In this Preshow Rituals segment, the indie rock band, Make You Cry, reveals what they do before taking the stage. You can check out the story, after the break.
I think when most people think about a band and what state they’re in before they play, they summon up an image of a small group of people stood in a circle. Reminiscent of some mid 80’s team huddle, all close together arm in arm, heads pressed close sharing hushed last-minute reminders. I can say with total honesty that we (Make You Cry) definitely do not do this.
We’re a group of friends, which means we don’t need a “yes coach” pre-game pep talk; we know what we’ll do when the sound guy comes over and tells us that it’s time to get ready. We’ll do exactly what we always do when confronted by a moment of nerves, exchange a stupid sideways look and begin to feel the surge of excitement that anyone who performs is familiar with.
The feeling you get minutes before playing a show is a hard one to describe and I think it affects everyone differently, even in a band everyone is experiencing something different. For Me (Joe) it feels the same as waiting on a plane that’s about to take off. It’s relaxing into the idea of time away from the usual, paired with the illogical dread that two hundred tons of metal and fuel should never leave the floor. At this point, I can also add that all the words to all the songs will have totally abandoned me.
Conor (drums) will become suddenly excitable, finish his third double vodka and coke and begin letting people (mostly total strangers) know that we are going on soon. Callum (bass) will stand up and without a word vanish to have his ninth toilet break of the evening before finding somewhere to smoke in silence, he will always be the last one on stage. At this point, Luke (guitar) will start smiling to himself, check his phone and probably post a horribly cringy video to his Instagram story about how it’s “showtime”.