Coming soon: Seven video clips recorded live in 1989 at Club 88 in Los Angeles, CA.
This was our very first gig with bassist Gary Lee, and came right after our dress rehearsal at Uncle Studios in North Hollywood earlier in the month. Parousia finally had a “dedicated” musician playing the bass guitar and Marty Leggett was freed up to use both hands to play more textured sounds on the keyboards.
When Gary Lee joined Parousia he was a full-time local musician scrounging with the pack for a paid gig and hoping to land a spot playing with the next “big-thing”. Gary liked to spread his bets around and was performing in a few bands at the same time. Gary went wherever the money went.
Tonight’s gig sounded pretty good but was less energetic than usual… maybe there were too many of us on the stage and no room to get crazy? Maybe the dim luminescence from the ultra-cheap flood-lights was lulling us into a sleep-state? Not sure, but the band was certainly sounding good and the crowd was into it.
Perhaps the conundrum was Parousia was now “down” to two founding members and the three newcomers were now the majority. When we had Garth Huels and Robert Lowden in the band, we had “special” chemistry and were dedicated to developing interesting and memorable parts to play in our songs but I wasn’t so sure about the new guys… it seemed they were looking to do the minimum and still expect us to land a record deal ‘tomorrow’ because in a town like L.A., if something wasn’t working there was plenty of opportunity to go elsewhere instead of staying and working to fix it.
However starting over isn’t a bad thing, as we were all to find out in the coming spring.