All of the odds were stacked up against us for our show at The Space in Hamden, Connecticut. Two of the bands with large local draws bailed on the show the day of ( not cool), there was little to no promotion, and the event space- being an alcohol free all ages venue with a ten dollar cover-had no built in crowd whatsoever.
For all intents and purposes the show was a bust. The crowd consisted of the other two acts, a few of our friends, and the grumpy owners of the space who were clearly disinterested and not pleased. Here is a little step by step list of sorts on how to make shitty gigs into good ones.
1. Stop thinking like a dick. The show is still a show and is worth playing for that very fact.
2. Focus on really listening to the other bands. The bands that played, Quinn Harley (crystal clear voiced singer songwriter prodigy) and Glambat ( female fronted 90's inspired rock trio) ended up putting on some of the best performances I've seen all year. In front of almost nobody. Connecticut, y'all missed out.
3. Enjoy the challenge of playing with just as much energy and focus in front of 12 people as you would in front of 100.
4. Have a bottle of cold, cheap Chardonnay waiting for you at the bar next door for afterwards. Hang out with the other bands, laugh, and learn from embracing all of these story filled strangers.
The people in the other bands and their friends turned out to be totally interesting, kind and generous folks. Melissa from Glambat is also a talented sculptor, and gave me a handmade alien pin that is one of my favorite little gifts I've received on tour. Shannon, a lovely lady who came to the show, is also a rock cellist and gave me links on where to find her project, Olive Tiger. Emily Rose, lead singer of Glambat made a list of her favorite books that have moved her in the past year, and their bassist, Tommy, told us he would hook us up with a killer show at Blind Moose the next time we pass through. Sometimes, if you let go of expectations and your ego for a few hours, you may just end up having a truly beautiful evening.