took us three long days to actually decide to write this blog: it's
not easy for us to accept the utter debacle that was the Infest
many reasons: we have been wanting to play Infest for very long,
the UK crowd is quite possibly the most dedicated fan base we have
secured for ourselves over the years, and we did our best to
improve the live set and to make it, in fact, as "live" as
is one of the most age-old problems with electronic music,
expecially in the ebm/industrial underground: let's face it, most
bands just go on stage with an iPod running the backings, and they
just sing on it, maybe adding some keys here and
admit to have done it for a while, in our early days.
it did become boring quite soon, especially as the laptops and the
softwares started to get better and more performant: running
Ableton Live on a Mac Book Pro, you can indeed to wonders these
days, such as (incoming tech talk, be warned!) running every song
as separate track, i.e. drums, bass, melodies, and be able to remix
them on the fly, or process the vocals directly, allowing us to use
distortion and clean vocals in the same track - think
we went this route a couple years ago, and we never regretted
last saturday, when both our computers decided to fail
spectacularly like they did.
did have a foreshadowing of the impending doom,
in this post on our Facebook page
, but then we did run our pre-gig tests and everything was
fine, till the moment we started the gig, when Mac Book Pro #1
(Marko's) decided to start arbitrarily switching between mains and
battery power, causing the whole system to stutter and reach 395%
of CPU usage - or so that's what Live was telling us.
was the moment when we tried to switch to Mac Book Pro #2
(Marco's), only to find that we could get any sound to get out of
the external sound card.
can see our expression of complete surprise in this very picture -
we almost could not believe it:
this point, we realised that we just needed to show to keep going
and we managed to re-arrange on the fly our most famous songs and
play them without extra frills, and so no on-the-fly remixing, no
vocal effects, nothing "live": just the "good old" (not really)
we learned from this terrible experience, the first in ten years of
we need a third backup on the damn iPod, to avoid situations like
a live sound engineer to follow us on stage, should we ever be able
to afford one.
we apologise for this mess-up, and we invite you to come and see us
in one of the next UK gigs in October, either in
. And the offer we had for Infest still stands: buy a presale
for one of the gigs, send us a proof of it to
, and you'll receive a free digital copy of the new
Burning Down EP
. Don't say we are not deal-makers!