Live: Let’s just say a bunch of awesome bands.

Last night I had a blast; I visited The Standard again with Shadow, my trusty camera, and I saw an eclectic lineup of bands:

  • The Money Go Round
  • The Griswolds
  • Hey Geronimo
  • March of the Real Fly

Having only known the Griswolds from being a supporting act for San Cisco, I wasn’t too sure about this show. I bought a ticket because they were cheap ($13) and because I was already familiar with the venue. Since I felt comfortable that they wouldn’t hack off my arm for bringing a camera in, I saw that as a good opportunity to attend too. On the night I was yawning like a nutter and I sat outside the bar while people smoked, until I couldn’t take the boredom and I just walked around for a bit. I now don’t mind going to gigs alone, at least while inside the room when people can talk to you. But the time you spend waiting beforehand gets dull when you’re going to gigs at small venues like bars. No one’s waiting in a line and people are usually in their own groups. I don’t like the getting-home aspect. Train rides are pretty lonely. πŸ˜›

I felt pretty awkward just sitting on a bar stool near the front of the stage. I felt like I was honestly there to take photos. Well, that’s one of the main reasons… But I guess I wouldn’t have minded seeing The Griswolds again and I can’t even think of a time when I thought, “Gosh I wish I wasn’t here right now” at a show. Except maybe the Grates (not very comfortable being shoved up the barrier) and Avenged Sevenfold (please don’t get me started on how a short skinny girl is supposed to feel at a metal show full of tall guys). I guess these places with bars and such – are just my thing.

The Money Go Round kicked off the show with a catchy rock hit. I didn’t listen to any of their music prior to attending the show but they were loads of fun. Entertaining and loud and something you could nod your head to without feeling like a freak. I wish they’d played longer. The crowd was already going wild. There was a lot of room to move, and move people did – holding their cups of alcohol up in the air and shouting and just being flat out crazy – calling out for the drummer Shane. Whether they were saying Shamo or Shano I don’t know, but it was hilarious. I spotted some of the members of The Griswolds having some fun in the crowd too.

Joel, a guy who worked in social media, came up to say hello aand introduce himself after The Money Go Round had played.

“You’re taking photos but, you know there’s not much going on there…”

I laughed at the fact that I was just taking pictures of an empty stage and said that I still wanted to take photos anyway. I was still getting my camera adjusted to the lighting at that point. Joel asked me if I had a card with my details (what? Oh goodness me no!!). When I responded in the negative, he asked if I posted anywhere online or had a blog. Well, what else could I have done? He handed me his phone and I loaded up my photoblog.

While I was impatiently waiting for the Griswolds to perform (I was dying to hear Mississippi already), I just glanced at the crowd and walked around swaying my arms a little bit. No one seemed interested in getting closer to the stage except the other photographer. I forgot his name but I’m pretty sure he photographs for The Standard, since I saw him last time I was there. While I was bumming around, Dan from The Griswolds introduced himself. I just had to ask if he was the one who’d been replying to me from their Twitter account and he said it was. Ahahhh. 😁 He mentioned that they weren’t on for another fifteen or so minutes, and we had a little chat.

I asked for a photo and he said, “Let’s do a funny one where I look really short!”

me and Dan wooo~

I just had to share that one, I think it’s precious. πŸ™‚ I’ve posted a bunch on my photoblog. Having taken 800 photos on the night, I cut them down to 135, but I hope at least a few people enjoy flicking through them. I didn’t want to just dump them all inconsiderately in this post.

Again The Griswolds put on a huge huge show. I love the fact that their music makes me dance and sing along at the same time. There’s not much of that kind of music around these days, but I find that a lot of underground Australian artists are really picking those gems out of the dirt. I know hippie-psychedelic-quirky-rock-pop is totally not everyone’s thing, but if there’s something I’d want to do at a gig other than listening to the music, it’s dancing. It’s dancing alright.

The Griswolds sang a bunch of their songs, most of which I had heard when they supported San Cisco, but I enjoyed listening to them over again. I hope they come out with an EP or an album because I would absolutely love to have recordings of those great songs.

They seemed to follow a Hawaiian theme that night with huge paper pineapples and leis, not to mention their colourful shirts and the confetti! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I was drizzled in coloured paper. It reminded me of when Ball Park Music had a huge cannon that shot out confetti, except The Griswolds had multiple large rolls of it this time. I got a few great shots of it in mid-air. The stage was littered with debris.

The lead singer Jon, from The Money Go Round, approached me later and introduced himself. He seemed pretty excited given that they had just performed their first gig. I said they were great – they really were – and he asked who I work for.

“… just a hobbyist.” /um

He was still pleased and he too asked if I had a card. I was probably shitting myself at that moment. He asked if I’d post the photos online and I just typed out my photoblog for him too.

