Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Chris Forsyth and the Broken Mirrors Hotel Band at Acme Records in Milwaukee on July 12, 2019

I remember a quote I read somewhere of Chris Forsyth saying that he plays the same notes as Neil Young, just in a different order. That's not really the worst way to think of Forsyth, who just like Mr Young has been on a path of change throughout his career, with the sole constant being the intensity and virtuosity of his guitar playing. 

And just like Mr Young, he has several different bands he will perform with. This short midwestern tour (which also went to Chicago and Minneapolis) included Doug McCombs (of Tortoise, Black Duck, and probably other animal-named groups) on bass guitar, Jaime Fennelly (Mind over Mirrors) on synthesizer and Areif Sless-Kitain (who's played with McCombs in Brokeback and has been a member of several Chicago bands I'm not familiar with) on drums. This was truly an all-star band and every person in the room was fortunate to watch it unfold in real time.

The violet lights were turned down low this evening. It was a totally rocking experience, but the iPhone is not really designed to document totally rocking experiences at Acme Records, so I apologize about the photos. 

Of much higher quality is the recording. I used a stereo pair of Beyerdynamic MC930 (cardioid) microphones in ORTF stereo configuration about 10 feet from the stage and a Shure SM58 up near the drums. There was a PA which only contained Chris' vocals and some of Fennelly's synth parts. These were recorded using a Sound Devices MixPre6 and were then mixed with care for your enjoyment using Audacity.

Please support these fine artists and decent people by going to their shows, buying multiple copies of their merchandise (your friends need the music -- why aren't you buying music for your friends?), and talking to them like they are real human beings after shows. If they don't mind.


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