Maybe it’s the fact that it’s been a stressful work week. Maybe it was the fact that this was my third time seeing Johnnyswim LIVE. Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve been emotionally drained since I wrote and shared my ME TOO piece. Maybe sleep deprivation finally caught up to me, but it was in the middle of The Novo on Thursday night, that I felt the happiest I’ve been in a while.
To have the privilege of witnessing Johnnyswim live is enough to have you start believing in magic. Abner said it best in the middle of the show, “we’re not friends here, we’re family” and that sentiment rang throughout the entire night. From seeing familiar faces from previous shows to making new friends while you wait in line, there’s a “home away from home” feeling within the walls of the venue.
As previously mentioned, I have seen Johnnyswim live 2 other times and the first one was at this very same venue (back when it was called Club Nokia) when they opened for Emeli Sande. I vividly remember feeling the magic radiate from the stage, I remember falling in love with their love, I remember going home and immediately looking them up; I was hooked. Their music has mended my heart since the first time I saw them live; to see them live again and again is to remember why I fell in love with music in the first place.
It’s easy to get lost within their album; you focus on their lyrics, only closely listen to one of their voices, you may zone out if you’re preoccupied but the moment they hit the stage and you hear them live, that’s when you’re quickly reminded of their power. They opened the show with “Over” and suddenly everything was right with the world. Both Abner and Amanda are powerhouses in the vocal department, individually they shake you to your core but together, well together they’re changing the world.
A Johnnyswim show has a few key factors: an audience sing along, a smooth sway back and forth throughout the entire show, a dance party you should always be ready for, a moment where you question reality because their vocals are heavenly, tears (“Georgica Pond” did it for me this time), laughter and a moment where you actually thank The Universe for being in the same room as them.
I’ve mentioned previously on this blog how aware I am of the fact that perfection is unattainable but you can’t be in the middle of a Johnnyswim show without believing that some sort of perfection may just be attainable.
If I had to rank all of the Johnnyswim shows I’ve attended, this one would be the best one. They performed a perfect blend of new and old songs. They brought back “Annie” which is my personal favorite and even performed “Heartbeats”. They fit a lot of songs in the beginning of the show (by shortening the songs and blending them together) and placed their romantic love songs in the middle of the show while giving you a full dance party by the end.
Johnnyswim is worth every penny you will spend on a ticket and if you’re ever on the fence about attending just remember that true magic exists and it’s living inside whichever venue they’re performing in.