There’s got to be an easier way to do this, I thought. I rummaged through my bag and realised I left my notebook at home on purpose, so I didn’t have to lug it around. Lame.

When Hey Geronimo came out, they were totally not what I expected. I heard two of their songs before, and they were pretty ordinary to me. The keyboardist thanked me for taking photos. :’) Hearing them live, though, changed my mind about them. They described themselves as country rock with a bit of dance. Oh wow, they were really accurate when they said so. Everyone was dancing along to their catchy music, waving their arms up in the air and moving around with their arms around each other. I was enjoying it so much myself that I nodded my head and danced too. Dan even put his hand over my camera lens and encouraged me to dance. πŸ˜›

I also found myself talking to Marco from The Money Go Round as well. He’s from Brazil and lives in Sydney as well. It’s pretty amazing how musicians are just like ordinary people with normal lives and some having normal jobs as well. Marco seemed pretty enthusiastic about March of the Real Fly. He was a very talkative guy, which is funny because I remember spotting him in the bar earlier and not having a clue that he was in the band. LOL. We even made eye contact a few times then, bahaha.

I enjoyed watching March of the Real Fly as well, surprisingly. I had listened to their EP before, but it was nothing special to me. Again, like Hey Geronimo, they sounded a thousand times better performing live. March of the Real Fly had some quirky tunes and they were also a quirky but fun band. I was impressed by the drummer also being the lead singer, the guy on the ukelele being downright awesome, and the girl playing the keyboard and the guy on guitar all showing so much personality. Their songs were fun and catchy and I was also able to dance to them. πŸ˜„

It was over before I knew it. 😞 It was nearly midnight and I could’ve sworn I was there for longer than four hours. I had a good time anyway. As I saw Dan walk past again I asked if I could have one of the pineapples The Griswolds had on stage. They’re huge!

“You want a pineapple?!”
“Yes!”
“Fuck yeah!”

It’s bigger than my face. πŸ˜†

I bumped into another guy who was surprised that I got one of the pineapples. He asked where I got it, and I pointed out that there was one left at the back of the stage on the left and he could get it if he wanted. He thanked me and said, “I just may! Thank you!” He seemed racked with glee. πŸ˜…

On the way out I bumped into a guy called Phil who asked if I was Hawaiian.

(At this point I was sort of wondering why I seemed to be drawing so much attention that night.)

“Nope… this is from the Griswolds, this too,” I gestured at the ring of flowers around my neck. “The second band up there.”

Yup, another person late to the party…

He asked for my photoblog too, so I gave it. I bumped into Marco again when I escaped Guy Who Thought I Was From Hawaii and he asked if I’d be posting my photos… yup. I said that I’d tweet him at @themoneygo and give him the link. So much easier, right?

When I was walking back to the station people were looking at me weirdly.

Oh, the pineapple.

I need to make some business cards. More and more people (band members (!!!!)) are possibly going to be asking for my details next time I drag Shadow along to a gig, so…

I can’t wait until Tuesday! Which is super soon… practically tomorrow… because it’s my birthday and I’ll be seeing Boy & Bear with James β™₯️

Comments on this post

I always love reading about your music/concert/gig posts! πŸ˜„

Like what I’ve said before – I think it’s awesome that you can go to a lot of gigs. I also want to do that but with the not so secure environment here, my Mom won’t allow me! O_O I haven’t heard the bands you’ve mentioned. I will try to YouTube them so I could here some of their music. It’s one of the reason why I like your music posts – I get to know new bands. 😊

It’s awesome that you get to interact with them too. It’s nice to know that they are cool and approachable! πŸ˜„ And yeah, I kind of noticed that you had bumped into a lot of people that night. Haha. Well, at least you get to promote your photoblog, right? 😎

It sounds like you had quite a fun evening! That is really neat experience you had with Shadow! I really do believe you should make up some business cards especially since people have been asking for them.

After looking at your photographs, I do agree, you’re talented. Your photos are really amazing and neat. I’m sure they will love looking at them. Maybe you could get freelance work with one of the bands or something?

It was really neat what you experienced. Thank you for sharing!

It sounds like you had an amazing time! I flicked through your photos; you definitely got some (all) amazing ones. The singer of The Griswolds looks super cute. πŸ˜†

miss popular πŸ™‚ sounds like you had a good time, and got a souvenir!

Sounds fun. I bet you had an awesome time. 800 photos is a lot, there must have been plenty of photo worthy moments during that night. β™₯️

Thanks for the sweet comments on my photos! πŸ˜„ I’m glad you liked them.

Anyway, sounds like you had an absolute blast at this concert! 😊 lucky ducky! hehe. I’ve always wanted to go to a concert to take pictures, but I have yet to go to one yet! Going alone to anything can definitely be lonely, but it has some perks too. You can always do what you want and eat what you want (especially when you’re traveling!)

