I just wanted to also take a second to personally thank everyone. I'm not one to take to the microphone often and I generally don't talk much at all unless I've known you for years. Honestly, some of you may not even know I exist. But, as the other half of Hip In Detroit, I feel a little more comfortable expressing myself from behind a computer screen. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the support over the past couple of years. There are many times that I have asked myself, "Why the hell does anyone care what we have to say?" I still don't really know the answer to that question, but I'm glad that you guys do.
The truth is, there are so many amazing people in this city doing awesome things every day. I only wish Sadie and I had more time to cover everything we come across. Hopefully this year we can do even more than we have in the past. We look forward to bringing you more videos, more live footage, and telling you about some great things going on in this city that we love so much.
I'd also like to take a second to thank Sadie for all that she does. It's not just anyone that can put themselves out there like she does. She makes sure everyone that crosses her path knows what we do. She's loud, smart, and a hard worker who sees the story in everyone and everything she comes in contact with.That's just a few of the many reasons that I knew she'd be perfect to go on this adventure with. I'd also like to thank Becca Friedman. Hip In Detroit would have never been able to get off the ground without her. Although she left halfway through this year, her contribution up until that point was so important and I'm so thankful for her continued support.
So now that I'm done with all of that sappy shit and boring you half to death, back to our party. The ILL Itches kicked things off for the night. These guys are always fun to watch (I personally enjoy Matt's dance moves when he takes over on vocals). Super fun band full of some really great guys.
Autumn Wolf hit the stage with a full band and the new addition of Lianna Vanicelli on guest vocals. Holy shit, this guy has grown and transformed his sound over the past couple of years into something amazing. Don't get me wrong, front man Alex Kaye was always great even when this was a solo act, but somehow this project is now even better. We think you're going to be hearing a lot more about Autumn Wolf in the next year.
Rebel Spies. This is probably the band that I was most excited for on the bill. I picked up their debut album a couple of weeks ago and have been listening to the 3 songs over and over again. I grew up listening to the many bands that these guys spawned from (Telegraph or The Telegraph even, The Suicide Machines, Fordirelifesake, Left In Ruin, The Hi-Fi Handgrenades, and the list can go on and on). So, to see all of these amazing musicians wrapped up into one band is beyond awesome for me. Plus, if the 15 year old me knew that I would some day be hanging out at a show with any of these guys or even talking to them, I would probably die. Total fan girl. Even if you aren't a bit obsessed like me, you have to check this band out. They're awesome. And you can pick up their album as a download or on vinyl. Just head over to their bandcamp.
Up next were The HandGrenades. This is a band that is near and dear to me. I first met these guys a couple
of years ago through an unrelated project we worked on together. I couldn't stop listening to them then and I still can't. They are another band that has grown so much over the past few years and I am excited to see where they take things. Their music is catchy and appealing to people across a wide spread of genres. If you haven't listened to them yet, I guarantee you will be hooked once you do.
Tunde. This guy makes every show a party. He is an amazing artist and one of the most entertaining acts I've seen, especially on the local level. I even had a couple of friends that are super into metal tell me that they enjoyed his set and that he's a very talented artist. I have a feeling this guy is going to be big in the music world soon and I am honored that we had him on this show.
I also cannot forget to mention Christopher Jarvis. This guy played sets at the beginning of the night and between every band. It was the perfect music to keep the party going. I still don't understand how someone can make such amazing music and sounds from a computer and some electronic gear, but I love it. He is one of the nicest guys around and super talented. Make sure you check him out under Ancient Language on Facebook or head over to his Soundcloud.
We'd also like to thank The Loving Touch, Chris Johnston, and the entire staff, from Anthony to the bartenders to the sound guy to Jeff working the door, and everyone inbetween! You made Saturday amazing! We love your bar and we are so happy we got to throw this bash there. Thanks for working with us and our wacky ideas. It was such a great night!
On top of the music, the prizes were great and we can't thank everyone enough that contributed to those packs. We hope that everyone that won loved what they went home with. We know the choice was hard for a few of you too. To go along with that, thank you so much to Ironclad Tattoo Co. for sponsoring this show, setting up shop for the night, and for always being so supportive and sticking by our side. On top of being one of the most talented tattoo shops around, these are some of the nicest, greatest guys we have ever met. We seriously love you guys.
And that goes for all of you too! We can't say we love you all enough! Saturday night made it seem like what we are doing is worthwhile. We are thrilled that people actually like what we are doing and we are even more excited to keep on doing it. We look forward to working with many more of you over the next year and meeting and partying with all of you too. So here's to another year, cheers!