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So I thought the Barlfy gig was one of the best…until last night Touche Amore were INCREDIBLE! Even in a slightly awkward venue with an annoying barrier the show was amazing.
Starting with the spine chilling lyrics of Pianos Become the Teeth where every word comes from the inner depths of the heart, giving goosebumps as you relive every word with frontman Kyle Durfey. This followed by the amazing Touche Amore, Jeremy Bolm with his general awsomeness and heart warming smiles, the energy in the room was alive. I felt alive which of late is a rather nice feeling. The little taster of new material leaves me extremely excited for the future…I just wish I could see them again…now…please…
I feel the need to share this with people as it is really grating on me….
I love going to shows, the music, the crowd everything. Being part of putting the shows together is even better.
Experiencing what goes on behind the scenes and all the work that goes into putting a show on, however small, makes me appreciate the experience even more. The majority of people put these shows on because they love the music and want to provide a platform for the bands playing. Its not always about making a huge profit to take home. However, it does cost money to put these together and that money does have to come back so that no one is out of pocket. This money comes from the fans that turn up to the shows.
Promotors work very hard to get these shows together and to get the people down there. It takes alot of pushing from all parties involved to get the word out. No matter how many people say they are going you never know until the night whether 20 people will show or 100. No matter how hard you push something you can never guarentee how many people will actually be there (the ones that dont show are clearly missing out).
My point is that I thought that this was about community, everyone working together so that the bands can keep playing (and can afford to keep playing) the shows that we all love. Every show I go to you see all the familiar faces, the same faces you might see on the train or the street where you exchange a knowing look like your all part of some secret underground society that the everyday world is oblivious to. We all need to support each other, we need to support the bands and we need to support the promotors that are putting their own money at risk so that these shows can happen.
I do not class putting a comment on an events page for a truly awsome gig slating the venue very supportive? If you dont like the venue of a particular gig there is no need to press this view on others. There have been venues that I do not particularly like that have hosted some of the best shows I have ever been to. If the bands are awsome and the people are awsome then the show will be awsome no matter where it is played.
Las night was crazy. Your Demise, Letlive, Spycatcher and Eager Teeth at The Peel Kingston.
The venue is awsome, the bands were awsome and the crowd was awsome.
Unfortunately I did not manage to catch Eager Teeth I think we must have arrived just after they had finished. I will be trying to catch a listen of them though to see what I was missing out on.
Spycatcher were a pleasant suprise as always. To many people they would seem maybe abit out of place on this line up. But I would say that was certainly not the case. I have only managed to see Spycatcher twice (soon be be three times) so far and both times they have put a massive smile on my face. Don’t Like People is one of their many awsome tracks and my personal favourite (mainly because I dont actually like people, quite apt dont you think?) Although many would think their music doesnt fit the “hardcore” genre I would say this is rubbish. I go to these shows to let loose and along with the other 100 or so people to have a good time and enjoy the underground madness of hardcore shows. Spycatcher most definately help us do this. Isnt that what its all about?
Next were Letlive, before I even write anything you already know it was awsome. The set began by Jason using a drum held up by the audience as always packed with intense energy from the very beginning. It never stopped and with renditions of all the big songs the room was buzzing. Whenever I go to see them Im always looking around the room trying to figure out what Jason is going to do this time and yet everytime he suprises me. At the peel I couldnt see what he would climb on but still he suprised me and ended up hanging from a beam. This band are exploding before my eyes. Everything about them screams at the audience, their music, their energy, Jasons crazy stunts, the emotion. They put their heart and soul into every show and for this I am truly greatful!
After Letlive it was hard to believe that we still had Your Demise to go! I was very excited about this fact. I haven’t been able to see them for a long time and they are definately abit of a guilty pleasure of mine. They were amazing as expected did not let me down. There is no barrier at the peel (the best way) so clearly stage diving was a definate. At one point there were so many people on the stage that there was no one to catch them, people dont really think through their actions and it did result in a few stage dive fails. The music of Your Demise really strikes a massive cord with me, it hits me deep. Their songs reflect alot of things in my past and I can relate in my own way with the words. I go to these shows to let it all out basically and I feel so much better for it!
Hopefully I will get to see all these guys again soon. I dont want to have to wait a long time…
Last night was the only London show of The Tangled Tour 2011. It was incredible. For the first time ever I got to experience being behind the scenes at a gig. Si and Martyn thankyou for putting on the awsome show. You 2 are a great team when you put your heads together!
Arriving at the venue and walking into a room with a musty smell and dodgey disco lights it was hard to imagine how the evening was going to turn out. An hour or so later the room was filled with boxes, guitars, bands and various other pieces of equipment. Suddenly the room felt very small and I couldn’t picture how 100 people were going fit. It was definately going to be tight.
7:30 hit and the crowds starting piling in. We knew it was sold out before we even opened the doors and it was tough having to turn people away. Who’d have thought this gig would end up so exclusive. People who you wouldn’t ever imagine would want to come to a hardcore gig were intrigued by the music from upstairs, finding themselves wandering to the secret party in the basement, drawn in by the secret community of craziness radiating through the sweaty doors. I now have a new found respect for the people who man the doors on a regular basis its bloody hard work!
The bands were amazing all putting on an incredible show. When it ended it was a weird sense of both relief that it had gone well but also sad that it was all over. With that the crowds left and the room was empty once again.
It is such a high to experience a night like that but the day after I am definately having withdrawal symptoms. Cant wait to experience it again.
Next stop Your Demise, Letlive and Spycatcher oooohhhh yeeeaaaa!