Last night I went to a very intimate gig Upstairs at the Relentless Garage in Highbury, London, to see the incredible band Wakey! Wakey! Some of you might know who I mean if I say that the lead singer is Michael Grubbs, of One Tree Hill fame. With the set list including the songs ‘Dance So Good’, ‘Brooklyn’ and ‘Light Outside’, Grubbs had the 150 person audience in the palm of his hand within seconds, his beautiful voice and haunting lyrics ringing true in the hearts of every person there.
|Wakey! Wakey! album artwork|
“So yeah it feels bad now, but it’s gonna get better someday” is just one such line from the song ‘Almost Everything’ that makes me love this band. It’s just so perfect…it’s applicable to any situation and is uplifting even in the hardest of times.
And what can I say about the man himself? Michael Grubbs is a very very talented man, a true artist. And he’s really funny too – he was cracking jokes all the way through the set, even telling one about Kid Cudi getting kicked off the Lady Gaga tour for an altercation with a fan, regarding an unfortunate misunderstanding over some wallet throwing!
It’s on nights like these that I’m reminded why it is I love music so much. When the artist just loves to play, and when every person is a true fan, there for the music, not the celebrity, or to jump on the bandwagon.
|I even got a photo with Mr Michael Grubbs, the star of the show!|
The gig was so small that it wasn’t even the whole band, just Grubbs and his violinist, making it even more special…I’m not sure how many times that’s ever going to happen again.
These guys are going places, and fast.
If what I’ve described sounds like it’s up your street, then the full band will be playing another gig at the same venue in January, check out their website for more details.