I lost my voice.
Fuckin' White Lies, man.
I just saw them play last night, I've waited a long time for this... Well, two years. That's not very long, actually.
A friend of mine (her name is Monica), she's waited 5 years!
Okay so White Lies were supposed to come to Singapore back in 2011, but they had to cancel it due to the disaster in Japan.
It took them 3 years to come back (well, 2 if you count in that private Burberry event crap in 2013 that none of the fans could go for lol) but they've finally returned!
So... I woke up really late like 1pm haha.
I was supposed to reach TAB at 3pm, even though the concert actually started at 7.30pm, but hey, I didn't wanna take any chances!
Monica and I, we've already planned to be early, becuz both of us are crazy about White Lies. Lol. Also this was our first time meeting!
And it turns out that she's a really sweet lady and we got along so well, it was awesome!
|Thaaaat's Monica on the right.|
As soon as we met, we headed straight to TAB.
However there wasn't anybody guarding the entrance, so we thought what the hell.
And we walked in, just to check things out.
And then we saw....
There were some dudes (who work there) and White Lies' crew members I'm guessing, but they weren't fazed at all. It was like we were invisible!
Well, we just stood there and watched, while we still could.... Until some dude walked right up to us and told us to get out.
That was hilarious, and so much fun. Lol.
And so we headed back out again, and just hung around.
Waited and waited... Then decided to take a selfie with the mini poster that was displayed outside!
For the rest of the day, we basically:
- Sang along to White Lies
- Made stupid song references in our conversation
- Complained about the sun and warm weather
- "IT RAINED FOR THE PAST FEW DAYS WHY NOT TODAY"
- Talked about how kawaii Jack is
- Laughed at Charles's tweets
- That one of him poking a Ferrero Rocher with a "biro"
- We're gonna refer to a ball-point pen as a biro from now on
- Sounds so professional i luv it
I think it was around 5pm.... Monica suddenly turned her head and she was trying to get my attention and I was confused I was like WHAT IS IT WHAT WHAT
Well, when I looked to my right, there they were. THE BAND. W h at
What's funny is that they just strolled in by the front entrance. They used the main entrance omg I thought there should always be like a secret passageway for bands to get to the venue idk????
When I stood up, I only saw Charles and Jack about to head inside.
I think Harry had already gone in, and I didn't see Tommy or Rob anywhere but maybe that was just my eyes not working becuz I was already eyeing Jack and freaking out kinda.
Jack noticed the both of us, and actually greeted us so that was very sweet of him!
I remember him saying, "We're gonna go for soundcheck now."
I asked, "Are you guys gonna come back out again?"
I don't remember what he said exactly, but I recall that it was something positive, and he smiled and then we said goodbye!
It all happened a little too fast, but I'm glad I could keep myself calm and composed. I guess I'm getting the hang of meeting bands, hahaha.
After what happened, we definitely couldn't believe it...
Especially Monica, who was speechless the whole time, and then started screaming after the boys went in!
Well, we were only two hours away from seeing them again...
And since they were doing soundcheck, and the venue wasn't that big, we were able to hear all the songs that they played.
I remember hearing There Goes Our Love Again, Streetlights, To Lose My Life and another one that I'd forgotten.
Both of us were trying to see if we could identify the songs that they played, cuz everything was so muffled!
Sooo we were both really expecting the band (or at least just Jack!) to come out and meet us after they got done with soundcheck, but they didn't so that was a little disappointing. :-(
I started screaming out JACK YOU LIEEEEEE obviously in a joking manner, hahaha.
I also came up with a new nickname for him: Jack Liar-rence Brown. Har-har, I'm so funny.
Well, we were pretty bummed at that time, but something even better happened after the gig... I'll leave that for later.
Another friend of mine (a fucking wonderful ex-schoolmate that always goes for gigs with me yooo), Y2, reached the venue at around 6.30pm, and now there were 3 of us, first in line! Yes, we were first in line, that's how ridiculous we were, to be queuing up since 3pm. Lol. But it was worth it!!
The doors opened around 6.50pm, finally!
However, we had to do another round of waiting inside the venue this time....
Good news was that I got my place smack in the middle!
Here's a photo I grabbed from Midas Promotions' page:
That blue arrow right there points to me. Hahaha.
It's such a great position to be in! However at some point of time I couldn't hear the keyboards, not sure if it's because of where I'm standing or something else.
But hey, I was staring straight at Jack! AHH
I'm sorry, I just.... Jack is now my favourite member of White Lies. I'm sorry. Hahaha. I'll explain why in a bit...
The setlist was the usual one, minus I Would Die 4 U that they'd been playing recently at shows.
