robotcowboy: cabled madness

1/22 Orlando FL

EDIT: Disclaimer, Laromlab’s music is all stolen. Read here.

It’s warm in Florida, it was quite a change from Georgia at around 70 F and some rain. We got to down town Orlando early at 5:30pm and went to a nearby Starbucks to use the internet. There is no free parking in Orlando even after 5pm when no one is around … which is ridiculous. We waited in the van to make sure it wouldn’t be towed from 7:30 till 8:30 when the bar crew arrived.

There was no flier with our show on the front of venue (The Back Booth) and we were not in their event calendar … not good signs. We brought our gear in and sound checked immediately. The sound guy was overly professional and the stage and sound system were overkill for the amount of people present. Apparently the bar crew receives a text message listing the performing acts when they open the place which indicates that they have no vested interest in the show, they just go through the motions whether there’s a crowd or not. The “promoter” did not bother to make an appearance which makes us wonder why anyone bothered to book us at all … if no one cared whether we played or not, why have us come? Needless to say, we won’t be recommending this place to other bands we meet.

Brandon asked one of the guys why we were not on the show calender or in local the event paper (both the Gainesville and Jacksonville shows are). He responded by saying the we had booked “at the last minute” …. hmmm, Brandon has an email CONFIRMING the show on September 21st. For shame Back Booth, for shame.

We played with Flashlight Party and Algarythm, both of whom are great. Flashlight Party goes for the spacey ambience of the likes of Joy Division and The Smiths with a back beat, although I wondered why there was a keyboard and no keyboardist (where was she?). Algarythm (yo Gar!) is all hardware sequencing and synths including a live television for sampling over the air audio. Thankfully, they brought some friends to the show.

I had mask problems this night: the led mask did not light up for some reason and the monitor lost its signal after the first song. I will fix this before the next show.

I’m not trying to be pretentious and say “oh, if they had promoted us, then the place would be full”, but I just got the feeling that since we were not playing rock music with guitars it was assumed no one would come to the show. Now that’s just lazy … let the public make the decision for themselves and you as a venue stand more a chance of making money for that night. I think the previous shows in Knoxville and NC make this point.

Blahblah, anyway a lighter note. We stayed with Bob (drone operator) and his cat Scooter. I got my first shower in 4 days and a shave.


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