It’s been over a week, and you would think I would have calmed down. I haven’t. I loved Islington. LOVED it. From the moment we stepped on stage (to a chorus of cheers amounting to our biggest so far), to the moment, sweat drenched, we retreated to the -*ahem*- glamorous backstage area, I was simply on fire with excitement. The only thing sullying that period was the fact I couldn’t hear a word I was singing (there were various technical difficulties on the night), but seeing so many faces I recognised as fans - either from previous gigs, from twitter, or people I’d never seen before singing along – was a hugely gratifying experience. Until it happens to you, it’s incredibly difficult to imagine what it’s like having people sing your own songs back at you, and having people cheer for something you had a part in creating.
We got to see some amazing bands and artists, including the up and coming (and headlining) JJ Rosa, who it looks like we are going to be seeing a lot more of, as well as making some new friends in the likes of Great Man Theory, and DeVIance. Something that was on my mind more, however, was our set list: We decided to take a risk, and play you guys two new songs, neither of which has ever been recorded or heard outside of The Library (our practice space), so let us know what any of you thought either through facebook, twitter, or whatever, YOU KNOW THE DRILL. On the night, though, they seemed to go down amazingly well, and if looks on faces were anything to go by, you guys enjoyed them as much as us!
Between you and me, the after-show party was unbelievable, but I’m not sure how I feel about it all: It was on the rooftop of a VERY swanky hotel on the Strand, Vodka shots started at HOLY-CRAP-HOW-MUCH?!, and the view was unbelievable. However, it’s certainly a world I’m not used to, and I think I may need to practice at pretending to be a high roller if we were ever to make it.
ANYWAY, we’re going to keep working with our promoters, Jar Music Live, as well as a couple more, continuing to chip away at this industry until somebody notices us and gives us the break we hope we deserve.
On a bit more of a downer, another fantastic band we met in Islington, The Aurora, had a crappy day (if you like understatements) having their set cut short after one song. On top of that, they had organised a coach down from Ipswich, which, because of a breakdown, took 10 hours to make the journey… Anyway, I wanted to offer my sympathies to them, and encourage you to go check them out.
Keep your ear to the ground guys, there’s be plenty more where that came from.