Walking home down Congress street after a pretty splendid evening, my friends and I stopped at the huge crowd, spilling over the sidewalk. This band was playing and getting everyone in a frenzy. I recorded this segment between two of their very few breaks – they’re like the Energizer Bunnies of breathing into metal instruments. Check em out here.
I crossed the street to take some shots of these guys cos they just looked really interesting, I did not expect their music to be so good. They’re all excellent at their own contribution, but the collective sound is something you can tell has been honed over many good times spent together.
They have a fast-paced bluesy-folk vibe, with the strong, throaty kind of singing that’s a personal fave of mine. They were incredibly welcoming and down to earth. Can’t wait to see them around town some more. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for them online so I can share with the likes of ya’ll. Stay tuned for a video of this busking session coming soon.
Another yearly special I’d never had the pleasure of seeing before – the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Christmas Proms. The entire audience was in very high spirits as they sang along. It was a barrel of fun and the performers were top shelf.
I can’t speak highly enough of this band. I saw them support some other band that turned out to be boring and they captured my attention within thirty seconds.
They have a lo-fi grunge sound that reminds me of two of my favourite bands, Children Collide and I Heart Hiroshima. If you’re into that, I thoroughly recommend you buy their EP. If not, check out their live show anyway. I had a lot of fun at their most recent show, capturing their kinetic and impassioned performances.
Following Horror My Friend, Velociraptor absolutely tore it up. It looked like they were having a party on stage and sounded like Marty McFly hijacking a 1950’s school dance with crazy rock-n-roll. The incredible two-man DZ Deathrays finished up the night. Needless to say, the crowd had a pretty awesome time.
I had never seen Fresh Kills before saturday night. What was I doing with my life? Such an energetic performance that set a cracking pace for the rest of the night.
I’m ashamed to say I’d never seen my friend Jess’ band The Villenettes before. Fast, bluesy, punk with a riot girl feel; it’s what I’m all about.
And of course the headline act did not disappoint. There was a clamour of photographers by this point of the evening, so after snapping a few shots, I put the lens-cap on, found myself a spot at the back of the room, and enjoyed the show.
This venue is great for lighting. As long as you’re not on the side of the stage. Those band members were severely neglected by me. The hyper-active bands helped me develop my technique quick to capture fast movement. Sorry ISO, it’s all about fast-shutter speeds for me.
I’m still grasping the un-written rules about concert photography etiquette. I was there with the bands’ permission, but shooting for myself. There were about 4 other photographers there on the night. The audience was not getting a front-row spot, or even a clean view as photographers and videographers stood up in the front or even climbed about on stage. I know that not using flash is a well-known rule, but at what point should you classify your very presence as an interruption?
This was my first outing to purposefully add to my portfolio. My friend Alison was happy to oblige.
After entering the room, I immediately dreaded the shots I’d come away with. The stage was so dimly lit, it was lucky I got a shot at all. I tried, despite the intrusion factor, to use flashes. A couple of them came of really well, but I think if I have to shoot here again, I’ll use a much faster lens, talk to the lighting desk to see if they’ve got any more juice, or even go early and rig something of my own.
Alison will be playing at the Adelaide Feast Festival in November.
My second commercial for Carclew’s Off The Couch Gigs 2011.