Photography, thoughts, etc by NYC based punk nerd Kate Hoos.
Friday, November 17, 2017
Punk Rock Oasis with Electro Insides, Sister Munch, Nihiloceros, and Cutters
This show was a few weeks back on 10/24 at Alphaville. It was a little punk oasis in a week that was crazy for me prepping for the cover show I hosted/played on 10/28 and getting ready to leave for a 3 week tour immediately afterwards, where I still am. In the back of a tour van that is haha. As it turns out, finding time and an easy place to edit pics on the road, and WiFi access to post things isn't an easy task so it took me a bit. It was making me anxious to get these out in the world because I was pretty stoked about them and all of these bands so here they finally are! Lots of rad bands and pals on this show, you should check all of these bands out and add em to your playlists if you know what's good for ya!
Skip this next part if you're not a photo/gear nerd like me.....
I've been shooting shows lately 50/50 long exposure and sans flash or something close to that ratio haha. I will always prefer long exposure with tight grain/sharper depth of field, but want to get a better feel for shooting with a wide open aperture with ambient light cuz it is a bit of a different process and you get very different results. You definitely need to read the room/space differently and adapt to the light you have to work with in a different way so I've been practicing as much as I can. I shot this show entirely with my 50mm lens as well which was a change up for me. I usually use a wider angle zoom lens but wanted to test it out with a prime lens for a change. I'd like to get a wider prime lens because the 50 was a bit tighter than I wanted at times, but I still feel good about the shots I got. In my film days, I used prime lenses for medium and large format but tended to favor zooms for small format and it's been nice pushing myself a bit more only sticking to one focal length.
For the long exposure shots, I also tried the pop-up flash as opposed to my speedlight....the speedlight does diffuse the light waaaay better but it can be bulky and makes it an extra step to deal with switching back and forth from flash/not flash and with batteries which generally is a pain. For small DIY venues like this, the pop up does work well and helps me move/react faster. The space isn't big enough to swallow up the light it's throwing either. Plus my autofocus system + the speedlight reacts slower too which SUCKS...I'm working on a solution for that but it might require an expensive new speedlight ugh. And yes purists, I use autofocus hahaha my eyes are too bad anymore and more so in low light. I paid my dues shooting shows with an all manual 35mm camera for years where the only bell or whistle I had was a light meter so I feel fine about it hahaha.
On the current tour I've been on I've been starting to experiment with using my iPhone more which....for a while I was like HELL NO but I'm def seeing that might have been a wrong assessment and am changing my tune....more on that maybe in a later post....
Okay onward to the pics! I just want to say I'm a little obsessed with the purple/blue/magenta lights in these pics and really am looking forward to getting back to Alphaville to shoot more shows (it was my first time there)
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Electro Insides kicked off the night and I was really excited to see them. A little backstory....anyone who organizes a lot of shows can get stuck a bit in a loop of booking the same people a lot and I had definitely found myself in that place in late 2016, so earlier this year I went on a search for new bands I hadn't heard yet which also served as a scouting mission of sorts for new talent for Punk Island. I did this by going through show flyers for bands I did already know and writing down a list of about 50-60 bands that I had never heard of. I went through the whole list (I really did!) and listened to all of them. Some were eh and some sucked haha some were good and some I just really liked a lot. Electro Insides was one of the ones I really dug a ton. I downloaded their music and then immediately contacted them to play a PI benefit. I didn't hear back from them (which I later found out was cuz their email was locked or something and no one saw my message) which was a bummer and I missed a few shows they were playing because of other shit going on or finding out too late.
Flash ahead to about 6 months later I met their bassist Vanessa speaking on a panel of women in music. I, of course, gushed about how much I loved the band, said I'd def make sure to make it a priority to get out to a show and that they should def submit to Punk Island because I was very interested in having them be a part of the fest. Then this show came up and I was like FINALLY! They put on a great and energetic show and I was so glad to have finally seen them....then I learned that was their last show! I was bummed by that and that they won't be making new music, but that's the way it goes sometimes haha life and shit. But I am really glad I didn't miss this and I was able to get some pics of them. They have 3 EPs on Bandcamp which you can get right HERE and I highly recommend you get on that!
Sister Munch is a band I have shot A LOT in the last year and even toured with, but it still doesn't get old for me cuz I love them! It's a treat as a photographer really getting to know a band's moves and their visual style which is helpful when I'm working with different gear and practicing techniques I am not as comfortable with, which as I mentioned before that I've been trying to do lately. They debuted a bunch of new songs which are fucking KILLER and will be on their upcoming EP "Death Breath" [release show 12/16 at Muchmore's info HERE you know I'll be there with camera in hand hahaha I like shooting at Muchmore's aside from am stoked for the bands playing too, duh] In the meantime, you should head to their Bandcamp and pre-game with their 2 other EPs, you won't be sorry
Nihiloceros were fresh off of a tour up through New England to Canada but they still had a ton of energy at the show. I have seen them before but had yet to get pics of them; they are a music photographers dream, really energetic and fun on stage. Their singer Mike is always out at shows and taking pics of bands too, you can tell he really loves and supports the scene (he got some rad shots of Lady Biz at Punk Island this year, thanks Mike!) which makes me like them even more cuz while there are tons of bands out there, not as many as you would think truly love and support tons of bands besides their own (ugh) so these guys are a breath of fresh air. They have brand new EP that just came out so you should point your internet right at it and take a listen!
CUTTERS closed out the night and are a band that is soooo intense live. 110% every time I've seen them, they are a joy to watch and photograph. I just love their bio on FB too, it's so damn true:
Survival is hard. You’ve got to do something to survive.
CUTTERS was born out of that idea. The idea that you’re more than the chunks of you that life poisons. The idea that the only way to reclaim some small semblance of yourself is to actually
d o s o m e t h i n g.
Because we want to survive.
It’s why we pack ourselves into vans and travel to strangers basements. It’s why we spend our last few dollars on someone else rather than ourselves. Punk rock is about caring, for other people, other places, other spaces and every road in between because we’re all in it for the same damn thing. We’re all longing for a sense of belonging. A reminder that we aren’t alone. We’re all just trying not to die.
So come on.
Get up. Get out. Get psyched.
There’s a basement waiting.
You might fall in love tonight.
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