Durban Botanical Gardens 13/11/11

So we’ve just arrived back in Cape Town after what was an amazing time in Durban. We opened for Goldfish at the beautiful Durban Botanical Gardens. We played in front of a couple thousand people, so it was by far our biggest gig yet.

I must say, Mike and I were rather nervous, and I had butterflies in my stomach for the first time since pre-match rugby warm-ups during my school days. I managed to stomach a hot dog backstage courtesy of Dom from Goldfish. Luckily everything went according to plan, and the crowd seemed to enjoy it.

What was really strange is that because I was so pumped on adrenaline, the songs sounded waaaay slower than usual. I even thought there was something wrong with my computer, but when I checked the tempo on Ableton it was going at the right tempo. Kinda proves the theory of relativity in a way.

Goldfish were up after us and they were freakin amazing. When it started raining, you would think that people would run for cover, but the Durban rain must have some serious amp making juice mixed into it because people started going nuts when the rain started coming down. It was awesome.

I felt like a celebrity for the first time, because quite a few people asked us to sign CDs and shirts and pose in pictures, so it was quite strange but kiff at the same time. When we were watching Goldfish we stood by some people from ‘Reach for a Dream’, and they were with a little girl (Gabby), who was in a wheelchair. They asked us to take a photo with her and despite her frailness she was so stoked. We gave her a CD and signed it. Amazing that at one stage all I was doing was making music in my room, and that somehow translates to reaching out and having the opportunity to make a little girl stoked. It’s kiff.

We’d like to thank the super awesome AL NICOLL for taking the raddest photos we’ve seen in a while. Go check out his website here and like his Al Nicoll Photography FB Page.

 

2 Responses to Durban Botanical Gardens 13/11/11

  1. Raiven November 21, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

    Yo! Well done guys! Looks like a you had a rad gig.

    Just want to comment on the tempo changing vibe. I’ve noticed it over the last couple of years, playing songs at the same or relative tempo and feeling as if it were slower or faster. In general, it feels slower outdoors and quicker indoors – I wonder if this phenomenon has a name?!?! Serious!

    • Dave November 24, 2011 at 11:21 am #

      Geez dude, that is rather strange. Maybe it’s got to do with sound reflections. Outdoors you’re not getting any reflections the sound just goes straight out, whereas indoors the sound is bouncing back at you so you get a doubling up effect. Dunno. Weird.

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