Last Saturday, I spent my evening in Alserkal Avenue (Dubai) to attend Flower Shop's first public gig. And I loved it.
Half the reason I came was to support (and embarrass) one of my best friends, Jason, who plays bass guitar for the band - although I knew from videos I had seen that this wasn't an event to miss; whether you are connected to the band through friendships or not. The band itself is a group of four friends: Oscar, Jason, Saffron and Kyle; with Oscar on vocals and guitar, Jason on bass, Saffron on guitar and Kyle on drums. You can find the band on SoundCloud by clicking here.
I arrived 15 minutes before the gig was said to start, and already the atmosphere was awesome. I talked to people who all seemed as excited as I was - some friends, some strangers. During this time, being the *incredible* small-talker I am, I managed to completely humiliate myself and make a couple of awful first impressions (note to self: don't talk about your dad's toenails to people you met 5 minutes prior. It's not as funny as you think it is). Thankfully, just as I managed to find my way out of that awkward situation, we settled down for the gig to begin.
The setlist was thoroughly enjoyable, and if I wasn't going to bond over my dad's toenails with anyone, at least we could all appreciate the great music. The band had such a strong and positive stage presence, and this was certainly reciprocated by the audience through occasional whoops and declarations of love for the band members. A few of my personal favourite songs were played, as well as some originals composed by members of the band:
My Kind of Woman - Mac DeMarco
Cracked - (original by Oscar)
The Pool - Slow Hollows
Backstreets - (original by Oscar)
Treat Her Better - MacDemarco
Jam/Interlude - (jam written by Saffron)
Elevator - (original by Oscar)
I Can't Admit It's My Fault - (original by Jason)
Free Mason/Jam - (mash of How to Fly - Sticky Fingers and Chamber of Reflection - Mac DeMarco). Can be heard on the band's SoundCloud.
My Kind Of Woman (encore) - Mac DeMarco
All in all, the atmosphere was amazing, and was matched by arguably more amazing live music from the band. Congrats to the whole of Flower Shop- and keep your eyes open for them in the future. A truly wonderful performance.
Below are some pictures of the evening - enjoy:
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