I’ve only written 2 paragraphs, ughhh. I even have a whole 2 page outline and an advertisement done, and this is an easy topic. I really have to stop waiting till the last minute to do things, maybe I’ll just hole myself up in the library tomorrow where there’s not many distractions. I always feel like I suck at writing papers too, and then I get good grades on them. Doesn’t help that i’m ranting on tumblr. this post probably doesn’t even make sense.
This past week has been awesome and I’m glad things are finally starting to work out for me. On Monday I registered for my Spring classes, my last semester at community college, and I got everything I needed/wanted plus had extra room to take a fun class. Now if I only had a definite idea of where I want to transfer to. Tuesday I got an e-mail and was offered an internship and of course I accepted. It’s for an online music website(will possibly tell you guys more details soon), and mostly work from home which is great for me. Then yesterday Toys R Us calls for me to come in for an interview today, and I got a seasonal job there pretty much on the spot. If they like me enough it will turn into part time. It’s $8/hr and I’m so happy because I’m finally going to be making some money on my own for once (I’ve never really had a job, yea I’m spoiled, blah blah blah). Besides a few stresses here and there, I just feel really happy with my life right now and haven’t felt like that in a while. Oh yes, and what will most likely be the best concert(not show) I ever go to in my life is next Saturday, wooo.
This past Sunday night (November 8th) I attended the Alternative Press Fall Ball Tour featuring The Academy Is…,Mayday Parade, Set Your Goals, The Secret Handshake, and You Me At Six. We got there about 20 minutes after doors opened, and although the show was sold out, it took very quick for us to get in the doors and get a spot fairly close to the stage. After about 30 minutes the show began, a good time was had, and some interesting observations occurred.
First up was You Me At Six from the U.K. Being their first full U.S. tour, not as many people were familiar with them, but they still got a positive reaction from the crowd. They played a 7 song set, including two of my favorites, “Finders Keepers” and “If I Were In Your Shoes”, as well as a cover of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”. Their set was full of energy and I would definitely assume You Me At Six will be gaining a ton of fans on this tour. Next up was The Secret Handshake, for the sake of not going on a rant, I’ll just cut this down to a few sentences. His complete set, even when he was just talking was auto-tuned. He used samples from various popular songs and jokingly claimed he invented music as well as trying to prove what he was doing was good and different or something. The younger crowd seemed to be into it, but I just stood still and watched respectfully, as he was up there doing what he loves. The respect I gave was not found amongst the crowd once the next band came on.
Being the main band I went to see, and easily the odd men out on the tour, Set Your Goals was up third. They came out looking ready for prom and began with their song “Summer Jam”. Playing a set equally mixed with new and old material, including “Don’t Let This Win Over You” and “The Fallen”, they put on a great set and one could tell their live set has improved over the years. Having seen them headline at the same venue this past summer, I was expecting one reaction and got another. You could see a small portion of people scattered throughout the crowd singing along, as well as a small pit happening in the back of the room. Besides that most people seemed uninterested and would rather stand there text messaging or complaining the entire time than pay attention to the band. I understand people have different tastes and may not like them, which is fine, but if you’re going to pay to be somewhere at least look at the band. Also, and this was noticed throughout the whole show, don’t scream in horror if you accidentally get pushed and don’t run away if a crowd surfer is coming, help them so they don’t fall. The lack of respect for other people at this show was ridiculous, as it seemed that more people were worried about their hair getting messed up than other people’s safety.
Mayday Parade was up next and you could tell the entire crowd was finally excited. Their set was energetic and they interacted well with the crowd. They played only 3 new songs, and then all older songs off of their previous releases. For “Miserable At Best”, lead singer Derek Sanders came out just him and a keyboard and as it reached the end of the song the full band came out. This was a nice slow-down to a rather upbeat set. Having not seen the band live before, I was impressed with their performance.
Last up was The Academy Is… Having seen them once before in a large seated outdoor venue, it was nice to see them in a more intimate setting. A nice surprise was that they focused more on material from their first two albums, such as “Classifieds” and “Neighbors”. Everyone was singing a long to every song and the band William threw in some quirky moves to go along with them. Playing “Slow Down” was a great way to end the night.
Besides the problems I talked of earlier, it was a really good show. All the bands were on point and you could tell they put their all into their performances. Also, Set Your Goals announced they will indeed be going on tour with Motion City Soundtrack and The Swellers in early 2010, so that’s pretty exciting. I was hoping to post some videos, but they came out pretty bad and this post is long enough.