Penetralia's trip to Portland, Oregon, to perform at Convergence 13 was nothing short of a goddamn clusterfuck. First and foremost, I'd like to say that the booking agent is completely irresponsible. I heard many an excuse as to how busy he was, how he was just over his head, how he was placating Skinny Puppy. Guess what? There's no valid excuse. You don't undertake such a large job if you simply aren't capable of doing it correctly. The fact of the matter is, when he booked us months ago, he should have checked with The Crystal Ballroom, the city's list of code violations, and with Skinny Puppy. It isn't Penetralia's job to know that Ogre is an animal rights activist and apparently has a less succesful than Tom Cruise god complex.
After the booking agent told us the day before the show that it was either us or Skinny Puppy, we have not heard a word back from him. He avoided our phone calls pretty much completely. When I had the bright idea of calling him from a number he wouldn't recognize as ours, lo and behold, guess who answers the phone? Bingo, the booking agent. After identifying myself, there was a pause of silence for about 10 seconds, followed by a bunch of lame excuses about how he wasn't good with cell phones.
I think I'll give it a week of constant calling and emailing. If I don't hear back and am avoided by someone who is obviously a coward, then I'm getting a lawyer. Sorry, flights are expensive, and I think we should be compensated for our airfare, and for our hotel.
On another note, I'd just like to post Skinny Puppy's bio.
Sounds like a bunch of bullshit to me.
Anyhow, there was things that I enjoyed about Portland. I got to see the Shanghai Tunnels, The Japanese and Rose Gardens, THE YAMHILL PUB (OMG I LOVE THOSE GUYS), and most importantly, I got to see Bad Brains perform at a place called Berbati's. It was amazing. Everyone was so happy when they started playing. It was definitely the best time I had there. I'll post pics and videos a little bit later. Right now I'm going to sit and let all this marinate. LIKE MEAT, YOU KNOW, MARINATE???