While not having graced the threshold of Chucks Steak House on E. South St. in Akron in more than 11 yrs., some things never change. A place that, in so many ways, is Status Quo, though one can recall when a divider wall, stage, permanent drum riser and novice sound-man wasn’t. While happy that the evening’s entertainment had commenced, W.M.D was already in mid set at 9:20 pm., though at this early start time, it was more than evident that something was rotten in Denmark. Beyond the control and preference of W.M.D., who can deliver a straight forward and energetic set, the sound-man was struggling terribly with discerning monitor from Mains. The Lead vocals were buried in the uneven guitars trade off, unintelligible even when the songs ended and he was merely speaking to the crowd. This original band could have had a nice set if circumstances were different. Having been an audio engineer for more than 25 years, touring with the likes of Lionel Ritchie, Reba McIntyre, U2 and Peter Gabriel, to name a few, having more watts under my fingertips than some radio stations broadcasting power, venturing to help this poor soul tweak his presentation. Seemingly grateful at first, Vince was taking my advice and lead. When He told me ‘Not to Touch’ the rack, my reply was “ this is not your home stereo, a public address system has many components that interact to deliver the over-all desired effect, all problems cannot be simply remedied from the mixing board. ” “By order of Craig, I was told not to touch the rack!” says Vince. With that, it was a fond Adieu, Fare the Well, Adios and Good Luck Kid …!
Up next, Dark Rhythm. Ken Nixon and company are a good band that just need a few adjustments. Making it my business to fight the urge to interfere, couldn’t just stand by and watch this injustice doled out by the clueless. So gently with diplomacy intact and with some slight of hand to mesmerize Vince, I pulled out a descent vocal display and calmly retreated. Many times during their set, Dark Rhythm was reminiscent of an early Anthrax meets Temple of the Dog and Nirvana combo, yet most of the compositions were structurally and progressively similar. Might I suggest a production technique of taking a half step down in key and speeding up the tempo in some of your songs to give a less than carbon copy sound? Overall a good set that was not as well received as W.M.D.’s, I still like this band, and encourage the experimentation of further production strategies.
Apologies to BrewTall, as during the first song it was apparently not going to go well as the member’s girlfriends were swarming Vince the ‘Sound-Dude’ with pitchforks and torches because of their displeasure of not hearing the vox ‘again’. It would be too ‘Brutal’ to witness the lynching of the novice and the torture of my trained ears. So in making a hasty exit, it would be a pleasure to catch you some other time under better than deplorable circumstances.