I know you’re all pretty jealous of the crazy rock and roll lifestyle that persistently unsuccesful original bands lead, and of course you’re right to be – there is nothing more exciting than spending all the money you earn from your day job to fund the job you really love ;-).
Anyway, I was organising a few pictures the other day and came across a few that we took on arrival at the Craufurd for the Ramonas gig a few months ago. I think they do a pretty good job of showing just how remarkably dull/exciting/lonely/together (delete as applicable) the behind the scenes stuff can be.
The Box Ticked are playing support to The Ramonas tonight (April 8th) down at The Craufurd Arms in Wolverton, so get your dancing shoes on and join us from 8-ish I guess. Bring friends, bring fish cakes but most importantly bring yourselves.
The Craufurd is a great venue, and the mix of bands in the back room and bands in the bar always gives you choice of styles. It was a Saturday night, and we were playing on the bar stage, and we had quite a turnout of people come along to see us.
The stage was ours for the night, so we were able to do a couple of 45-50 minute sets, which was great fun. We threw a few covers in, but most of the evening was us doing our thing, and it went down really well. One key point for me was that if there was a dip in the energy during either set, it was when the covers came on, which suggests to me that we can be bolder with our set lists moving forward.
We’ve got photos of the set list somewhere on Instagram, which I’ll find and link to later, but for now, key highlights for me were the two newer ones – Lucky and Every Seven Seconds. They’re really coming into their own and becoming staples of the live set, and I can’t wait to get in the studio to record them.
We did Kebab Van for Jason (guvnor of The Craufurd) as it’s his favourite song, and we felt comfortable enough on stage to play fast and loose with the setlist when the mood took us. We’ve got a number of songs that just seem to ‘go’ well after other songs, so while we might have one of them on the setlist, it’s just as likely that Steve (it’s always Steve!) will kick in to one of the others.
It’s good to have people dancing, even if they are the drunkest couple in Wolverton, so thanks for getting down to it. It’s also great to have people singing along to our songs – that warms the cockles and gives us warm and tingly feelings, so please don’t stop.