Ok, I know people think I'm an opinionated jerk. Opinionated, yes but I'm really not a jerk - though if you want to think I'm a jerk, that's fine. I am, however, really critical when it comes to music.
There are bands that you can't help but think they suck and you go find somewhere else to be (we've all been there). And there are bands that aren't necessarily bad - there just isn't anything special about them. You tend to forget all about them after you leave.
Once in a rare while you might unexpectedly find yourself watching a band that just seems to HAVE it. And you kick yourself for not having seen them earlier. Spitfire is one of those bands.
Because I'm so critical and because my schedule is pretty full, I don't get to see live bands that often anymore. Spitfire has been on my list to check out for a while and I finally got the chance on Friday night. And I was really, really impressed. They have it all: GREAT musicianship, great sound, great song selection, and one of the best front men I've seen in ages. Even though my taste runs more toward classic rock, I found myself enjoying every song they played - including those I didn't know and even songs I otherwise can't stand. Their energy is infectious, and they're too much fun to not enjoy. And they're really cool guys too.
I think a trip to one of their gigs should be required for any bands in the area. They could make a living just giving lessons on stage presence, song selection and musicianship. If you haven't gone to one of their shows, it's a must-see. You'll enjoy yourself, and if you're a musician you'll learn a thing or two in the process.
And, of course, gigging regularly means you don't have time to check out these other bands you hear so much about. I think I was planning to see Spitfire for about 6 months before I finally got around to it. Was planning on seeing Alter Ego at Tripp's too, but enjoyed Spitfire so much I just couldn't leave in time. So now I have to put Alter Ego back in the plans that already include Texas Special, Sea Monkeys, Bliss, Deja Vu again at some point, Madwagon again, Johnny Drama... and that's just the ones I can think of at the moment.
Thanks for all the compliments guys, even though we are not at the same level we were a couple months.SpitFire is currently working in a drummers/ people going vacations ect ect were still trying have as much fun with it in this transistion period.
By the Month of May 2006 we should have all the right people in place and new songs and a fresh sound.
With people like Brad,Rowan, kelly, TKF, Texas Specail, Madwagon, the grind Band, DejaVu,Seven,and friends and Family, Debbie Murphy, especailly our super back up musicains like Mario (( former Ragdoll singer )) and Lewis syring (( uncle Dick)) a real kick ass drummer. we have no choice but keep marching on being big kidds on the weekends !
Brad it was cool to hang with you ! we need to jam on stage on night.
Mar 11, 2006 - 10:38PM
Re: Spitfire's Main Street gig
Maybeeee, some fine day, there can be a line-up where everyone whose able to go is included (to be determined venue), mark it on calendars! THAT would be just too fine
Kel and I were talking about this problem earlier today via phone (since my internet has been on/off..I think it's back now to stay). Garbage at Rock City has been wanting to have an SA Rocks party there for awhile and stupid me, I've been hedging due to one problem or another, but I'm thinking the 1 year anniversary of SA Rocks is coming up at the end of April and we should do it then. But I don't know what night to have it, because I'm afraid no one will show up because they'll all be gigging! We were even kinda joking about making it a free for all...whoever shows up can just jump on stage and jam with whoever else shows up! What do you guys think would be the best night for it? The anniversary would fall around April 28th...
I was thinking about making it a blues rock night since the first bands that really supported and helped me bring the site to life were blues rock bands like The Killing Floor, 21BLACK and Amplifyd...
Other early supporters were 51 Acres, The Groove Movement, Jeremy Dien (all very eclectic mixes)...and I kinda wanted to pay tribute to those who helped out at the beginning. I'm so at a loss! HELP!