It’s rare for a band to feel new after they’ve been around for a while but that does indeed happen sometimes. This was the case last week when I photographed The Sounds for the third time in my life, this time at Webster Hall. I don’t know if it was the band, the venue, or the fans but something about this show felt different than my previous experiences seeing them live. The Sounds sounded (seriously, no pun intended) fresh and revitalized, and fiercely sexy: all five of them in fact. Something I’ve always loved about The Sounds is how they utilize their style along with their music. It’s not just about looks and generalizations but it’s all about attitude and a welcoming kind of ferocity, a ferocity that you never have to worry about whether or not it’ll ensnare you yet you find yourself feeling nervous towards it, a nervousness that compels you to feel eager. The Sounds are a rock n’ roll band and rock n’ roll is about that ferocity. But it’s also about having a brilliant time which is something The Sounds excel at.
Last weeks Webster show made me feel as though I was seeing them for the first time. They exerted so much confidence and energy that night and the crowd loved every second of it. Maja is a brilliant front-woman and what amazes me about her is show she’s able to be this unstoppable force of a performer yet still hold her band together in such a smooth manner. She can lead them into battle while she’s being beautifully bombastic. Something else I love about her is how she’s constantly trying to break down that divide between fans and musicians. At a Sounds gig you can always count on her getting up close and personal with fans; singing into their faces and playing with their hair. It’s a fucking amazing thing to see really. The rest of the band has this air about them that contrasts well to Maja’s stage presence. The guys of The Sounds all look effortlessly cool as they play their instruments, never breaking a sweat in the process. I love seeing The Sounds live and if you’re a music fan you’ll definitely want to check them out live as well. Enjoy my photos from the show below.
Be sure to check out The Sounds latest album, Weekend, which is out now!
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