The Sanctuary in Basingstoke is everything we love about a venue. Its dark and gritty with an almost "gig in someones double garage " kinda vibe. As soon as we walked in and saw FIRESTATE their we knew we were going to enjoy it.
Karlos (From Firestate) and I (and Lee) first met when he ran a venue in Hungerford back in the day called The Railway. It was an awesome place to play and was almost a home away from home venue. Annnnnnyyway... Having not seen him forever and only recently getting back in touch it was great to see him and his band finally play live.
The headline band, John Coffey, we setting up when we got there and continued to set up for another 45 minutes before Firestate even got to sound check, then it was our turn. With no monitors I thought the harmonies in some song would be a challenge but the engineer was a true fuckin legend. I think he got the vibe we were after and the sound was awesome... The crowd wasn't that big, obviously we didnt bring anyone as it was too short notice, and the headline and had decided to fuck off somewhere so I let my feeling be known on the subject. I dont know when bands thought it was acceptable to be so up their own arse that they cant even support the bands that are on before them.
We'd never done it. We've always watched every band on the bill when we we're in our old project and bought the engineer a drink to say thanks. Do they do that now?? Do they fuck! They think they've made it because they have 20,000 plays on soundcloud with their over-produced click track album and have a million followers on Facebook and Twitter... which may be right, but at 10.30pm on a Thursday in a venue youve never played in before it just makes you a massive cunt!.
I digress, we played as well as we could and their was a great bloke there called Shaun who was taking pics and reviewing the gig so here is his review of us. He gave us 7 out of 10 and he isn't pulling any punches. It isn't a glowing reference to our musical ability. He gives a fair and honest review and ... well, i will let you read it..