Firstly, the music for once started on time and that credit goes to the organizer, Xavier Stanton, for running a smooth ship. Regular live-music goers spend too many nights in a dark, cold-room filled with smoke, patiently waiting for a gig to start. Carnival Court was neither dark nor depressingly cold; the latter is largely explained by the vibrant crowd that packed the place with their joyous cheers and attentive smiles.
Philip Malan started the evening well, playing beautifully and showing that Jeremy Loops is not the only one around here that has risen to the challenge of using a loop pedal to fully explore his compositions. He also threw in a cover in which he showed us that he chooses to play instrumental music because his instrumental compositions are complete not because he doesn’t have an interesting voice to bring to the table. He was inspiring and really showed us all why he was so deserving of his recent guitar competition accolades.
Tombstone Pete played second and oh my!!! He is a living legend, a truly eccentric player, who can hold the crowd on his own without the need for a drummer or a singer because his guitar bangs as LOUD as any drum and his melodies are too beautiful, and too personal, to be interfered on by another man’s words. His rockout attitude on stage, complex percussive rhythms and unorthodox guitar playing style might fool some to believing that the visuals is the whole story but Tombstone Pete is so much more because if we closed our eyes and simply listened to what he was playing we would still love him for what he is! A crazy man who decided that metal should be played in an acoustic guitar, with even more crazy stories about being refused entrance in Australia and ending up in shitty London, oh Pete, please become our mentor and teach us the way of living a fully devoted life to mastering your craft.
It was a pleasure to perform as Chilled Vibes with these two artists and those of you who missed them please go to their shows. Life is too short not to experience what we felt being there, and to those of you who came hope you enjoyed our set. It was a pleasure to play for you and to get our first ever encore. It was fun to play two new songs in front of such a receptive crowd and to get so much love coming from you. A special thank you goes out to Daniel Gray for making our music so much better with his talent.
We really appreciate everyone coming to support us and on behalf of all the people involved on making the evening happen we truly THANK YOU!