I do think the experience was worthwhile. We had a good time, met some new musicians/listeners and reconnected with old ones, and got our act in front of people who wouldn't have otherwise heard us.
But a learning experience? Hmmm.
As it happens, some musicians who participated in the previous ABOB requested that judges write comments instead of just ranking the bands. They felt the feedback would help them improve. So this year, we got feedback.
Was it helpful? You decide.
Overall -- Nice tunes -- tough to pull off as a 2 piece. [Cinder Bridge is a duo consisting of me (vocals, keyboard) and a drummer.] I might add a sequence[r] part for more texture.
Great lyrics and sound. I wasn't that drawn in to their music. The keyboard threw me off, not acoustic.
[No comments, but mediocre ratings.]
So, to sum up:
- We should be less acoustic.
(Using a sequencer probably would have disqualified us for Acoustic Battle of the Bands, but I'll assume he meant for regular gigs.)
- We should be more acoustic.
(Next time we'll hire a U-Haul and bring my upright piano. If we can get the thing on and off the stage in time, we'll be a huge hit.)
- Sometimes people will think you're doing a lot of stuff right, but they won't be into you anyway.
(An important insight, but we pretty much knew that already.)
As much as we'd love to use this year's ABOB feedback to learn and grow and improve, we don't quite know what to do with it.
Oh well. Did I mention that we had a good time?