The reincarnation plot goes down but with the reincarnated lover being literally anyone but Mina or Lucy. Reincarnated Van Helsing, reincarnated Quincey, reincarnated Mr. Swales… I don’t care.
Dracula isn’t Vlad the Impaler; he’s just a raging Vlad the Impaler fanboy who likes to insinuate he’s Vlad the Impaler because he’s immortal and nobody can call him on it.
Dracula is Vlad the Impaler and is killed by exasperated Romanians who feel conflicted about how his vampiric status has impacted their tourism industry and perceived national character.
Really…just subvert the whole Dracula is Vlad thing and/or that dumb reincarnation plot, and I’m golden.
Dracula works according to Twilight rules. Jack tries to complain that real vampires don’t work that way, and Van Helsing condescendingly pulls his ear, talks about giant oil-drinking spiders, and generally more-things-in-heaven-and-earths him until he concedes.
Quincey actually is a secret vampire, but like… a super chill one that wants to kill Dracula anyway.
The Crew of Light are all native to the Andes, Dracula is a pishtaco, and the narrative is all about a horrible marauding foreigner from the industrialized West with awful plans of conquest.
The entire production is just a new installment of I Love Toy Trains, but you can occasionally see the plot of the novel go down with tiny little plastic figures.
After spending the day collecting my thoughts, I will now share my experience of B.A.P’s concert in Dallas, and what occurred that really touched my heart.
Let me say that I have been to almost 30 concerts in my 22 years of all different genres and sizes, but this concert was hands down the most amazing thing I have ever experienced. What happened at the end of the concert was really the cherry on top. This is really long, so if you don’t feel like reading all of it, I do ask that you read the last paragraph.
My boyfriend and I arrived at the Verizon Theatre around 5:30 p.m. and queued up (we had pretty good spots in line). We were both super excited as this was our first k-pop concert of any kind. The Babyz around us were all super friendly! Two of the girls behind us picked up their pre-ordered CDs and both won hi-touch along with several other fans that passed by, which prompted many of us to become nervous about getting a hi-touch at the merch table. The doors opened, we made our way inside, and I bee-lined straight for the merch line. I picked a short line and waited anxiously for my turn. My boyfriend and I were watching the people ahead as they bought their merch and no one seemed to be getting a hi-touch. I hadn’t hyped myself up on the possibility of getting a hi-touch so I wouldn’t be disappointed if I didn’t get one. A girl that pre-ordered 4 albums won 2 and my boyfriend actually went over to her and asked if she was selling the extra lol (she wasn’t). Soon it was my turn and I asked the lady for an album and a matoki lightstick. She placed both down in front of me, and I just stared at the album while she processed my payment. I couldn’t bare to look!! So my bf grabbed the album, snuck a look, and his jaw dropped and his eyes got wide. I just stared at him, screaming in my head “No no no, there’s no way! He’s lying!” I finally opened my mouth and said “Are you kidding? I really got it?!” I snatched the album from his hands and squealed when I saw that little yellow sticker. I couldn’t believe it! The girls behind me were the same ones behind us outside so they asked if I got it and then congratulated me, telling me to enjoy it. As I left the line I could see the other fans looking at my album and I really wished that more could’ve won.
Then I went to check out my seat. Since my ticket was a birthday gift and I bought my boyfriend’s ticket, we were in different sections. I was in 101 H (5th from the stage to the right side) and he was in 205. I sat with him until about 15 minutes before showtime then went back to my seat. There were only 4 seats in my row; two of the girls came together, and the girl next to me was by herself. Her bias was Yongguk too, so we promptly spent the rest of the night crying over him, as well as Himchan and Daehyun lol.
Now the concert itself was phenomenal. The opening was just the drummer and the DJ but holy hell they killed it (this section was right by the bass so I felt every beat throughout my body) lol they definitely got everyone pumped up. My seatmate and I commented that we would totally go see them in concert if they ever do their own thing haha. Then the boys came out to ear-splitting screams. I was in total awe. It wasn’t until the second song that I started to take pics and videos. About 2/3 through the show, after JongUp’s solo, my entire rown had moved down in front of the stage (we were literally resting our selves on it and I’m glad the staff was ok with it lol) The boys are SO handsome in person! Pictures do not do them justice! I was really happy to see how playful they are with each other on stage. Especially the amount of fun Dae & Jae had with the airhorn sound effect haha. Just six cuties having fun and loving what they do. They truly gave 110% for every single song, while still throwing in cute side antics. The solos were amazing! Himchan was incredibly sexy during S.N.S. His voice is so smooth and wonderful. I was really proud of him! Daehyun was a sweetie during Shady Lady, telling us all to sit down. He drank some water, removed his jacket, then picked up the water again, saying “sorry” and flashing that cute smile of his. Jongup slayed Now, the choreo of which was incredible. It was really nice hearing his voice for an entire song, it really is beautiful and I hope he gets more opportunities in the future. Also, a gold sticker for those remixes, shizz was lit.
