Lynn Gunnulfsen of the Boston five-piece PARIS now knows song titles like “All I Want for Christmas is to be a Scene Kid” were a bad idea.

Lynn Gunnulfsen: My very first show was on May 16th, 2009 at the Palladium here in Massachusetts. On that day, my previous band and I received the grand opportunity to open for 30 Seconds to Mars. Pretty legit, right? Just kidding. We weren’t opening for 30STM. However, we did play the Palladium, but instead of opening for 30STM, we were playing one of those silly Exposure Music Festival things where you’re required to sell an absurd amount of tickets just to be able to play.

I remember that day like it was yesterday; the undeniable nerves, the reckless butterflies from hell dancing (more like moshing) in my stomach, and the giant frog that seemed to have selected my throat as its habitat for the day. I even remember my exact outfit and how awful I looked in it. But aside from the poorly made outfit, the horrible nerves and the swelling apprehension, there was a feeling so indescribably perfect. So perfect I still haven’t found the words to yet describe it.

Before we played, I remember we had been sent outside to wait for the band before us to finish playing. While we were outside, the boys and I were hyping ourselves up out in a little alleyway. Now that I think back to it, we were really stupid. I’m almost positive that little alleyway was an area in which hobos congregate in the evening. Oops…

The second we walked up to the stage and looked out onto the crowd of what seemed like hundreds of kids at the time, my stomach dropped. The feeling was so unreal; to see so many people in front of us waiting to hear us play. At the time, we had only three songs written, so we had to cover three other songs to make a full set. We opened the set with a cover of “The Words Best Friend Become Redefined”, followed by a cover of “Ride The Wings of Pestilence” by From First to Last. I’m also pretty sure we butchered a cover of Paramore’s “Crush, Crush, Crush” to close the set. As for the originals, we had this one song called “All I Want For Christmas Is To Be A Scene Kid”. Indeed, the song sounded just as bad as the title, but we were so proud of it considering it was the very first song we’d ever written and performed as a band. We also played a song that I wrote myself. That was the very first time I ever played one of my own songs, so it was a pretty intense moment for me.

I honestly can’t remember anything else regarding our set. I completely zoned out the whole time because I was so nervous and anxious to finish playing. I didn’t find out until after we played that our guitarist jumped off of our drummer’s drum set (that drummer is the drummer of Paris now, Brad!) and completely wiped out, apparently he made it look really cool though! Another little mishap that occurred was when our bassist’s bass strap broke in the middle of our last song. Don’t worry though, instead of panicking and looking incredibly stupid, he totally dropped the bass (haha), grabbed a microphone and totally rocked it! It was almost as if the entire thing was planned out.

As soon as the set ended, all I could feel was accomplishment and pure bliss. I had just done something I had never even envisioned myself doing before and I absolutely loved it. That final moment right before I walked off the stage was when I realized that this was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.  On that day, I promised myself I’d find a way to make that happen. Looking back, it’s crazy to see how far my friends and I have come in just three measly years. I’ll never forget that day, and it was by far the best day of my life… so far.

PARIS — Mind Over Matter (DEMO)

Written by Catherine Powell