Violent Soho + Scul Hazzards + Butcher Birds + The Seizures live @ The Zoo, 24.07.10
Three of Brisbane’s best bands, three bands I’ve photographed and blogged about so many times it’s hard to know what else I can say (plus opening band The Seizures, who I’d never seen before but who had my ears ringing well before the end of their set and me reaching for my ear plugs, a rare event for times when I’m not seeing My Bloody Valentine).
I’ve photographed Soho on numerous occasions since I first saw them play (I think) very early in the day at the 4ZZZ Market Day back in October 2006, as well as seeing but not photographing them at various other shows (The Troubadour, for example), including a couple of bigger shows when I’ve been disappointed to have missed them (Pauhaus Festival in June 2007 when we were still in the large queue trying to get into the Powerhouse; at Splendour In The Grass 2010 when I had to miss the first afternoon of bands due to being at a work conference). And yet despite photographing them a number of times, they’re a band that I don’t think I’ve ever done justice to; a combination of lack of lighting and lack of photo pits for the most part, something that makes missing them play at the festivals even more annoying. It’s why I’ve always tended to position myself at James Tidwell’s side of stage: you know he’s going to be at the microphone doing backing vocals during the songs and be still enough to photograph at a relatively low shutter speed, whereas with Luke Henery, on the other side of the stage, you’ve got little chance of getting anything that isn’t a blur. One of these days I’m going to have to master slow sync flash and make life easier for myself.
It was fantastic that it was a sell-out show at The Zoo, it’s been a long time coming and is richly deserved. Following on from what I did for the Butcher Birds‘ album launch last year, here’s a small photographic retrospective of Violent Soho over the last (almost) four years, along with a small gallery of all the bands from tonight’s gig.
Violent Soho + Scul Hazzards + Butcher Birds + The Seizures @ The Zoo 24-07-10
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