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Saturday, September 08, 2007

London, ON: Rum Runners: 9.07.07

The last show we had in London, ON was rough, in my personal opinion. The place was too small and too crammed to make everyone feel comfortable. It's difficult to play a place that sells tickets where only half the room is going to see the band. It's really frustrating because there's no way of controlling that on our end except by canceling the show, which wouldn't be fair to the other half. It's amazing how many clubs around the country do this. They tell us capacity is 800, but they fail to mention that 300 of those 800 are outside on a patio with little to no view of the band and clear out of the way of the sound system. Cheap, sneaky weasels. So, what do you do? Live, learn, and laugh.

Tonight's is more than adequate in space and capacity. I hope that those who couldn't see us well last time have the will to return and gives a second chance. I'm sure it will be a better experience this time around.

As far as life on the road, I've adopted some type of routine. For one, I've been studying French a little everyday. For two, I'm a lover of the classics; so, I've decided to re-read Cervantes' Don Quixote. (I must note that it's not in the original, old Castellano; perhaps, one day I'll take that on.) Thirdly, I've been trying out a workout routine, nothing too strenuous, but hopefully, some thing to help me avoid gaining those road pounds. Fourth, I've been blogging more frequently. This is truly a stress reliever and gives me an outlet. Everyone needs an outlet; Darren's is making tracks right now to blow off some steam. I asked him about last night's show in Ottawa, and how he was feeling today; this is what he said:



Kim B. said...

Thanks for the blogs, pics, and videos. They are fun and interesting to experience.

Just out of curiosity, what are some books that you would recommend to those with reading time on their hands?

Anonymous said...

Hmm. I wonder if you could narrow down the respectable clubs via MySpace. You guys must have fans all over and they probably know the best venues in their respective areas -- certainly motivated to be able to see you when you come to town, too.

That assumes the venues wouldn't log on and vote I guess, but hey... It's a thought. Also, perhaps only venues with elevators so you guys wouldn't have to lug all that stuff up. ;) Ok, maybe that one's a pipe dream...

Anyway, sorry last night was rough on you guys and the fans. Hope tonight's is better.


Kvon said...

"And now reporting live from London, ON... here's blog correspondent Roy Mitchell-Cardenas with the Mute Math update. Stay tuned the five day forecast is up next". lol!

I have often wondered what road life is like for you guys. For fun, I think you should put on disguises and open for yourself as a different band! lol! The Beastie Boys used to do it as "Triphammer". You get bonus points if the crowd starts yelling "Get off the stage, we want Mute Math". ;) Have a great show tonight!

Melanie said...

I'm sorry to hear about the rough performance. I'm only 5 feet tall, so pretty much most shows everywhere are difficult for me to see if not in front. That's why I'm always there so insanely early. LOL At the least they should split the area and sell the less for the less viewable areas at a discount, huh? Sigh... that has to be frustrating, especially since your show is so visual as well as auditory.

I have never read Don Quixote. Maybe I should try sometime?

I admire you trying to learn French. I've been reading the spanish word of the day everyday, but not sure much of it is sticking. My memory is not what it used to be.

Melanie said...

Sorry, I totally mangled one of the sentences. I wish there was an edit function for comments. Hopefully you can decipher it. LOL

Martyne said...

Sorry it was a rough night, but just remember, "diamonds start out as coal." Beautiful and LESS stressful things will ensue!

Loving the pictures and videos. Especially Israel's "Hov" shot - haha.

Vintage cab used on MM debut (two 15" Jensen speakers).