11: A song that reminds you of summer.
MakeDamnSure by Taking Back Sunday gives me the chills. I remember one summer as a teenager – it must have been 2007? – listening to this song over and over again. Of course I listen to it during other times of the year as well, but since my teen years no summer is complete for me without blasting MakeDamnSure.
There’s also this acoustic version that is pure magic, much thanks to Matt Fazzi’s performance:
When it comes to concerts, 2014 was kind of weird. In a cool way. A great way. I saw Bayside, NOFX and Taking Back Sunday live. Three bands I’ve been listening to for about a decade; two of which have never been to Sweden before. Sure, seeing them live eight years ago would have been cool, but honestly I think I somehow appreciated it even more now. It’s cool going to shows when you’re a little older and you’re not too caught up in being a fan; it’s not as much a competition as it is a pleasure. I like not being as overwhelmed by the fact that this or that bandmember is standing in front of me, or feeling like I’ve got to remember every word to every song or I’m not a “real” fan. You know what I mean?
Taking Back Sunday.
Sorry for the shitty iPhone photos, but in Sweden we’re hardly ever allowed to bring DSLR cameras to shows anymore. Not sure if that’s the case for most people in other countries too.
But those bands weren’t the best part of 2014. I finally got to see blink-182 live. A band I’ve been listening to for 15 years or so; three of my favorite people in the whole world. They have meant and still mean more to me than any other musicians out there. I went to London in August to see them perform at the Brixton Academy. As if that wasn’t enough I also met Travis Barker after the show. The brief encounter was over in seconds, but it was one of the most memorable moments of my life so far. At 25 I feel a little too old to wait for bands by their bus after shows but blink is my only exception. blink-182 life. For life.
Travis after the show.
2014 gave me a lot of awesome concert experiences. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2015 will bring.
On November 29th, Taking Back Sunday played in Sweden for the first time ever. Crazy, I know. Many of us had waited over 10 years to see them and they certainly didn’t let us down. I still have a hard time finding the right words to describe this show. That’s why I decided to simply share some of my photos and leave it at that. Let’s go!
Yeah. The second best show I’ve ever been to. Ever. Such presence by the band, great connection between Adam and the crowd. Awesome setlist. Lots of love in a very small place.
If you’ve never listened to Taking Back Sunday, I recommend the two first records. Such as this song (One-Eighty By Summer):
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