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Last night I headed back into town for what will probably be my LAST gig on a Wednesday night for the next two years, for LO! next week I start my MA, which is happening on Monday and Wednesday evenings until mid-2014. EEK!!

The evening, as mentioned yesterday, was a fundraiser for The Little Princess Trust, who sound EXCELLENT. I'd been asked on Monday when someone else had dropped out and i LEAPT at the chance to do one last mid-weeker before Everything Changes.

I rolled up at the venue, Surya, said "hello" and realised that, as I was just doing a line-check, I didn't need to be there, so nipped up the road to The Lexington for a nice pint of Flying Scotsman. At the bar I bumped into members of Apple Eyes, one of the other bands on the bill who'd done the same, and ended up having a chat to their drummer about his life in Function Bands. I do love the idea of playing in a Function/Covers Band,it always sounds GRATE!

I headed back to the venue to find that I was going on first, rather than second. Now, at this point I must admit that I thought "But I am The International Rock Star MJ Hibbett!!! How can you possibly put ME on first?" but, happily, not for very long. It's NICE to do gigs when people have already heard of you and come to see you ESPECIALLY, but i have always thought it's daft JUST to do those ones, and it's actually more FUN, also EXCITING to be presented with a room load of people who have NO IDEA what you're about to do, and aren't automatically inclined to find out. THUS I stepped on stage and did THIS:
  • The Peterborough All-Saints Wide Game Team (group B)
  • My Boss Was In An Indie Band Once
  • Theme From Dinosaur Planet
  • A Little Bit
  • It Only Works Because You're here
  • The Lesson Of The Smiths

  • I REALLY REALLY enjoyed myself - most of my songs have been written SPECIFICALLY for environments where people aren't obliged to pay attention, and it was these that I wheeled out, and it seemed to work- people DID stick around and DID listen, and I had a lovely old time. HOORAH!

    I stuck around for some of the other acts - the evening had been organised via Bally Studios in Tottenham by a chap who works there (who was doing it as his first ever promotion - he thus looked WORRIED throughout!!) so it was a right mix of bands, and it reminded me a LOT of our early days doing Mixed Bill gigs at places like The Bull & Gate. I used to rather enjoy those gigs, so it felt nice to be back again!

    My favourite other act was Apple Eyes though, who were ACE. I know them a tiny bit via A Little Orchestra, and for some reason had got the idea that they'd be a bit Austere. GOODNESS knows why I thought that, as they were MEGA-LUSH, like a sort of vaguely Math Rock ELO with SHADES OF CARAVAN. Saying something sounds like Caravan is basically my way of saying "Proggy, but with songs and i LIKE it" for LO! there were SOUNDS and NOISES and all sorts of EXCITING things going on at all points. They were EXCELLENT!

    And so ended my (probably) last Wednesday night gig for a long old while - it was a lovely way to go out!

    posted 20/9/2012 by MJ Hibbett

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