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Club Abstract in Kitchener with See Spot Run
Thursday July 26 201
Club Abstract (Kitchener) with See Spot Run

Additional Acts:Counterbalance
Ticket Price: I have no idea, strangely enough
Set List: Drum Break --> C / Two Tales (broken-down version) / Camouflage / Swimming In Chlorine / Gratefully Nowhere / Nejuan / Meet Moot --> Moot with Bon Jovi's "Living On A Prayer" tease / GreenRoot
Set Length: 40 minutes from 11:20 to midnight
Rough Attendance: exactly 23
Caught on tape? No, and count yourself lucky.
Poster: Club-provided See Spot Run standard
Notes: Ugh. This show was so awful that I feel unclean just writing about it.

The headlining band took a two-and-a-half hour sound check, leaving us and Counterbalance the wonderful experience of checking once the doors were already open. Nothing maintains that perfect gig vibe like letting an unfamiliar audience hear a disintegrated third of your set through incorrectly mixed monitors. Woo hoo.

Exactly 8 seconds into C, Amir popped the low E string on his bass. The unpoppable string, as it's popularly known. Usually we have an extra bass on hand, but at this show we had neither an extra bass or our guitar tech. Me and Dveris (our drum tech) made quick eye contact and then spent the next several frantic minutes searching for the bassist from Counterbalance, who had (of course) made himself scarce after his band's set. Meanwhile Amir adjusted to a version of C played in a higher register, then the band swung into a guitars-only rendition of Two Tales. By this point we'd found the dude we were looking for, he graciously offered use of his bass, and the show took on some semblance of normalcy.

Shlag playing on his second-string congas. Brian on a scavenged drum kit. Amir on a borrowed bass playing through a rented cabinet. This show was a parade of hand-me-down gear, and anyone who says that gear doesn't make a difference is a nave sumbitch.

The Bon Jovi teaser, again. Hey, it was funny last time and there wasn't a single person in the room other than band and crew who'd heard it before. Went over great, naturally. Unfamiliar audiences love a little taste of anything recognizable, no matter HOW good the original music is.

Counterbalance (cool group of laid-back guys with a post-grunge feel, we'll probably play with them again soon) drew a reasonable 50 people (laugh if you want, but that ain't bad for a Thursday night at 10 o'clock in Kitchener during the off-season), which melted to half that for Zygote's set, then utterly disappeared for See Spot Run. Ouch. We ditched See Spot Run's set for the second time in two weeks and tore ass home to either crash (those of us working stiffs who have actual day jobs) or cruise to Rol San on Spadina for some tasty Chinese treats (lucky unemployed bastards.)

Weather. Anybody notice that it was NOT on the setlist? This show marks the first time since its inception that Weather was passed over. It was included on the setlist, but we ran out of time due to the bass-string incident and had to cut it. Make a note of it in your Zygote diary.

Lots of low points about this show, but of course I'm overly critical. Even on their worst night Zygote is more than a match for any band you'd care to put them up against, and playing through all the abovementioned problems to a tiny little unfamiliar audience in a club with shaky sound STILL found people coming up to the band after their set to compliment the performance and buy albums. We were actually a bit puzzled by the response (Amir looked like he thought it was a trick of some kind) since this show was way WAY below the standard we've set for ourselves, but I suppose that if people haven't seen what the 'Gote is truly capable of then they can still be impressed with a bare-bones version of things.

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Friday, March 15th, 2002 : The Rivoli

Friday, March 1st, 2002 : Havoc in Hamilton VI at The Hudson

Wednesday, February 20th, 2002 : Rafter's Pub in Sudbury

Friday, February 8th, 2002 : Feel The Love: Pre-Valentine's Day Bash at The Opera House

