austin

saosin // dallas & austin

Seven Years. Pretty rad coincidence that one of, if not the, most popular songs written by Saosin when Anthony was still singing in the band is also the number of years it had been since I had seen them perform (with Cove singing, of course). When I saw these dates coming through Texas, I was pumped. After seeing the dates on the coasts previously and wanting so badly to be able to make the trip out to see them but not being able to, and then getting to see them just a couple of miles from my house with a last minute confirmation. It  was pretty rad. The set list was everything you'd expect it to be; Translating the Name EP, all of it, including Seven Years as an encore, plus Mookie's Last Christmas and a few rad new songs the band was giving a go made for an awesome hour of music, taking me back to late high-school and early college years when all that mattered was going to shows, singing along, losing our voices, and dreaming of what the future holds. Music is pretty cool like that - transporting you back seven, eight, nine, ten years in a heart beat, feeling like you did the first time you heard these songs.

It gets cooler when, after the show and posting up a photograph on Instagram, you see a message from a friend who happens to be in town in the next city (Austin) saying you should come down and shoot the show again. So Jordan and I loaded up in the Mazda with a few more rolls of film and trekked down I-35 to catch Saosin once more, this time at Emo's. The set list was practically the same but I didn't care. I'd been waiting years to see these songs performed that I was more than happy to see and shoot the set again. It was another awesome night, wrapped up with a slice of pizza from Homeslice with Jordan and John (who had suggested we come down) and a long return trek home up 35 in the middle of the night. A long day, to say the least, but these are the things we do for music, and these sort of experiences. I wouldn't give that weekend back for the world.

Enjoy the photos, let me know what you think, how music has effected you, you know, cool shit.

And, if anyone is curious what these photos were photographed with/on: a Pentax 67 with a 105mm f/2.4 lens, a 5D with a 50 mm lens, and a Leica M4-P with a 35 mm lens. Films were Ilford 3200, Tri-X, and Portra 400.

i killed the prom queen // crowd surf america //austin, tx

I've been listening to I Killed the Prom Queen since high school and up until this year, I had never had the opportunity to see them, let alone photograph them. Fortunately, this year, I've gotten to see and shoot them twice and two different venues, and two very different times of year. First I shot them this Spring at South by So What in Grand Prairie, and then this last weekend as a part of the Crowd Surf America Tour in Austin, Texas at The Mohawk. They opened the show being co-headlined by Chiodos and Asking Alexandria with their own brand of Australian Metalcore, ripping through a five song set in near 100°F temperatures at an [essentially] outdoor venue, closing out their set with a crowd favorite - Say Goodbye.

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