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We Are Scientists, Barfly, 5 February 2014

And we’re back!

Long time no blog, mostly because of the lack of gigs to go to over the last month or two.  This year’s first gig came courtesy of free tickets to see the wonderful We Are Scientists at Camden Barfly earlier in the week.  So hilarious, so attractive, so fantastic.  Not sure of whether I’d be too close to the front of the stage I decided to take my 50mm 1.8 instead of anything more wide, partly because of the distance but also because the lens is much lighter than any of my other ones.  With the ongoing tube strikes I didn’t want to be caught on a tube carrying anything too heavy, so that was my excuse!  Mates Jill and John came along with us and we politely (always) walked through the crowd to a spot at the side close to the front.  I’m short, so excuse the crowd head shots – it had to be done.

More gigs to come in the following weeks so keep your eyes on the blog as things are expecting to ramp up again.  Have also been busy photographing the lovely people at both Midnight A Go Go and Ice Cold which are both always a fun night.  If you’re in the area come down to The Waiting Room and have a boogie!  Some of my shots are on the facebook pages, check ’em out.

Enjoy We Are Scientists!

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Toy at Camden Barfly 19th December 2012

I was a bit hesitant about Toy when I first heard them.  Did they wear their influences too proudly on their sleeves?  A bit.  Were their outfits too decidedly 60s?  Perhaps. Were they unequivocally psychedelic?  Pretty much.  Did I listen to their album a couple times and fall in love with them?  Oh HELL yes.  After listening to a couple of their tracks on youtube I thought that this was perhaps another one of those throw-away shoegaze bands that seem to be popping up all over the place in the last couple years.  I downloaded their album anyway, and after a couple spins my adoration was cemented.  These guys are brilliant.  The gig was sold out (small venue – to be expected) and packed, but we managed to get a spot down the front in about the second row before the band came on.  We were up the back for the support band, Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs (shit name, good band) so took a few snaps of the back of people’s heads and the band.  Which reminds me, have to add some of CB&TV stuff to my iPod, very listen-able.  Toy pottered around on-stage for a couple minutes before blowing all our heads off with the first few numbers.  Wall of sound = check.  Amazing haircuts = check.  Moody demeanour = check.  It all made for some pretty tasty shots, especially because the crowd weren’t jumping around, just kind of swaying in time.  For my last gig of the year, I couldn’t have done much better.  10/10 – would see/shoot again… purely on haircuts alone.

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DZ Deathrays, Camden Barfly 5 November 2012

Bit of a last minute gig this one, we only just found out DZ Deathrays were playing last week so decided to get hold of some tickets and head up to Camden (…again).  Wasn’t too sure what to expect. I mean I knew what to expect (broken eardrums), but I wasn’t sure if I would like it.  Is it because they’re Australian and so am I?!  Possibly.  Bloody fantastic gig though.  The Barfly was maybe just over half full, the fans who were there getting into it big time.  One of the most energetic bands I’ve ever seen, there was just no dip in the intensity.  During the last song Shane pulled his mic stand into the crowd, set up at the back towards the bar and rocked out, to a flurry of iPhone flashes.  Being the shortarse that I am I missed out on a shot of that all occurring… maybe next time.

Pics courtesy of the Canon 50mm f/1.4

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