The headliners were Steely Heart, recommended by Dan Shapiro
on The Beat (go here) and also by Morgan Short when I was at the Heart Attack night
last Thursday. These guys know their stuff, so I went along to check them out. Steely
Heart's lead singer has the swagger of Bian Yuan and the band have a sound that's
similar to Casino Demon's - not surprising given the friendship between the three. Honestly, I didn't feel all that engaged by the band's performance. That's
nothing against them necessarily (or those who recommended them) - they could have
been amazing, but again it was kind of hard to tell.
Why? Because this gig was at LOgO. Anyone who's ever caught a
band at LOgO knows that it's not the best place to see a gig and that the sound
is far from the best. Although it's never been my favourite place to watch bands, I've never had a massive problem with it, but on Saturday night it seemed particularly bad, worse than
usual. Maybe, having caught a couple of shows at MAO now with their fancy (i.e.
good) soundsystem, it's made me realise just how bad the sound is at other venues,
but at LOgO on Saturday it was really poor. Not everyone can invest in a state of
the art system like MAO, but when it gets to the point that it damages the performances
of the bands, it's time to do something about it. Or simply go elsewhere.