There are some performers that have to work at everything and others who have a natural stage presence. Connor Bracken is someone who has an incredible stage presence. He is probably one of my favorite people to capture in photography. He radiates rock and roll through and through. A person cant help but get drawn into any performance he puts on whether he has a full band behind him or just an acoustic guitar, he is incredible. Here are the shots from last nights show at Asbury Park Brewing.
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.
In Good Nature
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.
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:
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.