I remember the first proper touring band I saw play live. Growing up in a small town in the middle of no-where we didn’t have the opportunities to socialise in fun places – no cinema, no bowling, no concert venue, all we had was the park, the nigh street and (I’m really racking my brains now), oh yes… the fields. No disrespect to small towns, but it sets the tone why I was 13 when I saw my first film in a cinema, and 17 my first proper gig. Being a musician I had performed countless times at concerts and seen local bands play regularly, plus at our church we had a Sunday morning church band – a collective of instrumentalists that weren’t too shabby and the youth band (some arguably were the better musicians).
Back to the gig – in Norwich, took us an hour to get there, and inside it was dim, crammed and everyone was excited. Of course, being short I had to weave my way to the front next to an older guy with long white greasy hair that would later end up in my face as we moshed the night away. My uncle came too (the driver) and he ended up loosing his voice, so loud was his singing, and the band were brilliant. Now, when I say it was loud, I mean it was LOUD. The drums and bass particularly thumping, the front man an artist engaging the crowd, and every song sounded different…better…as it was always meant to be.
Got to admit, I’d played their albums a thousand time or more. But after seeing the band live I had a new connection with the music and a picture in my mind of how it really should be played. The live experience enhanced the studio album and the songs became mine.
On Friday 8th September we’re playing the first live PYRAMID PARK GIG – THE ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY. Honestly, the stress of releasing an album is enough, without planning a large gig on top of it. But releasing an album without a live experience somehow feels lame, or certainly anti-climactic. So, we’re pulling all the stops out with two quality support acts (go check out Tom McConnell, above, and Judah Chukualim, below) and PYRAMID PARK playing all the songs from the new album. My hope is this inspires you. My hope is that the music gets on the inner side of your skin, and remains in your brain for a long time. My hope is that you will hear the songs differently because you heard them live. No matter how polished the studio album is (and we think we did a really good job) LIVE will never be replaced by studio.
I love that at launch parties you can do something unique, because no one else is telling you how to run it. In 2014 my mum made 11 cakes with each of the song titled on individual cakes. This time round we’ll be making a video with you in it (not just a crowd shot cheering a band, but a fan video based on a new music video), there will be new merch, a giant….oh wait I’m giving it all away. Come along, be part of making memories.
Tickets can be bought on Eventbright at £5, just click here: http://bit.ly/2flWIs5
The journey continues and more than anything else, I want you along with me. See you there.