Photography, thoughts, etc by NYC based punk nerd Kate Hoos.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Fealty | Decisions | Septic Rot @ Heck

Decision @ Heck 2.3.18

I've been a busy punk this past month or so, thusly the blog has taken a bit of a back seat. I have been shooting a lot, some live shows and some portrait sessions as well as personal work. Oh and tons of street art, but that's every day for me haha (you can see that on my Instagram. Maybe one day I'll do a blog post for more of it tho cuz I take TONS of street art pics, way more than I ever post!)  I've just keeping myself busy and continuing to push myself and work past the rut I was feeling late in 2017. I'll prob do some "odds & ends" posts to get up some of the shows I've done recently that I just haven't had time to post from as well and maybe even some of the portraits and such too, we shall see! As always, if you're interested in collabing, holler at me if you wanna hire me to shoot, I'd love to work with you on a project!

Anyway, this show was at HECK, a DIY house/basement venue in BK. It had a rad vibe and was a really intense show, bordering on chaos (in a good way) by time it wrapped up. There is nothing I love more than a frenzied house show cuz I really love feeding off of the energy/being on the floor w the bands and audience at the same time. They sometimes aren't the easiest to shoot in that I'm constantly moving/usually dodging people haha but it makes it all the better when I'm landing shots I feel excited about so I'd prefer them most of the time to just standing there leisurely snapping away hahaha. Anyway, all of these bands are so worth your time/ears/money so please go out and support them and any/all DIY venues to keep this underground community and culture alive in this increasingly fucked up toxic world we live in. Alright onward to the pics.....

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Fealty kicked things off for the night; they are a band I have been listening to a lot lately and you should do the same! I love the fierce dual back and forth vocals and their fuzzy sound. At this show there was only one mic so it made for an interesting time for them with the dual vocals haha but they seemed to manage okay. They played a Punk Island benefit back in January too so those are the few black and whites I tacked on here too haha. Their next show is 3/9 also at Heck (ask a punk for the address btw) you should be there! I just found out I have to work that night so please go in my place haha.

Decisions was up next and HOLY.FUCKING.SHIT. the crowd was in a non-stop frenzy from start to finish. Their set was fiery and sooooo good. I hadn't heard of this band before seeing their name on the event page so I went to give them a listen and was blown away by their demo. It is a lo-fi, fuzzy punk gem and one of my favorite things I have discovered lately, I seriously can't stop listening to it. Shooting them was so much fun though I couldn't really get in front of them because of the surging crowd (not feeling like getting myself or my camera mashed up) but I still feel good about what I did get from the sides, def not complaining there!

I'm not sure when they're playing again, they don't appear to have social media, but I'm keeping an eye on their Bandcamp to see if anything pops up because I def would love to see them again.

Septic Rot ended the night and shit really got to a frenzied state by time their set was done. It was my first time seeing them, they are def HEAVY and grindy/thrashy which is admittedly outside of what I usually listen to so I'm not super familiar with the genre as a whole haha. But you know me, always happy to check new shit out. They played a blistering set and did not disappoint my un-initiated ears at all haha. I am looking forward to seeing them again, and their demo is fucking ace, so you should def get on giving it a listen.

(and some punk trivia haha they also happen to share a member with Ellen & the Degenerates)


That's all folks!


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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Sister Munch EP release feat. WWIX and Necrotic Society

Sister Munch is the band I photographed the most in 2017, I went to a lot of their hometown shows and also toured with them out to the midwest which obviously, was friggen one of the best things I did in 2017. They are good friends and I love them, plus they are a damn good band that never disappoints when I see them. These are the pics from their last show of the year a few weeks back, which was also the release show for their new EP "Death Breath" which you can check it out on Spotify. Or better yet, DL it from their Bandcamp before 1/16/18 and they'll donate the proceeds to New Alternatives an organization dedicated to homeless LGBTQ youth in NYC. Sounds like a win win to me!


I have been seriously all about black and white lately which will be obvious once you take a look at the pics haha. I have been thinking a lot back to the black and white epic punk albums/photo spreads within them which opened my eyes to a whole other world out there. I loved getting new records/cds back in the 90s because it was sometimes my only look at these bands cuz it was years before social media and most magazines didn't cover what I wanted to read about (why I started writing zines and taking pics myself in the first place) So I really think I've been feeling a real b/w vibe lately to kind of mirror that aesthetically of the classic heyday of punk and hardcore in the 80s into the 90s.

I saw the documentary Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk a few months ago and thru that also discovered the early work of Murray Bowles and he really captured some remarkable images from the early days of 924 Gilman including Operation Ivy and very, very early Green Day. The rawness of Glen E. Friedman too (I have loved him for many years though I do know he uses/used both color and b/w)  That spirit I think has been hanging out with me as I approach shooting shows lately which is cool.


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Necrotic Society is a band I am really growing to love shooting, and I obviously love their music (we share a rehearsal space as well, keep it in the punk family!) Though I'm still working on capturing their drummer JR. Some drummers I have good luck with, others not so much haha. She has proven to be elusive thus far, but I most definitely WILL get that shot! That chase is what I live for afterall ;)

WWIX was up next and talk about a great band to photograph. These guys are so much fun and are pretty much some of the most irreverent punx out there which is a nice change sometimes when the world feels like it's going to fucking shit. They make my life so easy when I'm shooting, though then I have a harder time reigning myself in during the edit! Such is life. Anyway, I can't get enough of their shows and def hope to get to play with them finally in 2018. They've got a bunch of music on Spotify so I suggest you grab a beer (or a Coca-Cola if you're like me) and get to blasting that shit.

The cutest punx in NYC right here people!

I've already sang Sister Munch's praises but for real. DL their music and support them when they play live. Their next show is 1/27 at The Gutter in Greenpoint so point yourselves there, you won't regret it. More info here


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