Swing out Sister new cd

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Re: Swing out Sister new cd

Postby pljms » Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:22 am

nowmedical wrote:I entirely agree. I was in the balcony, and by the time the sound reached there it was often a thumping mess. Bit like a school disco from the 1970s.


I think "a thumping mess" sums up the sound on Tuesday evening perfectly. I assume they did a sound check beforehand so maybe the bass-heavy sound, more akin to a jazz-funk band where the chords are of less importance, was what they were aiming for. To be fair, I don't think the acoustics in the hall are all that great because when Corinne Drewery addressed the audience between songs I could barely make out half of what she said.
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Re: Swing out Sister new cd

Postby Martin Johnson » Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:34 pm

I couldn't make the gig on Tuesday but I've heard that they might be doing more London dates early next year. In common with many old buildings the Islington Assembly Hall has quite echoey acoustics and is probably not best suited to modern PA systems. An overloud bass guitar is something I encountered not too long ago at a blues/rock trio gig at the Shepherds Bush Empire and because it was drowning out the star lead guitarist some members of the audience started yelling out random complaints before it became a united and repeated chorus of, "Turn the bass down!". It had an effect almost immediately and the bass player didn't seem at all put out! By the sounds of it that scenario needed to have happened on Tuesday evening.

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Re: Swing out Sister new cd

Postby nowmedical » Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:53 am

A few days after the concert I tweeted Andy Connell to tell him about the sound quality. He was kind enough to reply, and said no one else had mentioned it to him. Perhaps everyone else was being polite...

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Re: Swing out Sister new cd

Postby pljms » Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:37 am

We were stood downstairs and I have to admit that I didn't notice any negative vibes coming from other audience members in my immediate vicinity regarding what I considered to be the very poor sound balance. The same can be said as we were all trooping out at the end of the gig when everyone else seemed almost deliriously happy, although by that time having stood stock-still for two hours I was more concerned about my ability to put one foot in front of the other! I came to the conclusion that a bass-heavy sound at gigs of this nature must be the norm these days and people are no longer concerned about highfalutin things like chord progressions. I also came to the conclusion that I must be getting old.
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Re: Swing out Sister new cd

Postby Martin Johnson » Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:40 am

'Don't Give The Game Away' from the 'Almost Persuaded' album came on the radio while I was driving home from a gig late last night and it sounded wonderful, as relaxing as a cool G&T. Probably my third favourite song from the album after the title track and 'Everybody's Here':

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1tJumoR9dPw

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Re: Swing out Sister new cd

Postby nowmedical » Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:20 pm

Martin I'm completely persuaded that you are dead right. The last 30 seconds of the title track - call it a coda if you want - is top drawer.


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