Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Lawson Winter tour '15


On Monday night I went to see one of my favourite bands and it was wonderful.

After just over two years since I saw them on their last full UK tour, Lawson were back in Birmingham, playing O2 academy 2. It felt so lovely to be there and see them again playing new songs, as well as some of the classics that first made me fall in love with their music.


I really liked Fullshore, a local band who played a little acoustic set to start the evening off. They had a really nice sound and I've checked out some of their stuff of youtube since, and I'm really into it.

Lawson were great, of course. I loved hearing the new songs from their most recent EP, especially We Are Kings, as I think everyone really got involved. I also thought Mountains sounded incredible.

Andy and Joel's acoustic of Taking Over Me was stunning, it's one of my favourite songs of their's and I probably listen to the acoustic audio more than the original anyway, so hearing it live and stripped back was lovely. Also, Andy playing Everywhere You Go was such a beautiful moment, another song I adore.


I loved their cover of Jess Glynne's Hold My Hand; it felt wonderful and sounded so special, and I wish I could experience that again and again. The best cover I've heard of that song, and it really brought everyone together.

When She Was Mine sounded as on point as ever and brought everyone right back to the start, as it was the band's first ever single. Hearing Make It Happen live again was brilliant, as it always feels so motivational. Also, I have to mention that Joel is honestly the best guitarist I've ever heard; any song is made ten times better with a guitar solo, even if it's only a couple of bars long.


And of course, they ended things off with Standing in the Dark, a song that I will never stop wanting to hear live. It feels so special and being in a room filled with people all singing the lyrics to that song is something really quite magical. I can't wait to experience it again soon.

I would highly recommend grabbing a ticket to one of the shows on Lawson's winter tour if they haven't yet played a venue near you.

Still one of the best live bands I've ever heard.

Until next time.


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Thursday, 5 November 2015

Why I love live music


I generally go to a gig or two each month, and in the gaps between I really miss being at a show. It's actually been a couple of months since my last gig (which is sad), but I'm back at it this month, with two shows (it was meant to be three but unfortunately Nickelback had to cancel), and so I thought I'd share the main reasons why I love live music.

1. It feels great and it usually sounds great too - I love hearing songs I've listened to for a long time live, because it just feels so much more raw and real. You can hear even more expression in a singers voice, the bass is clearer than ever, and you just feel everything.


2. It kind of tests how good the band/artist you're seeing actually is - sometimes this can be a disappointing thing, but far more often than not they sound even better live than on studio recordings. You can see a band interacting with each other, bouncing off each others' energy, and know that they're all enjoying what they're playing, and the less serious they are, usually the better it sounds overall.


3. Everyone is involved and there are so many different people all coming together with a common interest - it's so nice to see how diverse a crowd can be at a show. Given, there are certain gigs I've been too that have been very teenage girl heavy, or full of (somewhat creepy) older men. But especially at shows like Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift, as well as many others, you see people of all ages, from all walks of nice. And it's nice to know you share something in common with all of them.


4. It's fun, especially if you're going with friends (although it's still fun on your own) - the whole point of going to a gig is to have a good time. For me it's also usually a social thing; I'll go with a friend or a group of friends, we'll hang out before and get dinner, and we'll go to the show. It's a nice way to catch up with people and to connect with them.


5. You can just live in the moment and forget about everything else you've got going on for an evening and just feel the music and nothing else - the ultimate reason. I love going into a huge room, filled with people with all kinds of things going on outside, but when they're in the room they're just feeling the music, and although maybe the problems on the outside are still in your mind as you sing the lyrics back, they feel like a weight off your chest, especially knowing how many other people are singing along beside you.


One of my favourite quotes is from Dave Grohl:
'That's one of the great things about music. You can sing a song to 85,000 people and they'll sing it back for 85,000 different reasons.'

Until next time.


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