Clapping on 1 and 3? No music for you!
Why is cover music so fun to perform? Improvisation. We have set up the band to allow for musical expression and interaction. Let’s talk about this in the context of ending a song. There are set endings (mostly) but, sometimes, we will decide to end a song in a completely different way than we had done previously. This can cause panic amongst the ranks, and confusion in the crowd. – “That’s not how it goes,” says the highly inebriated punter – there is always one.
We also allow Jack out of his cage (he is a beast of a guitarist) to shred and melt faces. I get to hit the drums a lot in certain parts of the shows too (it’s called a drum solo, man), which is fun.
It is this dynamic within the group that makes it so exciting for us to play together and engaging for our audience. The vivacious energy we create permeates through the crowd and provides us with great vibes to feed off. As a musician, there is nothing more satisfying than to see that one drunken fool absolutely slay the dance floor with their terribly gyrating body (just so long as they are not clapping on beats 1 and 3).