We've been using our studiolive to record every show since we got it. I usually go through the recordings to listen for potential demo material and usually find *something* that makes me say "hey, that sounded pretty good". But this past Friday - ughhhhhhhhhh... there isn't a single song from the night's recording that doesn't make me cringe. I had about 6 co-workers there since it's close to where I work, and was hoping that we'd kick ass for their sake, but nothing really felt "right" during the entire night. I didn't realize how bad the performance was until I was able to listen to everything in context. Ouch! It was definitely our worst show in recent memory. I'm sure that I could come up with a million excuses/reasons as to why we had so many problems getting it together, but the reality is that it was not a good show (musically, at least). Compared to last week's recordings, it's like we were an entirely different band.
But, for some unknown reason, the crowd loved us and the venue loved us. I don't get it - we sucked. I mean really sucked - I probably would have walked out if I was a patron - yet they loved us. I'm not going to complain - bottom line is that we've got a new room going into 2014 with an easy load-in, an owner that is willing to pay, and a super-friendly (but small) built in crowd that wants us back. I wonder how they'll react when they get our best instead of our worst.