Sunday, July 29, 2007

TRIBE Band Launch Review

So the squad pile into the car to head to the anxiously anticipated launch of Tribe's presentation for 2008 "Myths and Magic". Being that this was a must attend event we made every effort to be on time. We thought we were doing well until we hit the Westmoorings intersection and saw that trafficwas backed up all they. I instantly got annoyed. Showtime was scheduled for 12pm and we were sure to be late.Given that they could not have had it in the Savannah as usual, I was still hoping for an alternative venue.i.eone that did not require me to sit in an hour of traffic. I would have been good with Jean Pierre Complex or even the stadium carpark.

So after sitting in nearly an hour of traffic, I get to Pier 2 to park and parking is full.I had to bat my eyelids to get the man to giveus a bly.I could not believe that many people turned out for a band launch. We arrived as Slaughter was finishing his set and hurried inside.The entrance was decorated to look like you were walking into a castle but no time for pics cause we were late!The e-ticket system went smoothly and I had no issues there. The stage was huge and well decorated. Closer inspection saw lots of pyrotechnic devices on stage so I was expecting lots of razzle dazzle. I positioned myself as close to the stage as possible with Saucy on one side and the rest of T& T media on the next. No time for drinks cause I did not want to lose my vantage point.

At about 1am the music suddenly stopped and the stage went dark.Then their was an earsplitting pop as some pyrotechnic misfired. This was not part of the show and they nearly blew out the ear drums of everyone close to the stage.Shortly thereafter,a short monologue was read in the background as dancing fairies graced the stage.The show had begun. Gasps and oohs and ahhs were almost instant as the first costume hit the stage. I was a bit perplexed as why no one was calling the names of the costumes(and why we never heard from the narrator again) since they had not handed out their trademark booklet. They should have put the name up on one of the projector screens as they came on stage. They completely raced through the show. It was very difficult to get pictures as the models barely paused at any mark on the stage to hold a pose. When I thought it was just me, every photographer around me was struggling frantically to get shots. It was not long befor ethey were telling the models to slow down.Many a time the models looked a bit confused as were to be which showed some lack of rehearsal. The costumes however were stunning . Overall much better than last year. Many more options of 'hot' costumes are available. I was a bit concerned about the theme and hoped they would have stuck in one or two local mythological sections. I honestly was not looking forward to fairy wings. I still am not but I can live with it I suppose. From the decor it seemed the them was more along medieval lines. I was a bit disappointed that several costumes although fabulous were along the same fairy-like theme. Then you had some sections that did not seem relevant at all. For instance Isis is an Egyptian Goddess and Mythological India is just that.So if you went a bit off the beaten track to incorporate them you could have gone a bit more and cut back on the duplicate fairy mas and put in some more Roman myths or local folklore . Where was Merlin by the way? One of the most prominent magical figures in Midieval legend.Lots of myths, few magics.

Some highlights of the night included the Black Magic girls coming up from the floor of the stage. I was very amused by the model who wore 'Lady of the Lake' who apparently invoked the spirit of She-Ra. I do not know what she was trying to do with her portrayal but her poses were strange . (see pic)More often than not her teeth were bared and the poses were just unatural and inelegant. I really think she did the costume and injustice by not displaying it nicely.I guess we could palm it off on nervousness but when she gave that She-Ra pose I almost died laughing.She was however not the only model who seemed to not know what they were doing, or rather how to pose to display the costumes, she was just the funniest. Others spent a great deal of time with their back to the audience or walked with their heads down (aside from speeding). A lot of the pyrotechnics generated smoke that for the most part did nothing but obscure the costumes and try to choke me to death. Noticeably missing were the male costumes. Not ONE male model took the stage.Another big moment was when the individual costume for Amalthea took flight.See the video here. Although this spectacle was impressive visually, it could have been executed a bit better. The whole set up for it seemed interuptive.It was pretty obvious when the stage hands dropped the apparatus for the ring of fire onstage. More obvious when the costume walked on stage and stood up and they tied her harnass to the suspended cord above. The entire time this was being done I clearly saw the costume. The impact that the presentation could have had was significantly reduced. I really don't know how they could have gotten around this considering the venue but the stage at least needed to be a tad darker. Better yet they should have had an interlude and bring back the dancing fairies to distract people.

The finale when they brought all the costumes back on stage was a bit jumbled but it was probably the best time in the entire show where I was able to get half decent pictures. The entire show lasted about 30 mins. Which was good since last year the show was painfully long. However at the end of this show I still could not tell you which costume I liked. And if I had any inkling I had to refer to it as "the silver one nah".So we saw the costumes but unless you had previous knowledge you would not have known what you were looking at. As the models exited the stage a very hyped up Shurwayne Winchester started his performance.
I completely tuned him out cause I was more studying how good my pics came out. And most ppl at the front of the stage seemed to be concerned about the same.
The rest of the party was ok. Not great. The vibe in their launches has been generally mediocre in the past few years. I don't know if its because people lose interest in the event after the show is done in a sort of anticlimax or what but I usually see to extremes post show. People who REALLY bored and people who REALLY having fun. When I finally got to the bar to get a drink I was glad to see 2 for 1 premium drinks for which they did not charge me separate for my red bull. I did not like that the complimentary bar (that yuh pay for) did not have any vodka.I could be mistaken but when I reach it only had rum and beer and soft drinks. I don't recall teh invite saying free vodka either.If I was a vodka drinker I would have been pissed but I had come prepared to buy drinks anyhow.
I exited the party fairly early around 4am to avoid traffic . I was most annoyed that I did not get a booklet as I was leaving. I saw a girl with like a pile and asked her for one cause I thought she was giving out. Only to find out that she is a patron and she take for her whole family. I mean come on, it free yes but FOUR? If yuh family did not take the time to pay their money and come down in the venue to see the costumes live then its not critical that they get a book. They could wait for the website to come up next week. I now need a book cause I have blog to post and have to sit down and have an immediate conference with my ppl to decide what costume we wearing. I eventually got lucky and my bro got one left for him on his windscreen. Why is it that the VIP parking and the Pier 2 parking did not get booklets placed on their cars yet ppl parked in BASE carpark did...Who knows.I must say the booklet is not as nice as it usually is. It is smaller for one and you can't see the costumes as well as you usually do as everyone is shrunk. The costumes were shot in a studio and then a mythical backdrop added. It does not look bad but I think alot of the "wow" factor was lost. Tribe's trademark has always been these on location photoshoots. These shoots have alwys produced fantastic pics which are a high point in selling the costume. I think that is one tried and tested feature they should have kept. The book also made it quite clear that the women are the stars of Carnival. The male costumes are typical and not as creative as last year. The male models could have been hotter as well. I would love for someone to tell me why almost all the feet of the male models seemed to have been vapourised.I dunno if they were going for a 'standing in the grass effect' but it seems kinda weird since the female model right next to them is standing normally in stilettoes.
I managed to get home in time to post pics before I knocked out for the night.
Up next ...jumbie's costume review!


shells said...

Thanks for the review of the entire launch... and the post of the 'butterfly'(?) at the beginning.

dougla_1 said...

Great review (and spiced with your ever present wit). I love the pyrotechnic Butterfly Bliss shot (almost a cover shot :)) Like a moth, doh get to close to d flame, yuh go get burn ;)

JJ said...

great commentary. good read while my lil one is refusing to sleep!

SexyGirl said...

LOL. Very good review. I just now realised that the male models had 'vapourised' feet! Thanks for the laugh.