I guess I would like to start off by saying, FUCK YEAH FEST is rightfully named.
It was superb and I actually enjoyed it more than the last musical festival I went to.
What i liked was arriving to the park with my friends and finding myself being handed a FYF tote bag with cool goods inside, a carton bottle (it looked like everyone was drinking milk the entire weekend) water in a milk carton look alike thingy. because people, boxed water is better for the earth. along with the boxed water there was an FYF iPhone case… to bad i don’t have an iPhone. but I’m going to save it for when i die someone can throw in an iPhone in my tomb with this iPhone care. Also there were some earplugs so our ears wouldn’t explode at Lightning Bolt and Cloud Nothings and Converge and Refused and all those bands that could possibly make your ears explode. The free tote bag made me happy :) it was funny seeing everyone with their tote bags and drinking water from the boxed cartons, it looked like everyone was drinking milk. Pretty neat.
Above is attached a picture of Nancy and yo con Paul Banks.
I missed seeing Wild Nothing to go to Paul Banks . Was is worth it? Absolutely. There is no doubt. Paul Banks doing a signing is a rarity, it is like catching a nun running around in underwear screaming “i regret not taking that shot of vodka” Irrelevant. I’m sorry.
I made sure to sit under a tree an hour before the signing began, i eyed the origami vinyl stand (where Paul was going to sign at) like an eagle. When i saw fans starting their line at the table i made sure to hurry myself over there. Got a great spot in the line and Nans and I waited for Vic and Bryan to hurry back from Joyce Manor. They got back right on time and Paul was being escorted in a cool golf car thingy whatever they’re called. I noticed many of the fans standing in line were Latinos. When Paul got off the cart one of the homies a bit behind me yelled out ” CHINGON!!” where Paul looked up and smiled at him. :) I’m glad i saw that. I wonder if he notices that he has a strong latino fan base, i think that makes him happy. He lived in Mexico during some of his high school years and he learned about our culture and I think that is why many of us like about him above sooo many other things.
It was finally our turn to meet him. Nancy and I with out stuff to get signed. Fudgesicles man… Paul was just patiently sitting there. I don’t know how to describe his presence but he is some elegant “chingon” . Poise. I don’t know. But he was just sitting there but the way he sat , i might be crazy but idk. and his EYES. They were so lively, they were observing and when he looked at you it made you feel for an instance that you were part of a moment in his life. I said hello . and couldn’t stop smiling. I accepted the idea that i would not be able to tell him anything special or rare, everyone i am sure had said everything that i was thinking and everything that i wanted to say at the moment. So i decided to keep my face and just smile, I wanted to enjoy it. All i did was smile (smile a lot ) and say thank you twice in Egnlish and that last time I said it in Spanish “GRACIAS” a strong gracias, i didnt mind at that moment if my gracias came out in a deeper voice than normal, hey it was the last thing i would every tell him. He said in his voice, a strong ” De Nada” I shook his hand. All of that.
that was all i needed.
I left happy.
Vic and Bryan were next to meet him. Paul complimented vic on his Mr. Shake shirt. He asked him if he had made it.
I wasn’t prepared for anything of this, it was a surprise.
am i pleased?
NO, I want it to happen all over again.
But was I happy when it all happened? NO, I was more than Happy.
I was ecstatic+happy. I was Ecstappy.
Now I’m sad it is over, but hey. maybe another surprise like yesterdays can happen in another few years.
I thank you, Paul Banks for supplying me with enough happiness to last a lifetime through your music.
Three years in a row i have seen you and hope this is a set continuum.