Archive for the 'Capitol' Category

13
Nov
07

Lots and lots!

Quick photo-spam to get things up to date

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1. Red Jezebel at the Rosemount to launch their new CD ‘How I Learnt to Stop Worrying.’ 20th Oct

2. The Panics at the Bakery to launch THEIR new CD ‘Cruel Guards.’ 26 Oct

3. Gyroscope at Capitol to launch their new single ‘Snakeskin’. 27 Oct. Lots of launches this month. They’re in my top 2 of Perth bands, seriously doubt I’d ever get sick of seeing them. Wasn’t on assignment for this one, but wanted to take the camera along for a few shots from the balcony, for a bit of a different perspective.

4. Promos for Sons of Rico, North Fremantle, 8 Nov. I’d just got my ST-E2 a couple of days before, so I was very keen to give it a run. A lot of people seem to poo-poo it in favour of the Pocket Wizards, but it did the job perfectly as far as I’m concerned.

5. Anonymous British band, 10 Nov. Brilliant, brilliant show.

 A few fun shows to look forward to over the next few weeks, but at this time of year, the focus is on the festivals. In my case, Southbound and Big Day Out. It’ll be my first Big Day Out in a ‘proper photographer’ capacity (as opposed to sneaking in a camera to shoot friends’ bands). Hopefully the next two lineup announcements will be more interesting than the first! Though I will enjoy photographing Tom Morello, knowing I beat his ass down in Guitar Hero 3.

08
Sep
07

Midnight Juggernauts @ Capitol

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 Now, I wouldn’t particularly call myself a music snob….but I have very little tolerance for dance music. The only band I really come close to saying I ‘enjoy’ is Sneaky Sound System, if only for the fact the guy in the band bears a striking resemblance to Faramir from Lord of the Rings. So spending my Friday night watching electrindie darlings Midnight Juggernauts wasn’t the most enticing prospect.

I’d turned up late, because clearly, watching the football and thus my team’s captain hobble around like a lame horse was much more important. And as always, when you turn up late to a sold-out show at Capitol, there’s really only one option as far as standing room goes. The DJ podium. Even the fail-safe position side of stage wasn’t an option, it’d been blocked off with a curtain. So the night began with the one thing I hate doing; battling my way through a tightly packed crowd. And apologising. A lot. The DJ’s on the podium were thankfully accomodating as they usually are, and the lack of security was a pleasant surprise. It’s such a prime spot, about 2-3 metres back from the stage, and about a metre above the crowd’s head. Certainly makes up for the fact Caps doesn’t have a photopit.

 

There was a relatively decent lighting setup (decent by Capitol standards anyway). I guess that’s a normal thing for electro acts? I can’t say I found the band to be much chop. I vaguely knew one song. The vocals on one of the other songs sounded like the Bowie pisstake song by NZ folk comedy duo Flight of the Conchords. Which I’m sure was unintentional. Tried shooting on AV mode, but had to switch back to M just out of habit. I think using AV and Spot Metering is going to need as much practice to get a hang of as M did. Got some relatively nice stuff with AV, but I think I’m too much of a control freak. I think I was up on the podium for about two or three songs before the security bloke magically appeared and asked me to move on. I half-heartedly pleaded my case to stay there for a bit longer, but he was politely insistent. Given there was no point continuing to shoot if I couldn’t do it from the podium, I headed for the door. I checked my watch on the way out. I’d been there for 30 minutes, probably shot for between 10-15 minutes of that time. I’d always vowed to myself when I first started out that I wouldn’t become one of ‘those’ photogs who just turned up to shoot a band for a couple of songs. Oops!

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