Topic: Live @ Charlotte, NC (10/29)
Haha, this is a bit late considering the show was about three weeks ago, but I was only able to join the forums today. So I'm sorry for the late report!
Things were mostly a blur that night; it was my first concert and I was extremely excited. However, if I could give anything to go back in time and relive the night, I so would. At the time, I wasn't much of a Polysics fan. I was familiar with them, yes, but I didn't know too much about them. A year ago, my brother showed me a Youtube rip of I My Me Mine and I was amused by it and after that, I listened to it and Electric Surfin' Go Go every once in a while. This year, when my anime club said that they were planning on carpooling to Charlotte to see them, I instantly agreed thinking that it would be great to see a Japanese band and all. But little did I know that it would completely rock my world. 8D
When we got to the concert hall (well, and after the almost two hour wait out in the cold haha) we quickly made a beeline to the merchandise booth. This is the first, and most certainly not the last, moment of the night that I now kick myself over. Because if I do remember right, Fumi was the one manning the booth and gave me my copy of Polysics or Die Vista, my first Polysics album. And as it so happens, after I saw their show, she became my absolute favorite of the band. Oh, if only I would have known. D:
I ended up seeing Hiro, Kayo and Yano before the show and we got their signatures on one of their posters. I remember that Hiro scribbled his autograph and then looked at the poster for a second before adding a little line of drool coming out of his picture's mouth and the TOISU speech bubble. When Yano came out, he took a seat at the bar to get a drink and we waited until he came back towards the booth before asking for his signature. Haha, we had borrowed a Sharpie marker from one of the guys who worked at the ticket booth, and I think Yano ended up accidentally taking it. And Kayo.... well, I don't remember what happened when I got her autograph. It's a total blank, haha.
Finally, after the first three bands played, it was the main event. All of you out there who's seen them live, then you know exactly what I mean when I say that it was absolutely amazing and pure energy in the form of music. After looking at some of the other posts here about their recent concerts, I believe that they played more or less the same music from Vista and WATM. These songs are so familiar now, but all of those songs, save for two, were completely new to me three weeks ago.
One of the most memorable moments of the night was when Hiro greeted us with a nice 'ol eff you, which still amuses me and my friends to no end. I also love the moment where he says "THANK YOU!!" and someone in the crowd (one of my friends, I think) replied "you're welcome!" This video also has a bit of them playing We Ate the Machine.
My Sharona was really great, especially when everyone thought they were finished and started clapping; then they started playing again, even stronger than ever!
Their last song of the night was Electric Surfin' Go Go which was a huge blast for me since it was one of the songs I was actually familiar with. I think it was here when my love for Fumi was born, too. <3
And here are a couple pictures! A nice shot of Fumi; Hiro workin' his magic to woo over the crowd; and Hiro playing his guitar with his teeth (sorry for the blurry picture, but it happened all so fast so it was hard to get a picture in the first place, haha). Man, I wish we took more pictures but I think we were too busy getting our socks rocked off. XD (which could have almost happened; the bass was so powerful, I remember my clothes vibrating!)
After the show, there was a long line at the merchandise booth, proof that they clearly won over a great deal of the crowd with their awesome music. I was going to try to have some money left over from the concert, but that ended up not happening when I used the last of my money to buy two packs of their stickers while I was trying to catch Fumi and her autograph. But I believe that someone said that they were very tired and they wouldn't be out for a little while. The others in my anime club needed to get back home, since it was past midnight and we had an hour worth of driving ahead of us, so we left without seeing them again. Que me kicking myself again, because I found out later that they received that Moog petal shortly after we left. Every time I see these pictures, I think "we were hanging out RIGHT IN FRONT of that pool table! D:"
So even though the memories are slightly fuzzy now, I do remember that as I was coming home, I just couldn't get the grin off my face. Three weeks later, it still hasn't disappeared. And I predict that the next time they come 'round, I'll be ready to fully experience them live; not as a newbie, but as a passionate fan. :D
I don't post here much anymore but I still have a fond appreciation for Polysics. Hit me up on Twitter @west_haven if you really wanna talk to me