I know I haven’t written in a while, I’m sorry for that. I’ve been absolutely swamped. But I promise I’ll try to update more often. Uni is starting on Monday and I’m super excited for it! But that’s not what I want to tell you guys about. I went to watch the live show of the Quivers, Totally Mild and Methyl Ethel at The Howler on 23rd February at 8:00 pm. Considering the fact that I’ve never been to a live music show or the fact that I’d never listened to them before (exclude all the school day programs and the lame ones mom made me go to), it was a great first show. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
I did read up a bit on Methyl Ethel before going to the show so I guess that was a good thing. I at least knew who the band members were. I walked into Howler with my friend, Paul, having no idea what to expect and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The first band in the line-up were ‘The Quivers’ who performed 5-6 songs. The songs that really struck a chord with me were ‘Pigeons’, ‘Riding on the hearses’ and ‘Chinatown’ which had me nostalgic of the past and hopeful for the future. But otherwise, I felt that they could’ve done better. I could’ve used a little more upbeat music and lyrics for the environment. I liked them, nevertheless.
The second band was ‘Totally Mild’ and I have 4 words to say: They were not just Mild. They were freaking awesome. The lead singer, Elizabeth Mitchell, was on fire. The guitarist Zachary Schneider killed it too. Her beautiful voice made me feel like I was walking on clouds in my own imaginary world of unicorns, rainbows and princesses when she sang When I’m Tired. (She was also celebrating her first anniversary with her wife which is pretty awesome. Congratulations to them!). Her more upbeat songs had all of the audience members tapping their feet to the beat and singing along to her songs. It was amazing. It did lack a little ‘mild-ness’ but was overall thoroughly enjoyable.
By the time Methyl Ethel came on, the crowd had grown in both number and energy. We were ready to be rocked. My legs did hurt a little bit from all the standing. But once the bands came on, I couldn’t care less. As the trio — comprised of frontman Jake Webb, bassist Thom Stewart and drummer Chris Wright (plus Hamish – a touring musician) — take the stage a reverent hush washes over the crowd. Jake Webb’s voice held us captive as soon as he started singing Shadowboxing and a hush descended over the crowd. Jake and the band members didn’t talk much in between songs except when Jake said that he “Found the original cassette that I recorded this (L’Heure Des Sorcieres) on the other day,” is how Webb introduces another song, before adding, “And it sounds teeeerrible” to which the crowd cheered. He also introduced a saxophone player to the stage for Twilight Drive and (since I am a jazz fan as well, this was like a dream come true), I was awestruck by their performance. To conclude, they played Ubu as the drone kicked in and the audience joined in during the chorus. So, in conclusion, the whole gig was mild at the beginning, dreamy in the middle and completely captivating in the end. Guaranteed that I had a headache by the end but that was probably due to lack of sleep. I can now confidently say that if you haven’t been to a Methyl Ethel gig, you’re totally missing out on a worldly experience. 100% recommend going to this gig or well, their next one. All the best to Methyl Ethel on their international tour! You guys will rock it! 😀
A sample for those of you who haven’t listened to them:
Photography credits: Sahana Kashyap.