High Demand For Bland

High Demand For Bland

High Demand For Bland
Grey garage, grey gravel, grey fence, grey car.

Something that fascinates me is the high demand for things that are bland. With so many options available to us, we still seem to gravitate towards the dull and the boring. The demand for blandness seems to have reached a new high.

Car Colour

I don’t understand the preoccupation people have for owning black cars. Firstly, we live in a country with intense sunlight. Black absorbs heat. Therefore, a black car will get hotter than other cars. To choose a car colour that maximises the impact of the harsh Australian sun makes little sense. Secondly, black is the same colour as most roads. This impedes visibility, making it more likely for another driver to pull out on you, increasing your risk of being in an accident. Thirdly, black is the same colour as most hire cars. If you are being driven by a hire car driver, then there is a certain amount of prestige that accompanies this. Unfortunately,most people with black cars don’t have drivers. They have to do the driving themselves.

The popularity of grey as a choice in car colour also puzzles me. If there is any one “most boring” colour, it would have to be grey. Think of how miserable just one week of grey, gloomy, wet weather is. We can’t wait for the vibrant blue skies to return. Strangely, we choose to drive around in grey cars. In an attempt to make grey interesting, we substitute words such as “charcoal” or “silver”. We may as well use descriptive words such as “mud”, “dirt” or “drab”.

Probably the most common car colour is white. Plain-ol’-white. Can’t-go-wrong white. Nothing-interesting white. Never-fade white. It’s the same colour as an artist’s canvas before he or she starts to work on the painting.

I was taught that black, white and grey aren’t colours. They are shades. This means that most of us choose to drive colourless cars. We seem to have a fondness for the plain,dull and uninteresting. Does this cross over into the rest our lives? Are most of us leading plain, dull and colourless lives?

Our Preference For Bland Music

I love drinking un-homogenised milk. The cream is at the top. If you want it mixed up, you have to shake the bottle. The milk tastes better. It is less processed. Yet, it is difficult to buy. The majority of people seem to prefer homogensed milk.

A broad definition of the word homogenise is, “to make it all the same”. With milk, this means to make the cream and the rest of the milk all the same. This is done by reducing the size of the fat globules. 

In our current society, there seems to be a propensity “to make it all the same”, from cars to clothes to music. And, just as I am puzzled by people choosing grey cars, I am equally perplexed by people choosing to listen to “grey” music. Music can be so exciting, yet dull music has an overwhelming popularity.

The Popularity Of Bland Music

Walk into most establishments either serving food or selling clothes and you’ll hear the same computer generated drum loop. It’s the same drum loop you hear when someone drives past in a car with their stereo blaring. It’s the same loop that you hear when you sit next to someone on a train and their headphones are so loud that they spill into the carriage. So boring yet so popular. People love bland.

Walk into a bar or pub that advertises “live music”. You know in advance what you are going to hear get because everything is the same. There will usually be a guy dressed down in grubby clothes playing the guitar. He will most likely be using some kind of loop pedal to set up some kind of repetitive beat before each song. He’ll be sitting on a stool and he’ll have an ipad attached to his microphone stand. There will be nothing unique about what he does and no one will be listening to him. He’s employed to be wall-paper and be part of the generic vibe. If it’s not bland and meaningless you know you won’t see him back next week.

Let’s Put Colour Back Into Our Lives

We don’t have to lead grey lives. We are surrounded by vibrant colours. It’s simply a matter of choosing colour over grey. Think back to the 70’s. Clothes were colourful. Music was colourful. People’s lives were colourful. We also had a more even distribution of wealth across the world. 

What’s your preference?

Which do you prefer? This…

 

…or this?

 

 

 

 

What Other Sydney Wedding Band Gets Reviews Like This?

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What Other Sydney Wedding Band Gets Reviews Like This?

We play at lots of weddings. I commonly get “thanks you” messages, either by email or text message. Occasionally I get hand written thank you letters. My question is, what other Sydney wedding bands gets reviews like this?

Good Evening Slide,

I just want to thank you again for the fabulous job you did entertaining the guests at Katie and Tim’s wedding.  I’m so thankful we engaged a band with such a diverse musical repertoire and also has the  intelligence to select appropriate music for various points in a function.

We have had great feedback from all the guests particularly the New Zealand contingent.  Everyone was so impressed with your musical talent, your energy and how you didn’t break the whole night with one song leading immediately into the next.

Slide we hope that some time in the future we have the opportunity to ask you to another function and we will certainly recommend you to family and friends.

Kind regards,

Catherine Metcalfe

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Catherine is the mother of the bride.  The bride (Katie) married Tim (the groom).

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Bride and Groom -Katie and Tim

Katie’s Dad is originally from New Zealand, so there were a certain number of Kiwis who had journeyed from ‘across the ditch’ to attend the wedding.

New Zealanders always love the band. We should tour there. They definitely seem to ‘get’ what we’re about.

Here’s some footage from the night…

The venue was Athol Hall in Mosman. I must have played at this venue about one hundred times over the years.

One of the things about being in Sydney’s best wedding band is that you get to play in all the best venues around town. What we love about Athol Hall is the simplicity. The building has rustic charm and fits in perfectly with our pre-dinner drinks music. Here’s an example…

Photos by Milton Gan

I meet many photographers at the many weddings we play at. One of the best around has to be Milton Gan.

For more on Milton Gan… 

 
 
 
 
Phone: 0424 531 368

Do I Really Need Any Speeches At My Wedding Reception?

Do I Really Need Any Speeches At My Wedding Reception?

On the October long-weekend we played at two weddings. The unusual thing with both weddings were the absence of speeches. I’ve played at an abundance of weddings and have seen many variations of what makes a truly memorable reception. It’s rare to see people skip speeches as part of their reception, but having observed this twice in one weekend, I now think it’s an excellent option to consider.

 

On the Saturday, we played at David and Kelly’s wedding reception.

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Selfie with David and Kelly

On Sunday, we played at Gary and Cara’s wedding reception.

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Selfie with Gary and Cara

 

Both wedding receptions actually had two things in common.  Firstly, neither wedding reception had any speeches. Secondly, they were both held at surf clubs on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

David and Kelly had their ceremony and reception at South Curl Curl Surf Club, while Gary and Cara had their ceremony and reception at Narrabeen Surf Club.

David and Kelly – South Curl Curl Surf Club

David and Kelly had their ceremony on the balcony of the surf club overlooking Curl Curl Beach. Immediately after they were pronounced ‘man and wife’, they had about twenty minutes of informal speeches. The reception then followed straight after these, inside the surf club.

The reception was a cocktail-style affair with a relaxed ambiance.  David and Kelly did their bridal dance to the second song we played. This encouraged their guests to dance which they did throughout our first set. Dinner was served about an hour into the reception, so we pulled back the intensity of the music to allow for eating and dinner conversation. After guests had eaten, the party really got going! Without the interruption of speeches we played solidly, performing five sets over the five hour reception.

Gary and Cara – Narrabeen Surf Club

Gary and Cara’s ceremony was outdoors on the grass area between the club house and the beach. Celebratory drinks were served immediately following the ceremony. During these drinks, we played in our roving acoustic format.

Here is a clip of us playing during this part of the reception

Dinner was then served inside the surf club which was followed by dancing. There were no speeches and there was no bridal dance. Often, guests won’t dance until after the ‘bridal dance’, but this was not the case with Gary and Cara’s guests. Everyone danced with very little encouragement. They were a very receptive crowd. Gary and Cara did actually dance. They simply chose not to do a formal bridal dance.

Planning Your Wedding – Do What You Want

I’ve played at hundreds of weddings. My one word of advice is…

Do what you want and do it your own way.

