7. TONY FORESTA, MUNICIPAL WASTE
It was at a house show in Richmond, Virginia, on New Year’s Eve and a big riot broke out. Windows got broken, and we played a room about a quarter of the size of a festival stage. It was very fun. I’d moved out of Richmond for a year, and then I moved back and started this band. A bunch of my friends showed up. It was great, a good feeling, and it’s never stopped. It’s always been a lot of fun.
8. JJ PETERS, DEEZ NUTS
My first live performance with this band was absolutely terrifying. It was at a small festival in Australia called Psych Your Mind that a friend of mine put on, and I was blessed to be on the bill of a good festival for our first-ever show, but at the same time that increased the anxiety because I was playing to a full crowd and not a handful of people. I remember going onstage, and I remember coming offstage, because I actually blacked out in between—not from drinking, not from doing anything—I was just that terrified and that nervous that my brain just shut down from the experience. Apparently I did OK. I was likely very stiff and awkward, so it’s a memory that’s probably best I don’t have. It was scary.
9. LYNN GUNN, PVRIS
We played this old bar in Manchester, New Hampshire, that all three of us had met at. I just remember it being too hyped up. We were way more excited than the energy in the room, so it was a little bit funny. There were 100 or so people, and we were opening up for Our Last Night. I was so excited, not knowing anything.
10. FRANK CARTER, FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES
The first live performance we, the Rattlesnakes, ever did was in the tattoo shop that I work at called Sang Bleu in East London. I had an art exhibition opening that night as well, so I had a big gallery of my paintings upstairs and then downstairs we played to about 75 people, and it was chaos. I don’t really get nervous before shows, but there was definitely an element of trepidation. We were excited more than we were nervous because it was a brand-new day for us. It was the start of a big project. We loved the songs and were excited to share them. But that was really early days. We’d recorded an EP, and I don’t think we’d even released it at that point, so it was very early on. It was awesome.
11. JOSH RAVEN, THE FAIM
It was quite awful! We sold it out—there were 200 people there. It was back home in Perth, Australia, at a venue called HQ. It was storming, raining and all of our gear got soaked; a lot of things didn’t work. It was a bit of a wake-up call and a big learning process as well.