"...under halcyon skies
The wait is over for an innocent life..." - The Maccabees, "Ayla".
4th track from their "Given To The Wild" record, released in 2012. Post gig depression started to show signs of its first symptoms earlier today so it might take some time for me to talk about The Vaccines gig which, just to give you guys a little idea, was even better than I was expecting, they were absolutely wonderful live and their gig was mind-blowing, they were so wonderful!! I'll keep all the details and emotions for later but this is already a good start. I think Arni and Justin recognized me - which is more than great - and I was able to finally see Pete, who plays the drums, because on their first gig back in April 2012 he was a long way back on the stage and I didn't get to see him properly - neither him or Freddie, who's the guitarist - so seeing them all and not just two band members was an amazing thing. 99.9% of the photos I took of their gig are quite blurry because I chose not to use the flash of my father's camera because the battery would end quite quickly and I wouldn't be able to have as many memories from their gig, but I took several photos of this one so all the memories are there, attached to each and every pixel of each photo. There was a local opening act, called Inky, which won a promotion made by Club NME to select an opening band for The Vaccines' gig and they were very good, they perform a more electronic sound than the alternative/pop/indie music The Vaccines play but it was an interesting mix of genres and their gig was short, but they were wonderful. Their leadsinger is a beautiful woman and they are very talented. The Vaccines performed 20 known songs by all fans and an exclusive song, called "Melody Calling", which is beautiful!! I nearly touched Justin's hand during "A Lack Of Understanding" and singing all their songs once again and being in front of them was a huge experience, and I'll try my best o upload as many photos I can from their gig and give you all the details I can remember and everything, but I like to take things slow because it's just when I'm at a gig that I'm able to forget about the complications of real life and just enjoy and make the most of every single second. They were mind-blowing and I'm already keeping my fingers crossed for a 3rd time!! :D
The main reason why I'm uploading this photo is because I tried to do it a couple of days ago, but I could never decide if this was the right time to upload this one, which happens to be one of my favorite photos, taken two years ago, back when I was discovering my camera. I chose the lyrics to "Ayla" because this song was constantly playing on repeat on my cellphone or in my computer and I watched the official music video to it several times before the gig just to remind me that, just like the lyrics say, the wait for an amazing moment was almost over. I recently discovered that The Maccabees were the ones who directed the music video to this also mind-blowing track and some fans said on YouTube they didn't like the video because they were expecting more and stuff like that, and I was quite pleased with what the band did regarding the music video and the song, because "Ayla" is a song full of endless layers - just listen to the opening piano bit - and making a music video to a song with so many details is something quite complicated, so I'm proud of the video The Maccabees did, I really am. This photo also reminds me a lot of the video, because it consists on The Maccabees' guitaritst Hugo White riding a bike somewhere in London, I think - I said this before but, to me, it's better to give a full explanation - and the video starts with some footage of the sun peeking behind the trees and then in the bit where Orlando sings "We'll wait for love" the sky and the trees burst into vivid colors and then the video gets fast but at the same time, relaxing. I think they chose to make a music video like this because they are, obviously, musicians and not professional video directors, so I believe they just took one bit of the song - the opening line, "Aimless am I, listless I'm the blunt of the knife, drifting to the corners of life, Ayla" - and made something based on it, as if they wanted to give the idea they were looking for something and then the video ends with Hugo stopping somewhere with the line "The wait is over" constantly echoing. But this is just me, people have different opinions regarding music videos and this is the mere opinion of a fan. :)
I hope you all like this photo, sorry once again for the huge text post and I swear I'll try to upload some photos from The Vaccines gig!! And thank you Breezy for featuring my blog post about The Maccabees winning the Ivor Novello Awards and also for featuring my orchid photo!! :D xxx