Alright! Soundwave 09 was awesome and once again it went way to fast. Even though I hurt all over, have a ridiculous sunburn tan, and feel like Im dead, it was definitely one of the best days ever. It went something like this .
Pre Soundwave: I trained it there this time and there were a few delays, which I didnt really mind so long as I got to see All That Remains (ATR), who were my favourite band at soundwave. The train progressively filled up with emos and metal heads, and the look on this one old ladies face became more and more priceless, as each stop brought a bunch of new oddly dressed Soundwave goers.
1:00 1:30: I made ATR by about five minutes, and it was the perfect way to start the day. I dont know why the moron timetablists (new profession) decided to put them on at 1pm! The crowd were amazing for that time, and they definitely should have been on later in the day. They finished strong with my two favourite songs, and left me excited for the rest of the day. ATR are AWESOME live! The circle put was awesome too. It was a shame I didnt film it/go in it.
1:30 2:50: There wasnt much to do at this time, so I went to the drinking area and had a few while waiting for UnderOath (who I despise) to start. Heres a picture I took from the stands. The crowd were starting to fill in.
2:50 3:25: When I returned I went down to check out UnderOath, because thats who the crowd were seeing. They started, and the energy from the lead singer was good. However, I only lasted 2 minutes. Their live performance totally reminded me why I hate their music. I knew some people at Evergreen Terrace, so I figured Id check them out for a while. I never really heard their music before, and left after a few songs. I also found this bin. You know the world is ending when Garbos dont do their jobs.
This was the low point of my day. I wandered past the signing tent, and guess who it was? ATR!!!! I was so excited. I lined up, made my donation for a signing ticket, but when I was about three people to the front, they left. This was a total downer. I was going to get them to sign my shoe since everything else I was wearing was black. Now it was time to head to Anberlin.
3:25 4:00: Anberlin were great. I had heard their setlist choice in past soundwaves was horrible, but I wasnt complaining. They finished with Feel Good Drag, which was awesome. I had a few drinks by this stage so I thought it was time to push my way to the front. The water security guy was crazy and sprayed me with the hose right in my face which caused my sunnies to fly off my head. Luckily I got them back.
4:00 5:20: There was no one really good on at this time so we went back to the drinking are for a few more incredibly overpriced alcoholic beverages. As if the ticket price wasnt bad enough. The crowd was really starting to pick up now. It seemed heaps busier than it was the year before, at this stage
5:20 6:00: For some strange reason, I dont remember much the Funeral for a Friends set list. They mustnt have made a very big impression. I met some crazy girl in the crowd who kept on trying to climb me so she could crowd surf. She didnt make it up unfortunately. I was tempted, but I didnt want to lose my awesome spot, or my phone/wallet/keys/sunnies. So FFAF were alright, I think ..
6:00 6:50: Lacuna Coil time! I couldnt wait to check them out. Ill just say that whatever love I had for Cristina (their lead singer) before, was multiplied tenfold by the end of the show. She was so hot live. Their music was amazing too. I once again got the front and took a few pictures of my future wife. The also played a new song (Spellbound) which was first released the week before at the Brisbane Soundwave. I listened to it heaps on Youtube the night before, and was pretty much the only one singing along to it. The guys next to me gave me strange looks. All in all, one of the best acts of the day.
6:50 8:20: Drink break. I wanted to see Alice in Chains, but no one was interested, so I went there on my own. They pretty much bored me after a song. Their music isnt something you can mosh to, which was what I wanted to do at this stage. I looked for my friends but couldnt find them, so spent the next hour wandering around. I met some pretty cool randoms and ended up randomly dancing between stages 3 and 6. Then 8:20 suddenly came and it was Silverstein time!
8:20 9:00: I relocated one of my mates just before Silverstien started, and we pushed our way to the front when the first song started. I only started listening to this band a few days before, and they were still awesome. Some of the songs were great to mosh to. I got about a million elbows to the gut, which reminded me of the Offspring last year.
At the end of the set, the drummer threw his drumstick into the crowd, and guess who caught it? The guy next to me, and about 5 other people. I stuck my hand in, pulled away, and it appeared in my hand. The only problem was that this other guy had two hands on it. After about 5 minutes of fighting over who got to keep the drumstick, I finally persuaded him that the rules were the one with the hand in the middle gets to keep it! Dont you know anything? And he gave in. And I have Silversteins drumstick!
9:00 10:00: The final act for the night; In Flames! With my newly acquired drumstick in my sock, we waltzed over to stage Four. This was my second most anticipated band, but I was actually disappointed in the end. The set list was horrible in my opinion and some songs like Only for the Weak sounded like crap. It was still great to mosh in though. By the end I had no energy whatsoever. It was a fitting way to and an awesome day. No I have to wait a year for the next Soundwave!
Best Act: ATR / Lacuna Coil Highlight: Silversteins drumstick Low Point: Missing the ATR signing tent my a minute.