Hey all! After finally getting back into the concert scene after a year plus hiatus, I've decided to blog about the shows I've been going to as a "style meets music" kind of post. And since I'm somewhat private about some parts of my life, these will also somewhat serve as a inside look to aspects of my life. The response and hits for my post about seeing The Jesus and Mary Chain was amazing, so I'm hoping that's a sign that a once a week music post is a good idea! XO
Surfer Blood is one of those bands where from the second I heard them in 2011 I totally loved them. A lot of their songs off of their 2010 album Astro Coast really hit a chord with me and I listened to them on repeat, but not long after my health started to get kind of weird. I had a good year or two in there of going to shows, but by the end of 2012 I was out of commission. As I mentioned in this post, I wasn't really checking out new music as much because getting excited about music weirdly made me kind of depressed--probably because I couldn't indulge in it truly. Surfer Blood released a bit of new music from that time forward and I somewhat missed the boat.
Flash forward to this spring where I'm finally back in my groove and I went to The Jesus and Mary Chain and officially got back in my element, I went on a concert searching binge to keep the momentum going. Thanks to downloading Bands in Town, an app I deleted a while back because I wasn't going to shows, I saw that Surfer Blood was playing at Lost Lake, a somewhat dive-y bar (more on that in a moment) that I never would have thought to search for national acts coming to town. I decided that I absolutely HAD to go to this show, and luckily I was able to recruit some of my favorite people, Jeanice and Kelsey, despite that they didn't know the band super well.
As this is predominately a fashion/style/retro clothing blog...let's address what I wore! Going to concerts is hard for me fashion wise! Practical shoes are something I consider myself highly allergic to. Sometimes I wear heels to shows because I can't stand standing, even in flats, so I say whatever and just put on wedges or pumps. I almost did that on this night because I knew we'd likely find parking close by and it was a smaller venue, both meaning less stomping around. (Always key decision making elements when deciding what footwear to put on!) At the last moment I rediscovered my purple converses and realized they matched my outfit, so I put them on.
Initially I had a few different ideas about what dress or skirt I was going to wear, especially since the weather was super back and forth temperature wise that day (welcome to Denver!). I finally landed on my Chicwish bird skirt, mostly because I just wanted to fucking wear it. I hadn't worn it in some time because for whatever reasons other outfits had won out when considering wearing this beautiful skirt other times. It needed to be worn again and given that it's midi length and somewhat heavier fabric, it wouldn't be inappropriate if the temperature dropped again that night. I paired it with my J Crew Factory stripped shirt to give it a pseudo mixing of prints look (my new favorite thing to do ALWAYS), but really it's a "mixing prints decrescendo" as there are stripes in the skirt already. Or, it's a "mixing while matching of prints." You decide! To round it off I put my purple with yellow tints NicCoco Creations hair flower in my hair, ModCloth geography necklace, and my green Kate Spade bag.
So when we first walking into Lost Lake, we were all stunned! I had heard that they had done some renovations to it, but the last time I was there was in early 2013. This used to be a super dive-y bar with old school booths, an rustic bar, and a random side room with booths, couches, a photo booth, and a video game with a penis for a joy stick. Last time I was there all of my friends were jumping off the couches making awesome "dance moves" on our way back to the floor and my friend Bryce hijacked Magic Cyclop's DJ equipment to change the song when he left the room. I mean, it was THAT kind of place. Now look at the above photo with the swanky bar! To be fair, the main room (which is where the stage is) still had that "under construction vibe" a la unpainted walls and ripped up flooring, but I'm unclear if that was an "artistic choice" or if it legitimately really is a work in progress still. Regardless, the place is unrecognizable and I never would have known that I was in the same place.
Between the opening act (who I will not mention as my friends and I did NOT enjoy them and I would prefer not to be negative about bands who are genuinely trying to break through) and Surfer Blood my friends and I were able to get to the front right by the stage. The venue was really hot, so my friends eventually went to the side of the stage because there was a door there thus providing more ventilation. I decided to stay up close and personal for a while. I wish every show I could be this close! Maybe the music portion of this blog will be influential enough to let me get better access soon enough? I can dream... I've been to several shows since and will be staggering those posts once a week, but these pictures are admittedly the best (so far).
Eventually two girls decided to
stand dance next to me. Ladies and gentleman: dancing is fine at shows. Taking up a foot in each direction as you sway is not. Like, don't be that guy/girl, mmmkay? I was having a ball until this started happening. So I decided that was a good time to mosey on over to where my friends were. The side view was just as fun and amazing. It felt like we were backstage, which added to the fun. And when they got off stage between their main set and their encore they were standing right by us. I believe this was a concert first for me!
Surfer Blood was totally awesome live! I figured they would be (I tend to have a relatively accurate hunch which way an artist's musicianship will sway) but even with expecting them to be great they impressed me. My friends who barely knew them seemed to be quite taken with them as well. All of the guys seemed to be genuinely nice and playful, and they even dedicated a song to a teenage (?) super fan. That same super fan promptly ran up on stage when they were finished and stole the set list in the least of covert ways. I congratulated him on such a rock and roll act 10 minutes later before my friends and I departed, hehe. My only complain about the show was that they didn't play some of my favorites off of their Astro Coast album, as that is the one that I am most familiar with and was largely introduced to. That said within the month before the show I caught up pretty well with their musical catalog so everything that they played was familiar.
My friends, Jeanice and Kelsey, on the side stage watching Surfer Blood.
I'm super grateful that I got to see Surfer Blood and in such an intimate venue at that! I've been to a half a dozen shows this month and I've learned/remembered that smaller venues are always better. ALWAYS. It was a great second show to go to after a long hiatus from concerts. Tune in next week to hear about seeing The Sonics!
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