We thoroughly re-equiliberated Super Happy Fun Land in Houston, Texas, last night. Playing our longest set in many years, we brought the accessive rock for 90 minutes and wore ourselves out in the process! Elliott remarked that we would have to start playing "Some Wounds" last because when we finished it, he felt drained. . . and "Hope" and "Equiliberation" still remained to be played!
All in all, it was a ragged rock-and-roll extravaganza punctuated by several Equiliberation firsts. For one, we played two new songs, "Complicated Man" (a bit of a jammy, multiple-meter tune partially inspired by Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man") and "Propulsion" (for the most part, a musical enactment of the song's title). For another, we played the song "Waiting," which is on our CD, but which we have never before played live. Third, for the first time ever (as in never even rehearsed), Fred played the drums while Elliott played guitar and sang with Ryan a humorous tribute to their uncle, Jim Bowie (he of Alamo and knife fame). So, it was an interesting and atypical performance for us -- and that is without even mentioning the anarchist puppet show that preceded the evening's musical offerings (see the recollection on our calendar for further details).
So, Equiliberation's return to Super Happy Fun Land was quite the memorable show. Plus, Chris Hayes, a long-time friend of Fred's family (Fred's youngest brother born of different parents, as it were) came to the show with a friend and provided raucous appreciation in the wake of every song (Thanks, Chris! Fred really enjoyed your enthusiasm)!
At this point, we don't know when Equiliberation will rock live again, but 2011 played host to two shows after we played one show in 2010. Maybe we'll keep adding a show a year and play three in 2012! Fred would really like to bring the accessive rock to San Antonio one day, so maybe we'll finally add an SA date to the calendar in 2012. Anyone know where we can get a gig?