I was obsessed with the Beware of Darkness
when I first heard it. I didn't hear it until recently when XM Octane played it. Why? I mean, why so long before I ever heard it on Octane?
At any rate, I just howled outloud myself whenever it came on. Of course I have a decent XM player and Song Saved it twice so to have it absolutely on there (songs overwrite oldest, holds 10.)
I saw that the band had played at the Friday night pre-party at Carolina Rebellion
, and something about their name rang a bell, but just what crevice in my mind the bell went to, I wasn't sure. I'd had that same "bell" go off when I saw their name listed on the main last.fm Carolina Rebellion
page, I knew I hadn't seen them on the Saturday and Sunday line-ups and it wasn't until later I realized they were on the Friday one, one which I wouldn't/couldn't/wasn't at.
So while at Carolina Rebellion
, on the way to it or something, I looked them up online. Freak Out! They were there. Pooh. I wanted to see them just for that one song.
I learned that they had an album dropping on May 7th. I decided I just had to have it. I figured out that I couldn't get it physically at any location I went to that day. I was going to have to order it online, and saw that Best Buy did have one lone store that was supposedly carrying it for real. Just about where my husband would be the next day, May 8th, for business. I BEGGED him to pick it up for me.
At some point I started following the band on twitter. On May 8th I saw a tweet about the group playing in Augusta, GA that night. Hmmmm. I thought about it for a minute then sent a few txt msgs to my husband about it. I wanted to go. Really wanted to go. It was a longer drive to there than my husband would want to do, I mean we just had gotten back from Carolina Rebellion on Monday. Surprise, surprise he tells me to buy the tickets. Really cheap, $10 entrance.
Later that afternoon he got me the CD. It wasn't on the shelf and someone looked it up and said they should have 1 out. Then someone else came around with a cart full of CD's and so my husband asked them about it. "Good thing I have these things alphabetized" they said, pulling Beware of Darkness
out of the mass of CD's.
As soon as my husband came home I was in search of it. I grabbed it and tore off the plastic as fast as I could and opened it up. Lovely picture of the band inside covering the two interior sides, nice photo on the back of Kyle Nicolaides and the tracks on the album.
In the front section was the booklet, I slipped that out and out comes a gorgeous guitar pick. That was a surprise. I didn't see anything about it on the website for BB nor on the pkg itself.
I got the CD ripped and Google Music uploaded it to the cloud for me.
We packed and headed out. I hooked up my phone to the car stereo and started playing Orthodox
. It played through once. I was hooked completely. On second go through, same trip, I was even more completely hooked. I contemplated it in silence for awhile and started it up again, but then we'd arrived at our destination.
Time went by, we were in Sky City
and the most awful band played first. I got a t-shirt for Beware of Darkness
during that time. I was gonna put it on, then decided not to. I could have gotten it signed, the guy had said, but that didn't work out.
When the horrid band was done, tear down happened. Setup started. Before too long I said I was going up front. I stood there and watched and waited. Eventually the setup/sound check guy was done. I had never seen any photos of the band except for on the CD I had. I caught a glimpse of who I knew had to be Kyle. Amazing, he turned out to be exactly what I was hoping for.
It was so awesome watching the band perform. I had just gone through watching a ton of bands a few days before, and here I was enjoying myself even more than any of those other concerts. I mean, I was totally painless holding my Sony cyber-shot up for the whole thing. I only do it for fan footage, it's shaky/wavering for sure.
Since that night I have listened to almost only this music. I can't get enough of it. It grows in importance the longer you listen. It's a story with so many parts and themes that differ but work as a whole..
I love concept albums, and this is one of those, a small one of sorts. It's gorgeous. I can't imagine listening to anything else much right now, especially not a bunch of disconnected songs from one or varied artists.
After the show we hung around and I had the opportunity to talk to Kyle. Also talked to Tony (drummer), as well as got theirs and Daniel's (bass) signatures on my CD. Actually I bought a second one there (had my first in my purse) it just seemed right to buy one directly from them. I had them sign inside near each of their respective pictures, it's really beautiful.
Someone else there came over with a CD and gave it to us, the EPHowl
, just outright gave it to us. Thank you!
Anyhow, I had such a great time there, I really like the band, their music, Kyle's talent is immense and he's so nice to talk to. I am so in love with the whole thing, them and the music. I feel like always, not a total grown up. Yet more complete than ever.Howl
is different on the album, but Last.fm doesn't have the album here correctly yet. So often they mix up the tracks that are the same name but from different albums with different lengths even.Sweet Girl
is an incredible classic rock kind of track.Ghost Town
is the same pretty much or exactly as on the EP, it's an epic sounding song.Amen Amen
I love this one so much. All Who Remain
I love this one too, it's an incredible song, starts so simply, but gets so lush. Co-written by Kyle Nicolaides and John5Heart Attack
is an awesome song. It's fun to sing along to this one because of the wacky great lyrics, the music is super upbeat too, and it's so sarcastic, it's one of my favorites.Morning Tea
is so depressing, so exactly what it is supposed to be. What's it like when you are depressed and numb. Morning TeaEnd of the World
is a re-worked version of the song Culture Bomb from the EP. I really like End of The World a lot more than the EP similar track.Life on Earth?
This song is really depressing. I mean, I don't know how many of you others think like this but man oh man do I relate.My Planet is Dead
- Is this an environmental song? I don't think so. It's too farcical thus it's a pessimistic look at the world as it is, which I get why it's under Enlightenment on the album.Salvation is Here
is a lush beautiful, hopeful sound song.Hummingbird
is the lovely lyrical piece that ends the album. It's gentle and it's one of my top favorites on this album.Hummingbird
is different from Howl
and Sweet Girl
and Amen Amen
and Heart Attack
. I kind of like them all the same though.All Who Remain
and Ghost Town
are both awesome tracks that I hold just a fraction of lesser to the above listed 5 favorites.
The rest would fit in this order: My Planet is Dead
, Salvation is Here
, End of the World
, Morning Tea
, Life on Earth?
But all this is wrong. I LOVE THE WHOLE ALBUM AND EVERY SONG! Don't get me wrong! I love each one, even though there is a hierarchy from one to the next.
It's all opinion, of course, you may agree or not, or some points may be in agreement, but not all. That's OK, but I'd prefer y'all to actually just buy the music and listen to it a few times through before passing judgement.Beware of Darkness
buy it, listen to it, love it, pass on the love!