I have loved and coveted the music which Listener creates, and it means a lot to me. I don't have favourite bands, but Listener is the most important to me.
OK Yeah, I fangirled hard and got all 6 of my vinyl signed. I wore my Listener t-shirt from the last time they performed here in New Zealand about four years ago at Parachute Music Festival. No! I didn't cry during their performance because I'm a stone cold bitch, but I did have the biggest grin on her face.
I often ask people 'The Question' which if you don't know its:
What is the song that best represents who you are as a human, represents you? What song describes your fears, your hopes, your beliefs, your wishes your dreams, who you are at your core, whether it is one of your own songs or not. This question is not what is your favourite song or what song you wish represented you or a song that resonates with you. It's if you were a song what would it be?
Just because I was fangirling didn't mean I was going to give up this opportunity to ask Dan Smith 'The Question.'
His response made me smile because it was another song I knew well and loved.
1997 by the smashing pumpkins.
Listener performs as if no one is in the room, they get so emotionally invested in playing. Lepping around in bare feet and pulling faces at one another and at times looking heartbroken and as they might fall apart.
This performance touched me just as they did fours years ago as a 16-year-old. I didn't take many shots because it would have never been an accurate representation of the show. Instead, I lived in the moment.