Going Solo

A week ago today I attend my first gig on my own, I didn’t see any friends at this gig nor did I plan to meet up with anyone (which I have done in the past) I was flying solo this time. The concert in question was 5 Seconds of Summer at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

I have been a fan of 5sos for roughly two years so it was only natural when they announced their UK tour last year that I wanted to go, however, there was a small problem. No one wanted to go with me. After at least three days of going back and forth between various friends I decided to bite the bullet and just get one ticket for myself, to hell with everyone else. By three minutes past nine on a Friday morning, I had one seated ticket for 5sos. A feeling of happiness flooded over me, I was going to see a band I really enjoyed and I managed to get a ticket with a decent seat.

Over the recent months, there was a worry that I would stand out like a sore thumb and it would be an awkward experience for me. However, I am happy to report it was far from that! I had a great time, my seat was fantastic and I really enjoyed myself. No one asked me why I was alone and yes, it would have been fun to have someone to freak out when the band did certain things but really I didn’t need someone because I was having so much fun seeing one of my favourites bands live.

The concert made me think more about doing things alone, it may seem daunting at first but actually its fine. In the next few months my only close friend in my hometown is moving away, I don’t go out that much as it is but there is a worry I might become even more of a recluse than I already am. However, I might be somewhat more confident about doing things on my own after my recent positive experience. Who knows I might start going to the cinema on my own!

So I ask you what do you prefer; going along with friends to things or going solo? Let me know in the comments!

5sos collage

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The Vinyl Countdown

Last year for my 21st birthday I requested what would be considered ‘vintage’ things, I asked for a polaroid camera and a vinyl player. My step dad got me a vinyl player/turntable and it is probably one of my favourite things I own.

Vinly stackcollage

My turntable is ION Audio Profile LP Record Player and one of its main features is that is converts your vinyl (if you want it to) onto the computer, however, I use it as turntable. It took a few weeks to get it to work. First I needed speakers (Edifer Speakers, my brother suggested this would be the best). and then I needed an adapter and then a stand for the turntable but eventually I got it work. To date I have had no problems with it, well apart from the damn fluff on the needle but so far things have been good. I do have a minor issue with trying to store all my vinyl, yes in under a year I have obtained quite the collection but the large majority are from my dad. My dad gave me (I am still due) a stack of records everything from AC/DC to Pavarotti, I have admittedly not listen to all of them but I am sure there are some gem of records stored away in there.  So let’s talk about my favourite records!

Actual Vinyl Collage

From left to right, we will start with AC/DC. My dad bought this record on a school trip to Holland, he wanted it desperately because it had the time stamps on the back, which the UK record didn’t. Highway to Hell is a fantastic album and it sounds amazing on this vinyl. I really do cherish this album as it was one of my dad’s favourites growing up and now it is one of mine.

The 1975 self-titled album was bought by a friend for my 21st. I love The 1975 and this album is such a strong album, I can just put it on, sit back and read without a worry or a care in the world. I am currently listening to the new 1975 on Spotify (I do intend to buy the vinyl when I can afford it).

I pre ordered 5 Seconds Of Summer new album way back before I had the turntable, I knew I wanted a vinyl player and this would be a great record to listen to on vinyl. I wasn’t wrong. First of the actually LP is bright green, which looks great and all the songs are solid.

And finally Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison. Like my dad, I am a fan of the man in black and this is a classic album so I just had to get on vinyl. It has the full show on the vinyl, not just part of it; it has his introduction and the cheers from the inmates. It is such a classic album that playing it on vinyl only seems right.

Vinyl All 4 Colage

Admittedly I don’t spend money on CD’s like I use to, I use Spotify as my music sources and if I really like an album I will buy it. However, if there is an album I love I think I may just have to buy it on vinyl. So things on my wish list include Sigur Ros, The 1975, All Time Low and whatever I can raid from my dad’s collection.

Edit: I just found American Idiot on vinyl, that was the first one I bought. It gets an honorable mention!

The Best Albums of 2015

Imagine Dragons – Smoke + Mirrors
Smoke + Mirrors is the second album from Las Vegas band Imagine Dragons and after recently, seeing them in concert I can say this album is one of my favourites this year. If you like your rock with a brush of pop, Imagine Dragons is the band for you. Some of their more ‘heavy’ songs such as Friction and I’m So Sorry reinforce the rock image of the band were as songs such as Shots showcase the bands ability to transcend genres. They are some songs I don’t care for on this album but overall it is a solid second album and the songs are even better when performed live.

Florence + the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
I have waited a long time for the third album from Florence + The Machine and it finally arrived this year in all its beautiful glory. The album is the sound we expect from Florence but it is less angst than their previous albums, it is calm storm. Queen of Peace, St. Jude and Ship To Wreck are for me the stand out songs on this album. I have no doubt these songs will sound amazing live.

5 Seconds of Summer – Sounds Good Feels Good
Over the past year and half I have become a big fan of 5SOS I think it is due to them sound like a young All Time Low. Since I have started listening to the band their music has grown, they seem to be finding the feet with their music and writing style. Sounds Good Feels Good is a great album, like really great, you can tell the boys enjoyed making the album. By far my favourite song is Catch Fire, it screams All Time Low (no surprise the Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low co-wrote the song), it is a style I really see 5SOS embracing. Other gems from this album include Permanent Vacation, San Francisco and Vapor. I’m so glad I will get to see the band live for the first time next year.

All Time Low – Future Hearts
The sixth album from All Time Low has been a long wait for some people but to me it still feels like not that long ago Don’t Panic was released. Future Hearts was All Time Low’s first number one album in the UK and it hit the top spots in several other countries.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from this album, it took me a while to warm up to Something’s Gotta Give so I was a tad hesitant. However,  I had no reason to be worried, Future Hearts stole my heart! Missing You is a perfect song for the fans, it is All Time Low’s way of telling you “Hey, it’s gonna be okay.”  Dancing with a Wolf, Cinderblock Garden and Your Bed are the tracks that I play on repeat.  All Time Low struggled a few years back with where they were going (musically) but it seems like they are finally back on track and are putting out their best music yet.