First Show in 9 Months

 Last night Locomotive Ghost played a show for the first time since the Tyler finale, last October.

In the late afternoon, the group met at my new studio to quickly run over some material with our trial keyboardist, Mike Copley.  By the time we left town, we had rehearsed only half of the songs  we were planning to play.  The rest we were just relying on remembering from many months ago.

Our drive up to Olds was highlighted by gorgeous green stretches of grassland and flowing yellow fields of canola, accentuated by the enthralling sounds of Fish and Bird's new album, "Every Whisper Is A Shout Across The Void".  We talked of our excitement for the impending performance, and discussed our expectations.

When we got to Tracks we set up right away, which was fun for me.  I hadn't gotten to do live sound since April (when there just happened to be a band playing at a kayaking event I volunteered for during Katimavik).  Needless to say, I jumped right into it and started plugging everything in, troubleshooting issues and dialing in sounds.  I was jacked (hah!).

Copley and Buckley each played a few solo pieces to open up for the band, and we took the stage amidst the cheering of our friends/fans who had driven up from Calgary.  We were really pleased with our first group set.  There were a couple of those songs that came out better than we've ever played them, despite the complete lack of practice.  Mike's vocals seem to have matured even more over the last six months.  His passion was back with greater control and consistency than I'd previously heard.  We could tell that we still have to grow into one or two of the new songs, but that's not a daunting task of learning parts - it's more an exciting prospect of refinement.  The more we play this material the more expressive the nuances will become, and the more we can stretch out within each rendition.  We're looking forward to the next two shows (High River and Edmonton) as chances to do just that.

Thanks for checking in.  I'll keep you posted on more stories from the Ghoul Train.

Ben



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  • Elaine

    Elaine

    Sounds like a great show! Good luck with the upcoming ones this weekend. Hoping to get to one of your Calgary shows later this summer.

    Sounds like a great show! Good luck with the upcoming ones this weekend. Hoping to get to one of your Calgary shows later this summer.

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