I Went To A Gig!
So after swapping my Wednesday night shift to allow myself to go watch Paper Aeroplanes play with The Fossil Collective in a well known Cardiff live venue, I got excited going to bed the morning after the night before (just another night shift, not some wild booze-fuelled orgy).
But before resting my weary head I found an email saying my tickets had been refunded due to cancellation!
A few tweets were exchanged displaying my disappointment and some from the bands seeking out suitable venues for a replacement gig.
And so I awoke and to my delight found that Thé Pot Café in Cardiff had offered themselves up as a venue for a free gig that same evening, all that was required of myself was a quick email to secure one of the very limited places!
Upon arriving we walked along to the venue in the glorious sunshine before heading inside to find a spot; the venue is gorgeous and quaint, with space for only 30 people, most squeezed onto seats and room for a few standing. Squeezing into a spot near the back we awaited Paper Aeroplanes to take to the stage. Rich and Sarah stand with their acoustic guitars pouring out old favourites and new as-yet unrecorded material. Soft and haunting lyrics with songs such as Orange Lights, which invoke emotions and memories of love, old and new alike. A subtle vulnerability edges into their performance to allow a unique bond with the audience who sit in pure silence throughout the whole set. While simple but effective rifts and chords, which do nothing but enhance the simply beautiful experience that is Paper Aeroplanes, live and intimate.
If that wasn't enough The Fossil Collective took to the floor - after everyone had escaped for a brief moment of fresh air, it was getting quite hot in there! Having never heard of them before I was not sure what to expect when five men with an expertly balanced amount of facial hair between them stood up and introduced themselves to the awaiting audience. A brief intro taught us these guys were from Leeds and they seem to have a genuine excitement to have found themselves in Cardiff and finally be performing. They burst into song, one playing an electric double bass, one on acoustic guitar with another on electric, a gentleman on keyboard and finally one guy on a pianica, who later took to a ukulele and also the wall (amazeballs!). They breezed through their set list, including Satellite and Boy With The Blackbird Kite, which they "mixed up" as they played, going with the flow and releasing and rigidity. Three of the finely bearded men sang and the three-part harmonies that were produced were magical and opened up their songs. Along the journey of their set they also threw in a cover of The Power Of Love (Frankie Goes To Hollywood's version) that aroused the audience who had been engrossed in the musicality of it all. They rounded off their set with the upcoming debut single Let It Go and a huge thank you to Paper Aeroplanes, the audience but mostly the wonderful Thé Pot Café for hosting.
It was a beautiful and intimate evening, I'd definitely recommend seeing either artist perform if you can, or at least have a listen to their mellowed, convincing tracks.
Plus I even managed to get myself a signed poster... brilliant!