Your Hand in Mine

Last night James and I went to the Explosions in the Sky concert and it was truly amazing. I was expecting something great, from the reviews I read, but it was much better than expected.

James was already tired by the time he picked me up, because he’d been working all day. We parked at the station (lucky we found a parking spot, but it might have been because it was Sunday evening and it’s not that busy) and caught a train to the city, where the theatre was located. Since I had a bit of cash left on the refund card James gave me a while ago, we decided to spend it on a bit of food. We bought some beef jerky and dark chocolate.

We had walked past the theatre at 6:30 and no one was there, so we had a chicken bun and a pork floss bun. I brought a banana with me and ate that as we walked. James said it was like an emergency banana. 😆

We arrived back at the theatre at around 7:00pm. The doors were due to open at 7:30pm. We hadn’t been gone long and there was already a line at the door. We joined the line and before long – only about ten minutes – the line behind us got much longer.

We walked into the theatre and stood at the front, right in front of the stage. James wasn’t too keen on standing so close to the speakers. He warned me that if the music got too loud for him, he’d move to the back but I could stay at the front. I secretly hoped he wouldn’t want to go to the back. Since I’m very short, I always try to go as close as possible to the front. Even in the third row at my previous concert, tall people were in front of me and my friend Dylan had to carry me at some point so I could see.

James was notified by a security guard that he had to put his backpack in the cloakroom. So much for eating beef jerky through the concert… nah, haha. We weren’t that disappointed and he felt better without it anyway.

The concert had sold out last week, so we were expecting a huge crowd behind us. The theatre wasn’t full until the show nearly started at 8:15pm. The opening act, Charge Group, are a four-piece from Sydney. Usually I don’t know what to expect from homegrown talent but most of the time they are pretty good. We were surprised to see that this band played music very similar to Explosions in the Sky. EITS’s music is instrumental, and their music is of the post-rock genre. Their music is hard to describe, but think of modern symphonies. Your classic music greats – Mozart, Beethoven – mixed with rock music, beautiful piano melodies and highly intricate guitar melodies. Charge Group were a bit more on the rock side of things, but with their violinist, they had a great edge to their sound. All of the songs they played were varying as well – some had words, some didn’t – and they varied in style. One was very catchy, others loud, and some really progressive.

The bassist of the group was so dull; he seemed way out of it, and he didn’t have any enthusiasm. (Maybe he had a bad day.) The lead guitarist/singer and the violinist made up for his dullness though. They were so enthusiastic and I was completely intrigued by the lead – he was moving around and really putting all his energy into his playing. He moved his neck around and back and forth. I enjoyed watching him and the violinist, and the drummer was so swift and excellent.

During the intermission, while the stage was being changed, the curtains closed. James and I had a chat and as we were talking and looking at the crowd, I recognised a girl behind me. She was Diana, a girl I went to primary school (ten years ago!) with. After finally asking her, “Hey, are you Diana?” she gasped in shock and exclaimed, “Oh my god, Georgina! I haven’t seen you in over like seven years!”

We had a small chat before EITS played. What are the chances of seeing her, right behind me, at an Explosions in the Sky concert? Of all the places. :’)

Explosions were just amazing. Just incredible. They turned on the fog machine. At this point the crowd whistled and cheered loudly. The whole time they had been rather quiet. People barely moved. I was glad there were no moshpits or people jumping.

During the first couple of songs, there were photographers in the section between the audience and the stage who had photo passes so they could take photos on their professional cameras. I was so annoyed at this one guy who didn’t move from his position and blocked my view of the lead guitarist, Michael. The other photographers moved around. Thankfully they were only allowed fifteen minutes of photographing before they were ushered away by security guards.

EITS didn’t play my favourite song, So Long, Lonesome; they didn’t have a keyboard on stage and it does play a major role in that song. However, they played some of their best hits and they played well. They were wonderful live; just like how they sounded on the recordings. Standing in the audience I felt amazed by their playing, and I saw that they had their eyes closed as they played. It felt like the times I had listened to their music at night as I drifted off to sleep.

They played for ninety minutes straight. During that time, I felt like I was floating, I felt numb, I stared into space – I was just blown away. I nearly cried. I think I would have, but my antidepressants have been making me feel less emotional, so my emotion didn’t hit the extreme of tears coming out of my eyes. It was upsetting that they just put down their instruments and only Munaf (one of the guitarists) farewelled us. There was an extra stage guitarist (not in the band) who waved at us. I could see they were so exhausted though; Michael was sweating so much sweat was dripping down his guitar.

I took a lot of photos; I’ll be sure to share a bunch of them or post them on my photoblog so keep an eye out. ♥️

James and I had some beef jerky and dark chocolate on the way home. It was a wonderful night. I’m glad I could have such a wonderful experience and could share it with James. 😍

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