I don’t update this. I need to change that. So here’s a Chris Weeks style update.
I shot a festival about a month ago. Play:stl. It was fun. Shook hands, drank beers, took photos. Above is Owen, solo project of indie darling Mike Insella. Beautiful songs, questionable attitude. Very abrasive towards the crowd. He’d captivate you then insult you. People told me that was just his persona. I’d say more but as a member of the festival I’ll just say that he’s a talented musician who maybe needs to change his perspective on a few things.
We’re Into Survival, the only punkish band on the roster. Tough shoot, crap light, literally no stage. If I used my flash, it would get caught in the ceiling slants. One of my favorite sets of the festival, just wish the photos worked out. Homeboy looks pissed but off stage he was real chill. Definitely part of the reason I do this is to meet interesting people. “You look real funny. But it’s ok… I’m funny, too”. They put the photos I took of them on their Myspace without crediting me. I got love, I’ll let it slide.
Red Collar did a set Weds. night, our kick-off show at Cicero’s. Reminded me of a lot of the indie music I’d hear in the late 90s’ back before I even knew what indie was. Photo was a lucky accident. I didn’t have my flash unit to provide metering assistance and that’s how the focusing worked out.
I think out of all the bands that played, GreyMarket, definitely endeared themselves to just about everyone who crossed their path. Dudes got the touch. They played 3 sets during the festival and both of the sets I caught were excellent. Shooting them, however, proved to be extremely difficult. They play in the dark with the only light spewing from two programmed light units sitting on drum cases at both ends of the stage. Very tricky but visually striking. These guys need to blow up.
Though I’ve only spoke of a few bands the roster was serious this year. I had to make some tough choices on who to shoot but I think I can live with myself. Definitely stoked about 2010.
Until next time, where I’ll try to come up with a shittier watermark.