Went out last night to support a fellow team member from Sprint as his band, One Degree of Difference, were in the finals for some local competition. It was some form of speed/hard metal (not sure what they classify themselves as), and the place they had it at had more speakers then people. Basically the loudest sounds I have ever heard (and am still hearing)… and my ears and I aren’t on speaking terms at the moment. Another co-worker that went had to go home early from work because his head was hurting so bad.
I don’t drink or smoke, but I’ve hear how bad that stuff makes people feel as well. Mix all of the above into one experince and I have no idea how you could subject your body to that on a regular basis. It was quite painful for one night, I just can’t imagine doing it over and over.
As per the band themselves… the music sounded very tight, at least when it wasn’t so overpowering that I couldn’t actualy discern one thing from another. I know it’s just my own opinion, but music is not enjoyable at that volume. When I focused on each individual instrument, I could hear (again, on occasion) some real quality. It’s just a shame that for me it was 95% “too much of a good thing” for me. I think I understood 10-15 words out of the entire set that they played so that begs the question… why even write lyrics if they can’t be understood? Anyway… they took 2nd place, much to the dismay of the crowd who were largely their loyal followers.
24 hours later my ears are still ringing and have a constant ache. Can it really be… that… I’m getting too old for this stuff?? *sigh*