Saturday, December 8th, 2001 : Call The Office in London

Friday, December 7th, 2001 : The Hudson in Hamilton

Saturday, November 24th, 2001 : Kool Haüs with Big Sugar

Friday, November 23rd, 2001 : The Trasheteria in Peterborough

Thursday, November 22nd, 2001 : The Foundation in Barrie

Thursday, November 8th, 2001 : The Shot in Kingston

Friday, November 2nd, 2001 : The Opera House with Choclair

Saturday, October 27th, 2001 : The Cage in Oakville

Friday, October 26th, 2001 : The Hudson in Hamilton

Friday, October 19th, 2001 : The Capitol Theatre

Saturday, September 8th, 2001 : The Opera House

Friday, August 10th, 2001 : Molson Amphitheatre with Dave Matthews Band

Saturday, July 28th, 2001 : The Hudson in Hamilton

Thursday, July 26th, 2001 : Club Abstract in Kitchener with See Spot Run

Saturday, July 21st, 2001 : Lees Palace

Friday, July 13th, 2001 : Woodstick Festival at Kee to Bala

Friday, July 6th, 2001 : Two Tales II at the Comfort Zone

Friday, June 8th, 2001 : NXNE at The Reverb

Friday, May 4th, 2001 : In Concert at The Warehouse

Friday, April 6th, 2001 : Federation Hall at U o f Waterloo

Saturday, February 17th, 2001 : Lees Palace

Friday, January 19th, 2001 : The Opera House

Saturday, January 13th, 2001 : The Embassy in London

Friday, January 12th, 2001 : The Hudson in Hamilton

Friday, November 17th, 2000 : Zygote Into The Fray at The Rivoli

Saturday, November 11th, 2000 : The Haunt in Ithaca NY

Friday, October 6th, 2000 : In Concert at The Opera House

Saturday, September 2nd, 2000 : Two Tales at The Rivoli

Saturday, July 29th, 2000 : The Rivoli

Sunday, July 16th, 2000 : Molson Indy

Saturday, June 17th, 2000 : The Rivoli

Thursday, June 8th, 2000 : NXNE 2000 at Clintons Tavern

Saturday, May 20th, 2000 : All Ages at The Comfort Zone

Thursday, May 18th, 2000 : Rock Search 2000 at Front 54 in Thorold

Friday, April 21st, 2000 : The Rivoli

Friday, April 21st, 2000 : La Luna in Hamilton

Sunday, March 26th, 2000 : Whiskey Joes in Hamilton with The Headstones

Friday, March 17th, 2000 : St Patricks Day Bash at The Rivoli

Thursday, March 2nd, 2000 : Canadian Music Week at The 360

Saturday, February 12th, 2000 : The Rivoli

Saturday, January 22nd, 2000 : The Hudson in Hamilton

Saturday, November 6th, 1999 : The Opera House with Wide Mouth Mason

Saturday, October 16th, 1999 : The Rivoli

Friday, September 3rd, 1999 : The Rivoli

Friday, July 23rd, 1999 : The Reverb

Saturday, June 26th, 1999 : The Rivoli CD Release

Friday, May 21st, 1999 : The Rivoli

Friday, April 30th, 1999 : The Rivoli

Thursday, April 15th, 1999 : The Reverb

Saturday, December 5th, 1998 : The Rivoli

Thursday, November 19th, 1998 : The Gordon Best Theatre Peterborough

Friday, October 9th, 1998 : The Comfort Zone

Friday, October 2nd, 1998 : The Horseshoe Tavern

Saturday, September 5th, 1998 : The Horseshoe Tavern

Saturday, July 11th, 1998 : The Comfort Zone

Saturday, May 30th, 1998 : The Regency Hotel

Friday, May 29th, 1998 : The Comfort Zone

Saturday, May 23rd, 1998 : The Opera House with The Headstones

Saturday, May 23rd, 1998 : The Big Bop

Thursday, May 14th, 1998 : Lees Palace with Humphat

Saturday, May 2nd, 1998 : The Comfort Zone

Saturday, April 18th, 1998 : El Mocambo Upstairs

Thursday, April 16th, 1998 : Unplugged at The Silver Dollar with Brian Gladstone

Friday, March 20th, 1998 : The Big Bop

Friday, February 6th, 1998 : The 360

Saturday, January 31st, 1998 : Call The Office London with Zuuls Evil Disco

Friday, October 31st, 1997 : Halloween at The Original Six Sports Bar

Friday, October 17th, 1997 : El Mocambo

Friday, June 6th, 1997 : The Generator w Ron Hawkins of Lowest of the Low

Friday, May 23rd, 1997 : The Comfort Zone

Friday, April 25th, 1997 : The Comfort Zone

Saturday, March 29th, 1997 : The 360 with Black Cabbage

Saturday, March 15th, 1997 : AE Pi Frat Party at The Reverb

Friday, January 31st, 1997 : The Comfort Zone with Andru Branch

Saturday, January 25th, 1997 : The Warehouse with Fishbone

Thursday, January 23rd, 1997 : Red Dog Tavern Peterborough with Tied To The Tracks

Monday, November 4th, 1996 : The Horseshoe Tavern

Friday, September 27th, 1996 : The Generator

Saturday, July 27th, 1996 : The Honey Pot

Saturday, June 8th, 1996 : El Mocambo

Friday, April 5th, 1996 : El Mocambo

Friday, October 7th, 1994 : The Opera House with Infinity

Thursday, June 23rd, 1994 : Classic Studios

Friday, June 10th, 1994 : The Shamrock

Saturday, May 8th, 1993 : Rock n Roll Challenge II at The Spectrum