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Acoustic Lounge again

We were a bit nervous about this one, our first gig at the San Francisco Bath House for months, and a chance to redeem ourselves after our last less-than-adequate performance there.

We missed the first act of the night, the Joy Toys, and came in halfway through the set of the second act, Dan Bohan, who was attempting the rather ambitious task of playing hip hop on the acoustic guitar. To his credit, he did what he did with passion and confidence.

After a typically warm introduction from emcee Pete Baillie we launched into All About You, usually a set closer rather than an opener which was brave, but possibly ill-advised. A few tuning and mix issues plagued us early on, but we ended the song well and our plants in the audience whooped and hollered in support (thanks Annie), eliciting a warm response from a moderately-sized (for the Bath House) crowd.

Next up was Still Got a Hold on You, which we have put on high rotation in our repertoire since completing it only a short time ago. It's a song about meeting the love of your life and constantly being reminded of her in everyone new you meet. Often, as in this case, the trouble with finding the love of your life is that the feelings may not be reciprocated.

After another warm round of applause we went into The Thought of You with Darrel on lead vocals. The song is quite simple, but the rhythm of the two offset guitars, and the harmony in the chorus is infectious. This is another song we've got very confident playing, and was again well received.

Buoyed by this we launched into Four A.M., a very new song we have never played in public before. Normally this is a recipe for disaster for us, but we felt confident enough with this song to steam ahead. The great thing about this song is it's a real "wave your lighter in the air" song where I get to throw back my head and belt out the lyrics in the second verse and chorus. It's a song about loss - waking up in a cold bed and reaching over only to be reminded again that she left. We're keeping the recording of the response to this song to play over the PA at any future gigs we might play to smaller audiences. Hopefully we'll never have to do this.

After a short tune up we launched into Things Don't Come Any Better - another stomping favourite. This was Darrel's chance to throw back his head and belt it out - and belt it out he did.

We went back to a song we haven't played in a long while, Public Eye, a song Darrel wrote over ten years ago. I love the chorus of this song, even though I often mess up the lyrics (which I did that night).

At this stage we felt more than happy to round off the set with another as yet unperformed song called Photograph. This is a song about a man who finds himself at the point of giving up on his relationship, but an old photo of his parents, still happily married, makes him reconsider. We played it well and, listening back to the recording, I think it will be a welcome addition to our repertoire.

All in all it was a very successful night - we redeemed ourselves of the last performance, and we brought two new songs to light in front of a very appreciative audience. The best way to finish off a night like that is with the consumption of fine, fine curry, so that is of course what we did.