Over the past five years or so, Kylesa have ranked as one of my fave bands. Their discography gets liberal doses of airtime at very regular intervals. Hey, I’m a fan! A big fan!
So it was with great excitement that I greeted their tour of Australia that is happening as we speak. I quickly looked at the dates trying to line up the night I could actually shoot them.
As they were playing smaller venues which aren’t too photographer-friendly, I didn’t have a very easy decision to make as going to a shoot and coming back with garbage, more often than not, leaves me in a foul mood.
At one point I wasn’t even gonna bother shooting the gig but I got an invitation from the promoter to cover the St Kilda Espy gig. I have only ever shot their once before, (Nashville Pussy back in 2010 I think) and haven’t put my hand up to shoot their again.
But, seeing as it is in my ‘hood and my strong love for the band, I thought I would give it a go. How bad could it be?
Once the band hit the stage, I soon noticed that whatever lights were hooked up, didn’t necessarily mean they were gonna get used. So in a very, very dimly lit stage… well, lit by a rotating, spiralling strobe that cast strong, dark shadows (shadows, the opposite of light!) over all and sundry!
The only way to get a shot in was to wait patiently for the light to spiral onto the band’s faces so I could quickly get a shot in. It wasn’t easy but thankfully to a ‘shoot the entire gig’ policy, I managed to get an ‘ok’ shot here and there.
Still, it was a great gig! They are truly an amazing band and I am so glad I have finally had a chance to see them!
With gratitude and thanks to Heathen Skulls, Rob and Cath! Love you!