A first-hand journal of The Reducers' Japan Tour 2004.

The Reducers at the El 'N Gee Club, New London, CT


Posted by rpb

It's tough to describe the show last night without sounding like we're laying it on a little thick, but I promise that there's no exageration - last night was probably the most exciting Reducers show that I've ever seen.

As Hugh mentioned, things started off a little rough but there was nothing but joy once the music began, and the feeling in the room became overwhelmingly positive. The crowd just couldn't get enough and their knowledge of the band's repetiore (both covers and originals) was staggering. The enthusiasm of the crowd was the key element to the success of the evening. The unrestrained exuberiance of these kids was a sight to behold. Flailing arms, pogo dancing beaming faces were the order of the evening and it went on for almost 3 hours (with a couple of breaks for rehydration).

The sound system in the place left a lot to be desired. We just put the vocal microphones through the PA and left the band to use their amplifiers to fill the sound in the room. Kind British expact (and Fiddler regular) Julian really helped to get the the PA in order and I made sure that the blend between PA and live instruments worked. There was a little squealing every now and then, but for the most part I think it sounded good. There were no facilities to record the sets on audio tape, but I did get lots of video footage. We watched a few minutes last night and I think it conveys some of the frenzy of the evening. It'll be great when we finally get to share some of it with everyone.

We've got the day off and I think I'm going to try to hit the Disk Union, yet another completely amazing record shop I sniffed out in Shinjuku. 7 floors (SEVEN FLOORS!!) of great stuff. I might need another suitcase.

Posted by rpb on June 29, 2004 at 09:35 PM EDT



Okay, maybe I'll rethink this thing about not minding that I didn't go...

But not really. I'm so glad for the band, and for you, and for everyone at the shows - I'm as envious as anything, but so happy it is all so wonderful. You all deserve it, no question. Can't wait for all the details and photos etc. You should probably just figure out right now how to come up to New London for Sailfest weekend after next - we have a LOT of catching up to do.

Love to all five of you from Marty J, and thanks to Jimbo, Fifi, Fink et al for taking such good care of you

Posted by: martha at June 29, 2004 at 10:02 PM EDT

You have no idea how hard it is to start a day at work by checking the blog and seeing "Gig in Progress" at 8:30am.

And now I find out that I missed the most exciting Reducers show ever.

Sailfest can't come soon enough.

Posted by: McD at June 29, 2004 at 11:08 PM EDT

Usually I live my life vicariously through club ads in various cities. Now my fantacy life is as a roadies for you guys on this trip. Rog and I talk about how proud we are of you- and we can't wait to hear the stories you dare not post on the net!!!! Rock on dudes!

Posted by: Rob DeRosa at June 30, 2004 at 11:12 AM EDT

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