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The Kids From Yesterday

Yesterday a friend and I travelled eight and a half hours to see a gig; as I write this, we’re in the car on the way back.
The show was a cover night, with bands playing songs from all the classic mid-2000s bands - Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, The Used, Taking Back Sunday and of course, My Chemical Romance. About 80 kids filled a little basement venue in the centre of Adelaide and it may be one of the best things I’ve ever experienced.

I’m not going to say much on how good the bands were; partially because I feel it’s not really my place but mostly because it didn’t matter. Sure, some bands messed up. Some vocalists didn’t know all the words. But it really didn’t matter. There was a room full of kids who just wanted to hear their favourite songs played, to celebrate their favourite bands, and that’s all that was important. I do have to comment on the My Chemical Romance cover band though. I never got to see MCR live. I never got to experience their crowds. And even though it was only about 80 kids, hearing everyone absolutely sing their hearts out to every single song was incredible. It was obvious that they were the band who’d drawn the crowd; everyone stopped and payed attention when they started playing. I was tearing up by the end of it and I know many other people were too - for any number of reasons. For me, it was hearing some of my favourite songs in the world, played by and to the kids they were made for, and hearing those kids respond like it was their last night on earth. I was fortunate enough to be on stage when they played Cancer acoustically, and it was beautiful. There was so much emotion in that room, so much power. By the end of the set (including the improvised encore of “The Take Over, The Break’s Over” by FOB) my throat was raw, my heart was beating double time and I felt like I could do anything. Gerard Way said that MCR is an idea, not just a band, and I think that’s true of the whole scene. Somewhere in amongst 80 people in The Bluebee Room in Adelaide, I saw the very heart and soul of this music. It wouldn’t matter if all the big bands in the scene split up tomorrow; there’d be a generation of kids rising up in their place, inspired by the legacy they leave in their wake.

Last night I saw some old friends and made some new ones. I laughed, yelled, clapped, played tambourine, and sang to some of my favourite songs ever. But more than any of that, I felt the strength and beauty of our scene. I saw how this music has effected these kids, and how these kids will affect this music. I saw everything I imagined our scene was, and so much of what it could become. And all of this in about 80 kids in a tiny basement venue in the middle of Adelaide.

Band-Themed Prompts

  1. Write about the band choosing a name.
  2. A member of the band falls ill just before an important gig.
  3. Writing/rehearsing a new song.
  4. Someone accuses the band (or one of the members) of stealing a song.
  5. The band needs to look for a new member.
  6. The band goes on a tour for the first time.
  7. The band is desperately searching for gigs.
  8. Finally covered by the media, the band struggles with the fact that the media keeps implying one of the members is above the others’ level.
  9. When looking for new member, the band comes across someone they didn’t expect at all.
  10. The band decides to split.
  11. The band’s newest record is a flop.
  12. The band becomes famous very suddenly.
  13. A disaster takes place at a concert.
  14. The band hates the new merch.
  15. The band members deal with the fans.

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Credtits to Valentina Incagnoli (X)

Rumours spread that Jenny was a lesbian. She and Stella had fun pretending they were a couple. When the band got their first NME cover, “they called us ‘Satanic Majesties’,” says Theresa. “I mean, look at us! Drinking our coconut milk juice.” Emily grimaces. “They were covering a gig where I turned to the audience and said, ‘Look at the fog machine’ and they quoted me saying: ‘I’m a fuck machine!’” “That was a little depressing,” adds Jenny. “Our first major article. We were Satanic Majesties and Emily was a fuck machine.” They howl.
—  Warpaint and the press (X)