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.
This show I got to experience last night was a once in a lifetime event. Who can say that they have been in a room with punk legends like the bouncing souls playing to 200 people. The energy and atmosphere was incredible. Instead of describing it I’ll just post the shots.
The Swinging Utters
The Bouncing Souls
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:
Saturday I had the opportunity to head out to Long Branch, NJ for Skamiccon. A fun day filled with like minded people getting together to listen to some awesome music. Here are the photos I got from it. Bare with me there were a lot of bands.
No Such Noise
I have been messing around with editing some of my photos in a very modern art pop-esque type of way. Now I have never really been a fan of Andy Warhol but aparently his art has spoken to me more than I was aware of. What do you think?
This past week I had the opportunity through friends so see an amazing show in Trenton New Jersey at Championship Bar and Grill.
There were are few bands there that killed it.
A New Jersey pop punk band.
My Rising Fall
A band from NJ who was super energetic.
A pop punk outfit from New jersey.
A Minesota pop punk group
New York Pop Punk
Chicago pop punk
Austin, Texas; Where do I even begin? I spent this past week in Austin experiencing the culture, the food, and the music. Friday night I went to a venue called Beerland which is known to specialize in punk rock/rock and roll. The venue itself is a bit of a dive bar with an open area and a stage for bands.
Knowing that Austin is known for its live music I spent the week before leaving for vacation researching bands and concerts to go to, and venues worth taking a chance on.
The show I decided to attend was the tour kickoff for a punk band called Leche who put on a really great show. The supporting bands were just as good. Mangala is a hardcore band from Texas. Hot mom, Riot Punch, and Dregs were all various types of punk bands.
Here's the photos from the show:
Last week I had the chance to photograph my friends of Serious Matters as well as a band called Sparrows who were in NJ all the way from Toronto, CA. The venue was Championship bar in Trenton, NJ. Small typical bar venue but the cool thing was the view of the stage from the side gave you access to the back corner of it making my photos pretty interesting.
If you have never heard of Sparrows and are into Hardcore music I would definitely give these guys a listen. They put on such a killer show even to the audience of 10 that they had watching.
And of course if you haven't checked out the guys of serious matters I would do so. These guys have some serious talent. They have a long career ahead of them.
Here are some photos of Serious Matters:
Heres some photos of Sparrows. Please go check them out!!!
The first concert I had the chance to photograph this year was back in January. It happened to be these bands The Tip(From Nashville) and Liza Colby Sound(From NYC). These bands are as rock and roll as they come. They are full of emotion and are their performances in January gave me so much life and want to create and capture more moments. They gave fuel the fire in my art. I had bought a new camera for that show and was disappointed in the outcome of the photos due to low light situations at the venue.
Of course I jumped a the chance for redemption and to see these amazing bands again and I am so happy with the outcome of these photos.
here are some of the shots from that show.
Last night I had the chance to attend an amazing show and take some great photos.
Ska has always been really close to my heart. There has never been a ska band Ive seen that has never put on a fantastic show. Stacked like Pancakes and Big fat Meanies are not exception. Here are some shots from the show last night in Philly.
Right now I feel like I have been in a great place with my work. I have done a few shows recently that I am so excited to share with everyone. Sunday I did a concert with Picturesque, Broadside, Tonight Alive and Silverstein. I am so proud of some of these photos. The one band I would have never thought to see Silverstein was the photos I think I love the most. I am so excited to share First set of photos is of the band Picturesque
Next Gallery is Broadside
Next band to play was Tonight Alive
The last band to play was Silverstein.
So some of you who visit my site might know about my current project. I have been writing a music blog. It started out so great. I was excited and couldn't wait to keep writing. Here i am tonight trying to get my 4th post up and I am completely unhappy with how it is turning out. I have this issue with being a perfectionist in certain aspects of my life. My projects are one of those things. So here I am obsessing over the little stuff. So much so that I am having trouble eve feeling tired enough to go to sleep. Of course I have work super early tomorrow morning. because why wouldn't I? I am very thankful of the people in my life that have been here to help me with my blog and everything. I can't wait to get more stuff up on that page. Its something I am incredibly passionate about for sure. This is my attempt at clearing my head. Not sure it really worked to be honest but it was worth a try.
Good night interwebs.
So I want this to be a place where I not only get the opportunity to explain my work but a places where I can share ideas. A place where I can clear my head. A place where I can support my friends and their work. A place i can review movies or music or some product I swear by. A place where I can open discussions and talk about anything that comes to mind. This is my blog where anything goes.
This is my new photography website. I had an old one that was a bit outdated and felt it was time to upgrade to a new easy to use website. Im excited to see where the future leads me.