Well I am not one for words. I mean, I talk a lot, but most of it is dribble.
There are three phases, I believe, to becoming a passionate fan of an artist's music:
PHASE ONE: FIRST IMPRESSIONS LAST
When I first surfed in to the official 54 Seconds website, and I downloaded the three MP3's on their site, I instantly LOVED "It Got You Thinking", and was very impressed with both "Strange Day" & "Wanted". I had never heard such complex music sound so clear.
Phase one: COMPLETE
PHASE TWO: ((LiVe)) WIRE
This is the real test. What is the artist like ((LIVE)) ?
I am still pretty skeptical with any artist when I first hear them -- even if I do like their songs. They HAVE to sound good live for me to become really passionate -- or rather for me to respect the music.
With 54 Seconds, I was fortunate at the time, as I had access to Clubcast Live (being in Australia, it's a bit tough to get to a show in Austin). When I listened to one of the band's archived live shows, I was literally blown away (yep, just like the song) at how great they sounded live. So that was really it for me. I was hooked for life. Like many 54 Seconds fans, what struck me was how great they ALL were as musicians. Creative, confident and serious.
Phase Two: COMPLETE
PHASE THREE: PERSONALITY PERKS & PEEVES
Okay, this one is not imperative, but more like a bonus stage. Extra points if you like.
Even if an artist is great, it can be tough to follow their careers if they have huge egos problems -- Not impossible mind you, but it sure makes it a nice experience when the artists are nice.
I'm not actually allowed to go into detail about what I really think of Spencer, Stewart & Glenn as men -- Children may be reading ;o) I can say though, they make me laugh!! They have great personalities, and one bounces off the other. They are a delight to listen to. On the net there are a lot of articles and interviews showcasing the band's down to earth humour and normality as well as, some great photographs -- The guys themselves were really nice in answering questions, so this stage was a cinch. How can you not love them?! It is literally impossible!
Phase Three: COMPLETE