There are no rules when planning your wedding. If you are not into speeches, don’t have any. If you really don’t want to do a bridal dance, then don’t. If you want something informal, book a surf club. If you don’t want to spend a fortune on flowers or theming, then don’t.

 

 

Trish Foundation Ball at Sydney Hilton Hotel

Trish Foundation Ball at Sydney Hilton Hotel

On Saturday 3rd September, we played at the Trish Foundation Ball. The event was a charity fund raising event and was held in the Ballroom at The Sydney Hilton Hotel.

Trish Foundation Ball at Sydney Hilton Hotel

Money raised at this event will go towards research into finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

The M.C. for this event was Leigh Sales, who is well known for hosting the 7:30 Report on ABC TV.

Trish Foundation Ball at Sydney Hilton Hotel
Selfie with Leigh Sales, host of the 7:30pm Report (ABC TV)

We received a very complementary thank you letter from the organisers of the event (see below).

Trish Foundation Ball at Sydney Hilton Hotel

Everyone present had a wonderful night. Here are a couple of shots of guests enjoying the evening.

Trish Foundation Ball at Sydney Hilton Hotel

Trish Foundation Ball at Sydney Hilton Hotel

Alex and Sarah’s Wedding at Aqua Dining

Alex and Sarah’s Wedding at Aqua Dining

Alex and Sarah's Wedding at Aqua Dining - Slide McBride Band

We played at Alex and Sarah’s wedding reception on Friday, 26th August.

Their venue was Aqua Ding at Milson’s Point. This venue has spectacular view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is nestled in between North Sydney Pool and Luna Park.

Their reception was a cocktail style event. This is my favourite format for wedding receptions.

For more details on this remarkable venue, please refer to their website – http://www.aquadining.com.au/

The photographer for the event was James Rose from Rose Photos.

For more information on Rose Photos, please go to this website – http://rosephotos.com.au/

James was generous enough to share some images of the night with me. Here are some selected images.

Alex and Sarah's Wedding at Aqua Dining - Slide McBride Band
This photo courtesy of James Rose from Rose Photos – http://rosephotos.com.au/
Alex and Sarah's Wedding at Aqua Dining - Slide McBride Band
This photo courtesy of James Rose from Rose Photos – http://rosephotos.com.au/
Alex and Sarah's Wedding at Aqua Dining - Slide McBride Band
This photo courtesy of James Rose from Rose Photos – http://rosephotos.com.au/
Alex and Sarah's Wedding at Aqua Dining - Slide McBride Band
This photo courtesy of James Rose from Rose Photos – http://rosephotos.com.au/
Alex and Sarah's Wedding at Aqua Dining - Slide McBride Band
This photo courtesy of James Rose from Rose Photos – http://rosephotos.com.au/
Alex and Sarah's Wedding at Aqua Dining - Slide McBride Band
This photo courtesy of James Rose from Rose Photos – http://rosephotos.com.au/
Alex and Sarah's Wedding at Aqua Dining - Slide McBride Band
This photo courtesy of James Rose from Rose Photos – http://rosephotos.com.au/
Alex and Sarah's Wedding at Aqua Dining - Slide McBride Band
This photo courtesy of James Rose from Rose Photos – http://rosephotos.com.au/
Alex and Sarah's Wedding at Aqua Dining - Slide McBride Band
This photo courtesy of James Rose from Rose Photos – http://rosephotos.com.au/

 

 

Alison and Andy’s Wedding at Gunners Barracks

Alison and Andy’s Wedding at Gunners Barracks

Alison and Andy's Wedding at Gunners Barracks

On Saturday, 27th August we played at Alison and Andy’s wedding at The Gunners Barracks, Mosman.

This venue is like a second home to us. We are a popular choice for The Gunners Barracks because we fit in perfectly with the unique layout of the venue.

For more information on this venue, please refer to their website – http://www.gunnersbarracks.com.au/

Alison and Andy’s wedding and reception were during the day. Blake and I played at the ceremony (at 10:30am) and then the rest of the band joined us from 11am. The reception ran until 3pm.

