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21 Jul 05

camouflage nights could’ve used a little help from the sound man

you know, disappointment sucks. i was super psyched for the last few weeks about last night’s camouflage nights show at lee’s (opening for controller.controller and vhs or beta), especially after their last killer performance, and even more so because of mitch’s raves about their show in kingston last week.

sadly, the show didn’t live up to my expectations, but it wasn’t really the fault of the camouflage nights themselves. ian mcgettigan was in fine form, once again sporting a fur hat and some jeans and a tank top that were looked on the verge of disintegration…except that i could barely hear a thing he said. for their entire set, the vocals were insanely low (so lyrics and banter may as well have been left out), while the sampler’s volume was cranked to the point where there the bass’s vibrations were audible to the point of distraction. add to this some intermittent feedback and a few requests for increase in monitor levels, and that’s pretty much the set in a nutshell. the band looked a bit confused when the audience wasn’t responding to anything they said…but we had no idea what was going on.

on the bright side, five five minutes once again knocked me on my ass with another bass off, and it’s tough to disguise the genius that is this could be love. i’m still anxiously awaiting a real CN album (aside from the vinyl single i picked up last time), but i’m sure it will be worth the wait.

oh, and don’t ask me how the other two bands were. tiredness beat out my urge to see a late set by c.c, so we ditched after camouflage nights finished their set. this working thing is really cramping my show-going style.

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