremely talented. We're so impressed by many of the bands over there that I'd like to take this chance to introduce them a bit. Icarus Flight Plan, a 3-piece-band aged around 13, playing original post-rock music with complicated rhythms. Extremely talented drummer, who absolutely mastered rhythms beyond his age. Art of Ash, another 3-piece-band aged around 16, playing guitar-driven rock music. Vincent, the guitarist plus vocal gives out some catchy guitar riffs as well as tons of Hendrix-Kravitz-influenced solos. I'm already a big fans of these bands.

They'll be playing at JAM2008 this year, and I just can't wait to watch their performance.

Mike loves da Orange

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Sad but true

Alright, I'm a live guitarist and absolutely not a studio one. I used to think I could rock the studio, but the fact is that, it's not working at all. I recorded over 20 times for a guitar riff which last only for 30 seconds, and it's still not up to my standard. Recording is like having sex with my band mates, it's like we're naked in front of each others. When the recorded parts are being played back, everyone can listen to it in a very clear way, for every orgasm in music and, sad but true, every fucked up note.

Les Hunter

Thursday, 16 October 2008

self-expanding is a placebo of life

we lost GBOB, but we will never lose our determination. In fact, we won a lot of things from it, we won friends, fans and the appreciations from you all.
well, maybe Lester n Mike really lost something as they were so into it, they threw their guitars away at the last song...hehe. I was so touched by my bandmates' passions and these passions can conquer any obstacles ahead of us. And, i hope my arrogance can smoothen our rocky path.
lets rock the stage at Jam Fest. My mom is going as well, so hopefully we can make my mom hear the music when the lights go out.
One day, we will KO everything that meet us.

Jan I.M. Curious

Four recent main keywords in our googles

Recordings, gigs, practices and beers have become the four main keywords of my recent life, or probably our recent lives. Tho it's exhausting, it's a bliss to live a life this way, with tasks to be accomplished, stages to be rocked, goals to be chased, and dreams to be realized. It's almost 2 am, and this is the earliest night in a week that I stayed in bed, thank god.

Recording is always the hardest part of being in a band, it's not like rocking on stage, you'll never satisfy with what you've played after listening to the playbacks. The easiest parts have always become the hardest parts, and the hard parts would always become even harder. I have no idea why this is happening, but it just happened, yea, just happened on last Tuesday night. And probably would be happening again this Sunday, well, good luck.

Feeling so damn nervous of the Listen Up! gig while I'll be doing "1234567&U" on a grand piano. Shit, this is gonna be my first public piano performance, not sure if I can handle the grand piano well. Hope Jan would help me expand myself a bit more. But at the same time I am so excited about it as well, yea, life is contradicting, as always.

Mike Orange