Friday night I had the chance to see In Good Nature playing their first Philly show. They were joined on this mini-tour with their label mates Pop punk band Real Talk. Real talk puts on a good set and I’d jump at the chance to see them play a space larger than a closet size basement. Now for anyone who has never heard of In Good Nature, They are a post-hardcore band from Mass who bring the energy. I had my first chance to shoot these guys a year ago in New Jersey and they are still one of my favorite photos to date. These guys put on a sick set with a mixture of “oooohs”and breakdowns and poppy beats. If they are swinging through your area I highly recommend getting out to their show. This time as I had the challenge of shooting them in a closet size basement with bare minimum lighting(Christmas lights hung from the rafters). I am so incredibly happy with the outcome of these shots. Here are both bands shots.
Monday night I had the pleasure of photographing a post-hardcore band from North Carolina called Harm. Let me start out by saying any band that brings their own lighting to a basement show is a win in my book. They energy is so amazing and they are straight up killer. The passion they put in their performance is top of the top. Just so happens they are friends with one of my favorite bands to photograph EMPTY which makes this a bit more special. Even with missing members of their band they still managed to bring the energy. On top of everything they are such amazingly nice people. Please take time out of your day to check out this killer band.
Here are the shots from monday of HARM.
The other night I had the opportunity to see WSTR for the 3rd time this year on their solo tour across the USA. This was their second tour in the USA the first being their tour with Neck Deep. This tour they were joined by label mates PVMNTS and Hold Close.
Here are the shots from the show at the Lizard Lounge in Lancaster, PA
Halloween Night I had the opportunity to see one of my all time favorite albums performed in its entirety. The album I am mentioning is ‘So Long, Astoria’ by The Ataris. This album is well written from start to finished. I still own a physical copy that I’ve listened to so many times it skips during different songs.
The lineup included a band called GODDAMNIT who are a post-punk band from the Philadelphia area. During their set the brought a band they were touring with called Traverse to play with them. Traverse happens to be a band hailing all the way from Paris, France. The band before the Ataris was a band I have seen a few times called Aspiga who are from Southern New Jersey.
The Ataris brought all the energy. Their frontman Kris Roe came out on stage dressed as a member of DEVO which was pretty fun. I have seen this album performed before and I can honestly say It will never get old. Celebrating 15 years since the release the band played song after song from this album. The last song Kris joined the crowd in the pit to join him in singing the lyrics. It was a moment that doesn’t happen to often with most venues having barriers and restrictions.
Here are the photos from the set.
The other night I went out on a whim to photograph a Terror and Harm’s way in Philadelphia at Voltage lounge. Such a killer hardcore show. I was itching to capture the energy that harcore bands and their fans bring to the stage. here are my shots.
Year of the Knife
Real leather is a Hardcore band from New Jersey that I had the chance to photograph the same time as Empty. These guys have a serious presence on stage. They also bring their own stage lights which I am a huge fan of. Here are some of the awesome photos from their set.
Tonight I had the chance to see the guys of Empty perform again. I met these guys on my trip to Austin, TX on a whim and talked to them about this show tonight. For those of you who have never heard of Empty, These guys are incredible performers. They are one of a handful of bands that I would kill to tour with and capture moments every night. Its always a new and interesting performance.
heres the photos: