You know how sometimes you hear a song and immediately it reminds you of a certain event in your life? Maybe it reminds you of meeting an old flame. Or of your eighth grade semi-formal. Or of debaucherous sorority parties in college. For me, whenever I hear BOY's "Little Numbers," I immediately think of this past summer's XPoNential Music Festival. It's funny, because BOY wasn't even playing at the festival. Yet whenever this irresistibly catch song comes on my iPod, I get flashbacks of the last Saturday night in July.
That's when my photographer Kate Harrold and I were in the Susquehanna Bank Center. She was waiting to get access into the pit to shoot the Lumineers. I was waiting inside with her. There was a poster in the Center with a list of upcoming Philly music events. Kate was scanning the list, saying how a lot of great shows are coming up, we need to get our fall schedule together soon. I glanced at the poster and agreed. Then I looked a little more closely, saw BOY was coming to town, and I turned into the biggest fangirl ever. I shrieked, "Oh my God! Oh my God! BOY is coming! October 5th! Keep that date open! We have to go! Please tell me you're free! Can you go? We're going!"
I had first discovered BOY's "Little Numbers" only a couple weeks prior. I randomly downloaded the track from an MP3blog, though I couldn't tell you which one. All I know is that from the first second of the first time I heard the song, I was hooked. I had listened to the song so many times on replay that it became my song. Not my song in the snobby territorial sense, but my song in the sense, like, "Oh yeah! This is my jam!"
I made a mental note to find out when BOY -- who are not actually boys, but a Swiss/German lady duo of Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass -- were coming to the States. And now, here was my answer staring me right in the face.
After my shriekfest subsided, in her usual calm and collected manner, Kate goes, "You like BOY too? I posted 'Little Numbers' on my Facebook page a couple months ago. I'm game."
I told Kate I had no idea she posted that on her Facebook page, I must've missed that post, but I only found out about them a couple weeks ago. And I haven't stopped listening to "Little Numbers" since.
Photographers were then granted access into the pit and our conversation ended.
Kate met up with me a few songs later to catch the rest of the show. We had a wonderful time, as we did throughout the entire festival. But I'll never forget what happened next when we got into my car. It was straight out of a movie.
We enter the car, I immediately lock the doors (not because it's Camden, but because I always do that no matter where I am), I turn the AC to full blast, plug my phone into the charger, take my iPod out of its hiding spot in the console, plug it into the adapter, turn it on, press play, and guess what comes on.
That's not a little number. It's a pretty big one. It's how many songs my filled-to-the-brim 16g iPod Nano contains. I had my iPod set to shuffle under the "Songs" category. (I sometimes do that, as opposed to listening to a predefined playlist, for the chance of stumbling across a never-before-heard gem such as "Little Numbers.") That means there was a 1 in 3,162 chance my iPod would play any given track. That's a .0003% probability. Now THAT'S a little number.
So, you guessed it, "Little Numbers" blasts through my car speakers.
Kate and I look at each other. We don't say anything. We just start laughing hysterically.
After two long months of waiting, the night is FINALLY upon us. This Saturday, October 5th, diese europäischen folk-pop goddesses will be performing at the TLA. To say I'm über-excited would be an unter-statement.
BOY is touring in support of their debut album Mutual Friends (first released in 2011), and its acoustic EP counterpart, which was released on September 10th of this year. The Mutual Friends Acoustic EP features seven tracks from the original album, as well as a cover of Air's "Playground Love." My favorite track on the acoustic album is no surprise, the acoustic version of "Little Numbers." But I'm biased, of course. A very, very close second is "Oh Boy." The studio version of "Oh Boy" is great, too; its newly released music video is set to a cool, artsy, black-and-white montage. I included the video with this article for your viewing pleasure.
For BOY's tour, however, don't expect many acoustic songs. They'll be accompanied by a full band.
If you can make it out to the show, come say hi. I'll be easy to spot. Just look for the chic jumping up and down screaming, "Ja, ja!! Little Numbers!!! Sehr gut! Sehr gut!"
Saturday's show at the TLA starts at 8:30 PM. Tix are just $15 can be purchased here.