I was really expecting them to play it! Ahh but they didn't, but it was all good becuz they still played Be Your Man, aka my favourite song off the new record!
Anyway most of the songs weren't a surprise, becuz I couldn't keep my eyes off the setlist that they taped to the floor of the stage! It was just there for us to see, haha!
Also someone tapped me on the shoulder and I was like WHO COULD THAT BE OMG and when I turned around, I saw Darren. WHOAAAA HEY DUDE
We were like, talking to each other about the stuff we brought along for the band to sign. He actually had his To Lose My Life LP with him, so rad! Well, mine was just a drawing that I did...
And I also brought my Big TV album along with me. It's the deluxe edition with 2 CDs. I really love it, the fact that it's a hardcover book package thing. I don't know what to call those things.... But this album is a fucking flawless album, my favourite album in 2013.
- To Lose My Life
- There Goes Our Love Again
- A Place to Hide
- Mother Tongue
- Farewell to the Fairground
- Be Your Man
- The Power & The Glory
- Getting Even
- Unfinished Business
- Space I
- First Time Caller
- Big TV
- Bigger Than Us
I wasn't even prepared for it! However the crowd's reaction was a bit "meh".
I felt like I was the only one who started screaming in everyone's faces and jumped around like an idiot becuz IT'S MY FAV SONG OFF OF BIG TV OK ;___;
Oh yeah also sometime during the concert, Harry walked really close to the crowd and I stared at his shoes and proceeded to stroke it like the creep that I am. Pls don't judge, it was calling out to me... It was so shiny and I couldn't resist. ;__; (like literally. It shines and it was so pretty)
But yeah that was how close we were to the stage!! Crazy.
Before Unfinished Business, Harry talked about it being the first song they ever wrote.
I screamed, "IT'S MY FIRST SONG TOO" i had to do that hahaha IT WAS THE FIRST SONG I LISTENED TO!
And I have Violens to thank for that - they remixed Unfinished Business, and that's when I found out about White Lies. Thank you, Violens. You're such a gr8 band.
The encore was just........ Unreal.
It's a little depressing during encores... Cuz you know the fun is gonna end soon. :-(
I actually recorded Big TV with my phone, but kinda just for fun, y'know?
I recorded my own face singing along too, hahaha. I haven't done that before. That video is a well-treasured keepsake for me though!
I also recorded Bigger Than Us towards the end...
When the song ended, everyone cheered for them. Then, they all gathered in front and took a bow. After that, Jack threw some drumsticks into the crowd, actually in my direction, but I couldn't catch a single one becuz I was recording a video. FML.
Good thing Y2 caught one! With her chin! Hahaha. I started freaking out at her, just screaming. Lol.
Oh also forgot to mention...
I actually threw my drawing onstage before they played Bigger Than Us, and it landed right at Charles's feet!
You can actually see the drawing in that photo, just... There. On the ground. Facing him, even!
He saw it, and smiled a bit. :-) Then while playing he kept looking down to make sure he didn't step on it, but eventually he did anyway. Hahaha!
Unfortunately he didn't grab the drawing so it was just there, so I had to take it back with me. T~T
Basically after the show ended, I turned to the back and searched around for Darren, hoping he'd still be there.
I did ask him before the show started to stay in that spot so that we could go search for the band afterwards!
And yep, he was there. And with two other dudes, Paul and Josh!
So now there were 6 of us in a group! Commence mission.....
Darren told us that the dressing room/backstage was on the 2nd floor, and the ladies bathroom was also on the same floor.
"Just saying," he said. Hahaha. Well at first we tried to act normal, like, oh nothing much, just heading to the loo...
Then we realised there was a long queue inside. Ah, fuck that.
And so we decided to wait..... Darren mentioned that White Lies's tour manager was just right in front of us, chilling. Probably preventing people from entering the area (where the band was, most likely).
He made a move and asked their manager if we could meet the band. We're just 6 kids who desperately want to see them. T~T
Well, luck was definitely on our side!
"I'll let you meet the band, but only if you keep quiet. Don't use your mobiles, don't post anything online."
The moment I heard that, I was like, "Holy shit. WE PROMISE. We will keep our mouths shut!"
And so we waited.... (a lot of waiting in one day, eh?)
Everyone was just really anxious.
Then we saw a familiar figure walk towards us and we said hi!
"Sorry guys, I gotta go to the bathroom first! I'll come back in a bit," Harry said as he approached us. Haha so cute!
We watched as he took the escalator down....
And we waited again..........
