…in Emporia, KS last night as 5*C gave our best to Josie’s, bass-less.
I fired up the Frankentar, my Yamaha “Eterna” Strat knock-off equipped with some gnarly pickups and a Roland GK that drives a bass synth. The synth sounds pretty plain on its own, but when it’s doubling riffs or the roots of chords, the whole combo starts to kick a little.
Without keys or bass, our neo-80s dance-pop transforms into a mix of Kinks-ish garage rock, Franz Ferdinand-style post-punk, and Joel’s good songs. It’s fun, it’s a little loose, and it’s a decent change of pace from our usual mode, though I’d never trade them out for more than a night or two at a time.
The new Josie’s building has great vibes; I know Emporia-Matt has to work really hard to put on rock shows, which is a shame now that he finally has a cool space to work with. There are even two booths right by the door that are perfect for merch. The man treats his bands well.
With any luck, 5*Matt and I will have a night to work on recording this coming week, and we’ll have a night of practice with Mychael for Friday night’s show at the Brick with Distance to Empty.