Like every responsible person 21 and up, I spent my St. Patty’s day getting way too drunk and slurring my words, but the main difference is that I watched the Vancouver-based, Juno-Award winning band, Said the Whale, play a private show in my friend’s (Lincoln) backyard. Way to boost your indie cred, Lincoln; props bro, props.
Said the Whale is an indie rock band with some folk influence and a little bit of soul who executed their style wonderfully. There was merely a tarp on which the 5-piece band set up their equipment and the sound system was actually provided by Lincoln himself, but this did not detract from the experience at all. In fact, it added to it. The show felt personal and inclusive, there was just a group of us around the band in a half circle about 10 feet away and occasionally the lead singer/songwriter would step out past the microphones and sing directly to us, with no need for extra amplification. This made the performance seem truly authentic, hearing his natural voice penetrate the cool night air. The band would speak directly to the audience between songs, often explaining what they meant. So, in addition to getting a private show, there was also some insider information on the songs straight from the creator. It was almost as if we, the audience, weren’t watching a show, but taking part in an event together with the band. The set, although, was relatively short which left one wanting more.
After the show, though, this feeling quickly subsided as the band continued to party with us for the rest of the evening. They mingled with the audience and it was just like making new friends. I got the opportunity to talk to Ben (lead singer/guitarist) about how they were able to spread their influence so far into Texas. Listen up all you budding musicians, the answer is: tour, tour, tour, tour, tour, tour, tour, tour, tour, tour, tour, talk to people, write songs, work hard, be broke, and tour, tour, tour, tour. According to Ben, no band just gets famous because they are randomly discovered. The bands themselves literally have to tour and find fans virtually on their own. The quality time spent with the band after the show and the insight given by Ben led to a feeling of a true connection with the band, and even though they didn’t play very long, they made a serious impression on everyone there, and I will definitely be seeing them again upon their return to the College Station area.
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