My Opinions on Arcade Fire’s Everything Now

If you know me,  or read my blog then you’d know how much I love Arcade Fire. I think they’re the best band of the generation, and no other band I’ve seen live has ever compared to them. Funeral, their debut LP, is my favourite album of all time. I have never felt so deeply attached to an album like that one, it’s simply just beautiful music.

I also am a massive fan of Neon Bible, The Suburbs and Reflektor. I found Reflektor was very hard to get into, and whilst it’s a little long and perhaps a little over-ambitious, it’s got some amazing tracks, and I appreciate it even more now that Everything Now is out…

I’m not going to kiss their asses over everything they do just because they’re my favourite band. I firmly believe that all bands, especially ones that like to experiment with their sound, occasionally release a record that isn’t a hit with fans.

The album has been out for a few weeks now, and I kept meaning to write this review sooner, but I didn’t have time. I am now fairly confident after many spins, that my initial thoughts are fairly the same, therefore I think I’m giving this a very fair review. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy the songs that are my favourites. I think the last 2 full songs are easily some of the best work that Arcade Fire have ever done; as the lyrics are up to the bands usual standards, and are deep and personal with a hint of that Arcade Fire magic, you know? The same for title track Everything Now, which I’ve loved so much since it came out. I also felt the same about Creature Comfort immediately as well. I just wish most of the album was as good as  them 4 songs, because some of the songs in the middle of the record just aren’t what I love about AF, which is how complex their music is, where you can listen to a song hundreds of times, and you can hear something you totally missed. Some songs on here are a little.. dare I say it.. average.

Here is my opinion on each track.

1. Everything_Now (continued) 

Okay, so this had already been heard before at the beginning of the video for Everything Now. It’s a short introduction to the album at 46 seconds long. I do enjoy it, and it sets the scene very nicely. I find that it almost sounds RNB to me. I do think the fact this intertwines with the last track is very clever, more on that later…

2. Everything Now 

Ahh, Everything Now. I fucking love this song, it’s such a bop! I genuinely experienced love at first listen with this song since it was released as a single a couple of months ago, and it’s amazing live. Arcade Fire + ABBA = Everything Now :’) The song has a very cheery, infectious beat. But don’t let it deceive you, there is a darker undertone. Basically the song is about how you can literally have everything now. You can watch years and years of TV shows in a few hours, you can listen to the complete back catalog of a band with a 3 decade long career within a simple push of a button. I find this baffling when I think about it. I think this is easily track of the year, so catchy.

3. Signs of Life

Signs of Life was the 3rd single to be released out of the 4 before the album came out, and it’s my least favourite of them all. I really didn’t like it at first, in fact I was there when they debuted it for the first time at Scunthorpe, before anyone even heard the studio version. I knew I didn’t like it from then on, but it has grown on me, and does get stuck in your head. I like the first half of the song, but it just repeats itself too much towards the end of the song. It’s obviously heavily influenced by Talking Heads, which is probably why I like it a little, as Talking Heads are fucking amazing! Lyric-wise, I just don’t like it. I just find lyrics about waiting in lines outside nightclubs is a bit lackluster compared to the amazing songwriting of previous records.

4. Creature Comfort

Another one released as a single before the album, and one of my favourites still to this day. It’s extremely synth heavy, and live it’s so badass. Trust me. I’ve seen some critics give this one stick due to the heaviness of the lyrics, but if you feel like that then don’t fucking listen to Arcade Fire! They tackle subjects such as self-halm and suicide in this song, which are very relevant topics at this day and age. I’m not entirely sure if it’s a personal song to the band, but I have an inkling that it could be. “Assisted suicide, she dreams about dying all the time, she told me she came so close, filled up the bathtub and put on our first record” is my favourite part, obviously as Funeral being my favourite album. Maybe it comes across as egotistic that they’ve claimed that an album has saved someone’s life, but when it’s as good as Funeral, then they’ve got every right to be egotistic! This could be true though, and that’s why I think it could be a lot more personal than people think.

5. Peter Pan 

This is an almost reggae track, and the bass is thumping!  It would sound so good on a proper sound system. It’s definitely one of my least favourites on the album, but I watched an interview with Win Butler, and he said that he wrote this song one night when his Dad was very poorly. I now understand the lyrics better, as before I thought the lyrics were a bit cringy. Now it’s clear to me that it’s about wanting to go back to childhood, and prevent death and illnesses of people you love. I appreciate the song a little more knowing it’s origins, and my Grandad is very sick at the moment, so it explains perfectly how I’m feeling.

6. Chemistry 

Chemistry has gotten so much stick, but I’m not ashamed to admit that I like it. You can hear the band has spent a lot of time in New Orleans, with the use of the brass instruments here. I think it’s so fun and catchy, and I love the riff just before the chorus too. I think it’s a shame that they felt the need to repeat the word ‘chemistry’ so many times towards the end. Not the best song in the world, but enjoyable.

7. Infinite Content & 8. Infinite Content

Ugh, I just can’t bring myself to talk much about this if I’m honest. What was they thinking? I get the whole infinite content thing, which they got the point across a lot better in Everything Now, without being so in your face… I was looking forward to hearing the first of the Infinite Content’s, due to hearing it was a punky song, I thought it could be like Month of May, which they pulled it off beautifully. In this song, they repeat the same lyrics over and over again for 1:42 seconds, and then do it AGAIN on the next track. If there was a bit more substance, then this would be a really cool idea. Listen to Month of May from The Suburbs, and then the first Infinite Content, then you’ll see why this makes me so sad…

9. Electric Blue

This is Régine’s time to shine, and I really like it. Sprawl II is one of my favourite songs from The Suburbs, and the same goes for Electric Blue. I didn’t really like it at first, but it’s definitely a grower. I love the bit when she sings really high near the end, it’s crazy how high her vocal range can reach. I can really tell that this song is paying homage to the late Prince and David Bowie. Sound and Vision anyone?! “Blue, blue, electric blue
that’s the colour of my room” ❤

10. Good God Damn

Funky song with a great baseline. Another grower, another bathtub reference. I wonder if the songs lyrics correspond with Creature Comfort? I can feel more Bowie influences here, which isn’t surprising as the band were very good friends of his.

11. Put Your Money On Me 

After a weak middle of the album, things start to pick up here. This song is probably my favourite song on the record apart from Everything Now. I just find everything about it incredible; the beat, the lyrics, the vocals, and  the fact that it feels so vulnerable. I particularly like the second verse, it really pulls on the heartstrings when the trumpets come in and Win sings about trumpets of angels. Sometimes it’s the little things in music that grab your attention. I love how much they sound like ABBA during the chorus, too. I think that’s why it’s my favourite along with EN, as ABBA are one of my guilty pleasures!

