I was rather looking forward to hearing the astronomically-and-quantum-physically-themed Sam Barber And The Outcasts play at the Wee Red Bar tonight. Sadly though, I got a text last night from their guitarist, the estimable Ms Fi, to say that it had been canned, for somewhat obscure reasons.
A shame, as Sam's arrangements are good, and for me, the songs tend to suit the whole band setting, even though some of them can also work as solo acoustic numbers.
For some purists, that is a definition of a good song; can it work as a song with just one acoustic guitar? For me, that theory is a stinking, heaving mass of sweaty pig's knackers.
For a start, it totally ignores any tonal qualities of a song. Would "Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones sound good played on a beat up old acoustic? i.e. without that rasping, echoing guitar? The "one acoustic" theory also ignores any arrangement ideas. Wouldn't Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" be a tad tame without that horn section? To attempt to replicate Bowie's "Space Oddity" on an acoustic would be somewhat empty, without the band, not to mention the iconic stylophone noises.
Anyway, I think Sam's got a good handle on all of that, so it was a shame not to experience it.