That’s it! We’re through! Game over, man!
The Graves’ last show ended less than 24 hours ago…lament!
For those who did not attend, shame on yourselves, not because your absence was that incredibly noticeable, but because you missed out on a great time.
(I apologize to those who did in fact try to make it; the above statement most certainly does not apply to you.)
We played last (sort of, crypt kicker five played like 3 songs after us, not that anyone was there to watch…) and 242main was packed!
Before going on, I was a little worried about the turn out. Three bands were on before us, and for each act, less than forty people were actually inside the club. As it came our turn to start setting up to play, I resigned myself to the fate of playing for only a handful of people. Soon I saw the faces of my friends, who had been hanging out with me outside of the club during the lame punk rock acts, pour into the club; I felt ready to play, happy my friends were there to support me. I turned around, setting up, plugging in my mic and sound checking, and when I faced the audience from the stage again, 242main was packed.
I was ecstatic. We played an awesome last set, and everyone was thrilled. It was great to play such an energetic and satisfying last show with such amazing musicians and great friends.
After the show I got a little ill just thinking about what I was going to do now that this band was over. In many ways, this band opened me up to a new world of music, giving me so many opportunities I still need to explore.
Although I’m going to miss playing in the sweetest (though short-lived) rock band in Burlington, I’m going to miss hanging out with the awesome dudes I shared the stage with.
I’ll especially miss Justin, who right now is driving off with his girlfriend of more than two years, Audra, to start a new life in California, where she is going to school. It seems he is living just after I really started getting to know him, and having such a great friendship only makes his departure harder on me as well as the rest of the band - who have been friends much longer.
Thank you to Ben, Charlie, Dave, and Justin, this band really changed my life, and given me the hunger to pursue music. I plan on making music with you all again sooner or later.
Anyway, thank you to everyone who has supported us through our short-lived time as the Graves. We all love you and will miss sharing our music with you so much.
For this last week of summer and right on through the school year I plan on surrounding myself with all my friends, especially those I have not been able to see enough this summer. Justin’s departure is really doing a number on me and it’d be nice to get to hang out with you all. So everybody, expect a call before school starts, and feel free to call me, I really want to hear from everyone before I become a senior.
Peace, Love, Rock n’ Roll