Chill Honesty and Nêspera night with Ryan Sambol
Sometimes there are friendships that are just meant to be and things that are just meant to happen. This is the proof that random nights out can turn into a beautiful thing that was the Chill Honesty and Nêspera night with Ryan Sambol.
Ana and I had the most hectic and busy July ever and since I was back in town we didn’t have any time for US. Just go out, reflect on these last months apart and plan our future adventures. That’s our ritual of “Best friends reunion” so one month later, we put our favourite clothes on and we were ready to just be US somewhere in Lisbon.
There was no plan. Just go with the flow. And the flow took us to Lounge. Ana had never been there properly so this was the right time to give her a Lounge night (lucky enough to be) hosted by Ryan Sambol from The Strange Boys, who gave us an intimate gig at the smallest and coolest venue at Cais do Sodré. The Honesty and his humour on ‘stage’ made us stay. We stayed, cheered and begged for more and in the exact moment Ryan stopped a song to take a picture of some girls, who were too concentrated in getting the perfect selfie, we knew it. Ryan’s sense of humour is so authentic and hard to find. When the gig had finished and we were getting some fresh air (while contemplating on that amazing moment) we had the sad privilege to witness to one of the most unfortunate moments you can think of. One of the members of the crowd did not understand Ryan’s approach when he earlier said that we (Portuguese) might get touched differently if he was singing in our mother language. This girl took this in the laziest way possible. We couldn’t leave this impression on Ryan so when he walked past us we instantly said ‘What an amazing performance!’ Ryan thanked and kept walking but quickly came back and asked ‘Did you hear what that girl just told me?’. Yeah… this marked the beginning of our friendship.
Ryan was meant to go to the toilet but he didn’t move for the next two hours or so. We shared stories, passions and life doubts. We’re not talking with an amateur; he is not only super experienced in songwriting but he is also a pro in Portuguese products. Ryan’s passion for medlars seems as something unexpected but it quickly turns into a real business when we start googling how to grow it in Texas (It has everything to go wrong but it’s worth a try). Mário Valente is the guy behind Ryan’s medlar obsession and minutes later he interrupts his DJ set to come outside. You could tell the way they looked at each other… they have been friends for a while now. ‘Let me know when you come back to Lisbon. OH and here’s your steak.’ (Can you believe Ryan almost forgot his Bitoque’s left overs in the fridge? Crazy guy)
Before heading to Sabotage, Ryan finally went inside and when he came back he had three CDs for both of us. ‘Now Ritual’, ‘Peace Mob’ by Living Grateful a band Ryan was also a member of and ‘After Lunch’. This last one, even if it only has a song, it’s pretty special. ‘After Lunch’ was recorded in a record store in Marrakesh back in 2013 and Ryan decided to put it on a CD (Days later, he was heading back to Marrakesh to try to get reunited with these musicians. Spoiler alert: He found them and they got really happy when they found out what Ryan did). We were so excited to listen to these CD’s but Sabotage was calling for us. On our way there, Ryan ran into some of his old friends. Lisbon does not seem a holiday destination anymore… it’s something similar to a place he would call home. ‘I haven’t contacted these guys for years but you know… I come back and everything is the same. Except for the fact, I’ve got a moustache now’.
It was at Sabotage while showing our best dance moves at Tiago Castro DJ Set that we discovered our similar passion for photography. We then moved to our third spot of the night, Ribeira das Naus where a whole photo shoot happened. From capturing two different types of friendship to our singular emotions, we found the joy of using four different lenses (we all got a bit excited with the polaroid camera though). Analogue has that special magic but our phones offer us the opportunity to take part of our favourite social media: Instagram. Ryan likes NASA’s posts and the not ashamed me admitted ‘I wish I could only follow cats and dogs’. The Polaroids were finally developed and I had the idea of writing… what you’re reading right NOW ‘We should write a post about tonight and turn you into a Side Stage boy’. Ana quickly agreed ‘I know how it’s going to be called: Chill Honesty and Nêspera night with Ryan Sambol’. Ryan was meant to take the first ferry back to the town he was staying on the other side of the river. He got in the fourth or the fifth one. Wishes for a nice time in Lisbon and Marrakesh were sent and plans to another night like this were made. A night where fears are shared and there is no need to pretend. Life is just like this and remember… nothing is a coincidence.