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Monday, September 1, 2008

Snakes in the Bass Cave

posted by on September 1 at 12:27 PM

snakes.jpgPhoto by Corey Bayless

The best part about These Arms Are Snakes’ performance at the impressively crowded Exhibition Hall was seeing the young kids lose their shit. I have fond memories of being 13 at Bumbershoot, moshing and crowd surfing for the first time, seeing Beck (Jesus, was I really 13 when he played Bumbershoot for Odelay?). If todayís youth want to rally behind TAAS than good for them. Kids want bands that act like rock stars, and by god Steve Snere loves being a rock star. He spent the better part of the last half of the set in the crowd singing on top of a sea of hands, giving those screaming fans a sweaty Snere stain to remember their first post-hardcore concert. Thanks to the Snakes putting on a great, energetic show, the kids probably didnít realize or care that the acoustics in that room were a big bassy fart. The band sounded fine until you got further than 30 feet from the stage, then all semblance of mix was lost in the echoing cavern.

Returning later to check out Brother Ali, I stood by the mixing board, and though I was facing the stage and only about 40 yards back it sounded like the show was around the corner in another room. I was frightened and by the albino rapper - it would seem he has good fuel for his rap fire. But I could barely make out any of his words, the bass was dominating and farting, and his beats never did anything interesting. I lasted 3 songs before deciding to waste my time on Stone Temple Pilots. I am not particularly stoked to see three more shows in the Exhibition Hall today.

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Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | September 2, 2008 1:18 PM

We noticed the same thing about the (lack of) sound quality in the Exhibition Hall. I fucking hate that space.

It sounded so bad that we decided to leave These Arms are Sankes early, but, as we were leaving and got almost to the back doors, lo and behold, it sounded MUCH better.

You could actually hear guitar and the drums sounded less bath-tubby. Go figure that the back of the house was dialed in and next to the soundboard, where we were standing, was not.

Posted by Mahtli69 | September 2, 2008 1:38 PM

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