The next events are what really killed me lol Daehyun walked over to my side (can’t remember what song) so I reached out my hand but was only able to touch his arm and he had a jacket on T^T He came back a little bit later and I was finally able to touch his hand (SO SOFT OMG). What I really noticed about Dae throughout the entire show,and especially up close, was that his eyes literally SPARKLE. He would look towards the fans, smile and cue the frickin’ sparkles!!! It was stunning to see up close. Himchan came over several times and I was able to touch his hands (SO SOFT TOO). He had such a happy smile the entire time and it was nice to see him that way. Boy is super handsome as well! Zelo wandered over a few times but I was never able to reach him lol he is so tall! Like please stop growing! Then, Bang Yongguk happened and ruined me forever. So I wasn’t able to reach him the first few times simply because he didn’t come that far over. Then I managed to skim over his arm (SOFTEST ARM I HAVE EVER FELT). He had the most precious, gummiest smile on his face, just full of love, and it made him a million times more attractive (if that’s possible). When he came over again, I was determined to touch his hand lol I was the second to last person at the side of the stage, my seatmate being the last. He walked over towards us and I stretched my arm up as high as possible. I locked hands with him and he HELD ONTO IT! He reached across himself and used his right hand to touch my seatmate’s fingers then started to turn away while STILL HOLDING ONTO ME. He didn’t try to toss my hand away or anything like that, instead he let it slide gently through his enclosed hand and then, right before we parted, HE SQUEEZED MY FINGERS IN THE MOST GENTLE, LOVING WAY. My soul left me right then. My seatmate and I freaked out together. R.I.P me. Then this boy walked back over a short time later, grabs onto my hand and my seatmate’s, she screams “I love you so much” he pauses, says something (either thank you or I love you too) AND THEN BENDS DOWN TO KISS THE BACK OF HER HAND!!!! LIKE THAT ROMANTIC MOVIE STUFF YOU SEE. He smiles and runs off, leaving us to turn to each other. She’s crying and I’m holding her screaming. That man is too smooth for his own good.
There was one part during their second? talk I think, where Yongguk was having a problem with his mic or in-ear (he had a problem with his mic pack during the first talk and went offstage which prompted Daehyun to lead us all in a chant of “Bang Yongguk!”) so he walked over to the curtains on my side and maaaaaaaaan did he look amazing! He was in all black and sweaty and I could hear him yell something to someone in that beautifully deep voice of his. After the encore they were talking, mostly in english, then Jongup asked if it was okay if they speak Korean (so adorable) to which we all said yes. When it was Dae’s turn, he started laughing then ran to the side of the stage and grabbed the translator lol they kept him there, with their arms around him, until they were done talking. We tried singing happy birthday to Himchan when he talked but Youngjae, I think, motioned for us to wait, then he and Dae led us in singing to him :) Himchan’s face after was priceless. He looked so thankful and bowed. I have a video of us singing to him.
Now the hi-touch! The order was Zelo, Jongup, Youngjae (why is he so stunning in person?), Himchan, Daehyun (Damn Dae, back at it again with the sparkly eyes), and Yongguk. I just told them they did a great job and of course I had to let Yongguk know I love him lol.
