Wild Nothing concert
Porto. Blink. Frankfurt. Blink. Porto. Blink. London. Blink. Porto.
This was how my week seemed to me. In a blink of an eye, I kept being somewhere else, discovering new cities, new places, new music, new people, new feelings. I have never lived such a week, interweaving short trips and work. Now the week passed and I am truly glad I took the impetuous decision to go see two concerts in Frankfurt and London.
Let's start with Frankfurt, where I went to see Wild Nothing, an American indie dream pop act created by Jack Tatum. I discovered this guy a couple of years ago, don't remember how and got his first album "Gemini" which was amazing to me. This year he released his second album, "Nocturne", which had very good reviews and which I also like immensely.
So last Saturday off I went to Frankfurt-Hahn on an early morning Ryanair flight. Alone, as often. I've done this flight lots of times in the past on my way to Berlin. This time, I was finally able to stay and go to Frankfurt Am Main, so I hopped on a bus that took me to the city center in almost two hours. Waiting for me would be a Chinese girl, friend of a friend, that was going to host me. So as soon as I arrived in the Hauptbanhof I was not alone anymore. Suddenly, I was walking around a new city, talking to a new and different person, feeling a mixture of different emotions. Young Cosmopolitan Adult Life 1 - Boring "Oh I'm getting old and responsible" life 0.
Later on the day we went to meet a portuguese guy and a friend of him that was visiting, that I had contacted through Couchsurfing and a Japanese girl that also wanted to come to the concert. So when we met, I realized that the friend of that guy, was a girl I knew from Porto, through common friends. A very funny and interesting coincidence, only to make me think that the world is really really small.
We had some drinks and some food before the concert and I was really feeling great and happy. Couldn't avoid to keep thinking in how fast I had changed environments and how cool that was. How lucky I felt to have the chance to break my routine, just like that.
Time went by and was time to go to the concert which was going to have place in a venue called Das Bett. I have to say I like the alternative scene in Germany (from what I know) and so Das Bett was this nice place with a cool and chilled atmosphere, stickers and posters all over, graffiti in the walls and cheap beer (and of course, one thing I had almost forgotten: the "pfand" LOL). In the middle of somewhere in Frankfurt, I was feeling at home and ready to enjoy live music.
The opening band was called Grey Television , a German band from Berlin. I didn't know them and I was really surprised and enjoyed their sound, which created the perfect mood for Wild Nothing. That and also the beers that I kept devouring to "warm up"! I was starting to enter this dreamy nostalgia about my past in Germany and all the enormous box of memories that it involves when Jack Tatum came to the stage. As soon as they started playing, I entered another world for a little bit more than an hour: the world of sweet dreamy pop, filled with a touch of naiveness. That what I like in Wild Nothing, the aesthetic of the melodies is what drives us to a beautiful imaginary world, not the lyrics, which are simple and direct. There's a kind of return to innocence feeling attached to it that charms me.
Lost in the middle of an unfamiliar crowd, in a whole different country, surrounded by a japanese and a chinese, I couldn't feel more in harmony with the world and perfectly happy. I danced freely and let the music invade me and I felt all and everything. I was ecstatic, in my own controlled and reserved way, when the concert ended and I took the chance to go to speak with Jack Tatum to congratulate him for the nice concert and also to tell him that he should consider visiting Portugal next time, as I was there on purpose just to see him. He seemed quite surprised with that and asked me if that was the closest destination. I told him that it was the best date for me and he told me that he heard nice things about Lisbon. He seemed a very down to earth guy, shy and accessible. I was glad to speak to him and left wishing him the best of luck. After all, he's just a 23 year old guy with two good albuns in his pocket making his way to success (or not)!
Later on the night we met the portuguese people again and went out to some bar/club, somewhere in the city.
Next day, I walked around the city with Lingli, saw the European Central Bank (in this day and age, an obligatory tourist attraction! LOL) and some nice cozy parts of the city, then we all met for dinner and that was it. If you seek for information about touristy things to do or see in Frankfurt, I'm not the right person. More and more I realize that I'm not interested in visiting all the monuments and museums and churches when I go to a new city. I prefer to feel the streets, the rush, observe the people, meet new people, talk with new people. I prefer to discover that cool hidden bar, where locals go. Or stay in someone's place, through Couchsurfing and live like a local, going to the supermarket, cooking, etc... That's how I travel and I don't imagine traveling in any other way.
Monday morning I left Frankfurt and in the afternoon I was already back to my normal reality, working in my club. Young Cosmopolitan Adult Life 1 - Boring "Oh I'm getting old and responsible" life 1.
(to be continued...Part 2 - London calling)