12. We Don’t Deserve Love

Warning: this one is a real tear-jerker. At 6.30, it’s the longest song on the album, and whilst admittedly it’s a slow burner, the whole thing leads into one beautiful, heartbreaking ending.  The vocals are so raw, and apparently was done in one take, which makes it even more raw in my opinion. Lyrically, this is the best on the album.

“Keep you waiting, hour after hour
Every night, in your lonely tower
Looking down, at all of the wreckage
When we met, you never expected
And you said, maybe we don’t deserve love”

As I said, it’s a tear-jerker, and a gorgeous one at that. The last verse hits me even harder, for some reasons that I can’t quite explain. Listening to it now and I’m welling up, I’m such a wuss for sad songs, haha. This along with ‘Put Your Money on Me’ really are the saviours of this album to me, and almost make the shitty midsection forgivable…

13. Everything Now (continued)

Another Everything Now, but really cleverly, to go along with the whole ‘infinite content’ theme of the album, it loops perfectly into the first track in a seamless transition. The song is longer than the first track, and I absolutely love it once the string sections come in. I think every Arcade Fire fan will probably feel excited when they hear a violin, because the first two records were so heavily focused on string instruments. I also love this because when I went to go see them in Scunthorpe, Isle of Wight and Manchester, they came out to this version of Everything Now, so it brings back some great memories for me.

Final verdict?

I like about half of the album, which isn’t good as usually I can listen to Arcade Fire’s albums back to back without skipping. I think it’s hard to believe that this is the same band who made Funeral, but bands move on, and this is where they’re at now, and no matter what their still the best live band on the planet. I personally think that the songs I enjoy are just as good as their old material, but I just find a lot of the tracks to be kinda lifeless and just everything Arcade Fire wasn’t before. This is their first album that hasn’t been received greatly by critics, so as this is their 5th LP, they haven’t done bad! They’re still my favourite band by a million miles!!! 🙂

Las Ramblas :(

Paul and I visited Las Ramblas in Barcelona in May; just as terrorist attacks were getting worse in Europe, and a lot of these vehicle related attacks were happening. Whilst walking, we were saying how easy it would be to drive a car and kill a bunch of people, seeing as it’s one of the busiest streets in Europe, and due to the fact that there was no bollards to protect us at both the ends of the street. The moral is that some of these deaths could be prevented, for example, the Manchester Attack had no security checks at the entrance of the train station, and was able to kill a big group of innocent people as they left Manchester Arena. I know all terrorist attacks can’t be prevented, but I do believe that doing a risk assessment at big cities main touristy areas is needed, as a simple thing such as putting a bollard up or doing extra security checks can save many lives…. I don’t feel like things get taken seriously until someone dies! RIP to all who have died </3 Breaks my heart!!

Life Blog: Bali Planning, Bingo Playing and a Whole Lot of Chilling.

I have stayed in all day today due to having a bad stomach, so I’ve tried to be as productive as I possibly can from the comfort of my own sofa. =]

Paul and I are currently trying to work out our itinerary for our Bali trip, as it is fast approaching! We fly 3 weeks on Sunday, which is scary as we are so unorganised. I served a rather charming old lady when I worked in a supermarket, who had literally travelled to every country you could think of, and said Bali was her favourite place in the world to visit. I then got home and looked it up and instantly fell in love and wanted to go. Paul wasn’t too keen on going at first, but now he is showing as much excitement as I am now.

I am a little nervous to go, as neither of us have experienced a culture other than a westernised one before, so it’s going to be a first for us both. For such a small island there’s a lot to do, which is a good job as we’re not the sunbathing type. I am particularly looking forward to going to Ubud, which is basically being slap bang in the middle of a jungle, and looks so rich with culture. Plenty of temples and rice  paddies and things like that. We have some fun activities planned in Ubud, such as white water rafting. Cannot wait! We’re staying in Seminyak, which is the classy and upmarket side of the island, and then we’ve got to decide where to head after that. We are travelling to the Gilli Islands too, which look absolutely stunning.  I’m really sea sick, so hope the sea isn’t too rough as it’s a 4 hour trip. I’m really excited though as Gilli T doesn’t have any cars, so that’s really going to be a new experience! I’m just dreading the flight as it’s 18 hours. I have loads of books and my Nintendo Switch to keep me occupied, luckily.  I’m sure we’ll be fine…

Apart from my bad stomach, life’s pretty good. I hope I start feeling better soon as I don’t like being stuck in. I just keep getting a really sharp pain near my belly button and I’m not sure what it could be. I have an obsession for tobasco sauce at the moment, like I’m putting it on everything. Chicken, fish, and even crisp sandwiches. I know that last one sounds weird, but it tastes soooo good! Trust me. Anyway, Paul told me that I put like half a bottle on my crisp sandwich whilst drunk, and I haven’t been the same since. I am going to lay off it for a while anyway and see if that helps. Why am I telling you this? Hahahaha….

I had a really cool weekend last weekend. I went out to the pub Wednesday night instead last week – the infamous tobasco sauce night – and so I just went to a friend’s house on Friday. I actually love doing that at the moment. I think you can have a way better night chilling out, playing drinking games and just having a laugh. Yes, I know, I’m getting old. 

My Grandad has been very unwell in hospital for 5 weeks now, and so my Mum asked me if I’d join her in keeping his partner company on Saturday night at Bingo. Told you I’m getting old!

I never played Bingo before, and I actually found it really intimidating at first, if I’m being completely honest. I am such a wuss. I made the most of the cheap beer and food before the main game. I actually really enjoyed myself, haha! Unfortunately I didn’t win, but I’m definitely going to go again sometime soon. I couldn’t believe how many people I recognised; there was quite a few people I knew about my age. I’m not as uncool as I previously thought ;D

I’ve been replaying Kingdom Hearts on the PS4 ,which is a wonderful trip down memory lane. They just don’t make games like this anymore! I’m proper excited for KH3 as well. The footage I’ve seen where it’s set in the world of Toy Story – SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!!

I really think that they need to remake the original Spyro trilogy. I loved them games, and I think they’re way more remake worthy than Crash Bandicoot. Game devs, if you’re reading this then Y U MAKE SPYRO SO UGLY NOW? Seriously man, the Spyro that I know and love was such a little cutie ❤ but this imposter that we’ve got in Skylanders is a fucking ugly, gargoyle looking C **T #makespyrocuteagain #stillloveyathoughspy

I’m proper into Father John Misty at the moment. I just think he’s one of the best singer songwriters around, and I don’t get why he’s not more popular than Ed Yawnfest Sheeran. There is no comparison in my eyes,  I just think FJM’S lyrics are amazing, and ‘I Love You, Honeybear’ has became a really special song to me. I both laughed AND cried when I first heard it. It’s a love song, but not in the typical sense. I think that’s why I like it, as most love songs portray love to be perfect, which it is far from sometimes. Imagine your Grandma’s face if you had this as your wedding song though. Hilarious!

