Hey friends! Last night me and my team were at Cirkus here in Stockholm to see and shoot The Backyard Babies. Truth to be told, I had never seen them live, until last night, but I heard and read many things about them. Like for instance the fact that they have been around since 1987 and they are Grammy award winners.
In summer 2015, I happened to watch a live Gröna Lund show on TV, where they performed their hit “Th1rt3en or nothing” from their latest album “Four by Four”, and something about their free and rebellious style caught my attention and made me think that I have to see them perform.
Last night was that night. Been waiting patiently as I always do, until the last 2 to 3 minutes before the lights go down and the bands hits the stage. A big amount of smoke covered almost the whole scene and you could mostly see the little red lights that were covering the small corners and the drums set. After almost twenty seconds, one by one, the band members showed up on the scene and took their places on it. And after that, you could clearly hear it, feel it and get it. The guitar intro of “Th1rt3en or nothing”. An edgy sound, bouncing between punk rock, garage rock and hard rock, combined with an attitude full of energy, strong emotions and an intense, barely controllable enthusiasm.
Different people obviously have different reactions each time a band they love hits the stage. Some might have been waiting for it for a lifetime. Some might have been there and not really knowing why. Some of them might be there to just party. And some of them, including myself, might see their whole life flashing in front of them, and might be highfiving their 13 year old self, for being right in front of that stage, surrounded by people they like and love, working with the thing they love most.
One of the hardest things for me to do is to put down in actual words how I feel when I see a band like this performing. But I believe it is always worth trying since I know now after all these years that there are so many people out there who will hopefully relate to my words. Let’s start with the fact that, when somebody has been to a lot of shows, they have the ability to instantly understand whether a band takes their job seriously or not. Whether they are hard workers or not. Whether they are professionals or not. Last night I saw a band full of professionals, who knew exactly how to play, how to rock that stage, how to interact and how to handle themselves up in there. It takes time, it takes guts, and it takes experience. Not all artists are like this, and definitely not everybody can handle themselves up in a stage.
But I believe that at the end of the day, it shows. If it is something that as an artist or a person who works with it you cannot live without, it will reflect to your work eventually. Whether you like it or not.That it is music that is the first thing you think about when you wake up and the last thing before you go to bed. That you are willing to bleed and sacrifice anything for your music and the people who believe in it. Or because you are bad with words and you write a song instead so that you can express yourself through it. Maybe because you have been through so much in your life and music was the only thing that never left you. Or that you want to make sure that you give people hope, the strength to never give up. The reason to believe in the good and not the bad in this world. The reason to make people feel that everything is going to be okay. That just because every song ends, it shouldn’t be the reason not to enjoy music. Just because bad things happen in life, it shouldn’t hold you back from trying. It shouldn’t stand in the way between who you are now and who you want to be one day.
The above words are a couple of things that would somehow explain how I feel each time I am in a show that I really enjoy. Most of you might actually not know that I haven’t been around for a long time, so every time I am in a show, with people that I love, working with what I love, makes me feel nothing but fully blessed. It is something that I have been dreaming of since I was a little child, and it is nothing that makes me happier in life. I am pretty sure that if you are an artist or a true music lover, you can absolutely understand my words. A little idealistic? Maybe. A little over the top or too honest? True. But then again, that’s what music is all about if you ask me. I would not be here, having this work, living in this town and doing what I love if I was too cynical or too realist.
I truly hope and wish that you can relate to my words at some point and feel free to ask, comment and let me know your thoughts about The Backyard babies and music in general. In the meantime, here are the moments captured on my camera, enjoy and have a good day friends! 🙂