It's been a week since I drove three hours and one minute on 95 North to see Syd, the lead singer of The Internet, perform at Baltimore Soundstage for her "Always Never Home" tour. Since then, for a good portion of this week, I have gone through probably one of the worst cases of post concert depression, second only to seeing Drake in 2012 for his "Club Paradise" Tour. It didn't help that I have played her debut solo album "Fin" to death, and then switched to "Ego Death" by The Internet to compensate when I got tired of that. As someone who goes to concerts regularly, this is something I am used to, however, this seemed to hit harder than most, and I'm pretty sure it's because I regularly fantasize about being her girlfriend.
When I first heard The Internet, I was intrigued by the beautiful female alto voice singing about the loss of her female love, or just being in love with a girl in general. It's been a while since I've heard a singer sing about their relationship with the same sex, outside of Frank Ocean honestly, and I was happy to hear it, especially since I was looking for music by female artists to expand my tastes. All it took was one song, and I was hooked.
I was so excited to see Syd because I am a new fan, and as soon as I got into The Internet, Syd released Fin her debut solo album, and then announced her tour. My friend and I had made plans to go together at first, but unfortunately plans fell through, and the Wednesday before the show started, I decided to close my eyes and buy the tickets. I was throwing a pity party for myself and decided that the only thing that could fix it was concert tickets.
Driving up to Baltimore was easier than driving to DC to be honest, and I was so happy when I found out that there was a parking garage directly next to Soundstage, so I wouldn't have to waste time finding parking in a new city. I grabbed my tickets at will call and got to the show at 7:45...15 minutes before it started.
Her openers were Beya Likhari and Kari Faux, two dope women musicians who I had never heard of until that night. I heard of Kari inadvertently through HBO's "Insecure" but didn't put two and two together until she performed some songs from the show. Kari was a cute, petite black rapper who had a ton of great energy with the crowd. I loved her set and I look forward to keeping up with her career. Beya, I had never heard before, but I enjoyed her too. Her voice was deep and rich, and reminded me of Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. Also, her style was super dope and she had beautiful waist length hair. Check the videos below to watch some snippets from my Instagram story.
After these two performed, I could barely contain my excitement for Syd. The stage was set up with just a white sheet and tons of lights flashing that I think were to ward off video recordings, but I still got some good shots.
Seeing her live solidified my love, however part of my post concert depression stems from the fact that she isn't my girlfriend. She was an amazing performer and her voice is even better in person. With the footage I got of the show, I created a brief video that will hopefully give you a glimpse of what the show was like from my view. I will continue to watch this and the other videos I have to keep the memory of this show going forward.