oh, and the loft party the drastics played a couple weeks ago got raided by the cops too ... 2 for 2 people ! ... heres my account of the first time
this one was especially sweet cause we hauled all of our gear up 3 flights of stairs (no elevators) to wait 3 hours while the other groups and djs went on way to long* ... we finally set up, played 3.5 tunes when BAM in rolls the pigs ... we jus kept playin this time cause we couldnt believe this was happenin AGAIN ... the crowd started chanting "drastics" at one point, and the cops jus stood around lookin really annoyed till they died down, at which point chris (bass) hit a nice low note and let it start feedin back so there was jus the awful cacophony of feedback and 100hz that the cops were tryin to yell over ... i followed suit and started playin some military-esque drum cadences till the cops looked like they were bout to start hittin people ... same run down as last time though with one of the cops wantin to know who we were, but we had our act together this time and no one said shit to the cops ... and the same run down with one of the cops sweatin me to pack my drums up when there was about 8 people around my drumset tearin down amps/turntables/etc ... he threatened to arrest me if i didnt start packin up right away ... i told him i had no where to put them, and no way to even get to them, and no space to tear them down even if i did get back there ... didnt matter of course ... jerk ...
oh! and this had to be one of the most ill concieved and poorly planned loft parties ive ever been to (actually, it probably was the worst) ... 5 bux to get in and THEN 3 bux for bud in a keg or 5 bux for a mixed drink !?!? are you kidding me !? who can afford that ?? and they were stoppin people at the door who brought their own booze ... so maybe im bein selfish cause i was thinkin bout the fact that we werent playin till 2, and i was worried everyone was gonna be out of money and leave ...
... and then there was the bartendress ... lord ... i dont think ive ever met a more fully rounded bitch in my life ... seriously, this woman hated life with a zeal that would make richard simmons want to commit suicide ... ill give you the run down ...
so its the begining of the nite, doors aint even open yet and the bands there jus chillin after haulin all our gear up 3 flights of stairs ... we also drink for free, duh ... so i guess a couple of the guys had gone up and gotten somethin when elliot (guitar) goes and gets a beer, bartendress says "3 dollars", elliot shows her the stamp on his hand which equates him to a band and thusly to free booze ... at which point this girl sighs loudly and says "uhhh, im not going to make any money tonite" ... so i go up shortly after and get a rum and coke, show her the stamp on my hand, she makes a face, but i put a buck in the tip jar anyway jus to try and appease, cause in my experience, a happy bartender always makes your nite much better ... so a lil while later i go back up to get another drink she pours it, comes back and says "5 dollars" i show her the stamp again, at which point we have the following exchange ...
bitch: "ya know, you can tell your friends that I'M working and that they can tip"
me: "well, we're working too, we hauled all our stuff up 3 flights of stairs, and besides that, i gave you a buck last time i got a drink"
bitch: "well, you can still tell them that they can leave a tip"
me: "look hunny, if i broke up the money we're gonna make off tonite amongst the 8 people in my band wed each walk outta here with 8 bux**, and besides I TIPPED YOU, why you yellin at me"
bitch: "im not yellin at you, im just lettin you know what you can tell your friends"
ugh ... that actual "conversation" was longer and much more heated, but i dont remember exactly how it played out ... there were several more exchanges like this between the bitch and various drastics ... so we stole a handle of whiskey and rum, got loaded, elliot passed out and we drew all over him with marker cause were 16 and shit like that is still funny to us ... wheeeeeee !
*(in my opinion anyway ... i mean, its an all hiphop event, and you invite a reggae group to play, you need to break up the nite and put the reggae somewhere in the middle to keep a little variation goin)
** (ok, so that was a lie, itd be more like 20, but still, thats NOTHING)