Set: Mercy Rule – Island Fever – Let Go – Unprofessional – Bottlerocket

Well, this one was quite an experience. Sure, being able to play in Cambell Hall was a blast- I’ve sat through many a lecture there, bored out of my skull, staring at the stage and jabbering to myself “hmmm… I could stand there, the drums would be there, Bryn could stand there…” Our part of this multicultural show was to represent the “white rock dude” culture, which was apparently low on the totem pole in terms of audience interest (except of course for our own die-hard fans). The sheer number of acts sharing the bill with us pretty much guaranteed a uniquely weird gig, which began to feel more and more like a game show- no, maybe even a high school talent show, than a conventional rock gig. Plus, about 95% of the 900-strong audience was a good chunk of UCSB’s greek system- not exactly our crowd. We expected that to some degree, planning a quick high-energy set that would stand up to the numerous other acts, which included a Mexican folk band, a Polynesian dance troupe, and many more beautiful and talented people. Anyway, it went off okay, but not as good as last time; playing “Unprofessional” after not rehearsing it at all felt strikingly appropriate. Thanks to Patrick and the Campbell sound crew as well as Sigma Phi Omega. Special thanks to the longtime HW fans and the newcomers from Ventura…

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