The ceremony was held in the courtyard. Pre-lunch drinks and canapes were also in the courtyard. After drinks, all guests were seated for lunch out on the balcony. The main room was kept clear and used as the dancing area. This arrangement worked perfectly, especially for a daytime wedding.

Tim and Rosy’s Wedding in Port Douglas

Tim and Rosy’s Wedding in Port Douglas

Tim and Rosy's wedding in Port Douglas, Queensland

On Sunday, 4th September we flew up to Port Douglas to play at Tim and Rosy’s wedding.

Guests had flown in from all over Australia to attend this tropical wedding. Most turned Tim and Rosy’s “destination wedding” into an opportunity for a short holiday.

Tim and Rosy's wedding in Port Douglas, Queensland

We flew up on Sunday morning. Thankfully, everything ran smoothly and exactly to plan.

The venue was Sugarwharf, which had breathtaking views across the water.

Tim and Rosy's wedding in Port Douglas, Queensland

We always fly with Virgin, as they offer superior service for musicians and bands.

Tim and Rosy's wedding in Port Douglas, Queensland

Also, the staff are always so friendly and accommodating.

Tim and Rosy's wedding in Port Douglas, Queensland

Tim (the groom) played a wonderful version of the Hunters and Collectors’ classic, “Throw Your Arms Around Me”.

Tim and Rosy's wedding in Port Douglas, Queensland

We were very fortunate to have Mark Williams from Pacific Music in Cairns provide the PA, lighting, amplifiers and drum kit. If you are ever in the need of backline up in Cairns or Port Douglas, Mark Williams is highly recommended. He is a thorough professional. For more information on Pacific Music, please refer to their website – http://www.pacificmusic.com.au/

Tim and Rosy's wedding in Port Douglas, Queensland

Richard and Shona’s Wedding at The Gunners Barracks

Richard and Shona’s Wedding at The Gunners Barracks

Richard & Shona

On Saturday, 30th July we played at Richard and Shona’s wedding reception. This was held at The Gunners Barracks Tearooms, Georges Heights.

This venue is historic, but quirky in that there are four distinct spaces.

  • There is the balcony with sublime views to the south, looking across to Rose Bay.
  • There is the indoor dining room, which seats up to around 90 people
  • There is a sandstone courtyard.
  • There is another internal room, which is commonly used as the place where the band will set up.

We seem to work at Gunners Barracks frequently, and this is because of the adaptive and versatile nature of what we can do. Whereas most bands would simple set up in the back room and play for only about 40 – 90 minutes of the entire reception, our ability to play in a roving acoustic format enables us to play throughout the entire reception, from start to finish.  The venue has four separate spaces, and we can play in all of them

For more information on The Gunners Barracks, please refer to their website –

http://www.gunnersbarracks.com.au/

Siobhan and Mike’s Wedding at Zest, Point Piper

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Siobhan and Mike’s Wedding at Zest, Point Piper

On Friday, 12th August we played at Siobhan and Mike’s wedding and reception.

Siobhan & Mike

The ceremony was at Blackburn Gardens, and the reception followed shortly afterwards at Zest, Point Piper (Royal Motor Yacht Club).

I’ve played at this venue many times over the years, and it never fails to impress. It features stunning views across Rose Bay, but also boasts great food and impeccable service.

For more on this venue, please refer to their website – http://zest.net.au/

Mike (the groom) is originally from U.S.A. His mother, father and siblings all flew out from America to attend the wedding. They all loved the band.

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The photographer for the wedding was the talented Emma Hampton. She was kind enough to send me through some of her photographs from the ceremony and the reception. For more information on Emma and her work, please refer to her website – https://emmahamptonphotography.com.au/

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Photo courtesy of Emma Hampton
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Photograph courtesy of Emma Hampton
Sydney Wedding Band
Photograph courtesy of Emma Hampton
Photo courtesy of Emma Hampton
Photo courtesy of Emma Hampton