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it is scary how good they are, and another note is that their stage volume is unbelievably quiet. They are all pro's who LISTEN to each other and can turn on a dime in jams.
Hey Jeff -
So what would you say has 'enabled' them to have such quiet volume on stage? Usually it's one thing that ends up getting everyone else to turn up to hear - I know different monitor setups can help, in ear etc. Drums not hitting too hard or being too busy - guitars not too loud
Or is it just a general 'consciousness' of having it be a priority to keep it manageable?
Have a great gig Friday!
Bill, excellent question............it's a combination of things, but mostly obviously a conscious philosophy on their part, born of 41 years!!! experience as a band. It starts with the drummers. You would think with 2 drummers it would be a loud stage, but they play with restraint (but not a lack of energy ...that is a big distinction). They also have some very good, long time sound crew who KNOW what the band wants and likes, and mixes accordingly.
Another huge part of that though is simply the players. Not to bow to these guys too much (yes, I get accused of wearing Max Creek kneepads from time to time
), but they are simply world class players. They are all about the "JAM" ...some songs are simply 4 minute structured vehicles to get to the 20 minute improv jam at the end, even though there are some wonderfully crafted songs there, you still get the feeling that it is the Open jams that they love for...and they are so in tune with each other, that they simply demand the need to hear every note and pulse of every other player on stage. They leave space for each other. ALL OF THEM, every single member. They all have such huge ears that they just bat stuff around in real time at each other and all of them can respond. The guitar will throw a lick out at the keys and get it right back, but twisted, or throw a rhythmic idea at the drums and have it batted right back and on and on.
It is scary sitting in with them, because you feel absolutely naked and laid right out there. There is nowhere in the mix to hide!!!
.......................................................have you heard the one about the yellow dog?