There are only a few shows that I will ever say are definitive moments in my life with music. Thee Oh Sees at Cosmic Café in Bangkok, Rancid at ABC No Rio in NYC, Noel Gallagher and the High Flying Birds at BITEC, Degaruda at Noise Market 2, Phish at IT, Fugazi every time. Plastic Section at Sofar Sounds Birthday gets added to the list.
If you have ever followed a sports team and felt the adrenaline of your team winning in a packed stadium of roaring fans, you will understand. My memories fail me even for something just a few days ago, but that set was the highlight of my year thus far (maybe coming in second would be the ribs, lamb, and prawn skewers at Gary Boyle’s birthday BBQ. I am digesting – I mean digressing but if the meat and prawns ever started a rock band, they’d be a contender for the top.) Back to the sports team analogy – imagine you gave a shit about sports and followed your local team: when they lost you cried - think about the devoted fans of the New Zealand All Blacks – huge 300 pound Maori guys in tears, weeping like children, puddles of beer and bodily fluid collecting on the floor. But then imagine a win, consecutive wins! Manchester City… one goal after another against Manchester United- the crowd roars with elation and Oasis announces a reunion! Grown adults crying with joy as the pleasure center of their brain spikes and their body cells release a chemical concoction to give you that warm, funny feeling every teenager knows – it’s like falling in love.
Thanks to the the fans and the bands that make our community possible.
Rock and Roll Forever
See some brilliant photos of the party here.