"Oh oh he's back!" *Harry ascends from the escalator*
And this is when my memory starts going blurry. Every time I meet a band member or anyone that I admire, my brain just dies for a while and fails to remember things. ;_;
I do remember telling Harry, "I kinda lost my voice, but now I can... *talks one octave lower* ...finally sing like you!"
And we did the usual things like asking him if we could get our stuff signed, and get a photo and all that....
Here's Harry with Y2 and I!
Ahhh I love this photo so much. Look at him, he's like a panda.
I don't know why he keeps reminding me of pandas.
I couldn't remember much of what happened when we met Harry, which is a little sad...
I do remember how much he liked the drawing that I handed to him! (yes, that same copy that Charles stepped on ahaha)
"It's based on Big TV!" I told him a very obvious thing hahaha.
"Yeah, it's amazing!"
I'm so happy that he liked it! :'-)
Well, we all started talking about stuff that I really can't remember at all...
I think I asked him where Jack and Charles were, and he said, "They're around... I'll call them over after this!"
I also don't remember if this was Harry or Jack (I think it was Harry), but we started talking about the venue.
He was saying how he liked the venue they got for this gig, and was wondering if there was a venue like this but a little bigger.
I said, "the previous one?" aka the Coliseum at RWS lol cuz they were originally sposed to play there but the venue got changed to TAB.
And he was like, "Nah, that's like 2000 people and it's too big for us! I think we had around 400 tonight."
"You guys could play there next time, maybe when you're bigger..." Darren said.
"Yeah, probably when we're bigger!"
We also talked about Japanese fans??? Hahaha.
Darren was asking Harry/Jack (I rly think it was Harry tho!!) why bands love Japan, like, every single band wants to go there.
"I don't know... I liked tonight's crowd more than Japan though. They seemed a little weak this time. Tonight was awesome, I really loved it."
I was surprised to hear that!
"But, I mean, there's just something about Japanese fans, they are just so..."
"Passionate?" I asked.
"Yeah, they're very dedicated." Harry continued (yes I am gonna go with Harry haha).
Anddd I don't remember what happened but yeh more things happened....
And then it was finally time for him to go off.
"It's so nice meeting you guys! I'm gonna ask Jack to come over."
And we thanked him, and said goodbye. He's so warm, really just an absolute darling to us.. I'm so grateful. ;v;
And so, more waiting! But this time everyone was definitely already over the moon!
Oh yeah, there was this dude who came to us (I think he's the owner or manager of the venue IDK) and he was like, "OI you all going already anot? I need to close the place you know, now what time already!"
And we were all just like, "Lol. Whatever. Waiting for a band. Who cares about you." and he left.
A few minutes later, some dude in a black shirt walked over.
"Wait... Is that Jack?" Monica asked.
YES IT WAS. IT WAS JACK. Aka my favourite member of the banddddd ok bye
"Hi guys!" Ahh why are you so cheerful and happy I luv it.
"Hey Jack it's nice to see you again!" I said.
And then Monica said the same thing and emphasised on AGAIN. Hahaha.
"Remember us?" I asked.
"Oh yeah you were the girls from earlier today!"
"Yeah we were here since 3pm!" I told him.
Haha he called us hardcore. :'-)
So the next thing he said really just made me go AWWW inside.
"Sorry we didn't come out after soundcheck, we had some stuff going on..."
The fact that he remembered us, and that he actually wanted to come out and see us after soundcheck!!
I thought he forgot about that, aww.
Once again I do not remember what happened afterwards, but let me just type it out and hopefully my memory will return....
Jack actually noticed me in the crowd - especially since I was right in the middle, facing the drums! I was pleasantly surprised when he told me, "I saw you air-drumming, you were really going for it. That was pretty good,"
And then Y2 was like, "Yeah, she actually plays the drums."
Hahaha damn paiseh I swear!!! OMG.
I couldn't stop smiling after that. I was like, "Oh my god, you saw me?! No way!"
I also remember making eye contact with Harry during the gig... Couldn't look away from his eyes!
I think it was him that I directed this question at...
I didn't know the 2nd guitarist's name, so I asked.
"His name's Rob. He's a really cool guy."
Now I know all the members' names!!!!
Also I talked to him about Violens:
Yeh I sound so horrible. ;_; I always sound like a goofball when I talk.
But look at his face when I told him I discovered White Lies through Violens!
Haha, he was like, "Really?! HOW COME???" like it wasn't believable. :'-)
Sorry for the weird camera angle... I was talking to him and trying not to look at my phone screen haha.
Wish I could've taken more videos, but I didn't wanna seem creepy. :-(
"Oh yeah, so we've been wondering, all of us.... What does E.S.T. mean?" I asked (we were really planning to ask this question since earlier in the day lol).
