I recently attended the Eminem concert in Cape Town, and despite a couple of problems, it was still a highly entertaining show. Being the angsty 30 year old teenager that I am, I still really enjoy a lot of Eminem’s music, and it was great being there with so many people who felt the same way.
I’ve started to really enjoy going to concerts despite the fact that I am highly introverted and thought I would find huge concerts quite draining. Concerts feel very different, and are more about a massive sharing of energy compared to the give and take that happens at your average social event. But before I get too sidetracked, considering how much I’ve enjoyed these concerts, I’ve been thinking about other bands I would love to see live in concert, and came up with the following top 5:
I can’t remember how I stumbled upon +44, but I’m pretty sure it has something to do with Blink 182’s demise and me trying to find out about the different members of the band. As it turns out, two of the trio got together and formed +44. This alternative rock band has been one of the bands I regularly tune into for a very long time.
Punk rock band Blink 182 stands out for me as one of those bands who grew with their audience. Their sound and themes evolved as their listeners did and I just kept on coming back for more. Their 2003 album “Blink 182” and their 2001 album “Take off your pants and jacket” albums are by far my personal favourites.
Discovery. ‘Nuff said.
Florence and the Machine
I was introduced to Florence and the Machine by someone really special, and well, needless to say it stuck. “Cosmic Love” encapsulates my cynical romantic side perfectly. Florance’s mix of melancholic and hopeful lyrics, combined with her fantastic voice has defined Florence as one of my favourite artists.
I discovered Metric thanks to the Scott Pilgrim movie. I adored Larson Brie singing Black Sheep and went digging for more. I found out that it was actually a cover of a song written by Metric and decided to delve deeper into Metric’s discography. Their 2009 album “Fantasies” is packed with great songs like “Help I’m alive”, “Gold Guns Girls”, and “Stadium Love”.