I’d say the best way to describe Father John Misty is a much more talented, sarcastic version of Michael Buble. Not entirely sure if that’s accurate, but I read someone comment that on YouTube and it made me laugh. He’s also got the whole badass-no-fucks-given attitude and I love that. There’s not many characters like that in the public eye anymore. Everyone’s so worried about offending someone these days!  Anyway, the whole album of the same name is just a beautiful work of art, and one of my favourites I’ve heard in a while. I also enjoyed his latest album ‘Pure Comedy’, but not as much as ILYHB. I’m just gonna leave this here. Take care, honeybear.

 

 

 

 

 

Why I Think the Experience of Listening to an Album is Ruined

Here is something a little bit random to say the least, but as a big music lover I feel quite frustrated that I haven’t been blown away by an album that’s been released in ages, or maybe it’s just the whole experience has been ruined for me. Here’s the thing, I’m a lover of the CD, and yes, I know I should stop being so old-fashioned and get with the times. I do stream music of course, in fact I’d go as far as saying that using Amazon Music via my phone is my main way of listening to music, either through my headphones or an aux cable in the car. I mean having thousands upon thousands of artists at the click of the button is amazing, and I have discovered some of my favourite bands by doing this. No shade, I  just something is missing and I think I know why I feel this way.

2 of my most anticipated albums this year disappointed me a little. First up was one of my favourite bands from secondary school; You Me At Six, and secondly my beloved Arcade Fire. The first issue to me is that albums aren’t really bought anymore, and people seem to just stream individual songs instead , therefore so much emphasis is put on the singles, leaving filler tracks to be one of the very few unheard songs.

Let’s talk about You Me At Six’s ‘Night People’, which by the way is a fucking good album, although it failed to leave a lasting impression on me after the first few spins. I remember a time when my best friend and I was literally o b s e s s e d with this band. I will always have a place in my heart for YMAS, purely because of the good times with my best friend, and their first 3 albums were literally all I played from like 14 – 21. I genuinely don’t think that I’d enjoy them as much now if I had only just discovered them, but obviously I still feel excited when I hear they’re doing new music or touring.

Night People is a pretty short album with only 10 songs, and before the release date FIVE of the tracks were released. That’s half the album! I feel like it’s pretty underwhelming to get half of an experience that you used to when listening to an album. I do think that listening to the full thing gives the songs more meaning, but I miss them days when I got an album through the post, and it was actually something completely new and exciting. I know what you’re thinking… Don’t listen to the songs until you hear the CD – but it isn’t that simple when you love a band and can’t help yourself. And now that brings me onto Arcade Fire’s ‘Everything Now’.

I’m actually going to do a review of Everything Now as I’m such a big Arcade Fire fan, so I’m not going to go too much into what I did/didn’t like about the album. I do feel like I want to defend my favourite band, as I don’t think the album is as bad as some critics are saying, but I do think the arrangement of the singles has a big factor in why music critics aren’t loving it compared to their previous work. Why you may ask? BECAUSE THE BUZZ OF HEARING AN ALBUM FOR THE FIRST TIME IS GONE BECAUSE YOU’VE HEARD HALF THE FUCKING THING! And let’s be real; these bands need to sell records, and as physical music is a dying art they obviously are going to release some of the strongest songs first. ‘Everything Now’, the title track and lead single is the best song on the album to many still. You don’t actually listen to a new song until track 5, ‘Peter Pan’, which happens to be their weakest song on the album, perhaps even the weakest song they’ve ever done. The next 3 songs aren’t great (by Arcade Fire standards, they’re still good but nowhere as good as something you’d find on Funeral or The Suburbs). Next up is ANOTHER song that we’ve already heard, then the last 2 are the saving grace – ‘Put Your Money On Me’ and ‘We Don’t Deserve Love’, which are two bloody beautiful songs, by the way. I think if I had that euphoric feeling that I first had with ‘Everything Now’ and ‘Creature Comfort’, paired with the last 2 tracks I would have had a much more enjoyable listen. I honestly think that this is ruining what music is really about…

Like all I wanna do is have an album playing, with the lyric booklet in hand reading word for word, whilst feeling engrossed in somebody elses world for a bit. Is that too much to ask these days?

#rantover

VIVA LAS VEGAS (TRAVEL BLOG)

Last week Paul and I came back from a brilliant, albeit a rather sweaty week away in Las Vegas.  We had previously visited Vegas for a few days during a road trip and absolutely loved it, so we wanted to give it a proper go doing the things we hadn’t done before. Let’s be honest here, there’s no place quite like Las Vegas…

We arrived around 1.00pm after a surprisingly easy breeze of a flight, which felt more like 5 hours than 10. I watched ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ (WAY better than the shitty Force Awakens) and I also started the series ‘Westworld’ which is awesome and I can’t believe that I hadn’t watched it before. Security took fucking ages as per usual with the US, which is understandable, but it doesn’t help that we were stood in front of some absolute bellends for 2 hours straight. Sigh.

We stayed at The Luxor, which is one of the cheaper alternatives. I think the last hotel we stayed in, The Monte Carlo, was much better, but we had a pleasant enough stay.  The hotel is Egyptian themed, and it’s actually in the shape of a huge black pyramid. The pool area was really nice with 3 huge pools to choose from when they were actually all open… For some strange reason, at one of the hottest and busiest times of the year, there was a shortage of lifeguards, therefore only being able to use one of the pools sometimes. Because The Luxor is an ‘MGM Resorts’ hotel, we got to use the pool facilities at neighboring hotel ‘Mandalay Bay’, so it wasn’t too bad as it’s one of the best pools in Las Vegas!

On the day we arrived, we fought the jet-lag and managed to stay up until around 11 pm which was a huge achievement as we were absolutely shattered. We made our way to the main part of the strip, and I must say that seeing the lights was just as incredible as the first time we saw them. 🙂 We had a bite to eat and of course a little go in the casino, then a couple of beers in the ‘New York, New York’ hotel (I do love that place.) The heat was unbearably hot, and it was still over 40 degrees even though it was night-time!  The weather was one downside to the trip, as there was a heat wave – even locals were saying that it was far too hot! Some days it reached 46° so imagine how 2 British people, who class it was ‘hot’ in the mid 20’s felt in that heat 😦

On the second day, we woke up feeling as fresh as a daisy. We got ready and made our way down to breakfast, at what ended up being our regular spot for a deliciously overpriced breakfast. Yay! I had my usual toast, hash browns, and sausage.  Paul always went for a healthier option, which is probably why he lost weight and I gained 4 pounds. 😦 We spent a few hours in the pool; the water was so nice to cool down in. Who knew that Vegas could be so relaxing? The intense heat took it out of us, so we went for a sleep for a couple of hours before heading out for a few drinks and a gamble. Standard. We ate at my beloved Taco Bell (❤) I do love Taco Bell, especially the cool ranch Doritos Taco’s they have, which I’m kinda glad we don’t have any of them where I’m from, as I could quite easily become addicted to the bloody things! I think they’re the reason that I’ve come back fat, lol. The Taco Bell was also their flagship restaurant, where they have a dj and sell alcohol too (yes really.) The music was horribly loud and I couldn’t wait to get out of there. I wouldn’t have minded if it were actually decent music, like Twenty One Pilots (I say Twenty One Pilots because they are quite literally played everywhere in Vegas, which is amazing because I am a massive fan.)

