There aren't many bands in the world that can out do free money, or get a crowd worked up before a beat is even played, but the Daily Meds managed to do both in what can only be described as a gig that was off the chain at the Annandale Hotel this weekend.
The energy for the night was set before a band even set foot on stage, with everyone letting their excitement show at the idea of seeing The Daily Meds play their debut album and fellow headline act The Last Kinection bring their soulful tunes to the floor.
The Last Kinection took to the stage first and used the crowd's energy and their brilliant combination of soulful and honest lyrics, tight rhymes and funky beats to whip the crowd in to even more of a frenzy. The bands obvious passion showed throughout their high energy performance and their inspirational, heartfelt lyrics manage to reach out to most people in the varied and excited crowd.
By the time the Daily Meds took to the stage, the crowds had been worked up to the clichéd fever pitch by their own excitement and the beautiful beats of The Last Kinection and were ready for just about anything the Daily Meds could throw at them. Though we probably weren't ready for the $4,000 that was thrown in to the crowd by a random, but we'll come to that later.
With a sound that makes moving almost involuntary, dancing and smiling just seem to be something that happens at a Daily Meds show, both on stage and off, it's like an infectious bubble that swerves through the crowd making bums, feet and mouths alike twitch and move.
The band never put a foot out of place and had the crowd in a musical trance so deep, that most of us failed to notice that a random had taken to the stage and proceeded to throw $4,000 in to the audience (a fact my wallet can attest to only too well).
But like a brilliant weekend holiday, the show was over to quickly but it left memories that will last a life time and some bruises that will last for a while. The energy of the crowd and band alike are something that most will walk away remembering, as was the pure brilliance of good music done right by people who obviously love what they're doing, and missing out on free money because the music going on in front of you was just that good.
It was the kind of gig that left you feeling like you'd really experienced something, you laughed, you danced, you learned a few things and yet somewhere in that ball of energy you had an intimate experience with thousands of people, who laughed, danced and shared the experience with you and the Daily Meds.