As much as I tried to, I never really loved the shoegazing bands of the early 90s. I quite liked their guitar driven sound, laden with effects. But I always found them somewhat same-ish. And, if there are vocals, I like to be able to hear them. In shoegazing, the vocals are just a part of the over all sound. They’re there but I find it hard to make out the words and usually had no idea what the singer was singing about. That was probably part of the point of the genre, but it just didn’t appeal to me that much.
However, earlier this year, Swervedriver announced a concert at The Metro Hotel in Sydney, and as my partner was keen to go, and it was in the middle of my holidays, I was happy to go along and check them out live.
Sadly for Swervedriver, not a lot of tickets were sold. The Metro metro ended up curtaining off the back half of the theatre, to give the sense that it was all quite full. I’d say there were around 600 people there all up, all in their 40’s and 50’s.
We were easily able to find a spot in the front row, and perhaps due to the age of the crowd, no one was pushing against us or trying to jostle in beside us. So, it was a comfortable night with a great view.
I enjoyed the show. The band played really well and it took me right back to the early 90’s. But, I still found it all very same-ish and had the same problem with not being able to understand the vocals. My partner and the rest of the audience full of die-hard fans seemed to love it.
My partner remembered his camera this time, so shot some cool live videos.