 The third day was the day when we found out that we could use the Mandalay Bay pool, so we headed over there and found a spot on the manmade beach that they’ve got. With it being one of the hottest days we had, you couldn’t even sit for long as the sun lounger was scorching hot, so we ran on what felt like boiling hot coals to cool off in the lazy river, then made our way to the massive wave pool, which was just as fun as it sounds! 🙂

When evening arrived we arranged to meet up with my friend Hallie, who I met in California and has just recently moved to Las Vegas. I was very excited as she had booked for us and our boyfriend’s to go in a limo down the Las Vegas strip, which turned out to be awesome. We met them at The Linq hotel, after a very stressful and hot walk which involved a lot of weaving in and out of the hotels just to feel the air con (Yes, it was that hot.) We managed to get a good view of the Ballagio fountains, which looked even more spectacular than we remembered. We finally arrived at The Linq and had time to introduce our boyfriend’s to each other before getting in the limo. Going down the strip in a limo was a very surreal experience, and I am so glad that we did it. The chauffeur very kindly took us to the ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign, which was handy as that was something that we didn’t do last time and wanted to do before we left. Afterwards, to our delight we got a lift back to The Luxor so we didn’t have to endure that horrendous heat. We said our goodbyes to Hallie and Josh before Paul and I headed up to bed as we had a long day the next day…

The fourth day was indeed a long day, and that was because we did a 5 hour drive to visit The Grand Canyon. We could’ve gone to the much closer West Rim, but we figured that if we’re only going to do this once in a lifetime, then we may as well go to the National Park and see the real thing. The drive was pretty boring after a while to be honest, and usually I come prepared with a wide arrange of music to keep us occupied, but I didn’t remember to bring an aux cable, so only had limited music available which were on Paul’s phone. Paul and I share a similar music taste these days with Arcade Fire being our favourite band, so luckily he had enough songs I liked to keep me from going completely insane.

The Grand Canyon National Park  cost $30 to enter. We were informed that the ticket is valid for a week if we want to revisit, which I think is pretty good value as there’s so many little vantage points scattered around the park. I think it’s pretty obvious that we didn’t return given the length of the drive, but $30 was worth seeing a famous landmark like the Grand Canyon, and the rangers do a fantastic job of looking after the visitors and the upkeep of the park.

 We couldn’t believe the sheer size of the thing, and we just stared in awe at what was in front of our eyes. I personally enjoyed the views at desert view the most, and I particularly enjoyed going in the watchtower and getting an even better view! Another positive factor of the day was that the weather was a lot cooler in Arizona than it was Nevada, so it was definitely nice to get a break from the heat.

On our way back home we stopped off at a joint Taco Bell and KFC, much to our amusement when we got so confused at the layout of the building that we actually walked around trying to work it out, only to get shouted at by a drive through operator to get off the drive through! Oh dear. How cool is it that you get a hybrid fast food though? Paul got a KFC, and I of course got my beloved cool ranch Doritos taco. The drive back were draining as hell, so once we got home we were that exhausted we had our obligatory nightcap earlier than usual…

After the long day we had previously, we made sure we had a beast of a sleep in before having a couple of hours in the pool, before sticking to our plans which were to revisit our favourite hotels from last time that we had yet got to see since our return and also check out the hotels that we missed last time. Being the hottest day so far, we grabbed a couple of beers to walk down the strip with.  Paul chose a Bud Lite, and I went for the same but the lime version, which was so incredibly refreshing in taste and also just holding the cold beer in our hands were amazing.

First up was The Mirage, which we went in last time to see the show ‘LOVE’ which is based on The Beatles’ story. The Mirage is a lovely hotel, but there isn’t as much to see as the others so we decided to give it a miss this time. We then went on to visit The Venetian, which we agreed that this was both our favourite one. I love The Venician because you actually feel like you’re in Italy. Outside you’ve got a lovely little walkway towards the main entrance which is surrounded by water and Gondola’s. Inside is when it gets well and truly amazing though! The ceiling is painted like a realistic sky, and you really do feel like you’re in Venice. You’ve also got the gondolas flowing down the river (yes, the hotel has a river flowing through) and you’ve got beautiful sounding singers serenading people in the Gondola’s. I think this is so romantic to watch, which is a really weird thing to say about a hotel lobby, but you need to see it to believe it. By this point, we were a bit peckish so we grabbed a sandwich from the deli there, then we heard a load of noise and looked out of the window to see a show containing a lady singing some opera, a man with a guitar, a man on stilts and a rather hilarious jester :’) 

After a mooch around the shops we headed out towards Caesar’s Palace, which is another one of our favourites. I’d say that it is similar to The Venetian as it gives you the feeling like it’s outside when it’s in fact inside, but this time it’s based on the roman empire. The place is bloody huge,  and we saw so much that we previously didn’t see. I think that out of all the hotels the shops are better at Caesars, and I enjoyed having a cheeky gamble in the impressive casino that they’ve got there.
After spending a couple of hours wondering around (and getting lost.) We then decided to brave the sweltering heat once again, before making our way to The Flamingo hotel, which was one that we hadn’t yet visited. The Flamingo wasn’t anything special if I’m honest, especially with how magnificent the previous 2 were, but I had read that they have actual real life Flamingo’s in the grounds, so we went to see the little pink lovebirds before taking VERY long walk back towards our end of the strip.

