10 1 / 2012
Last week, we finally announced details of our EP launch night! It’s going to be upstairs in Whelan’s on 16th February, with support from Boy Versus Romeo and Alice Can’t Turn Left.
Really, this is something that we’ve been planning and working towards since last September. It feels like ages since we were actually in the studio recording this EP so to have a date to finally get it out there feels almost like a relief of sorts.
Still, the amount that still has to be done before the 16th February seems almost overwhelming. I certainly didn’t think releasing an EP would be this amount of work! I suppose I expected that the hardest part would be writing, preparing and recording the songs. But really, the organising part is so frustrating that it feels like just as much work as the other parts. I suppose the reason it’s frustrating is because of the waiting around, when really, we all just want the EP to be out there.
Although, this is the route we’ve chosen to go down. When we recorded the EP, we could have decided against “launching” the EP with a gig and making physical copies, and just stuck it up on Facebook and Bandcamp for free download as soon as it was done. For us though, I don’t think this was ever really considered. From day one we wanted to have a launch show and I suppose the reason is that we see it as not just a launch night for the EP, but for the band in general.
Having only been together five months, this band is still very much in it’s infancy. We’ve played a handful of gigs so far where we’ve tried out different songs, different setlists etc, but we’re looking at this as our first real gig. We haven’t promoted our other gigs to the extent that we’re planning on promoting this one, so chances are, for a lot of people there, it will be their first time seeing us live. So needless to say, we want it to go well.
By going well, I mean more than just playing our songs well. We want it to be a fun night for everyone there overall. I’m really happy with the support bands we’ve managed to get, they’re two bands that I’d enjoy going to see live myself. When we were thinking about support bands we were definitely thinking along the lines of who we’d like to see ourselves. It’s especially nice of Boy Versus Romeo to come all the way from Cork for the gig.
All in all, while I am looking forward to this gig a lot, I’m also pretty nervous. As I mentioned earlier there’s still a lot that needs to be done before the gig. We’re yet to actually make physical copies of the EP, and we won’t be able to until we get our main track, Take Me Out, back from Luc Tellier in Canada, who’s mixing and mastering it for us. We’re expecting to have that back by February, so that gives us two weeks to get copies made, which might be cutting it a little tight. We have a backup plan though, which would require a road trip to Belfast!
It’s also the first gig that we’ve organised ourselves. Getting the venue was no real hassle and we were really happy with the support bands we managed to book. And we also seem to be promoting the night fairly well, which led me to ask Sean on the way home from practice the other night, “why do more bands not organise their own gigs?”, to which he gave the confidence inspiring response, “I dunno, but we may be about to find out”. Can’t wait…