I'm not quite sure why the SBA gig did come together, but all the elements seemed to be right. They looked comfortable, they looked happy and the music just seemed to flow. I'm sure this was helped by the fantastic crowd response, but I'd hold to a claim that they made the atmosphere as well as fed off it. Virtuous.
Scary Bitches I've seen a couple of times before - and I hold to the idea that they'd be better if the audience were sitting at nice tables, with waitress service, and had just eaten a lovely meal. They're funny, engaging, clever... for the first 20 minutes. Then it all goes a bit downhill. Powered by iPod mind.
The Ghost of Lemora could be described by someone being quite unfair as "Swifty and a microphone; an identifiable vocalist and a couple of session musicians they've roped in to pad the stage out". The quips flow as quickly as the beer, and I bet their friends find them terribly clever and amusing - just that I'm not sure how many other people do. The music is ok - it's reasonably well produced, in places even slick, just slightly hollow and I wonder if they're a goth band or an Indie rock outfit with a monotone wardrobe.
Photos soon, should I survive the journey. Big thanks to forbinproject, westernind, jfs and feistyredhead for being there when I needed them; hat off to ant_girl and mister_ed; good to say hello to jasontheknight finally and hello to the various Northerners and Southerners I met (list too long to mention).
Oh, and I am king geek.