So I saw Snow Patrol on Friday.. And they were absolutely fabulous! Beyond fabulous. I love their music. Love it. They have to be one of my favourite bands. The two bands that came on before were good. They had a good sound, but nobody knew the words, so their art kind of fell of deaf ears.
Snow Patrol themselves were brilliant. They didn't have the big performance with dancers and special effects that some other musicians have. They didn't need it. From the first sound of the guitar, it was clear. The music was perfect. If it didn't surround you and run riot through your soul, you could easily think that they were faking it.
I swear the base in Splitting Games made me come.
When they did chasing cars, it was one of life's truly beautiful moments. I like that song. But its definitely not one of my favourites. But being there, in that moment, surrounded by the crowd singing along perfectly... The emotion in that song was truly amazing. You were there, in that moment, where the song was created. You were there, with your SO, bittersweet that your moment of perfection is going to end.
I've never been to a concert before. But I'm glad I waited. Acer Arena was packed to the ceiling. And it by the end everybody was on their feet, singing and carrying on. 21,000 people, all a part of the music. All happy to be emotionally manipulated by the art of a few people. I want to go back and do it all again.
And now... now they sound flat. Their albums are so moderated and even. Listening to the recording that was made on the night as I blog and it still sends shivers up my spine. It will be a while before I can listen to their albums without feeling let down.
Don't get me wrong. Albums = fantastic. Live = out of this world.