Let’s dive deep into the sheer madness that was the second day of Sea You. If you thought the first day was intense, you clearly weren’t ready for what went down on day two. Fortunately, the sudden and inexplicable cold that left me reeling the day before vanished into thin air during the previous night, leaving me feeling revitalized and ready to take on the day with complete control over my mind and body.
The lineup was more focused on indie & rock this time around, with bands like Backhand Slap, Scrüda, and Me and That Man taking over the stages.
Backhand Slap kicked things off on the Jazxing Stage with an A-game performance that had the crowd going wild. These dudes were pure, uncut, raw energy – no apologies, no holding back. They unleashed a sonic assault that would make your ears bleed. Their sound was so intense and electrifying! Quick burst of energy and adrenaline that left us knocked-out like Frazier against Tyson.
After an interlude, Scrüda came out like a bat out of hell and woke everyone up with their Old School Black Metal. It was a full-blown metal spectacle complete with swordplay and a guitarist jumping into the crowd to mosh like a maniac. These guys were pure fire, and the crowd was right there with them, moshing and headbanging like their lives depended on it. It was a performance that will be etched into our memories forever, as captured in the pictures.
Meanwhile, on the main stage, Hér gave us a concert that was equal parts paganism and mysterious vibes. We were hooked from the first note and didn’t want the concert to end. Another surprise of the evening came in the form of a brass band mixed with hip hop. The RebelBabel Ensemble brought the funk, while L.U.C‘s hip hop flow was so captivating, we couldn’t help but nod our heads along. It was quite surprising & very entertaining, and for once, I really enjoyed a Hip-Hop gig! So Chapeau Bas lads…
And then came the moment we were all waiting for – Me and That Man. This was the fourth time we’ve seen them, and our excitement was just as palpable as the first time. The energy in the air was so exciting as the band took the stage, and Nergal was as much of a showman as ever, commanding the audience’s attention from the first note. The sound was gritty and soulful, and the lyrics were dark and poetic. The song “Burning Churches” always has that effect on the audience, with everyone singing along the lines of “Burn, Burn, Burn, Burning Churches!” like some kind of rallying scream.
The second day of Sea You was a wild and unforgettable ride. It was a journey into the underground, rock and metal scene of Tri-City, complete with indie music to soothe and please the soul. The music was loud at times, the energy was high in all cases, and the crowd was a crowd of connoisseurs – but let me tell you something, there was more to it than just moshing. It was a night of pure, unadulterated rock ‘n roll and quality indie music that left us all feeling alive and buzzing with energy. There were moments of chaos and passion with Scrüda and Me and That Man, of groove and mystery with Hér and Lastryko, of fun and urban music with L.U.C and RebelBabel Ensemble, that all blended together into a truly unforgettable experience. And damn, did we love every single minute of it.
But, well, dear readers, it’s with a heavy heart that I have to announce that our live report of the Sea You Music Showcase is coming to a close. Unfortunately, we were unable to attend the third day due to circumstances beyond our control – to tell the truth, the circumstances looked like kids – and let me tell you, it’s a damn shame.
We were like a junkie without a fix, a chef without his knifes, Tom without Jerry. The thought of all the bands we missed on the third day, the performances we didn’t get to witness from more local bands, the experiences we’ll never have, the pictures we didn’t take, the sentences we didn’t write for you… it’s almost too much to bear.
But such is life – you can’t always get what you want, as the Rolling Stones so eloquently put it. All we can do is cherish the memories we made and look forward to the next time we can dive headfirst into the madness and quality of the Tri-City music scene. Until then, keep on rockin’ and rollin’, keep on groovin’ and movin’, and keep on livin’ like there’s no tomorrow – which is kinda true. Actual times are too rough to not enjoy music. Music is life and there is no life without music.
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