Sorry this post is a day late. I have two excuses: 1. I was inexplicably exhausted and randomly fell asleep in front of my computer at about four in the afternoon until around eight, plus 2. I have become inexplicably obsessed with Battlestar Galactica, and have watched 1 1/2 episodes so far on NinjaVideo. (Fun fact: the other day I expressed interest in watching the series, and my brother said “We already watch Doctor Who, which is here on the nerd scale,” *makes a motion with his hand* “Battlestar Galactica is here,” *makes much higher motion with hand*)
But that is COMPLETELY OFF TOPIC. Today, I want to talk about my first ever concert, Boys Like Girls. I posted about it afterward here, and on day 21 of Bri 2.0 I posted another blog devoted to the release of their second album. But I don’t think either of these posts went far enough.
I’m kind of a hipster wanna-be. I wanna go to tons of concerts, be so close the lead singer sweats on me, and wear clothes that people praise instead of mock. I wanna be inside the music, let the beats run up and down my bloodstream, let the sounds reverberate through my chest. I love music, and I think what separates me from hipsters and indie kids is that I don’t care if the music that keeps me floating is mainstream. If I like the music, I will listen to it.
Boys Like Girls is kind of like me in that way; they’re mainstream enough to go on massive concerts without having a real niche in the music world, but they’re still unknown enough to be considered “cool” to enjoy listening to. People won’t look down at me too much if I express liking them, unlike the way they would react if I liked, say, Miley Cyrus (which I don’t).
But this band is more than that. They have what I like to call a happy medium- their songs don’t all sound the same and have interesting and fresh instrumentals, but they compliment this with lyrics that I can really get behind. Examples:
“I used to be love drunk,
but now I’m hung over
I’ll love you forever,
forever is over
We used to kiss all night,
now it’s just a bar fight
So don’t call me crying
Say hello to goodbye” (Love Drunk)
“I’m flying down the fast lane,
Doing ninety-five, ninety things on my brain.
Don’t know where the hell I’m going,
But, I’m going after you.
I’m jumping on the last train,
With the crazy kind of feeling that I can’t explain.
Don’t know where the hell I’m going,
But, I’m going after you.” (Contagious)
“Step in and you can lock the door
The candles are lit and the clothes on the floor
You could take a chance on finding romance
Now you’re holding hands
But he’s got other plans
Tick-tock, the clock is turning red
The room won’t stop spinning and thoughts in your head
And it’s too late
You feel like you’re making a big mistake
You should’ve waited” (Dance Hall Drug) (BEST SONG TO DANCE TO EVER!)
“I got a first class ticket to a night all alone
And a front row seat up right by the phone
Cause you’re always on my mind
And I’m running out of time
I’ve got your hair on my pillow and your smell in my sheets
And it makes me think about you with the sand in your feet
Is it all you thought it’d be?
You mean everything to me” (Heels Over Head)
“Your voice was the soundtrack of my summer
Do you know you’re unlike any other?
You’ll always be my thunder, and I said
Your eyes are the brightest of all the colors
I don’t wanna ever love another
You’ll always be my thunder
So bring on the rain
And bring on the thunder” (Thunder) (Beautiful song)
Sorry for another “ooh pretty lyrics” post, but I can’t get enough! What separates these lyrics from Owl City’s is the sense of adventure. Adam Young makes beautiful, romantic images, but Boys Like Girls focus on stories and situations. Listen to their song “Go” off of the Love Drunk album, and you’ll see what I mean. That song makes me feel ready for anything.