Cinic made a first ever live public appearance at the Night and Day Cafe in Manchester on Saturday June 25th 2016 and here’s how it went.
We had been told to deliver our gear at 5pm, soundcheck at 6pm and the event would kick off at 8:30pm, with each of the three bands being on stage for 30 minutes with a 15 minute break in between each act. We were on third, so were expected on stage at 10pm.
We went down to the rehearsal room where all our gear was held, had a quick run through of the set and then loaded up and took our gear to the venue. Walking into the venue was scary and exciting. It actually is a cafe, so there were people sitting there having cups of tea and scones while were were lugging our amps, guitars and rums in there. We set up our stuff, met Andy the sound engineer and then took a break while he set microphones against everything.
The soundcheck, from our point of view, served to make sure we didn’t have to worry about the balance of our instruments or the sequencer, and that took a great deal of worry of the rest of the evening. We checked each instrument, and then played two songs. Were were asked to do two because he wanted one with the piano in, and that wasn’t the one we originally had down as our soundcheck song.
After we had done that, and all feeling relaxed, we listened to the other bands’ soundcheck and then headed out into town to kill some time and get some food.
When we eventually got on stage at just after 10pm, there were no nerves at all for me. We knew we would sound good, we knew our songs and had rehearsed them to death, and the audience was small but appreciative music lovers. It was £6 entry so we knew that everyone in there had paid to see new bands and were all in the mind to give everyone a chance.
Our set was Cocaine Revolver, which we played perfectly, then Blind Eyes. At the end of Blind Eyes, Nick, the drummer, played an extra bar and at the time I thought he messed up, but a later diagnosis proved that the Pete had come in a bar early during the break, and Neil and I had followed him unaware of the mistake, so in fact Nick was spot on. Next was Fire in My Eye which was probably our best and tightest performance of a difficult song. Sunrise of Eternity was great as was Lullaby and finally Throwing Dice, during which I was gutted to have nearly finished.
Everyone played well. Nick on drums was super-tight and no mistakes, Neil sounded perfect, Pete sounded good too and I was happy with my own performance, so well done to everyone for a great gig.
I’m happy to admit that I was totally wrong about Neil. Its funny but only knowing someone in a certain situation, you can never be sure how they will behave in a completely different one and I should have worried more about myself than anyone else, so well played to him and all the boys for a great attitude and performance.
We got a really good reception from everyone present. We had a small number of friends down there to support us and we received some great compliments.
I changed on stage. I went from being a quiet, almost introverted person, to a fucking demon. Nick obviously stays still on his drums and Neil on guitar doesn’t move much Pete stands still when he’s singing but then sometimes walks back between times, but I was using the stage. I was strutting about the place like I’d been doing it for years, making eye contact with the other members of the band and absolutely loving every second of it.
It was one of the most enjoyable and exciting half-hours of my life probably, something I’ve been dreaming of doing for many meany years and I can’t wait until we get to do it again. We’re already looking at booking further gigs in.
Now I know I need to write more songs. We have two ready and waiting and another two we’ve started looking at, but I need to write some belters to go with the excellent songs we already have.