The Soundtrack of Our Lives
There's a little story I like to tell about The Soundtrack of Our Lives (TSOOL), and since I just posted the interview with their keyboardist, Martin Hederos, I think now is a fine time to tell it here.
I first saw TSOOL play live in Providence, RI in 2003. Because they had just played a show 50 miles up the road in Boston the night before--and because it takes some unknown amount of arm-twisting to make the Providence kids get off their couches and go to a live show-- there were very few people at the venue. I'd say 30 or 40 in a club designed for 300. Tumbleweeds.
Some bands might see the poor turnout, turn the amps to 2, and phone it in. Not The Soundtrack of Our Lives! NO! They rocked as though they were performing to an arena of 10,000! Absolute, total professionals!
Lead singer Ebbott did have some fun with the "unique" crowd dynamic, enticing the entire audience to follow him in a little pack from the left side of the stage to the right. The rest of the band held nothing back. The guitarists strike every epic rockstar move ever created. And I have to say that Martin has the coolest (or should I say hottest?!) moves of any keyboard player, ever!
After the show, I hung around to see if any of the band members were into cooking (this was in the heady early days of my Cooking with Rockstars project), and when word got to Martin, he came bounding over enthusiastically saying how much he loves to cook and eat and that he'd love to be on the show. If only I had brought my camera.
It took five years for TSOOL to make it back to the US and for me to get my interview with Martin. The band's live show that day at La Zona Rosa was just as huge as I had remembered. The band and their keyboardist did not disappoint.
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