First, we would just like to thank everyone who came out to see us. It had been a long time and it felt great to get together with Brian and Scott at a venue we all love, where the monitor and FOH techs (Billy & Steve) are known and admired for their attention to detail, where the crew overall just knows what they're doing, runs a tight ship and where we all know what it takes to get the job done.
Now for the bad. The promoter, Gorilla Music (aka Eagle One Entertainment) handled the Day & Night Festival poorly and that's an understatement. For us it boiled down to a few items that were clearly within their control.
- Poor communication: After our check-in, after they got the money for our tickets, after they had blown smoke up everyone's asses about how totally awesome everything would be, they were completely unresponsive to emails, text messages, and phone calls regarding our questions regarding backline and other specifics. This is evidence that all they really cared about was getting their money. Sure, we're all busy, but if you're the promoter of an event and you can't take 5 minutes to return a phone call or type a text to your acts, you're just a slacker of epic, monumental proportions.
- Booked too many bands: These people scheduled the bands to have a 30 minute set and 5 minute change-over time between acts. The day of the show, this was changed to 20 minute set times and a 10 minute change-over. This was more reasonable in terms of the change-over, but it screwed up a lot of bands, especially bands like ours, whose songs are longer.
- Completely oblivious to the event schedule of the host venue: Bands booked for the H.O.B. Cambridge Room were bumped to another venue because a wedding party had already booked the Cambridge Room.
- Totally unaware of the genres and styles of the bands booked: This is evidenced by the fact that Temple 8 actually plays this thing called "music", has vocals that don't sound like someone is choking on a bag of roofing nails and has lyrics which can usually be understood by the average human being, but was wedged in between a bunch of "screamo" bands. It seems pretty obvious that promoter/agent never actually LISTENED to the bands they booked, so it never occurred to the people at Gorilla Music (aka Eagle One Entertainment) to place bands like Blackjack Symphony, Diverge, and Temple 8 on the same bill and group them together.
What we were able to prove at crunch time, however, was this: despite already having edited some of our best material to fit in a 30 minute window, we cut our longest song from the list when we learned of the even more drastically reduced set time and STILL managed to bang out a 20 minute set. And I think our transition times on and off the stage were record time, as well. Not only is that pretty damn amazing for Temple 8, but it's totally pro. So there's that.
Finally, I think I speak for a lot of bands when I say that Gorilla Music (aka Eagle One Entertainment) is one of the worst, if not the absolute worst, bottom-feeder booking-agent/promoter we've ever dealt with. They seem to prey on young bands who are hungry for recognition and success, who will do anything to get a gig. It is highly unlikely, that we'll be doing any shows with them in the future.