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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