Sounds like the musicians were really nice and hilarious people! Haha, I love how they gave you a pineapple at the end. I thought it was real for a second and was about to ask how you carried such a prickly thing home πŸ˜† The pianeapple is so cute. :3 I wonder if you can hand-make something like that! 😧 Looks so complicated haha~

It’s really adorable that you named your camera! Shadow is a awesome name too. :3 & yess business cards are needed!!!! You are quite popular, Georgina! πŸ˜‰

Anyway… *going to check out your photoblog now πŸ˜„*

Oh man, you are so cool. I bet you are such an approachable and friendly kid which everyone is attracted to you. You are so lucky having people to ask for your card.

Anyway, Happy (advance) Birthday! May all your wishes come true. Stay pretty. β™₯️

Oh I don’t know them at all 😞 But the guy looks so adorable, haha really cool for a dude to pose with the peace sign. πŸ™‚)

Hey girl! Not a problem! The reason why you couldn’t leave a comment, is I have the settings to where it closes after a certain amount of days. I’ll have to change that.

I’m glad you’re keeping busy! Congratulations on graduating though! That’s a big step in your life! I’m going back to community college first. I’m not sure what I want to do just as of yet. But ‘J” keeps telling me save your money. So I’m paying rent here, than when the time comes we will get a house together aww πŸ™‚.

Anyway, seems to me as if you’re going to a LOT of concerts which is good!! You can never have enough concerts right? It also appears that the tickets in Australia are cheaper than anywhere else, though I could be wrong! Thank you for adding my link to your photoblog! I really appreciate it!!!!! You look amazing with your new haircut really!! I’ll have to update my photoblog soonish! PROMISE!!

Anyway, I’m stress free as of late. But not sure how long that will last. Just glad I have really good friends looking out for me and my well being compared to before. I can’t contact the little girl anymore, but oh well, she was getting on my nerves anyway, anything she wanted she got. So, she can have that lifestyle, I don’t want to be around that and be accused of something and act like its alright so I moved out of there as fast as I could. But I’m glad things are looking better for you girlie!!

Just checked out your photoblog and the pics look awesome! Did you upload them all manually or through WordPress’ multi-uploader or something?

I used the WordPress uploader and just did it all in one go. πŸ™‚ It would have taken longer if I added captions and stuff, but I couldn’t be bothered. πŸ˜›

2012-05-29 02:27:57′, ‘Looks like you had a great time, Your photos are amazing BTW HOW HARD IS IT TO CULL PHOTOS? Especially when you really feel something for each one?!

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Oh my– these guys must be amazing! *_* I wouldn’t mind listening to some of their pieces. They seem to be very easy-going too. It’s always heart-warming to hear about singers and musicians who are not too snobby to refuse approaching people who come to their show. πŸ™‚

Also, I’m so glad you got yourself and your passion for photography some… publicity. 😊 I’m a believer that passion will always stand out, everywhere, and much more than professional notoriety.

*hugs* I’m so glad I could come to your blog again! I need to do it more often. Reading your posts leaves me with a big BIG smile. πŸ˜„ Hehe.

As a reply to your comment on my blog: YEP, I really hope I can re-do some of NLH’s reputation… even though it’s as a fictional characters community, just for fun. 😊 Better than the bitter feelings that the old owner left us all with. That domain has good memories to it, I really want to keep those. — Oh, and I got behind with emails. 😊” I’ve wanted to send you a good LONG email for weeks, but I’m always rushing after things. I added that to my schedule though. πŸ˜› So I will. *hugs*

Haha yeahh πŸ˜† The Hunger Games was alright; I thought it was going to be better though since so many people have been obsessing about it.

I might just start reading it. Now that school is almost over, can I spend my late nights reading it 😊 There are so many books I want to read now, so it’s all good πŸ˜„

Thanks! And no problem, I know you’re busy.

By the way, happy Birthdayy! It sounds like you had a lot of fun at the concert. Its always nice going to small gigs because a lot of the time you can really meet the people and its quite fun! It’s so cool how so many people asked you for your card, so maybe you should get cards πŸ˜† Hopefully they check out your photoblog!

It’s people like you that makes us want to write and record and play music. Glad you liked us in the end ;-)

Andrew (keyboardist in Hey Geronimo)

Hello! πŸ˜„ You were fantastic up there. In all honesty, better live than on recording, which is always a beaut. xox

Your so courageous to venture out on your own like that! Sounded like a rough awkward beginning, but in the end I can tell you thoroughly enjoyed it!

I don’t know any of the bands you listed, but from the photos you took, their probably not my style, /um.

You will definitely be needing a business card. And I hope you get to hand it out for your next gig/show! That’s exciting. I can feel your motivation and your sense of new opportunities. β™₯️