On our usual weave in and out of buildings to feel the air con walk, we stumbled upon a quirky little shopping mall that had loads of restaurants and bars. Honestly, you could go on a night out here and never leave the shopping mall, its crazy. We were extremely hungry by this point as we hadn’t eaten much at all, so we checked out the menu’s of various places until we came across a something that we couldn’t quite believe our eyes when we saw that all lunch items were $5.99! We thought this was some kind of sick joke or a catch, but it was absolutely true. If you have ever visited Las Vegas then you’d know that food and drink is RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE. I mean 2 beers are $20 in most places, even breakfast in our usual deli spot in the morning is $25 for the two of us. You must now be able to understand that this was very exciting for us, especially when beers were only $3 too. I ordered Salmon with potatoes and Paul got some beef with some fries, and I can honestly say that it was the best food I ate all week, as I don’t really like the food in America after a few days, so it was nice to have something that I’d eat at home. The place that we ate at was called the Ocean One Bar & Grill, and it is located in the ‘Miracle Mile’ shops, which is a part of the Planet Hollywood complex. Also, there’s a pretty cool rock bar there if you like rock music, aptly called…  The Rock Bar 😉

The following day was our last proper day, and so we spent a few hours enjoying the pool as much as we can, which was nice as it was a little bit cooler. I bought something called a sea-wag (gotta love that name) which is basically a sleeve that goes over your phone so your phone is waterproof. I’m proud to announce that my phone is still intact, and even though it was quite expensive for what it is, it’ll come in handy when we go to Bali as we’re planning on going white water rafting. Also we got some absolutely hilarious selfies of us underwater, as well as some nice photos of us by the pool to look back on in years to come.

We were planning to have a fairly chilled night on our night due to us having to be up early for our flight the next morning. Oh how naive we were! We stupidly had 3 or 4 beers down the strip, then made our way to ‘Beer Haus’. After playing Jenga whilst drinking out of a Stein and getting thrashed by two 10 year olds at table soccer*ahem* football, we thought we’d go have one or two in The Rock Bar that I mentioned earlier. I enjoyed it in there as it was the first time that I’d actually listened to decent music in a bar since we arrived as Vegas unfortunately has a serious absence of rock bars on the strip. 😦 Of course if you know me, then you’d know fair well that one does not simply have a sophisticated night after a few drinks, especially on a Friday night in Vegas…

Usually Paul is sensible enough to prevent us for making bad decisions such as going   full on party mode when we have to be up at 6AM for a 9 hour flight. Paul was not sensible, as Paul was around 5 pints in at this point *facepalm* I had the bright idea to contact Hallie and Josh, so we can say goodbye properly and of course carry on the partaaaay. Hallie suggested that we go to bar called ‘Gilley’s’ that was situated within the grounds of ‘Treasure Island’, a hotel we’d actually missed out. I was a bit dubious at first due to how rowdy it seemed initially,  but it was actually amazing and it’s a shame that we only came across it on the last night. Gilley’s is a real country and western bar and  I felt like I experienced the America that I always dreamt of experiencing here with the thick southern accents, the cow-boy’s, the rodeo bull and the line dancing. I was actually in awe at how in sync the line dancers were with each other, and the music that they were dancing to was a real band which made it even better. Hallie and Josh bought Paul and I some Fireball Whiskey (mm anti-freeze) for some liquid confidence before we gave the line dancing a go. And yes, we sucked at it.

Ideally, we should have gone home afterwards, but we agreed to go to a shisha bar, or ‘hookah lounge’ as they call it over there, which I think sounds like pure filth haha. I only smoke when I drink sometimes, and Paul wouldn’t smoke if you paid him a million pounds, in fact I would go as far as saying he detests it. I shared a hookah (lol) with Hallie and had a little dance whilst the lads had a pint together. I have no idea how long we were in there, but all that they played was gangsta rap and all usually I would hate that, but all I can remember is I was ENJOYING myself. Damn, that anti-freeze must be good. 😉

We got to bed around 3AM, after a rather embarrassing dispute with the lady behind the counter in the hotel shop. I genuinely thought she charged me $10 for a packet of crips, so after causing a scene, I rushed to find my trusty knight in shining armour to rescue my seemingly rogue spare change from the clutches of this evil woman… Only to be told by my knight in shining armour that said change is hanging out of my pocket. Duh. Cue an embarrassing trip to the shop to apologise to the poor lady, I then had to try to drag Paul out of a bar that was showing the ‘British Lions’ rugby match. I think it goes without saying that we had a little too much to drink!

We certainly said that when we woke up absolutely pissed out of our heads, I genuinely don’t even remember checking out of the hotel lol. I was also convinced that I had left my bag of make up (my literal nightmare right there) at the hotel once I was on the plane, but luckily drunk Amy still had her priorities in check and remembered. 😉

As I’m writing this I’m giggling to myself, and I’m sure you are too, Paul. Afterall, it wouldn’t be a holiday to Vegas if you didn’t go slightly crazy whilst there. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creature Comfort, Make It Painless!

I’m absolutely loving the newest Arcade Fire single, ‘Creature Comfort’. Admittedly, when I first heard a clip of it from their set at Primavera Sound via Youtube, I wasn’t too keen on it. I then listened to it a few times; before hearing it live myself at Scunthorpe and The Isle of Wight festival, which was then when I really started to like it.

When they released the song along with the video, I instantly fell in love. I’m very much into great lyrics when I listen to music. I cannot enjoy a song if the lyrics are poor and clichéd, or if I can’t relate to them (although I do enjoy concept albums). I think one of the reasons why I love Arcade Fire is that their lyrics are absolutely incredible. I reckon that Win Butler is one of the best songwriters of our generation, especially when paired with his wife Régine Chassagne. Their albums have covered a wide array of subjects; from Funeral’s sombre tone, to the politically charged Neon Bible, which was followed by a take on suburban life on The Suburbs, and then lastly Reflektor which focused on the negative repercussions of technology.

Creature Comfort has some very dark lyrics, probably the darkest Arcade Fire have ever done. It sounds a very cheerful song initially; especially if you’ve heard the more louder, grittier live version, thus making it hard to hear the lyrics. It’s weird because whilst it contains some very depressing themes, it’s hard not to dance too. I’ve seen a few people say that they prefer the live vocals better, but I can’t say that I agree with this. I love Win’s voice here, it is almost spoken word in some sense, which gets the point across very effectively. The words focus on subjects such as suicide, eating disorders, and self harm, which is new territory for Arcade Fire. I love the fact that the synth heavy song sounds cheerful, but it is actually the opposite. I think that’s why I didn’t enjoy it at first, as I didn’t realise how good the lyrics were live as I do tend to enjoy deep and meaningful  songs.

My favourite part of the song is the second verse, when Win beautifully sings “Assisted suicide, she dreams about dying all the time. She told me she came so close, filled up the bathtub and put on our first record.” Funeral reference there. MY HEART ❤

I reckon next time I see them Creature Comfort will already be a fan favourite. I reckon it’ll be a staple is the bands set for years to come, especially with that thumping bass, along with the likes of Power Out. I can just picture the crowd singing the chorus back to Win and Reginé. The “Creature Comfort, make it painless” part is going to be epic, too.

