Turning 18 and (Almost) Party Disaster!

On Saturday I hit the big one, and no that isn’t a home run, I did in fact, along with my cousin who shares the same birthday as me (cool story that is), turn 18. I can now legally drink, buy fireworks, get married or even write my own will, although that might be a bit hasty. Not only did I turn 18, I also threw, again along with my cousin, my first proper party and even though my Mum did most of the planning, I was extremely apprehensive. I mean you don’t want to be that guy who’s known for throwing a terrible party, it’s social suicide! Luckily the party went extremely well, the dance-floor was consistently full of extremely drunk dad dancers, the turnout was better than expected and there was no trouble at all, quite surprising considering the amount of alcohol consumed. There was however one blip in the otherwise perfect occasion and this came right at the start of the event. My cousin and I had compiled the playlist of all playlists consisting of, as the great Free Radio say, ‘A bit of old and a bit of new’. We thought it would be a good idea to leave the playlist on shuffle, and how wrong we were. It went from dance central to tear jerker in a matter of seconds and we panicked. Luckily there was only family here at this time, but still, we only had a matter of minutes to fix this. We frantically tried to organise the playlist, making sure there were no sudden jumps in the mood and that a consistent flow of upbeat songs were playing for the bulk of the night and then slower songs as the evening came to an end. Somehow, we succeeded, and managed to sort the playlist perfectly in less than 10 minutes, making sure the Beach Boys blended nicely with Skrillex – Bangarang. It was amazing. However, let this be a lesson to you all, don’t trust shuffle!

Thank you for reading, let me know if you have had any party disasters like me! Keep smiling, Harrison.

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Against the Current

Supporting a band from early in their career is, in a non-hipster kinda way, a rewarding feeling. Following their journey as if you are part of their metaphorical ‘family’, feeling pride when things are going well, and sadness when they are not. I guess kind of how a parent feels, which is quite strange thinking about it. But none the less; Against the Current, or ATC, are one of my favourite bands and a band that my friends and I have been following from ‘early’ in their career, and I say early in quotation marks as they are a band formed from school, we just discovered them when their fan base and ‘fame’ was not as big as it is now.

This past year has been huge for ATC, 2 incredible EP’s, millions of views on YouTube, an extremely successful tour spanning various countries (which I went to!!!), but arguably the most defining moment of their career as a band came most recently, signing to the ‘Fueled by Ramen’ record label. Obviously this is monumental news for any band as, usually, it is the dream and the goal of every aspiring chart topping musician. And signing to a label such as Fueled by Ramen, which already has huge bands such as Paramore and Fun on their books, is incredible and will most definitely bolster their career significantly. The exposure signing to such a label will go a long way for them, especially as interacting with fans on social media and at concerts is a huge part of their ideology as a band. Upon discovering this amazing news I felt a number of emotions. Obviously I was filled with immense pride and ecstasy however one feeling stood out. Part of me was sad, quite selfishly as, for some reason, for a split second, I thought I might become disconnected from them. Like I said a lot of their time is spent meeting and interacting with fans but could they carry this on as they undoubtedly grew bigger and bigger as a band. On reflection this was extremely self-centred and I’m past these feelings now but they were there. I think the reason for this was because, at their tour, December 5th 2014 in Birmingham, (which was bloody amazing might I add), we were able to go outside and meet the 3 of them, take pictures, get signatures and talk to them as if they were ‘normal’ people, it was amazing! The fact they were able to do this speaks volumes for how much they care for and respect their fans. Many bands would play the show, in which they charged an extortionate price for, and then leave but Against the Current didn’t, they met every fan that went backstage and for a considerable amount of time as well, again emphasising that family feeling I expressed earlier. As I dwelled on this thought I realised that instead of feeling sad I should feel privileged, privileged to have had the chance to interact with such an amazing and down to earth band in such an intimate manner. Not many people can say that about their idols. And obviously I can’t predict the future, but I’m certain they will continue to meet fans as it’s something they are passionate about, this thought came from me overthinking (as usual) and I just wanted to write about it, I guess to see if anyone else has felt anything similar.

But yeah if you are an Against the Current fan, or even if you’re not, let us raise a metaphorical glass and congratulate them for everything they have accomplished. We are so proud of you and I hope you go onto to become a much bigger band so even more lucky people can be exposed to your epicness, even if that means I can’t get a selfie with you. Love you guys ❤

If you aren’t aware of Against the Current you can find most of their music on iTunes or alternatively this is their Youtube channel, it is amazing. https://www.youtube.com/user/againstthecurrentNY

Keep Smiling, Harrison 🙂 Below is a picture of me meeting Chrissy (lead vocalist and an all round beautiful woman) after the gig, I was nervous hence the weird smile haha!

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