A music experience in an enchanted land

Hey friends and music lovers, 

Last night if you happen to be in Stockholm and know what’s up, The Rival Sons were in town, to perform for their very first time in the big scene at Gröna Lund. A lot of you might already know that Gröna Lund is a place of fantasies, that makes you feel like a child that stepped into an unknown and thrilling fairytale. Bright colors, intense voices and loud music are some elements that are already there, whether a band plays live or not. But how would you actually feel when a band that you admire plays in a venue like this? Well, let’s think about it as a sublime summer night. 

Even though a lot of great bands have already performed in Gröna Lund this summer, I had unfortunately not the chance to be there, so last night can be considered as my summer music highlight. The sun was up again in the evening and now there was only one thing left. Their performance, just as the sun was going down. And since it took place in a magical venue like this, allow me to introduce to you to one of my ultimate music confessions. 

 The set started off with Hollow bones pt.1, Electric man and Good luck, as the red curtain in the background was waving proudly through this musical revelation. And then the band has this creative ability to take you deeper into the wild with songs like torture and face of light. More intense, more intimate, more ecstatic. A little later, one of my most favorite songs Hollow bones pt. 2. Like a real, silent prayer that is meant to be screamed out loud. 

“Choose your love, choose your savior. When you’re down, when you’re weak, on your knees and you cannot sleep. Who’s gonna save you?” 

It is like certain people or certain music can bring so many emotions and feelings out of you that you didn’t even know they existed. Well in my case when I see them perform, this is what happens. Certain moments while their performance takes place that makes your heart skip a little, or maybe a lot. Every band member has solo moments throughout the set, guitar solo, drum solo, keyboard solo. When hypocrisy and fake attitudes swallow up your every day life, their performance is something real and raw that shakes you up. Wakes you up. Rare sound, with band members fully committing to what they do. They have a multifaceted understanding for the spectacle, an ability hard to find in most bands nowadays. 

I know that a lot of people including myself know what it is like to yearn for a life so distant that sometimes seems that it has never been anything more than a dream. But then all of a sudden music from a band like this comes along. And it is the doorway that stands between two worlds. In the willingness to go against all reason, all defenses, all habits, all patterns, and the unwillingness to fight for what you believe in. 

As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is. That each of us has something that no one else has. Or never will have. Something inside that is unique. It is our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and provide ways of developing its expression. It is our job to get lost in the endless possibilities that tomorrow will bring. How can we achieve that? Well, by supporting acts like this and let these pure moments of clarity wash us up. Wouldn’t you agree? 

If I am not mistaken, The Rival Sons are the band that I have seen most times performing. I have never supported any band so closely before, nor I had the chance to shoot so many times in any other band’s show. I think that this fact should speak for itself and louder than any words might on this post. The more you listen to their music, the more your mind opens. The more you have the chance to see them perform, the more you appreciate such an art form. It is different. It is more. It is definite. 

If you feel like it, please feel free to check out my previous review from a few months back, when the Sons performed in Annexet here in Stockholm. 

https://theurbanside.com/2017/03/03/rival-sons-show-review-annexet-stockholm-2017-03-02/

To sum up this music confession of mine, here are a few moments that were captured on my camera last night. 🙂 I will also be eventually uploading small videos from their performance on my Instagram page, join me to take a look! 

https://www.instagram.com/irenepavlidi/

Have a great weekend friends, be kind to one another and enjoy the music in any form! 

Xxx, 

Irene 

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