Great bands, Big sounds, Good times……….

I’ve been trying to update my blog for over a week now, I am pleased to say I have just been too busy!!!

Talkin Wire - Lalu Traumfabrik 2014

I was invited along to shoot a local band called Talkin Wire by my friend Arnd Wöbbeking.  I have to admit, I wasn’t too familiar with them but I was informed by a few people that they were a big affair.  This year is the 25th anniversary of the band and this show was to be a celebration of this momentous event and the launch of their new album Today.  From striking the first chords to the last song I was blown away.  Everything from the sound to the lights and effects was perfect.  The previous 25 years had obviously been put to good use, nowhere was out of bounds and the band had a stage presence that a lot of more established artists could learn from.

From a photography point of view It doesn’t get better.   Thank you very much to Talkin Wire for the opportunity and thank you to Arnd for the invite.  If you haven’t already done so check out the new album on Itunes.  My personal favourite:  ‘Fields of Fire’……..

Talkin Wire Gallery

88 Miles - Lalu Traumfabrik 2014

My next outing was to cover a band a 12 piece outfit with a brass section and a big sound.  88 Miles are essentially a pop cover band made up from members of various other bands in the area.  I have never been a huge fan of poppy stuff from a listener point of view but after conducting a little research it was obvious that these guys were special.   I arrived early to get a feel for the place and stake out a few select spots to shoot from.  The band were conducting a sound check when I arrived and the sound was incredible.

Now, as a photographer I am used to arriving, shooting 3 songs then being sent packing without making direct eye contact or getting within a stage height of the band.  Jessika (singer) took some time out to show me round, introduced me to the band, gave me my pass and free access to drinks.  I admit to being a bit uneasy with this as it caught me off guard, however it was greatly appreciated.

The venue was pack to bursting making it a challenge to find vantage points, however I was allowed to shoot the whole gig which allowed me to pace myself a bit more than usual.  It’s been a long time since I worked with a band who so obviously enjoy what they do.  The audience were loving every bar and I had a great night. These guys were a pleasure to shoot.  Thank you to you all……

88 Miles Gallery

Details of both bands can also be found on their Facebook pages:

fbTalkin Wire  – 88 Miles

 

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