November 8, 2010

Update for you

Hello All,

What to say, what to say......Well, first I would like to apologize for not writing a blog for a while. It is not that there has not been a lot going on, but I have just not been in the right mind set with all the hours I have been working as of late. Anyway, Let's get it on!

 

We recently played a show on October 16th at Lyve on Whyte. We were scheduled to open up for Marcy Playground and were totally pumped and honoured to have a opportunity offered to us by Steve Derpack to share the stage with them. Then, the evening before the show, came the devastating punch to the balls. We were informed that John Wozniak, the singer and guitar player had broke his fingers and unfortunately the band had to cancel the rest of the tour until further notice. So, although we were bummed out we decided to go ahead and play the show with out them. After all we had two other great bands on the bill to play with us, The House band for Lyve " Give em Hell Boys" and The Shakedowns. So the stage was set, the evening was going to consist of The Shakedowns, Keep 6 and Give em Hell Boys...........NOT! We arrived at the venue, and I was greeted by Jay Sparrow. He opened the door and said, "Keep 6?" And I said, "Is it that obvious?". He gave me one of those looks.......You know the one with the smug grin on ones faces and you know they are about to give you some bad news........Then for the second Donkey Punch to the balls.........Turns out the drummer for The Shakedowns had his own set of problems to deal with that evening. His girlfriend ended up in a bad car accident and landed herself in hospital. She was alright, but shaken up none the less. So needless to say, we were down to our selves and Give em Hell Boy's. One never knows' what to expect at a show that is planned with only a couple of weeks notice, and this one was no different. We started by doing a sound check with no snare drum, (will spare you the details on that), which sounded surprisingly good considering. Long story short, we played pretty consistent for the entire evening and the show was very much the same as the last time we played there. People were digging it, as they were not leaving and we had their undivided attention. I think that it was one of those shows that every band has from time to time where if something could go wrong it did, and the cancellation of Marcy Playground and The Shakedowns for the evening kind of set the tone for us. We did video record our set and have viewed it (something we are going to be doing more often to improve our stage presence). All in all, I think we did very well despite all the things that went wrong for the evening and the cancellations that occurred. A special thank you to all the staff at Lyve who treat all their booked acts with class and respect, Steve Derpack (Talent Buyer/Entertainment Manager), Jay Sparrow (General Manager), Nathan Brown (University of Alberta) Promotions assistant, Makenna Hurst (Promotions Assistant), Shane Radioflyer Isley (Edmonton, AB) Promotions Assistant, as well as Pamela and Kelly the beautiful waitresses for the evening. It is always a pleasure to play at Lyve and we appreciate every opportunity we get to play there.

 

 

October was a busy month as we also played at SAIT in Calgary for a Halloween bash at the Gateway. Wow, what a nice venue to play at! We had trouble finding the correct building on campus initially, but once we found it we were very pleased with the room and set up. We were scheduled to play with Colin Decker Free Fall and Caught off Guard, town punk bands that were definitely punk. We were the outcasts at this show.......the black sheep if you will...... The only rock band on the bill. Being a Halloween bash we all dressed up. Matty was a vampire/count, Shorre was a wizard, Scotty was a zombie and I made a pretty damn good Beetlejuice if I do say so myself, so good I even had placed fake beetles in my pants and occasionally when being stared at I would stick my hand down my pants, pull one out and pretend to eat it (stay tuned for pictures). Speaking of pictures, Shannon the Hair Ninja, our biggest fan ever, took pictures for us while we were on stage and also helped run our merch booth for the evening. Damn that woman is amazing, she is a valuable team player in the Keep 6 Infantry and we have come to count on her for her endless support. If we ever make it rich and famous, she will be well taken care of. We have been working hard on our stage show and although it is not what we would like it to be yet, I think the pictures Shannon took of us that evening will reveal that we have been working on it none the less. I can safely say Avis the sound man was very pleased to mix us as he thanked us repeatedly after our set was finished for great song dynamics and NOT PLAYING TOO LOUD! Well Avis, it was our pleasure! Thank you for the great sound on and off stage! We really appreciate that! I would also like to thank Richard Coumont, my good friend and bassist from Colin Decker Free Fall for lining us up with this show as well as Isiac Creasy and Darren Ollinger. We really enjoyed ourselves at this show and would be honoured to play there again.

 

On the home front, We are wrapping up our last two shows at The Brixx on the 5th of October and The Tap House on the 27th of October and will be taking a hiatus from performing live in order to focus on our album which is more than half finished at the moment. We still have a lot to take care of despite the fact we have got the recording aspect of it well under way. We are pretty stoked about it as it is by far the best music we have written collectively to date.

Until the next time,

 

Jay May

Keep 6

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