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Sunset Rubdown @ Studio B - June 12, 2009 (in our hands)
Sunset Rubdown

-tons of sound problems. extremely frustrating for the crowd and the band. vocals kept dropping out.
-studio b could be blamed? venue sucks. also extremely hot.
-one of the lead guitarists got stuck in one of the stage pieces, couldn't get himself unstuck. very sad.
-spencer- many "best show ever"s, very sarcastically
-lots of people yelling out "JUST PLAY ANYWAY". band became visibly frustrated. i thought spencer was going to lose it at times.
-new song was just okay. the rest of the set was great. wish there was more stuff from older albums, but what can you do.
[Anonymous | June 12, 2009 11:26 PM]
Sunset Rubdown's new album Dragonslayer is out today (6/23)! You can stream it at NPR. Tour dates and Studio B setlist below...

Sunset Rubdown @ Studio B - setlist
you go on ahead
black swan
silver moons
idiot heart
NEW SONG
dragonslayer
taming of the hands
winged/wicked things
mending of the gown
nightingale/december song

Sunset Rubdown - 2009 Tour Dates
06/23/09 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
06/24/09 San Francisco, CA - The Rickshaw Stop *
06/26/09 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge *
06/27/09 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey *
06/28/09 Victoria, BC - Sugar Nightclub *
06/30/09 Vancouver, BC - Richard's On Richards *
07/02/09 Calgary, AB - The Marquee Room *
07/03/09 Edmonton, AB - The Pawn Shop *
07/04/09 Saskatoon, SK - Louis' Pub
07/05/09 Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Center *
07/06/09 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry *
07/07/09 Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium *
07/08/09 Bloomington, IN - Jake's Nightclub *
07/10/09 Toronto, ONT - Lee's Palace *
07/11/09 Montreal, QC - Il Motore w/ Elfin Saddle
09/10/09 Glasgow, UK - Stereo
09/11/09 Belfast, UK - Spring and Airbrake
09/12/09 Dublin, Ireland - Crawdaddy
09/13/09 Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
09/14/09 Manchester, UK - The Deaf Institute
09/15/09 London, UK - Garage
09/16/09 Cardiff, UK - The Glode

* w/ Elfin Saddle and Witchies

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Comments (19)

was that the review for the spinal tap show?

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2009 7:54 AM

Hey BV - the new song is called "Coming to the Dawn." It was on Introducing Moonface.

Posted by dee | June 23, 2009 8:32 AM

I love SR, but that was not an ideal setlist, and it sounds like there were a bunch of issues with the setup there. I have seen SR a bunch, and there are always amazing, but my one complaint is that their setlists are always WAY too short, and they always play their newest album. I understand that they are promoting it, but if you are attending a Sunset Show, you either already own the album, or will get it from free somewhere, so why not make the experience the best possible for the die hard fans? Pick the 3 or 4 best from the new album and the highlights from the past. It would be fun to let the fans decide the set list for a band like this.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2009 9:00 AM

actually spencer noted that they were "playing their favorite songs" in this particular set-- and i for one thought that lent themselves to having an extra great time playing it (i.e. until the sound problems got going). was a great show regardless.

Posted by sarahspy | June 23, 2009 10:17 AM

it was a great show, sound difficulties aside, not sure who these other folks are complaining about a band playing the record they are trying to promote. thats just nonsense. all the Dragonslayer cuts they played got a huge crowd response, apparently everyone did the download preorder. i would love to hear "the men are called horsemen there" as much as anyone else, but be reasonable.
and the "NEW SONG" they played is "Coming to at Dawn" which they released as a 7" a few months ago.

come on BrooklynVegan, copying and pasting commenters observations to serve as a show write-up?

more pictures here too: http://halseyblog.tumblr.com/post/122955051

Posted by HalseyBlog | June 23, 2009 11:02 AM

I'm sorry but how can a show be great with the sound difficulties they had? SR is one of my favorite bands, I've seen them numerous times, and will no doubt see them next time they come around. That said I can't call a show great when the vocals are cutting out, the band is visibly frustrated, and there was no flow to the set. They tried their best to overcome it and the crowd was really supportive but no way was it great.

Posted by mp77 | June 23, 2009 11:33 AM

I agree with 9:00am. that set list is fine, but still way too short. And any sunset show w/o Stadiums and Shrines is a joke. Did they even play an encore?

