Featuring seven (7) video clips recorded live at Club 88 in Los Angeles, CA. 1989.
This was the band’s first gig with bassist Gary Lee, following dress rehearsal at Uncle Studios in North Hollywood earlier in the month. At last, Parousia acquired a bass guitarist, allowing keyboardist Marty Leggett to use both hands to play more textured sounds.
When Gary Lee joined Parousia, he was a full-time local musician scrounging with the pack for paying gigs, hoping to land a spot with “the next big-thing”. Gary liked to spread his talent around and performed in a few bands at the same time.
Tonight’s gig sounded pretty good but was less energetic than usual… maybe now there were too many musicians on stage and no room to ‘get crazy’? Or perhaps it was the dim luminescence on stage thanks to the ultra-cheap flood-lights lulling the musicians into a sleep-state? Not sure, but the band was certainly sounding good and thankfully the crowd was into it.
Perhaps the conundrum was that Parousia was “down” to only two founding members from Buffalo NY and the new members were now the majority. When Garth Huels and Robert Lowden were in the band, there was a “special” chemistry, dedicated to developing interesting and memorable parts to play in our songs, but not so sure the ‘new guys’ had the same passion… and too anxious to land a recording deal and not enough interest in developing new songs’ …because in a town like L.A., if something isn’t working out, there was plenty of options elsewhere.
However starting over isn’t a bad thing, as the band Parousia was about to find out in the spring…