I previously said this on my review of Everything Now, but their new material really does sound like what Reflektor should’ve been. I really wanted them to return to their old sound;  but I don’t think that Arcade Fire are a band that would ever go backwards, only forwards, and watching them evolve over time truly is fascinating. I do miss their music from their first 3 albums, but I can always revisit them anytime. Plus I love this direction that the band are heading in, it’s definitely a new and fresh sound.

Now, let’s talk about the video; I have watched it numerous times, and I always find something that I hadn’t noticed previously as there’s so much going on. I think that Richard Reed Parry is the star of the show here, I was cracking up at his dancing. I love that the lyrics are scrolling across the top of the screen, so you can really understand what the song is about; plus I think that this really shows that the band are really wanting to hear the words, perhaps it is a personal song for them? I think that this is one of the best songs Arcade Fire has done in years, and I cannot wait to hear the rest of Everything Now.

I SAW ARCADE FIRE!!

I’m writing this on my phone, thousands of feet in the air,  travelling to America, so apologies if this isn’t perfect. 4 hours left… 

I was meaning to write this blog sooner, but I have been so fucking tired and busy. So… I FINALLY SAW ARCADE FIRE FIRE xD I am just going to put this out there right now, that this band are the best band on the planet right now, and are one of the best of all time in my opinion.

I’ve watched countless live performances by them on YouTube, which my boyfriend and I agreed that this could possibly leave us disappointed, as we really had high expectations due to the quality of the videos we had watched. If anyone has read my previous blog then basically I got tickets to go see them at Isle of Wight festival originally, as we thought it would be the only time we would get to see them this year. Oh how naive we was! They ended up announcing a show in Manchester in July, and then a warm-up show to last weeks IOW festival. The warm-up show was at Scunthorpe, which is absolutely crazy. They played at Scunthorpe Baths, which is only a 1400 venue capacity. Arcade Fire can fill arenas, and have pretty much headlined every major festival I can think of, so obviously as massive fans, my other half and I was ecstatic to of been one of the few who actually got tickets.

Fast forward a few weeks from when we booked tickets, we arrived at Scunthorpe at around 6.00PM on Wednesday the 7th of June. We had a pint of beer in a lovely little pub across the road called The Royal. I would’ve gone back there after the gig for a drink if I wasn’t travelling to the Isle of Wight the next morning, so if the unlikely event of them returning, I’d definitely give that a go.

So we went a little after doors open, but I think the band were still soundchecking as they were 30 mins late letting us into the main room. Whilst we waited I went to the merch stand, and bought a really cool t-shirt that has the new Arcade Fire logo on. There wasn’t much to choose from, but once the album is released then I’m sure that they will have some more designs. I really want them to make them Everything Now jackets they’ve been wearing available to the fans.

For the smaller shows, the band have adapted to a 360° stage setup. I personally really liked this concept, but I had a lot of anxiety prior to the gig due to the fear of having Win and Regine facing with their backs to us. I made a plan, and that was to head towards Win Butler’s microphone (pretty obvious which one was his with him being 6’5). The security were ushering everyone towards the left, but I scoped out Win’s mic and went opposite to the crowd which meant I was at barrier, right infront of Win. Now, if anyone knows me, then you’ll know that I absolutely adore Win Butler. I love the rest of the band obviously, but for me Win is one of my idols, and I was starstruck when he was literally infront of my face.

I can’t remember every single song off the top of my head that was on the setlist, but it was sure as hell full of bangers. I recall Everything Now being the opening song, which was awesome as since it came out not so long ago, I’ve been playing it non-stop. I was very happy to see Tunnels returning, as I noticed that it had disappeared from their setlist for a few shows. I thought that Rebellion was just as awesome as I expected, and the crowd kept singing the “ohh, ohh, ohh, ohh, ohh” part for like a solid 5 minutes afterwards. They also did an unplugged version of Wake Up, which was stunning.

I would say that the highlight of my night was definitely Reflektor. Obviously due to my blog name, you’d expect it to be a highlight, but the real reason is so much more cooler….

THIS HAPPENED. 

Yes, that is yours truly with Win! As you can imagine, I was pretty fucking happy after this. Basically, Win was recording the song on an old school camcorder, and whilst he walked past I shouted for him to have a selfie with me. He let me get 3 or 4 photos, which I thought was really nice. Anyway, overall it was the best live performance that I have ever seen. I never in a million years thought that I would get to the front, never mind getting a selfie with Win Butler.

The next morning was difficult, we was so tired from the previous nights antics. Luckily we only had a couple of pints, so felt good in that sense, but I literally danced my ass off all night, so we just felt like we needed a days recovery to be honest.  We set off for the Isle of Wight festival early Thursday morning, a long five hour drive, and an hour’s ride on the ferry. We stayed in a lovely little hotel called The Wight, and Friday we had a brilliant day checking the island out. We visited the Needles and an Amazon rainforest themed zoo. They had Sloths! Who doesn’t love Sloths. Definitely my spirit animal. 😉     

On Saturday we went on a wild goosechase for some Wellington boots, as we didn’t plan very well and me and the boyfriend are complete festival n00bs. We didn’t even need them in the end which was kinda bittersweet due to the fact that they’re highly unfashionable, but at least we didn’t have any rain… 

So we only got a 1 day ticket as the rest of the line up didn’t appeal to us and was very poor if I’m honest. We stumbled upon  an excellent act that consisted of 2 lads and their acoustic guitars. They don’t sing or use any more instruments. They slap their guitars inbetween strumming them for the beat. They played loads of old skool dance floorfillers, and finished on a really epic cover of Bohemian Rapsody. They had the crowd going crazy, and we saw the tent literally go from empty to full within a few songs. They’re insanely talented people, if you want to check them out then their name is The Showhawk Duo. 

Catfish and The Bottlemen put in an amazing set too. I’ve liked them since they released their debut, and their last album ‘7’ is so good! I’d definitely go watch then headline their own show. 

Aaaand next up were Arcade Fire. I must say that I was just as excited as I was at Scunthorpe. I also had around 8 pints at the moment, so that elevated my giddiness a lot, lol. Anyway, somehow managed to get right near the front again, not quite barrier but to say that we wasn’t even trying to get close this time it was certainly a massive achievement. 😛

It was awesome to see them in a completely different setting. I’d say I prefer intimate venues, but the stage set up and lighting were amazing and on a much larger scale. I think Creature Comfort sounded so epic live, and I can tell it’s going to be a fan favourite for many years to come. I also heard some songs I hadn’t heard the last time, such as The Suburbs, which is one of my favourites. I’d say my favourite song of the night was Sprawl II. I just think Regine absolutely smashed it, she’s so cute!

I actually cannot wait to see them in Manchester in a couple of weeks. I know it sounds excessive, but their music means so much to me for various reasons. BEST. BAND. EVER! 

