Last night we went to see Sequoia
( the band I belonged to until last year, for more recent friends ) at the West End Centre in Aldershot.
The first act of the night, Moscow Flyer
were absolutely tremendous
. Huge anthemic tunes, lots of musicians on stage, really really worth listening to. Considering it was only their third gig I was very impressed indeed. I think a band night that featured them, Wire Jesus
would be literally amazing. Heh, there may even be a little room on that bill for Quesada & Molino. Anyways go listen to them on the Myspace link above. If "Lights In The Sky" doesn't take your breath away there may just be something wrong with you.
Sequoia were headlining. It's the second time I have seen them live, although of course I was in the band for something in the region of 50-70 gigs. Since I quit they have had another bass player who also left to tour Switzerland so I hadn't heard the new guy play. He is very good- a tremendous musician and he played very much my bassline to Laura Valentine
, something the girl who replaced me didn't do. It may seem silly to say so, but that bassline is really important to the song, giving it drive and bounce, and it was really good to hear it done properly.
What has been really informative for me was the songs that I played live but we never recorded, so my replacements have had free rein to do what they want with them. Both of them are amazing
bassists, well trained, properly taught and simply better at playing the instrument than me, unquestionably. In a one-on-one bass-off either of them could have handed me my ass on a plate while still playing better than me with the other hand. However, listening to the bass lines they put together I couldn't help but feel that maybe I have a stronger sense of dynamic and what one can do with a bass line to change the shape and feel of a song. I may be a fairly mediocre player in terms of improvisation, sight reading and whatever else, but I do have a pretty good sense of pop. Also I've probably had an extra 10 years to assimilate my influences and develop my playing over either of them and sometimes being old can be handy. For some reason I found that slightly satisfying.
It was nice to hear new songs as well- they have a fairly upbeat set now, which is important for a stand-up audience and also for Chris, the guitarist, not to look too horrendously bored; something he did particularly well in acoustic and unplugged kind of shows. I enjoyed seeing the guys and some other friends from when I was with the band again so it made for a really good fun night out...