First thing first… Here’s the video. If the video doesn’t leave you thoroughly satisfied and you’re looking for a little something extra, you can proceed to read through my random thoughts and reactions after.
From time to time I get asked to help organize a show or event for a friend or acquaintance and I usually take care of booking bands, in addition to securing a PA and running the sound. I don’t mean for that to come off as some snoody sounding, I’m-full-of-myself-style, comment. I just have the privilege of meeting a lot of musicians as a byproduct of being a recording engineer. I can recommend different bands depending on how well their sound meshes with the event at hand.
I received a call from Chris Piche asking me if I could book a couple of bands for their big New Years celebration at The Fickle Peach. I enjoy working with The Fickle Peach and the owners are swell guys so I jumped on my phone to make a few calls and write a few emails. Although my original line-up proved to be full of holes, I was able to secure three solid bands; The Pottersfield Boys, Cowboy Angles, and We Are Hex.
The only hiccup in my night involved trying to locate a mixer for the show that night. I ended up purchasing a used 12-channel Electro-Voice mixer instead of renting one. I figure that it will be a good insurance policy to have in the future if I run into a similar problem. I don’t want to find myself relying on someone else to provide a mixer at the last minute and fall through. Nope, better to have my own.
Anyway, here’s some video of We Are Hex performing at The Fickle Peach for New Years 2011. I set up a few microphones to capture the live sounds and then synced them with the video.