Speaking of crap venues and volume, the new thing here is silent stage gigs, I've had my first taste this year. If this is how gigging is going I'm pulling my shoot and watching the burning wreck go down.
To cut a long story short you have to DI the entire band (no amps on stage or acoustic drums) into their sound system which is a pile of crap on both times I've done it. They might let you have a couple of floor monitors which will sound better than what's coming out front.
Ever heard background conversation over your band? It's very strange! You can even have full conversations with each other on stage at talking volume.
yeah...that is even happening at some metal shows around here!!! No stacks on stage. EVeryone brings in a backpack some modeling amp thing. All of the old fart metal guys love it because of not having to load as much stuff. I just can't get into it
I’ve begun to flat-out ask people “why do you want a band if nobody wants to be bothered by the volume?” I may just stop playing and pack up if I get asked to turned down more than twice during a solo gig next time just to make a point
we had to ask that at a car show we played this summer. After the third song of the set, our leader just went straight up to the planner and asked if we could just pack up and go home since we were "in the way". He was told back:" oh no!!! Evereyone is loving the bands playing!!!" They ended up moving some of the tables to the back of the venue, but they still had to play on 1, and i used brushes (which I was using anyways) and sometimes nothng.
Granted, the average age of the audience was probably 95....