We broke our 2015 busking cherry today!
Started raining after 6 songs so we didn't get to play long. But it felt AWESOME to finally take our "band" sound to the street. A lot of our tunes don't work on acoustic guitar & pulling out the electric changed all that. Incredible vibe from the crowd too. Busking has always been fun but this is the first time I've loved it. Because today was the first time it really felt like us.
The cops were pretty cool too. You're not supposed to sell stuff in the park without a license. A policewoman saw our CD sign, turned it over with a little "I'm gonna pretend I didn't see that" smile, rocked out to a song & kept walking.
Packing up now. Then it's beer time.
Berlin friends! We're playing in Mauerpark tomorrow (Sunday) at 1pm.
Bob's bought a little guitar amp for street gigs, so you'll finally hear those sexy guitar solos in their full electric glory.
Photo: Chris Mangler
Had the first rehearsal with our new bass dude last night. Excited about the chemistry in this new lineup & where our sound is headed for the new album!
But right now we're getting Stefan up to speed on the songs from KOTST & Living Receiver. It takes time to re-learn the band's body language with a new member. Once that's second nature a band goes from just being "tight" to becoming a single creature that moves, breathes & feels together. That's when the real magic happens.
Doing a festival in Germany next week & we've gotta start busking ASAP to cover this month's rent. Feels a bit like cramming for exams atm!
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Our new bass player Stefan arrived in Berlin last night (on his birthday!). Feels great to have a full lineup again. Been jamming without bass for the last few months & it hasn't been the same.
Stefan's current facial expression is somewhere between "I'm pumped!!" & "What the f$&k have I done?". He's quit his job in Vienna, left his home & family and moved in with a bunch of evil Australian dudes that he met at a 3 hour audition last year.
Poor kid. We took turns force-feeding him beer as his birthday present. He seemed pretty happy by the end of the night.