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.