* I am now sat around the pool in Las Vegas. Life is gooooood.

Arcade Fire – Everything Now Review

Anyone who reads my blog will know that I am a mahooooosive Arcade Fire fan, so when their new song ‘Everything Now’ got released yesterday on June the 1st, I was absolutely thrilled to say that I think it’s amazing.

Admittedly I was extremely anxious about this single, as I didn’t like the direction that the band were heading towards. I hated their last release (I Give You Power), and whilst I do understand that it was a protest song released on the eve of Trump’s inauguration, I just wasn’t feeling it…

I liked Reflektor too, hence the blog name. The title track is amazing, and whilst there is some absolute tunes on there, I found some of it really hard to get into. I just think it missed some of that Arcade Fire magic that the first 3 albums entailed.

So fast forward over 4 months, the long wait is finally over! The way that they teased the upcoming release was rather genius, yet a little weird (that sums up AF though). Basically a clip of the new song surfaced online via a failing Russian social network; then said clip were tweeted to many big names through a Twitter account. They basically pretended to be a Russian spam bot. Amazing!

Because the song title is ‘Everything Now,’ they very cleverly previewed the track on Radio One, whilst simultaneously revealing the album name, release date and cover art online! They also announced North American tour dates, just before playing a surprise warm-up show at the Spanish festival Primavera Sound. Phew! Busy day. I guess everything really is now!

So the song begins with an opener that almost sounds RNB. I’m a bit confused to why this isn’t included on the iTunes/Spotify version, whilst it was on the radio and the music video. I really like it, and I wish that I could have the full version on my phone. My guess that this is the album opener, as Everything Now is number 2 on the album trackless.

From the off the song is just one euphoric rush for me; I absolutely love the piano melody as the song starts, it’s just so damn catchy! Win’s voice sounds on top of its game as well. This song is written with the sole purpose to be a hit, and I reckon that even people that aren’t fans of Arcade Fire will find it hard to resist tapping their feet to this. To me this is everything that Reflektor could’ve been, but wasn’t.  Whilst it’s a completely different sound to the likes of Funeral, Neon Bible and The Suburbs, it still feels like Arcade fire. Reflektor was too much of a departure from the gorgeous music from The Suburbs, but this just feels like a very natural progression to me. I think the fact that they have included instruments such as the piano and the pan flute has given it that Arcade Fire magic that I missed during the Reflektor days.  I could honestly imagine this being on The Suburbs to be honest, maybe a bit more of a stripped down version, but the lyrics are definitely something that you’d expect to hear from that album.

The lyrics are basically reminding us that we live in an age where everything literally is now. We can listen to music at anytime, anywhere. We can watch tv shows that took 10 years to make in 2 days due to services such as Netflix. It’s kinda crazy when you look at it in that perspective, and I’m very excited to hear the rest of the song lyrics from the album because Arcade Fire are the best at portraying the reality of the present.

The chorus is just as catchy as the rest of the song, and this is when things start getting random. Just when Win Butler begins to sing the chorus the pan flute kicks in! I love this, I have never heard anything like this in music in all my 24 years on earth. I have read that this was played by a man called Patrick Babey, who is a son of a famous Cameroonian artist named Francis Bebey. The pan flute is a part of a song called The ‘Coffee Cola Song. I checked it out and it was just as catchy as Everything Now. Love it!

After the pan flute, then prepare yourself for a bit of cheesy disco that every ABBA fan would love. If you knew Arcade Fire back in the day then you’d of laughed if I told you they were turning disco. Luckily they pull it off very well in this song, which is probably helped by the fact that they’ve got Thomas Bangalter from Daft Punk on board to produce the album.

At about 4 minutes and 21 seconds in, you’ll hear a crowd chanting Na Na Na Na Na Na’s from the top of their lungs, which is proof that this songs is destined to be amazing live. The crowd chanting was recorded at the Voodoo festival in New Orleans last Halloween, which is a very nice touch.

The song doesn’t lose any momentum until the end, and I can honestly say that I could not ask for them to bring out a better song. The video is also crazily good as well! I particularly love it as I was in Death Valley a few months ago and have some great memories of driving through the place, so to see them film it there is so awesome. I’m loving the jumpsuits they’re wearing, and the whole aesthetics of everything so far to be honest. I love the EN logo, and the album art is gorgeous. Kinda reminded me of The 1975’s latest album art with the neon lights.

I cannot wait to dance my ass off on Wednesday when I see them for the first time, and I’m sure by then I’ll of learned the lyrics down to a T, considering that I can’t stop playing it! It’s a 10/10 from me. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album. Arcade Fire, I love you!

 

 

Sad Times, Good Times, And Soon To Be Las Vegas Times!

Good evening!

Whilst I’m supping on my green tea, I figured that I’d write a blog on my week.

So Monday wasn’t a great day; as I’m sure everybody knows, was the day of the Manchester terror attack. I have never been so profoundly shocked in my life by a news story. As an avid concert goer, this really hit home. Going to see your favourite artist is one of the most happiest and euphoric moments in your lifetime. This was a cowardly act aimed to kill children. These people are barbaric!

RIP to all 22 angels who lost their life ❤

The rest of the week has been fairly chilled. It’s been absolutely boiling here in England, with the weather hitting almost 30 degrees! I do like the weather like this at times, I’ve spent a lot of time chilling out with mates in the beer garden, catching some rays, and making memories.

The only downfall to this beautiful weather is the humidity that goes with it. When I was in California last year it was much hotter, but it was a dry heat. I’ve been literally sweating my imaginary nads off, looking a hot sweaty mess all week 😦

I work with children at an after-school club, and they’ve been acting really naughty in the heat. Lol! I think it’s just too much for them, and they’ve been stuck at school all day. Trying to look after 40+ kids in humid weather = hard work. Also my Boyfriend cannot stand the heat. He is the loveliest guy ever; and he pretty much is always in a good mood, but my god, when its hot he turns into a right miserable sod. It doesn’t help that our flat is absolutely roasting. This just adds to the list of why we want to move… Only 6 months to go until our contract ends. Wahoo!

Anyway, we finally booked a holiday. It’s a far cry from the places that we were thinking of going (a cheap holiday in Europe)… We’re going to LAS VEGAS! We figured that if  I sacrificed my wage and Paul worked loads, we may as well put a few more hundred into a place where we actually want to go.

So we went to Vegas last year on our California trip, and we absolutely fell in love. We both agree that this were our favourite place we’ve ever visited, which is surprising as we really weren’t looking forward to it at all, but we just wanted to say we’ve done it kinda thing. We were surprised at how chilled it was, and the lights on the strip never ceased to wow us every time we stepped foot out of our hotel!

