1. Currently (and always) obsessed with Massive Attack right now.

    (also obsessed with Woodkid as well).

     
     
  2. PHOX in Brooklyn prior to their sold out show at the Knitting Factory, July 2014

    To see more photographs that I took of the band be sure to head over HERE.

     
  3. Ben Fields performing at Rockwood Music Hall, July 2014.

     

  4. Concert Recap: PHOX

    One of the reasons I enjoy music the way I do is because of how personable it can be. When you think about it, there’s nothing else on the planet that can bring strangers together the way music does. This passion of what music can do extends to when I get to spend time with musicians as well, in fact I’d say it’s the main component as to why I do what I do. Sure, big shows and all that are fantastic but whenever I have a camera in my hands I always remember that I’m taking photographs of people for people to view, and to do that well it’s important for me to understand who the people I’m taking photographs of are; whether it be a day in the life feature or a quick five minute photo shoot. Earlier this week, I was beautifully reminded of how well you can get on with a band after only a couple of quick minutes. This happened while on assignment in Brooklyn to take portraits of indie newcomers PHOX ahead of their sold out show at the Knitting Factory.

     Within seconds of meeting them I had a massive smile on my face and found myself holding my chest due to the laughter that was caused by the spitfire Monica Martin (the bands front-woman/vocalist). Even though our time together was brief I do feel like I got a good sense of PHOX as people, especially with how they interacted with one another. Along with being impeccable polite I also noticed how genuinely gracious and humble they came across when talking about their tour and debut album. You could tell that they felt lucky to be where they are now and that they didn’t want to take it for granted. Their live show ended up representing that sincerity as their personalities shone on stage. Their comfort and showmanship towards one another made that indistinguishable, it was just easy to tell that they truly cared about one another while they were on stage playing their songs. It was also clear how much their songs meant to them, as well as how wild it was for them to see the venue filled with people the way it was. It’ll be great to see where they go from here; I certainly hope our paths end up crossing again. Enjoy my photos from the show below.

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    Be sure to check out, PHOX’s debut/self-titled album which is out now!

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  5. Jack Cleverly of Cymbals in New York City, July 2014

    To see more photographs that I took of the band head over HERE.

     
  6. Kestrels in New York City, July 2014

    To see more photographs that I took of the band head over HERE.

     
  7. Emily King performing at Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City, July 2014.

     

  8. Concert Recap: Cymbals

    I was curious about what Cymbals had to offer at a live show, especially after loving their album (The Age of Fracture) throughout the year. Add in the fact that my friend Luke Carson was now part of the band and there was no way that I was going to miss their show at Pianos. It unexpectedly turned out to be a late set but thankfully it was one of those shows where I forgot where I was (as well as how tired I was) and ended up having a great time due to the music; it was just that simple. They had the room nearly full and the dancing kept building up as the set went on. Prior to the show I got to spend some time with Jack (front-man) and find out about the bands early days, shows, and how wild it was that their music has brought them this far. Enjoy my photos from the show below.

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    Be sure to check out CYMBALS latest release, The Age Of Fracture, which is out now!

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    Thank you for reading and be sure to share this Tumblr page with you’re friends, dogs, cats, shop worker, ex girlfriend, dolphin, pretty much anyone who enjoys music and awesomeness. Remember that If you want to experience more of what I have to say than be sure to click the follow button which looks like a cross on the top right corner of this page. Also be sure to follow me on twitter and to check out full galleries of my photography on flickr.

     

  9. Concert Recap: Kestrels

    A few days back a band from Canada that I’m friends’ with called Kestrels made their way to NYC for a show. They’re an indie band from Halifax that utilizes noise, distortion, and thunderous percussions to perform songs in a unique way that feels very specific to whom they are a band. This is largely achieved due to the ear of my good friend Chad Peck (front-man/song writer/guitar enthusiast), as well as his bandmates Devin (bearded bassman) and Paul (bearded drumman). I haven’t seen them in a while so getting to catch up with them, as well as seeing how they’ve evolved as a band over time was brilliant and meant a lot to me. They’ve always been a great band but they now feel like a fully realized band, which certainly comes across with their dynamic as a live band. An interview that I did with the guys will be up soon but for now enjoy my photos from their show at The Cake Shop below.