This is the cherry of top of everything to me: my boyfriend had managed to find himself in the hi-touch area on accident but what he witnessed made my heart swell. The hi-touch took place right outside of the doors to the lower sections. He had gone over there to wait for me, not knowing that was where it was being held. He was standing next to a family with a girl with a disability in a wheelchair, and being the friendly person he is, struck up a conversation with the dad. Then Yongguk entered the room “just so cool and full of swag” (my bf’s words lol) followed by the rest. He realized what was going on but then the dad said “you’re my son now, stay here” so he did. A staff member commented on my bf’s shirt and then Youngjae spoke up and said he liked it too. He was shocked and said thanks, noticing that Yongguk was now staring at him. So my bf sticks out his hand and asks if he can shake his hand. Yongguk immediately agrees and cue the internal fanboying. Then it was time to start the hi-touch. The mother starts to push her daughter down the line, each one of the boys smiling and thanking her. Yongguk was standing with his arms braced on top of the table looking down. Once he caught sight of the girl, he reached across the other members and held her hand in both of his, guiding her closer to him. My boyfriend said he had the biggest smile on his face and was constantly talking to her and saying thank you. Then the girl and her family made their way outside, where my boyfriend would introduce me to them when I finished. I looked over at the girl and noticed she was crying (happy tears) so I smiled and bent down to her, asking if she had fun. She smiled back and said “yes, it was amazing” then continued to brush the tears off her cheeks. I smiled again and told her I was glad she had fun. We said goodbye then walked to our car. My boyfriend recounted his story to me on the way home and I was in total awe of Yongguk’s actions. I know all the work he and the members do for children and those with disabilities, as well as seen how sweet his is with kids in videos, but hearing this just sealed it for me. I am so proud to be a fan of a group of young men with such huge hearts. Yongguk is an amazing leader and does well to set good examples. The concert was remarkable, but his actions towards that young girl are something I will never forget. Thank you, B.A.P, for working so hard in all that y’all do, but even more so for having such warm, loving hearts, for all your fans, no matter what. Y’all truly make us feel like we are one big family.
Alex (without getting up or pausing for a second): “Nope, the Au Pairs.”
Needless to say, I’ve never heard of this band. The cover is what looks like two Native American or Asian girls running through a field with bayonets, it’s a very interesting image and pretty, I like it. The back cover is very pink and the first song is “We’re so Cool.” I hope this is a girl band. I was recorded in 1981. Okay, let’s put it on!
It is a girl singer! I really like her voice, it’s a little on the deeper side for a girl and she sometimes does like a low growly sound before saying a word, which I always love doing during karaoke. In a weird way she’s reminding me of a girl version of David Byrne’s voice. Am I totally off in thinking this?
On the second song she is singing in that sort of talk-singing style with a little bit of a Madonna accent. She sounds very cool and very 80s at the same time. I really like the guitar riff that keeps repeating in this song. So far I really like this music, it’s got a pop rock and roll feel to it, but not so mainstream. The breakdown part where she says “Will you dine with me tonight, will you dance and hold me tight, send me and orchid on Valentine’s day, what more need you say,” slows down the song for a minute and I really like it.
I’m excited to report that this album comes with lyrics and an awesome thing on the back of the liner notes. It’s a “Basal Temperature Chart for use with Brannan Fertility Thermometer.” It includes instructions with the words “tongue, mouth, lips, intercourse and throats” underlined. I love this so much and I’m not exactly sure why. I think because when music, especially rock music can be so male-centric and often misogynist, it’s so refreshing to see something “just for women” put out there, with no explanation, and no connection to the album other than the fact that women are writing this music, playing this music and singing this music. They’re also fertile AND sexual. Something like a fertility calculator talks about sex strictly from a woman’s perspective. It’s kind of a cool thing to think about while listening to this music. It’s also a cool thing to look at because it’s from 1981.
I really like this type of music, which wikipedia is telling me is called “post-punk.” Side two starts with a B-52’s-ish sounding song called “Come Again.” and it also has a guy singing on it. I love this song and could definitely see dancing to it. The repetitive sound of the bass really stands out for me and feels like it keeps this song going, the bass is the melody you would be twisting your body to while dancing. You want to twist your body to the bass and try to really listen to the lyrics at the same time while listening to this song.
From what I can tell after looking up the lead singer, Lesley Woods, she seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth. She doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page. That’s a bummer, because i would totally go see this band live in a second! I also would have really loved this band if I’d discovered them in college.
The last song, “It’s Obvious” repeats the phrase “you’re equal but different” over and over again at the end. WOAH then it sounds like it’s over but it starts again, but then just keeps playing over and over again like it’s skipping! But it sounds intentional! I just said to Alex, “is this skipping or is it supposed to sound like this?” He asked me if the needle is on the last groove of the record, which it is. Then he said, “There’s a thing called a lock groove, sometimes people put a repeating phrase on the last groove and let it play over and over again.” Me: “That’s awesome!!” He also told me that some times artists will etch secret message on the “inside ring” of the record, but we looked and this one just says “Birmingham” and Belfast, Bristol, Brixton.“ If that is a secret message, I don’t know what it means. Still pretty cool though. I’m really into lock grooves you guys, you can’t do that on an mp3 now can you?
Bottomline: This album gets an A+ in my book, I will definitely put it on again. I loved it.