April/May Gigs / by Aaron Corr

 The one and only April gig I got to shoot was Girl Band in Vicar Street.  They'd been cancelling and rescheduling gigs since their album came out last September so it was great to see them in flying form.  They are an absolute beast to behold, fuzzy, distorted and loud.  I've seen them a few times in the past but not since they've become an internationally hyped band, doing as well overseas as most Irish bands can only dream of.  Dara is an electric front man, he doesn't pander to the audience or play a showman.  He just does his thing, looks confident yet somewhat uncomfortable and on the verge of a full on screaming frenzy at any given second.    The show was fine to photograph, there was no backdrops, no fancy lights, just solid yellow lamps for the most part.  The guitarist and bassist were less well lit unfortunately but that's standard & was not a total loss for taking photos.    For the rest of April there wasn't much on that interested me and I was busy with non concert related things so I kept my calendar clear.   

The one and only April gig I got to shoot was Girl Band in Vicar Street.  They'd been cancelling and rescheduling gigs since their album came out last September so it was great to see them in flying form.  They are an absolute beast to behold, fuzzy, distorted and loud.  I've seen them a few times in the past but not since they've become an internationally hyped band, doing as well overseas as most Irish bands can only dream of.  Dara is an electric front man, he doesn't pander to the audience or play a showman.  He just does his thing, looks confident yet somewhat uncomfortable and on the verge of a full on screaming frenzy at any given second.  

The show was fine to photograph, there was no backdrops, no fancy lights, just solid yellow lamps for the most part.  The guitarist and bassist were less well lit unfortunately but that's standard & was not a total loss for taking photos.  

For the rest of April there wasn't much on that interested me and I was busy with non concert related things so I kept my calendar clear.

 

 Kula Shaker played the Academy to a reasonable sized crowd seeking some 90s nostalgia, like myself.  I was a big fan of the band around 96/97 after Tattva came out and had only seen them the once at the Trip to Tipp, supporting Foo Fighters, Manic Street Preachers and The Prodigy.    It was a hit laden set with choice newer tracks from albums later in their career, one or two of which stood out.  Crispian Mills still has the energy of his hey day and made for a good front man to shoot as he would jump from time to time.  The lights were the Academy's usual harsh blues and purples which can be a frustrating time when editing afterwards.

Kula Shaker played the Academy to a reasonable sized crowd seeking some 90s nostalgia, like myself.  I was a big fan of the band around 96/97 after Tattva came out and had only seen them the once at the Trip to Tipp, supporting Foo Fighters, Manic Street Preachers and The Prodigy.  

It was a hit laden set with choice newer tracks from albums later in their career, one or two of which stood out.  Crispian Mills still has the energy of his hey day and made for a good front man to shoot as he would jump from time to time.  The lights were the Academy's usual harsh blues and purples which can be a frustrating time when editing afterwards.

 Sadly Jeff Lynne's ELO had to cancel their original appearance to the 3Arena due to his bad throat, luckily it was just put off by eight days to the following Saturday and I was still available to do it.  In one way it's unfortunate to do a shoot from the sound desk, or in this case the lighting desk on the balcony but this concert definitely benefited from being able to take it all in from afar.  The light show is incredible.  The other major gripe I had was that I couldn't stay to watch and listen to the whole show, it was a pure treat for the three songs I was present for.

Sadly Jeff Lynne's ELO had to cancel their original appearance to the 3Arena due to his bad throat, luckily it was just put off by eight days to the following Saturday and I was still available to do it.  In one way it's unfortunate to do a shoot from the sound desk, or in this case the lighting desk on the balcony but this concert definitely benefited from being able to take it all in from afar.  The light show is incredible.  The other major gripe I had was that I couldn't stay to watch and listen to the whole show, it was a pure treat for the three songs I was present for.

 I was excited to see Blossoms finally.  Due to getting my pass far too late in the night I missed their Academy 2 show a few months back, where support came from Viola Beach, who had a fatal car accident the following weekend in Sweden.  Blossoms were supporting The Last Shadow Puppets on their three dates in the Olympia.  The let down was that the band were at the very front of the stage with little to no direct lighting on them.  You'd swear it was coming out of their budget I joked to others in the pit.  The odd flash from a strobe helped me catch an okay shot of the singer but apart from that the drummer and one of the guitarists got the best look in for the shoot. 

I was excited to see Blossoms finally.  Due to getting my pass far too late in the night I missed their Academy 2 show a few months back, where support came from Viola Beach, who had a fatal car accident the following weekend in Sweden.  Blossoms were supporting The Last Shadow Puppets on their three dates in the Olympia.  The let down was that the band were at the very front of the stage with little to no direct lighting on them.  You'd swear it was coming out of their budget I joked to others in the pit.  The odd flash from a strobe helped me catch an okay shot of the singer but apart from that the drummer and one of the guitarists got the best look in for the shoot. 

 Finally, the last gig of May was The Last Shadow Puppets.  This was the first of three shows, the one show that wasn't sold out.  The lights wer far better than Blossoms but it still was tricky to shoot.  The lights were either too harsh, or once you had focused and composed a shot, dimmed to leave them in shadow.  Add to this the movement of the enthusiastic front men.  I stayed for most of the show, only skipping on the encore when I had my fill of their cocky, over confident, smarmy, and in Miles Kane's case laddish behavior.  Alex Turner has an effortless cool to him but he veers close to being dis-likable.  They have good songs, but not enough to keep my interest for the long set list they had laid out in front of them.  Click any photo to see the full set associated.

Finally, the last gig of May was The Last Shadow Puppets.  This was the first of three shows, the one show that wasn't sold out.  The lights wer far better than Blossoms but it still was tricky to shoot.  The lights were either too harsh, or once you had focused and composed a shot, dimmed to leave them in shadow.  Add to this the movement of the enthusiastic front men.

I stayed for most of the show, only skipping on the encore when I had my fill of their cocky, over confident, smarmy, and in Miles Kane's case laddish behavior.  Alex Turner has an effortless cool to him but he veers close to being dis-likable.  They have good songs, but not enough to keep my interest for the long set list they had laid out in front of them.

Click any photo to see the full set associated.