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    Be sure to check out Kestrels latest release, The Moon Is Shining Our Way, which is out now!

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  10. One of the rough parts about the summer is that loads of bands are constantly traveling for festivals, leaving NYC/the East Coast a bit skint on gigs. There still tends to be loads to do but for the most part it can be a bit dead. Luckily they’re some festivals I’ll be doing this summer and with June I got to work one of my absolute favorite festivals, Governors Ball. June was a great month as well since I got to also travel to England to work alongside Glass Animals and Fucked Up, as well as Ireland to see loads of friends (like the fantastic And So I Watch You From Afar). I made new friends in the form of Catfish And The Bottlemen and I was also blown away by Paolo Nutini at Webster Hall. Bring on the rest of the summer!

    In June of 2014 I photographed: Eels, Soundgarden, Catfish And The Bottlemen (at Rockwood Music Hall and kicking off Governors Ball), Wolf Gang, Governors Ball (Day 1, 2, and 3), Paolo Nutini, Fucked Up, Glass Animals, And So I Watch You From Afar, Tune-Yards, Tegan And Sara, and Say Anything.

     
  11. Wild Beasts performing at Hudson River Park in NYC, July 2014

    To see more photographs from the show be sure to head over HERE.

     

  12. Concert Recap: Wild Beasts

    It’s interesting to me how the sonic output of a band can change the environment that they’re in. Past readers will note that this is an occurrence that enthralls me when quite a bit it comes to live music, almost to the point if redundancy, though for me it’s still a signifier of a bands talent when it comes to performing live. Consider this, songs are made in enclosed spaces for months at a time and after that they’re performed infront of hundreds, sometimes thousands of people who then react to those songs. For a band to be able to not only play their songs well but to also utilize mood and atmosphere with their music….well how can you not be amazed by that? It’s practically a superhuman phenomenon in my eyes. Kendal based art band Wild Beasts are a band that practically live for those experiences of holding a crowd’s attention the numerous sonic pathways that their songs tend to create. Last week they headlined a free show at NYC’s Hudson River Park, which was a show that proved to me how talented they are at keeping a crowd of fans and newcomers transfixed towards their sonic output.

    Oddly enough, it was a much more somber kind of gig than I expected it to be. The only instances of energy that I can recall was when the band played their earlier tracks (The Devil’s Crayon and Hooting And Howling), though this isn’t to say that the crowd reacted sourly to the set that mostly comprised of tracks from the new album, Present Tense. No, you see for the Present Tense tracks I noticed something both peculiar yet beautiful in terms of crowd reaction: the crowd simply wanted to listen to those songs. Numerous New Yorkers kept their gaze transfixed on the band, and what I found incredible about this was that you truly got the sense that the crowd were simply listening to the songs and allowing the songs to take them elsewhere (as cheesy as that sounds). It’s strange I know, why bring that up? Doesn’t everybody ‘listen’ to the music while they’re at a show? Well of course they do, but there is a major difference between a crowd enjoying a show and a crowd enjoying the music being played. I think what made this more noticeable to me over anything else was the environment. You could tell that playing in such a setting wasn’t the prime environment for the layered songs of Wild Beasts, but luckily the crowd took to the bands songs regardless of that, which allowed them to be easily enchanted by the sonic output of Wild Beasts. Yes the mood was somber but it also felt welcoming and warm, and because of this it was easy for the Kendal group to play their set, which seamlessly ebbed and flowed throughout the evening. Wild Beasts are one of those bands that even if you’re not keen on their records you can still find something special about them by experiencing them within a live setting, and to me that’s brilliant. Enjoy my photos from the show below.

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    Be sure to check out Wild Beasts latest album, Present Tense, which is out now!

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    Thank you for reading and be sure to share this Tumblr page with you’re friends, dogs, cats, shop worker, ex girlfriend, dolphin, pretty much anyone who enjoys music and awesomeness. Remember that If you want to experience more of what I have to say than be sure to click the follow button which looks like a cross on the top right corner of this page. Also be sure to follow me on twitter.