A Concert Review by Art
How do you put down in words the experience of being in
the very smack front center of the stage for three great
I first heard
Sounds when they opened up for Paramore
and No Doubt this past summer at the Whiteriver
Amphitheater. We were in the Mosh Pit for that concert (see
my pictures and experience of that concert here).
The Sounds went on their own headline tour,
I bought the first 3 tickets sold at the Showbox.
Note GA GA1 Seat 1.
had won VIP Guest passes in a contest
for a meet and great with the warm up band, Semi
Ray & I were the first ones in the Green Room
Lounge for the staging. We received a card with
#1 entry queue.
3 1/2 hours later we were let
in and you can see where Ed and Ray positioned
filled in behind... and we didn't move for the next 4 1/2
hours! We were pushed and prodded but didn't move
from right in front of the stage.
We were part of the concert experience
with Ray holding up Justin of SPW when he
stood on our rail to sing one of their songs and taking
Maja off and back on the stage after she surfed
Original Showbox at the Market was the ideal
acoustic location for this concert. The Sounds are
a Swedish Rock 'n Roll group lead by lead singer
Maja Ivarsson, Felix
Rodriguez on guitar, Johan Bengtsson on bass
guitar, Jesper Anderberg playing keys &
Fredrik Nilsson on drums. They've put out 3 albums
over the past 7 years.
One of their songs, "Hurt You", was used last year
Geico motorcycle caveman commercial. I'd classify
their music as edgy electronica rock. They've
got very strong lyrics combined with catchy tunes.
They've also penned for other Dutch and Swedish bands.
After the two warm up bands,
Foxy Shazam and Semi Precious Weapons (I will
review them later), The Sounds started their set.
Our place was still right dead center in front of the
stage. The stage was a basic setup with Felix stage
right and Johan and Jesper stage left. That left lots of
room for Maja to dance the stage! One hit song
after another, the crowd sang, danced and adored Maja.
The Sounds responded with a dead-on performance!
set was more polished than their opening gig for No
Doubt three months ago. We were sooooo close!! Maja
would frequently come down to our level and sing to us. I
held her hand during several occasions! Today when
hearing any of their songs in my car I had to
scream at the top of my lungs "HOLY %*&@!!" when
imagining her sing those words inches from my face!!! OMG!
Okay, I'm star struck...... Before the concert we spotted
Maja on several occasions entering and exiting the venue.
She respond to me a couple of times.... She's a very cool
down to earth interesting gal. I needed to back up to take pictures
but the pulsating crowd behind me would have nothing of
The ultimate was when Maja crowd
surfed, grabbed my hand and went a few feet through the
audience and exited back through us onto the stage!!!
The band really looked
like they were having a good time performing and the
audience loved it too! Fredrik's drum set and
Johan's bass kept a steady beat. Jesper was
awesome on keys and Felix lead guitar riffs were
What a high energy concert and
talented band! Good things are happening with this band.
Sample some of their songs on the left. I took over 1200
pictures and a few of the best are shown below. ENJOY!!
We made the
review with a picture of the three of us in Swedish Blue
and Yellow The Sounds t-shirts (courtesy of Ray)!