Because we weren’t looking forward too much, we didn’t do our researching on what there was to do. So we kinda walked around aimlessly, just taking it in. We have missed so much stuff out, so this time we’re going to explore the other hotels that we didn’t visit, and also go off the beaten track and head to nearby city – Henderson. I read that there’s a lion sanctuary there, which is awesome (I mean who doesn’t love lions) Roarrr! Also there’s a cactus museum, which is right up our street! Paul and I have a bit of a running joke about cactuses, as we were really disappointed that we didn’t see any traditional ones in the Nevada desert like you see in the old wild west movies (kinda like they have two arms sprouting out; I’m also sure there is some out there). Anyway, the search for a cactus was never to be, so we bought one of our own from the garden centre back home. It now stands proudly in our front room, aptly named ‘the prick’. See what we did there?

We also never did The Grand Canyon as we did too much driving already, and agreed that we’d do this next time we visited.  We’re very excited to see this. 5 hour drive? No problem! We fly in 3 weeks which is fucking mental. I need to order some new clothes and bikini etc, some books for the flight and maybe a Nintendo Switch game if I’ve got any spare cash.

Speaking of Nintendo Switch, I finally finished The Legend Of Zelda: BOTW. By finished I mean the main story, and plenty of side quests and all memories. There’s no way in hell that I’d have the patience to complete all shrines. Overall, it was a brilliant game, yet flawed. I thought the gameplay was fantastic, but the story was weak. Also the stamina meter was annoying as fuck. I managed to get the Master Sword though. Fuck yeah!

I have fallen out of love with gaming recently to be honest I’m more into reading recently. I find it helps me forget about my anxiety. Plus I have this burning desire to learn. I just want to fill my mind with information and visit museums. I want to know how the world works, and work a few questions out that keep going around in my head. I won’t go into this today, but I will definitely elaborate someday. I wish I felt this hunger to understand things when I was still in education!

So that’s all for this week :), it’s currently bank holiday and I’m going to spend my time relaxing. I was very drunk last night and spent my last bit of money, so I’m going to use my spare time wisely and sort the flat out. I’m also going to try and learn a new song on guitar. I’ve not played much at all this week. I think I picked it up for about 10 minutes all week… I’m never going to be the female Slash at this rate! 😥

Amy xx

It’s Nearly Arcade Fire Time!

So this week has been fucking AMAZING. On Monday, my lovely other half and I went for a meal. We decided to check out the new ‘place to be’ in town, which is called Cosy Club. Cosy Club is a restaurant chain in the UK that sells burgers, chicken, and that kind of thing. I really liked the look of the place as it’s in a huge, beautiful building in the centre of York. The decor is gorgeous, but unfortunately the food was very mediocre. My phone pinged, and it was a notification from the Bands in Town app, informing that my all time favourite band Arcade Fire are playing a gig at the Baths Hall.

I didn’t even know where Baths Hall is, but I read that it was in Scunthorpe. I also read that it is 1400 capacity venue, which baring in mind, Arcade Fire are one of the world’s biggest and best bands, who usually play to 10.000 to 20.000 people. I asked my taxi driver bf (so handy at times) how far it is, to which he replied just over an hour away…

This of course gave me heart palpitations. An hour and a half away?! 1400 capacity.  I WILL BE THE CLOSEST I’LL EVER BE TO THEM. And I don’t think I’ll ever get the opportunity to see them in a small venue like this, as this is just a warm up show for their european festival tour.

Paul tried calm me down, reminding me that we’re seeing them 2 days after at the Isle of Wight festival, and then 3 weeks after that in Manchester. Luckily for me, Paul didn’t need much persuading as he is a massive fan too, so we agreed that we can go see them, as long as we both agree that’s it for gigs until after the Manchester date in July.

The next step was actually getting the tickets, which went on sale on Wednesday. They were obviously going to sell out in a couple of seconds, and media outlets all over the world were genuinely posting articles about it all the time, as Scunthorpe isn’t *ahem* a place you’d usually get to see indie royalty like AF!

I had a couple of pints to relax myself, not even caring that the food was shit, because I could be seeing Arcade Fire  in a stupidly small venue. I get kinda obsessive with things, where if I’m worried then I can’t get it off my mind. I had such bad anxiety about getting these tickets on Wednesday, that I couldn’t relax at all. The worst thing was; I was at work. Luckily I have an awesome boss, who must of heard the desperation in my voice when I asked if I could go on the computer at 8.45am…

I got Paul to go on the computer at home, and I got the computer sorted out and tried to get on the venue website at about 10 to 9, as I read that they’re the place that most tickets are going to be, therefore I assumed I would be best off going on there. I could not get on, neither could Paul. Time was running out. I had an idea, and that idea was to check other sites. That site worked. Phew! I sat on the computer waiting for the tickets to go on sale at 9, with my heart literally thumping out of my chest! I’m not even lying here, but I really thought that I was going to have a panic attack 😦 As soon as the clock struck 9, I HIT THAT ENTER BUTTON AS FAST AS LIGHTNING! Fucking got them didn’t I. So after a little victory dance, I rung my other half telling him I got them, much to his delight 😀

Turns out, literally ten’s of thousands of people tried to get these tickets, and they sold out in a second. I am so lucky, and I know it’s going to be the best night of my life. Even better, the morning after we drive to the festival to see them again, but in a completely different environment. Call us crazy, but if you’re a big fan of Arcade Fire, then you would understand that this band are worth it. Easily the best band in modern time.

My friend Harriet and I went for breakfast to celebrate the fact I got tickets, and she got into University. After breakfast, we went to check out the new Harry Potter shop down the Shambles in York. The Shambles was JK Rowling’s inspiration for Diagon Alley, so this is long overdue! I bought a Slytherin badge, and Harriet got a Horcux keyring. I honesty could of spent more than I did, but after spending £107 on tickets a couple of hours beforehand, I thought I’d just keep spending to a minimum.

Yesterday (Thursday) was also a really nice day. I had a good day at work, followed by a chilled night with the best friend. We had some food, and listened to some music, before taking her pug Harold for a walk. Gotta love pugs! Great to get some fresh air too, and the sky looked so pretty! Best sunset I had seen in ages.

Today I finished the book I’ve been reading, and chilled out on my guitar. I love days like this. I’ve finally mastered  Let It Be, finally! Practice DOES make perfect. Also we’re still deciding where to go on holiday. We have come to the conclusion that we’re just not the type to lounge around a pool/beach all day, so instead of looking for Cyprus, Greece and places like that, we’re going to go somewhere like Budapest, or maybe even New York if there’s a cheap last minute deal!

Right now I’ve got to go get ready for a friend’s birthday night out. Hope I don’t feel too hungover in the morning!

Wishful thinking ~