February Gigs / by Aaron Corr

 First up this month was Suede.  Clashing with this gig on the night was Foals in the 3Arena, which was tempting to get access to but I stuck to my guns and was glad I did.  While everyone else in Dublin appeared to be tweeting and posting to Facebook about Foals, Brett Anderson and co. were tearing up the Olympia in style.  They began with playing their new album, Night Thoughts, behind a screen displaying a specially commissioned film.  I didn't think I'd love this section but I really did.  the film was captivating, the album sounded great, having not listened to it yet, and I loved how spotlights would shine on the band during particular sections, lending a ghostly feel to proceedings.  Photographers were to shoot the second set of greatest hits so during the break I got ready and into the pit.  They opened with a mighty trilogy of hits including Animal Nitrate and Trash.  I shot them before but this time felt far better.  Brett still darted around the stage and got right up and close to the camera but this time he also jumped into the crowd and got stuck in with the fans which made for a cool photo opp.  They are still an amazing live band and a must if you get a chance to see them on this tour, or any tour.

First up this month was Suede.  Clashing with this gig on the night was Foals in the 3Arena, which was tempting to get access to but I stuck to my guns and was glad I did.  While everyone else in Dublin appeared to be tweeting and posting to Facebook about Foals, Brett Anderson and co. were tearing up the Olympia in style.

They began with playing their new album, Night Thoughts, behind a screen displaying a specially commissioned film.  I didn't think I'd love this section but I really did.  the film was captivating, the album sounded great, having not listened to it yet, and I loved how spotlights would shine on the band during particular sections, lending a ghostly feel to proceedings.

Photographers were to shoot the second set of greatest hits so during the break I got ready and into the pit.  They opened with a mighty trilogy of hits including Animal Nitrate and Trash.  I shot them before but this time felt far better.  Brett still darted around the stage and got right up and close to the camera but this time he also jumped into the crowd and got stuck in with the fans which made for a cool photo opp.  They are still an amazing live band and a must if you get a chance to see them on this tour, or any tour.

 The next gig was Roisin Murphy the night after Suede.  This show was packed to the rafters and everyone in the crowd were in high spirits and nearly blind drunk.  I don't know what it is, I'm not sure entirely of the appeal.  The songs were grand, it never really took off in any great way for me.  the constant costume changes were humorous early on but by the middle and onward I wasn't sure what the point was anymore.    I did like the costumes she came on stage with once she would disappear for a while and come back on, as opposed to her bag of tricks up front which she'd often repeat, switching up combinations.  The downside of only capturing the first three songs is missing the cooler outfits later in the show.  For the first song she had her back to the crowd and photographers while she was filmed for the screen.  I had my camera lowered, not snapping, wondering if we'd get a chance to shoot her at all.  So it was mostly two songs I got to shoot.

The next gig was Roisin Murphy the night after Suede.  This show was packed to the rafters and everyone in the crowd were in high spirits and nearly blind drunk.  I don't know what it is, I'm not sure entirely of the appeal.  The songs were grand, it never really took off in any great way for me.  the constant costume changes were humorous early on but by the middle and onward I wasn't sure what the point was anymore.  

I did like the costumes she came on stage with once she would disappear for a while and come back on, as opposed to her bag of tricks up front which she'd often repeat, switching up combinations.  The downside of only capturing the first three songs is missing the cooler outfits later in the show.  For the first song she had her back to the crowd and photographers while she was filmed for the screen.  I had my camera lowered, not snapping, wondering if we'd get a chance to shoot her at all.  So it was mostly two songs I got to shoot.

 The last gig I shot in February came unexpectedly on the day.  I had got a call that a bike I ordered, and was waiting for over a month to be built, had arrived when The Thin Air came looking for a photographer that night.  I relented and sacrificed some giddy cycling of the new rothar.  The gig was for Baio, i.e. Chris Baio, bassist for Vampire Weekend, in the Workmans Club.    When I got there I bumped into a fellow photographer who pointed out how dark the show would be and that Baio was going for more of a club feel.  Well shit...  good for him, crap for us.  No lights were on the stage.  We had to make do with the glow of his midi keyboard and the bit of light from the projector, if and when he stepped in front of it.  At that, the projector light over half the face did not make for a great image.  I think the results are OK for what it was worth, you got to make do with what you have.    The only other gigs I attended but did not shoot was for Fat White Family in Whelans.  I could have shot it but opted to go as a punter and enjoy the spectacle.  I'm half jealous of the photographers results from that show but I'm not jealous of the experience they had, being pushed every which way and struggling to shoot the band before bailing to elsewhere in the venue.  It was a deadly show though.  I managed to catch them again the next night for a Paul Mcloone Today FM show special.  Five songs and they stirred the place and gave them a proper taster for the FWF experience.  An absolute must see.  As always, click the pictures to see more from each show.

The last gig I shot in February came unexpectedly on the day.  I had got a call that a bike I ordered, and was waiting for over a month to be built, had arrived when The Thin Air came looking for a photographer that night.  I relented and sacrificed some giddy cycling of the new rothar.  The gig was for Baio, i.e. Chris Baio, bassist for Vampire Weekend, in the Workmans Club.  

When I got there I bumped into a fellow photographer who pointed out how dark the show would be and that Baio was going for more of a club feel.  Well shit...  good for him, crap for us.  No lights were on the stage.  We had to make do with the glow of his midi keyboard and the bit of light from the projector, if and when he stepped in front of it.  At that, the projector light over half the face did not make for a great image.  I think the results are OK for what it was worth, you got to make do with what you have.  

The only other gigs I attended but did not shoot was for Fat White Family in Whelans.  I could have shot it but opted to go as a punter and enjoy the spectacle.  I'm half jealous of the photographers results from that show but I'm not jealous of the experience they had, being pushed every which way and struggling to shoot the band before bailing to elsewhere in the venue.  It was a deadly show though.  I managed to catch them again the next night for a Paul Mcloone Today FM show special.  Five songs and they stirred the place and gave them a proper taster for the FWF experience.  An absolute must see.

As always, click the pictures to see more from each show.