It’s been awhile since I visited in. This post is not a typical one (although I do need to catch y’all up on the music I have experienced lately) but instead one of hope. I have been a whirlwind of thoughts today — tears have been shed. Now, I can blame this on my not-yet-womanhood but that seems like a bit of a cop-out. I miss my care-free spirit. I caught a bit of it yesterday. It’s stuck with me but not in the ways I would have thought.
We live in a beautiful world (name that artist). And I am merely floating through it. Often I get wisps of inspiration and try to hold on. However, they are wisps so they float on. We could learn a lot through them. Floating through life.
I miss so much. I should do something about this, yeah?
It has been quite some time since I have attended a show - a travesty I consider most tragic. Last night however, I had the fortune of attending a couple of truly talented Austin artists (and TN natives.) The Parish was the venue and my company and I arrived early - which I always recommend. The show was their first sold out show of the tour which made for a lively atmosphere.
The Natalie Portman doppelganger, Emily Wolfe, opened for the Kopecky Family Band (TN) and The Eastern Sea (ATX.)
Ms. Wolfe had a extremely powerful, beautiful voice. However, her stage presence is lacking, which made for many awkward crowd moments. Enjoyable regardless.
The Kopecky Family Band was up next and they are truly a fun bunch. The ideal of family is fundamentally important to them and it shows through their on-stage chemistry. There was a plethora of instruments, including trombones, bass drum and tambourines (which I had the pleasure of shaking.) The lead singer’s, Kelsey and Gabe had beautiful, unique and folksy voices. Errs on the side of a folksy Grouplove.
The Eastern Sea was the primary reason I was at this show. Their air-y, welcoming sound is peaceful and easy to sway with. The lead singer is charming in a Austin-y way and his vocal tone is one of a kind.
Highly recommend both of these bands.
And sorry for the shoddy iPhone quality picture.
Peace and love,
Early admission tickets are truly the 8th wonder of the world. Not only because you get to go in earlier than people waiting at a venue for hours on hours, but you will get better spots than them without waiting long at all. My Saturday night of November 10th began with the consumption of a couple terrible breakfast tacos (Austin has yet to impress me in the taco area) and a waiting time of about 45 minutes before going into Emo’s to wait another hour. Altogether, nothing to complain about.
First up, was an indie band from NYC called the Postelles. Upon looking them up on YouTube pre-show, they seemed far from unique. However, their music translates much better live and they have a wonderfully paradoxical soft, eclectic vibe that is always refreshing. Errs on the side of the Kooks.
I recommend: “Sound the Alarms”
Next, to my surprise, was Mayday Parade. They started with a couple fan favorites, “Stay” and “Jamie All Over” from their debut, A Lesson In Romantics. Front man, Derek Sanders is an extremely charming performer, caressing the mic and making sure to run to every inch of the stage. Guitarist, Brooks Betts, is lovely and energetic and such a joy to watch. I have been a fan of this band for years and they always put on an amazing, classic, pop-punk show. Their music is fun to jump around to, and (much to my embarrassment when looking back at the videos I took) belt out at the top of your lungs. I made a friend of an Emo’s staff member, and managed to grab their set list. As well as one of the fan-given bracelets Derek wears on his right wrist.
I recommend: “Call Me Hopeless, But Not Romantic”
Last and certainly not least was the Maine. My primary reason of excitement for this night. The Maine has been one of my favorite bands since my middle school years. They started off their set with a “star lit,” heartfelt piano ballad by front man John O’ Callaghan and then belting right into “Like We Did (Windows Down)” By his body language alone, it is apparent this man has been through a lot of hell. By which he produces beautiful music. Their set was a fairly balanced mix of old classics and new favorites - however, there seemed to be a slightly sorrowful feel to the mix. Regardless, I believe this band is a must see. Their sound has matured a lot over the years, and unlike many bands of their genre, they have not reduced to a pop sound, but rather a mature alternative.
I recommend: “Misery”
I am so incredibly antsy to get started with all of this, that I am going to be cliche and make a first post about nothing but my antsy-ness. This idea is fairly new to me still, or rather the idea of actually following through with it is. I will be seeing The Maine and Mayday Parade at Emo’s on Saturday and I am overjoyed at the thought. A real blog post will come soon.