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2009 2:31 PM

yeah "great" might be the wrong choice of words. i really enjoyed myself because it was fun to see the band get such a rapturous reception, even WITH Spencers mic cutting out half the time and him visibly upset. i just giggle when i read the above comment about "making the show as good as possible for the die hard fans". i am a die hard fan, and as die hard fans of any band know very well, they gotta put food on the table, thus playing lots of cuts from the new record and give it as much exposure as possible. its just kinda funny. in my dreams they play Shut Up I am Dreaming from cover to cover. but i know that my dreams aren't reality.

Posted by HalseyBlog | June 23, 2009 6:24 PM

Put food on the table? They make so much more money from touring than record sales. I bet no more than 10% of the people who were at the concert actually paid for the album. Its a sad fact, but true. But what makes it great is they have such a good fan base that b/c of their great live shows. If they continue with this, they will lose the fans who will pay to see them on back to back nights. That is rare for any band to have that type of dedicated fan base.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2009 6:36 PM

that is sad if your 10% theory is right, but it probably is. people downloading leaked albums from torrents and stuff makes me queasy. recession shmession, save up your banana stand money and cough up 12 bucks for a record, losers.

and no, you're imagining things if you think they are gonna lose fans from mic trouble at a 6pm show at a bad venue for a rock concert like Studio B. anyone who would blame the band for a mic cutting in and out of the PA and then subsequently not go see them next time doesn't know shit anyways.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2009 7:28 PM

Their show in Philly at Johnny Brenda's was worth the trip. It's a nice little venue and they played for 1 and a half hours.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2009 8:40 PM

I'll be honest. I've ripped SR album from the leak. But I've also seen them live about 5 times in the past year in various cities. Dragonslayer is one of the year's best albums.

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2009 1:43 AM

What a bunch of complete assholes, especially the lead diva. They treated the crew at Studio B like trash, and they wonder why the sound was fucked? I've worked sound for years, and have rarely seen this kind of unprofessional behavior from a band so "talented".

Posted by Sound Guy #3 | June 24, 2009 2:30 AM

"come on BrooklynVegan, copying and pasting commenters observations to serve as a show write-up?"

Why are they any less worthwhile or insightful than a douchebag with a blogspot/tumblr account? A lot of the blog stuff BV quotes isn't that much more erudite--at least that comment was comprehensive. Registering a free account somewhere doesn't make you a professional writer.

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2009 2:40 AM

Sound Guy #3---You must be incompetent at what you do. SR is the nicest of bands out there. After almost every concert they sit around and meet with fans,talk, take pictures, sign autographs, etc... Spencer and the rest of the gang are some of the coolest people out there. If only you could be as hardworking as Spencer, there wouldn't be issues with the crappy sound system at Studio B.

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2009 3:25 AM

"Registering a free account somewhere doesn't make you a professional writer."

what a pearl of wisdom. must have thought long and hard before contributing that "i know you are but what am i" turd-nugget to the discussion.

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2009 11:29 AM

There was more to the sound problems than Spencer's mic. I don't think they were reluctant to play because of their self-image or anything...I believe they were being told not to play by the staff at the club. Sounded like the PA was on the fritz....and yeah those aren't cheap so I could imagine the staff would say "stop".

His mic may have cut out at some point, but that was not the main problem. They changed the mic multiple times yet the problem remained....doesn't take a genius to figure that out.

Sound Guy 3 = I can think of hundreds of other "professional" bands that would have just walked off and not played at all if thrown in this amateur sound situation. If the band was mad, then that is partly a reflection of your own inability to do your job effectively.

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2009 2:19 PM

well said. Sunset Rubdown aren't the kind of band to just drop their instruments and refuse to play b/c of a venues sound problems. i'm glad under the circumstances they even played for the hour they did, with difficulties, curfue, and all.
i saw them in Chicago at getting frustrated as hell having at having to soundcheck for an extra 45 minutes right before their set because of sound issues, and even the crowd was getting pissed after a while, but they pounded out a great 1.5 hour set to compensate for it.

Posted by HalseyBlog | June 24, 2009 3:26 PM

There was more to the sound problems than Spencer's mic. I don't think they were reluctant to play because of their self-image or anything...I believe they were being told not to play by the staff at the club. Sounded like the PA was on the fritz....and yeah those aren't cheap so I could imagine the staff would say "stop".

His mic may have cut out at some point, but that was not the main problem. They changed the mic multiple times yet the problem remained....doesn't take a genius to figure that out.

Sound Guy 3 = I can think of hundreds of other "professional" bands that would have just walked off and not played at all if thrown in this amateur sound situation. If the band was mad, then that is partly a reflection of your own inability to do your job effectively.

Posted by Nichols | January 8, 2013 3:17 PM

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