Sunday, November 9, 2008

Seen It Live: 11/08/08

So much fun.

>>There were only 4 bands that performed, and I absolutely LOVED.. 3. They performed in this order: Nevershoutnever!, PlayRadioPlay, Ace Enders and A Million Different People, Hellogoodbye. This time, I went with one friend [MY BEST FRIEND ASHLEY], ended meeting up with a whole group of people, & I only met Sergio & Ace from Ace Enders, and the guy who played with Christofer Drew [NSN!]. Plus, I took way more videos than pictures this time around. All things considered, it was an amazing time.

>>Although they were third, I feel as though I have to write about Ace Enders and a Million Different People first; partly because they were AMAZING, and partly because I promised Sergio I'd write about them sometime before the weekend was over. I didn't exactly realize that only gave me a day to get it done.To be honest, I'd never heard of them until the announcer was like, "Give it up for Ace Enders!" I was still pretty pumped though, simply because it was something I was unfamiliar with. They started with the best cover of "The Bittersweet Symphony" [The Verve] that I've ever heard, and immedietly I fell in love. The way they played the cover was simply amazing, which made me really happy since that's one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE SONGS [no joke, I always get chills when I hear it]. The way they played the cover had the same effect; Ace was clearly very passionate about it just based on his vocals. I'll put up a video of it under this review, but just remember it was even greater live. They also played "Bring Back Love" which just made my day, simply because before hand Ace was like "Let's act like hippies ... for this really cheesy song" and stuff like that. Such a good song. [This is a LINK to a live video I found on YouTube, but it doesn't have the greatest quality. Check it here if you want, but realize it's not as good as the actual performance.] They played "Rain", "Reaction", & "Body Like Mind" as well, and all were incredible just the same. Overall, they really rocked it musically, and they had phenominal stage presence; everyone was really into their set. I was really, really psyched that I found this amazing band, and that I got the opportunity to see them live, and to meet Ace & Sergio after. Ace is super sweet, and Serg is so much fun.
Definately a band to look into.
*Also, check the Over This [Acoustic Vid] I found on YouTube. It's got a very genuine sound.

>>Nevershoutnever, the reason I went to this concert, went on first. Christofer Drew may be the most adorable kid I've ever seen .. but not met :[ He seriously disappeared after he played, which was pretty upsetting. Not only is his music absolutely adorable, but just the way he was between songs with the guy he played with .. who's name escapes me although I did met him.. Oh well. He referred to himself as a "bum kid", and informed us that Nov. 8 was the first time he'd changes shirts in four days, just to prove a point. Pretty much everything he said made you smile. I've uploaded the video of him singing "Smelyalata", which is my 2nd favorite by him, just so you can see the cuteness in action :D It involves the song, a tamborine, a condom balloon, and one of the happiest reactions I've ever seen. Towards the end of the concert, the merch guy got to see me on the brink of a breakdown because EVERYTHING NeverShoutNever was either a youth small, or an extra small; or sold out completely. I did get a set of 4 NSN! pins, and one of those LiveStrong - like bands that says NeverShoutNever!; I suppose that's better than nothing. ANYWAY: He played "Bigcitydreams", "HereGoesNothin" [MY FAV <3], style="font-weight: bold;">Yourbiggestfan", "Shesgotstyle", and "Dare4Distance" [and obviously "Smelyalata"]. He's just got that kid - vibe that makes you want to run up & hug him, and then pretend you're not a total creep for doing that. I could ramble on all day about how adorable he is, or I could just send you off to discover it for yourself, via MySpace, the video I've uploaded, or whichever method you choose. Go forth, and prepare to fall in love.

>>After Nevershoutnever came PlayRadioPlay. I got a sticker for their CD Texas while I was at Bamboozle in May, so I'd looked them up. I wasn't exactly impressed with what I found, but I didn't really think anything of it. Again, I had no idea they were playing [I really should start paying more attention to that stuff]. When the announcer guy introduced them, I was ready to give them a second chance of sorts, hoping that, like Metro Station, they were actually better live. I was very wrong to have that hope. Honestly, the best part of the performance was the lights, and how the lead singer swayed as he sang. I didn't get that on video, but it was really fun to watch I promise. The only song I feel like identifying is "Loco Commotion", which isn't bad per say. It's just a little obnoxious; I want to listen to it, but I can't? If that makes sense? I pretty much quit after that one. If you're into an electronic sound, go for it & look them up. But personally, I'm not a fan.

>>Just for the sake of keeping it in order, Ace Enders and a Million Different People were third to perform. Seriously though, LOOK THEM UP. No regrets, ever.

>>Oh Hellogoodbye, how I love you so. Since there were only 4 bands this time, Hellogoodbye got to play for what seemed like forever.To clarify: not in the 'droning-on-forever-it'll-never-end-will-it?' sort of way, but in the 'i-wish-this-never-had-to-end-if-only-it-could-last-forever' kind of way. I've been obsessed with their older stuff since .. well, since their self - titled EP came out in '04 [I'm pretty sure that's right?]. My favorites include "Touchdown Turnaround", "Shimmy Shimmy Quarter Turn", "Oh, It Is Love", "Bonnie Taylor Shakedown", "I Saw it On Your Keyboard", and "Dear Jamie .. Sincerely Me".. to name a few? Clearly I love pretty much everything <3 style="font-weight: bold;">Call 'N Return", "All Time Lows", and "Here in Your Arms". Honestly, almost any song by them is one of my favorites simply because they're that good. I had a feeling, just based on their songs & the videos that the band would be so much fun. I was right :] After one of the songs, Forrest [lead singer] decided to try a slow clap. He picked someone in the crowd beforehand to be 'that guy' who starts it, and then everyone else would follow the lead. Last note is played, everyone cheers. So Forrest is just like "NO NO NO! Let's try that again!", but really adorably because he was sick & his voice cracked :] So he replayed the last few notes, then we had a super pathetic slow clap going on. Look, I can't explain how fun it was, so just watch it! Because I got it on video yayyy. They also had fun with the mic, especially when the voice-changer-'makeitsoundcool' feature was on .. for the special effects on the songs? It seemed like they had as much fun playing as we did listening, which was so amazing. Oh, between songs, they must've seen one of the guys from Ace Enders getting out of the bathroom, because they decided to heckle him and such, asking if he had fun in there, etc. This was when I was having my breakdown with the merch guy, and as we heard this we just kind of looked at eachother & laughed .. then I continued my search for all things NSN!. Seriously, they were so much fun to watch. After I left [after the concert was officially over, of course], the friends I'd met up with who stayed longer got to meet Forrest, and the really funny keyboard-guy whos name escapes me! No fair. Apparently, they're awesome, and I'm mad jealous. Oh well. I still met Serg, Ace, & guy-who-played-with-christofer-drew. If you've been living under a rock for 4 years and don't know a lot / anything by Hellogoodbye, I suggest you rejoin the world and get acquainted with their music.

>>This concert was just so much fun, and the performances were [mostly] incredible. [Pictures to come later, of course.] If you've been to a concert lately, or are planning to go, let me know who which bands you're interested in. I'm constantly looking for new stuff that I can write about, or just listen to. :D

*>>By the way, this might be my longest post ever. Sweet.

1 comment:

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