story time – first-ever-gig edition!

as the anniversary is coming up in a few days, you get this story …

so back in nineteen aught ninety-something, my Loki and I were goofing off with music – he couldn’t find a band he wanted to join here in the desert, so I bought him a drum machine, got myself a cheap-ass pawnshop bass & helped him work on songs & shit, which we recorded for college credit in a pretty nice studio at Scottsdale Community College (Go Artichokes!)

except he wasn’t into singing anymore, really – he wanted to focus on guitar & programming & engineering – so we asked the first cool person we found at the goth night at the Atomic Cafe, Dot, who introduced us to Sage, who could sing.

and so we became Paris Burning, and in the fullness of time, we booked our first show: at the Mason Jar, December 16, 1998. it would be my first show, too, that wasn’t, like, grade-school choir-type shit. it was the dawn of the niche mailing list, so we notified the AZGoths that this was going down, and they turned up in their scores, and yelled, and danced, and took photos and it was a great night in that regard, if in no other.

the main problem was that we had 40 minutes of set time, but less than half an hour of original music. and so we decided to learn a couple covers: California Dreamin’, and this gem:

my beloved Mimi had turned us on to Six Silver Spiders, and we LOVED Insane. we worked out a stepped-down, slightly-faster version, with which we planned to close our set. things … did not go as planned. we ended our set on Insane, and Sage’s dad of blessed memory was there to videotape the entire thing:

I feel it is safe to say that this shit right here is the start of my stage fright. I mean, I’d been nervous before we went on, but this catalyzed my complete and utter gut-churning terror of Shit Going Wrong – even though I was the only one who did not fuck this song up. well, me and Azrael Abyss, the drum machine. Rhythm section represent! and Loki didn’t screw up, but he did break a string, so

that night was the catalyst for a bunch of really cool shit – stories for another time – but that’s how that show ended: not with a bang, but with an off-key, out-of-tempo thunk

at least the audience cheered?

the entire set is here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL55D73C36DA198168 if you didn’t get enough contact embarassment with just the one song. 

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story time – first-ever-gig edition!

as the anniversary is coming up in a few days, you get this story …

so back in nineteen aught ninety-something, my Loki and I were goofing off with music – he couldn’t find a band he wanted to join here in the desert, so I bought him a drum machine, got myself a cheap-ass pawnshop bass & helped him work on songs & shit, which we recorded for college credit in a pretty nice studio at Scottsdale Community College (Go Artichokes!)

except he wasn’t into singing anymore, really – he wanted to focus on guitar & programming & engineering – so we asked the first cool person we found at the goth night at the Atomic Cafe, Dot, who introduced us to Sage, who could sing.

and so we became Paris Burning, and in the fullness of time, we booked our first show: at the Mason Jar, December 16, 1998. it would be my first show, too, that wasn’t, like, grade-school choir-type shit. it was the dawn of the niche mailing list, so we notified the AZGoths that this was going down, and they turned up in their scores, and yelled, and danced, and took photos and it was a great night in that regard, if in no other.

the main problem was that we had 40 minutes of set time, but less than half an hour of original music. and so we decided to learn a couple covers: California Dreamin’, and this gem:

my beloved Mimi had turned us on to Six Silver Spiders, and we LOVED Insane. we worked out a stepped-down, slightly-faster version, with which we planned to close our set. things … did not go as planned. we ended our set on Insane, and Sage’s dad of blessed memory was there to videotape the entire thing:

I feel it is safe to say that this shit right here is the start of my stage fright. I mean, I’d been nervous before we went on, but this catalyzed my complete and utter gut-churning terror of Shit Going Wrong – even though I was the only one who did not fuck this song up. well, me and Azrael Abyss, the drum machine. Rhythm section represent! and Loki didn’t screw up, but he did break a string, so

that night was the catalyst for a bunch of really cool shit – stories for another time – but that’s how that show ended: not with a bang, but with an off-key, out-of-tempo thunk

at least the audience cheered?

the entire set is here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL55D73C36DA198168 if you didn’t get enough contact embarassment with just the one song. 

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cool stuff on sale ~ please reblog!

reliquaryaz:

suriel:

We’re about to be hit with some big, unexpected expenses (my sweetie/ @reliquaryaz ‘s guitarist, main music creator & recording engineer needs surgery on both of his hands and arms, eep! and our roof is about to fall in, yikes!) so we’re having sales in all our shops! Get a head start on your holiday shopping – or treat yourself! – and help us out =)

If you can’t afford to buy anything, that’s cool. We’d love a reblog to signal boost.

Use code FALLSALE and get 10% off in any of our shops :

Black Umbrella Industries – fandom buttons, magnets and more / worldwide cheap shipping (up to 100 1.25″ buttons for one low shipping price). We do custom work, too!

SweetBytes – Sophisticated and delicious caramels and toffees / US shipping only, alas

Reliquary – dark and beautiful music, plus t-shirts, stickers and more / worldwide shipping  (we’re also recording our 3rd album right now, and 25% of all sales go to recording/mastering/producing the new album =))

reliquary
harry potter buttons
fleur de sel toffee
princess bride buttons
black salt caramels

Help us put out album #3! And make sure Loki can continue to play guitar! And stop the roof over our studio falling in & ruining our stuff! 

We just got the cost for Loki’s first surgery next week and it is Many Dollars Indeed*, so if you need candy, fandom magnets or a t-shirt depicting Reliquarians as anime characters, now would be an excellent time to grab some =)

*and of course we had to pay in advance. NO PRESSURE.

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cool stuff on sale ~ please reblog!

reliquaryaz:

suriel:

We’re about to be hit with some big, unexpected expenses (my sweetie/ @reliquaryaz ‘s guitarist, main music creator & recording engineer needs surgery on both of his hands and arms, eep! and our roof is about to fall in, yikes!) so we’re having sales in all our shops! Get a head start on your holiday shopping – or treat yourself! – and help us out =)

If you can’t afford to buy anything, that’s cool. We’d love a reblog to signal boost.

Use code FALLSALE and get 10% off in any of our shops :

Black Umbrella Industries – fandom buttons, magnets and more / worldwide cheap shipping (up to 100 1.25″ buttons for one low shipping price). We do custom work, too!

SweetBytes – Sophisticated and delicious caramels and toffees / US shipping only, alas

Reliquary – dark and beautiful music, plus t-shirts, stickers and more / worldwide shipping  (we’re also recording our 3rd album right now, and 25% of all sales go to recording/mastering/producing the new album =))

reliquary
harry potter buttons
fleur de sel toffee
princess bride buttons
black salt caramels

Help us put out album #3! And make sure Loki can continue to play guitar! And stop the roof over our studio falling in & ruining our stuff! 

We just got the cost for Loki’s first surgery next week and it is Many Dollars Indeed*, so if you need candy, fandom magnets or a t-shirt depicting Reliquarians as anime characters, now would be an excellent time to grab some =)

*and of course we had to pay in advance. NO PRESSURE.

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2xZCnzX