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fuck YEAH.

i don't even know how to try to put into WORDS what just happened, how to even begin to convey the emotions.

you may have read about how we had a concert coming up and how it got canceled and how some old doormat fans had already purchased plane tickets up, so we were holding a pretend concert in Mike's (our drummer) garage. we had a quick practice before hand. everyone showed up (plus a mother and a father), and we ushered them all into the opposite corner of the garage to perch upon kitchen chairs as we did our first 'performance' together.

for the most part, things sounded very tight, other than some slight glitches here and there. most of all? it was FUN. the 'crowd' was great and enthusiastic. lots of pictures and videos were taken.

i ... got a HORRIBLE case of The Giggles about halfway through. This was NOT helped by glancing at Mike to see him jokingly stick his stick in his teeth and climb over the kit during a particularly tense guitar (but virtuously drumless) part, or when he would be striking silly poses. Ben made me giggle lots, too, with his Evil Genius expression and us glaring at each other to dare one another to get the right vocals down. The Giggles lasted for pretty much the remainder of the set.

The fans were ecstatic to meet Ben, as they've been an Electric Doormat fan since... hell, since there WAS an electric doormat. i found out that one of the three actually FLEW FROM NEW YORK in order to be at Doormat's first show ever. What threw me, though, was when i plopped down by them to chat (awkwardly, everything i do anymore is awkard, it seems), one of them turned to me excitedly and said "I LOVED THE VACANT STAIRS!" ... i was FLOORED. (for those of you that didn't know/remember, The Vacant Stairs was the old band in phoenix that ben and i had been in together, and where we met originally. we did a teeny four song demo that i didn't think anyone heard, let alone had, or LOVED.)

We then had a quick photo and autograph signing session (hee hee, i signed my autograph tonight!!), then all went to McMinneman's (sic) for dinner. The mom kept exclaiming to me how happy she is that she brought her son for this trip, and how much fun they were having, and how nice it is to meet me. we then parted ways, the three of us (ben and i and an equally ecstatic larrissa) came back to The Couve to drop me off.

my favorite autograph of them all was on a copy of Go Karts of Ft. Wayne (the first Doormat release from a coupla years ago), where ben signed something like "ben spees - rock on", i signed "aubrey k. rock aubster" and mike signed "mike byrne rocks are hard" (bassist james had to leave immediately after the show, unfortunately, so he didn't get any part in the group photos or signing or dinner.)

but um, yeah. such a fantastic freaking high, the whole thing meant so very much to me.



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Jun. 11th, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
Wow, that's great.. especially the one who flew from New York!
Jun. 11th, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
Sooo happy for you, Aubrey. Isn't it such a trip when someone asks you for your autograph. I like Y'all's little phrases. Rock Aubster is too neat.
Jun. 11th, 2006 05:40 am (UTC)
How exciting! I'm sorry I missed that. :(
Jun. 11th, 2006 05:40 am (UTC)
That's so awesome. Don't sell yourselves too short, obviously you have admiring fans!

Go karts of Ft Wayne?

I think I have a picture of me riding a go kart in Ft. Wayne. ;)
Jun. 8th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
Oh how fantastic!! I want to say that Ben found a guy that works at the go kart place in Ft. Wayne and was going to send him a cd, but felt weird in doing it, but I can't remember the whole story.

I've never been blessed with riding gokarts, unfortunately, just singing about them on stage. Although that song wasn't one of my favorites, it's the one I miss performing with them most.
Jun. 11th, 2006 05:49 am (UTC)
WOOT WOOT! I'm so glad you had so much fun! Oh wow, I text you RIGHT before you actually performed!! Man do I feel special.

HEY EVERYBODY!! I HAVE AUB'S texts!! She texts me from time to time! YAY!!!
Jun. 11th, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
That's awesome, Aubrey.
I love that you get the giggles at inappropriate times too. That always happens to me!

By the way, not that I don't enjoy getting your texts, but my cell bill has been super high lately so I'm going to cut texting out almost completely and let all of my friends know not to text me anymore. Sooo.. if you could take me off your texting list that'd be great. Well, not great, but ya know what I mean. Heh.
Jun. 11th, 2006 06:27 am (UTC)

The fact that they were familiar with your former band just rocks so much harder.

I'm excited at least.
Jun. 11th, 2006 06:39 am (UTC)
That's awesome! I'm so happy for you! I was grumpy, I sat down to the LJ and found that SOMEONE was having a rad day. You signed autographs.

Dood. That's so awesome.
Jun. 11th, 2006 06:55 am (UTC)
Will you still be my random text buddy when you're rich and famous?
Jun. 8th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
I'll be your random text buddy for forever and ever.

Promise :D
Jun. 11th, 2006 07:08 am (UTC)
So I guess you really were the tambourine (wo)man.
Jun. 11th, 2006 08:15 am (UTC)
you guys gotta make music in a better lighted location one of these days!

Jun. 11th, 2006 08:26 am (UTC)
WOW! Right on! So when you get famous can I say I knew you when? Am very happy for you!
Jun. 11th, 2006 08:38 am (UTC)
I totally want to make it to one of your shows this summer. Will autograph something with "rock aubster" if I come up and be a stalkerish fan?
Jun. 8th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)

If I ever start playing solo-ly, you can SO be my biggest fan!

Sorry that I dropped out of the band so close to meeting you!
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Jun. 8th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
Ha, yup. The two main nicknames for Vancouver:

The Couve

I think because Vancouver is like a backwoods brother of Portland ;)
Jun. 11th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
I said to joel," they had their first concert and I WASNT EVEN THERE!"
he said,"yeah?" (typical joel response)
I said, "not that I was invited, but I still feel bad.."

Jun. 11th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
there's so many people that i would have loved to have there, but mike's parents were already freaking out about just five. i can't wait to have a REAL gig, to where all the people that mean so freaking much to me will be there!!

our new 'sister band', the jezebel spirit, is going to invite us to open for them a lot, which is groovy. they generally play up here in washington, too, which will be convenient for everyone concerned! not to mention that you can't smoke in bars here, so they're preggers safe! woo!
Jun. 11th, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
wooo hoo! I knew you when!!!
Jun. 11th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
That whole post made me grin, I'm happy for you :D
Jun. 12th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
That's really cool. I love jamming with my friends, and I've even been on (well, way in the background of) a few of the "Captain Plaid" CDs that a friend has put out, but I know for sure we'll never get a real band going.

Jun. 12th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
*ha!* That sounds great! :)
Jun. 12th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited for you!! I know you are the ultimate rock star :)
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