"Ah, well.. You gotta ask Charles about that, he'll tell you everything." Jack answered.
Oh, and I don't remember if it was Harry or Jack that we asked, about I Would Die 4 U, their wonderful rendition of Prince's song.
They didn't play that song, so we were a little tiny bit bummed! We asked them why they didn't play it, becuz they'd been playing it for the previous shows (not including Asia however).
Apparently it's becuz they were too far away (from home), and they couldn't bring the particular instruments needed for that song along with them.
"Aww, well at least you played Goldmine!" I said. :-)
"Could you sign my drawing please? And is it okay if you sign my Big TV too?"
I took a photo with Jack too, of course! Yeh it turned out a little dark.. But I don't really mind!
He's so sweet. No doubt he's become my favourite member of the band now... I'm just still touched by the fact that he remembered us, especially with the soundcheck thingy. :'-)
"Great to meet you guys! I'll call Charles over in a bit."
We all thanked him, and said goodbye.
It's a little weird to be meeting them one by one like this, but it's great cuz we get to focus on only one member at a time.
Anddddd the last guy to come over for the night...
Mr. Charles Cave, everybody.
He's a friggin' giant. So tall!
We all said hi. Darren said, "I like how you brought your own pen."
"Well yeah, just in case!" Charles answered.
So he did some signing and all that.
Y2 handed him her drawing to be signed, and he was like, "Ah, is this the drawing I saw on stage? Oh wait, no, there was another one..."
And I was like, "YOU MEAN THIS ONE" and showed it to him and he was like "Ah, yes! All our fans are so talented." Aww :'3
Finally, the burning question that we wanted to ask.
What does E.S.T. even mean?!
"We asked Jack but he told us to ask you instead," I said.
Charles shook his head. "Drummers.... So irresponsible." HAHAHAHA.
"E.S.T. means Electric Shock Therapy."
And everybody goes, "Ohhhhhh!"
Then he explained what it was all about... Something about his relative(?) or someone else who was executed in an electric chair, or something like that. I wasn't paying attention!
Sooo when I asked him to sign my Big TV, I requested for him to write my name too.
"What's your name?"
"It's Puteri, P-U-T-E-R-I."
"Puteri... That's a very pretty name!"
I died inside awww Charles you're too sweet ;-; I think my name is ridiculous but thanks ahaha.
We then talked about Charles' playing style becuz c'mon, who else plays the bass like he does?!
So. Fucking. Rad. He's amazing.
"Do you even use the picks on the mic stand?" Darren asked. And he laughed, haha.
Sometimes he does strumming on the bass and it's basically to get like the different octaves/harmonies or something like that, I don't remember lol.
After that, Darren asked if Charles could draw something on his LP!
And he really did take his time to draw, using dots, even. It was fun looking at him work on it.
Darren: "Ahh it's so personalised, now I can't sell it on eBay anymore."
Charles: "Haha, you could sell it for £20 maybe!"
I think that was it for the night.... We said our goodbyes.
I thanked Charles for the last time, and he went off.
"Bye Charles! I love your beard btw!" I yelled out. He laughed and said thanks!
"Have a safe flight tomorrow, bye!" He waved, and walked back to the dressing room/backstage, and that was that....
We were all still in a daze, kinda like... Whoa. What just happened??? Was that even real?!
Yes... Yes, it was.
We finally made our way down. We saw the band's tour manager looking down at us from above, and we thanked him a million times. I walked right into a tray cart in the process. Lol.
I'm just extremely grateful towards their tour manager for giving us the opportunity to meet the band....
Did I mention that Midas Promotions actually held a contest for fans to win Meet & Greet passes? Yeah.
We didn't even have to participate! I knew I wouldn't win anyway, cuz it was all about popularity. Kinda sucks, but eh... Kudos to those who won.
I'm glad we got to meet them without actually winning/participating in that contest! I felt like such a lucky motherfucker oh man.
ALL THE HAPPY TEARS I CANNOT EXPLAIN MY FEELS
Also gotta thank Darren for the Goldmine lyrics sheet!!! :'''')
Well it's almost 8am, and I guess I'll stop here now...
Hopefully my memory gets better and I'll be able to add more things in here. I need sleep.
But seriously, I think this night was when I really just let loose and danced like a crazy person.
I think I went even crazier than The Cribs in KL... I sang, I screamed, I danced, I jumped...
My neck hurts, my shoulder, my back and my legs all hurt. My throat still feels a little itchy.
This is the kind of pain that I enjoy (wait, that sounded weird), post-concert body aches, yesssss.
I think I'll go now....