Saturday 11 December 2010

'From the Back of My Mind..'

It has to be said have a very varied taste in music. I love everything from Big band to Blur (with a few notable exceptions but that's a story for another day). Growing up in the 90's my musical taste has been hugely influenced by the Indie/Brit pop of the day. So when I found out that my favourite, of all favourite bands of the 90's, Cast were reforming for a 15th anniversary gig, I was over the moon. Being a bit too young to see them perform first time round, I was adamant that I was not going to miss out this time!

I decide that I would be nice to go and see them in their homecoming gig at the O2 academy in Liverpool. Also as it was my birthday a few days after the gig, it gave me a great excuse to go and visit my folks. For lots of jelly and trifle - you can never be too old for jelly and trifle!!

I was a little apprehensive, Now I loved them 15 years ago, possibly a bit too much it must be said, but would they still be as good as I had hoped?

Well yes, and sooo much better, they completely blew me away!
They sounded so much better live than I had ever imagined, surpassing their recordings, which is truly saying something as some bands I have seen just don't have the same magic live!!  I was not the only one (but nearly) who was dancing around like a loon much to my very trendy brother's despair - he kept it to the simple appreciative head-bob, de rigueur of the shoegazing male gig goers!

The Liverpool 02 Academy is a great venue it's quite small, enabling you to get quite close to the front, but without feeling trapped! So the whole thing felt very intimate and a just little bit sweaty! The only low point which was small was that due to the number of people in the venue, there was quite a lot of sweat-fuelled condensation dripping from the ceiling!

 Little Bro AKA 'The Trendy One'

I have to say I had a truly fabulous evening reliving my youth, it has reignited my love of music again which is no bad thing. It was the best birthday early present to myself I have had in ages and of course being with my family was great too!

I'll leave you with where for me my love of loud music, guitars, and boys in bands, started with 'Walk Away' the single of which I had on cassette (Now I do feel old!) and played constantly on my Walkman: until the point where it had stretched beyond all recognition, ahh those were the days!

Wendy x

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