Last time I went to the Purple Turtle to see a show, I was not working as a musician and was there as a deeply jealous but zealous fan of Indigo Down.
This time I got to go as a musician surrounded by friends, sharing the evening with an awesome band which was a pretty epic experience.
We started loading in at 5, I was the first Künst there, but hotly followed by Scarlette who plays bass and Danni turned up not too long after.
Jam, our awesome but alarm clock blighted guitarist wasn’t to turn up till about 7 minutes before stage time, but amazingly she got in, rigged, dressed and made up to hit the stage with the rest of us 9pm sharp.
I’d been looking forward to this show for a while, for the self aggrandising reasons that the Purple Turtle has a stage, a front of house system and musican foldback and a decent lighting rig. We got a backstage room which actually fit all 4 of in it every so briefly and there’s a toilet backstage. And there are secret passages and air conditioning trunking, and store rooms and it’s like being a kid exploring a secret space which is actually just the other side of a hedge from a main road but it might as well be another country to your mind. It’s great. I love it.
We punched out 9 songs if memory serves correctly, and the girls who didn’t get to sit down did a great job of using the whole stage volume and taking time to wander over and chat to the poor drummer hemmed in by an array of metal work. I screwed up my fingers with slightly over vigerous smashing of stuff, which is something I need to sort out, we’re doing a lot of shows now and I should be playing more technically than I am doing. Ah well, it’s nice to have things to work on.
We’re chewing through the video footage and should have some online very soon.