Thursday, January 24, 2019

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Winter Punx





The cold weather has been getting me down and leaving me not wanting to do a hell of a lot. So naturally that means I've been sulking a little because who doesn't love sulking in their PJs, covered in a pile of sleeping cats, while whining that it's too cold to go out and do anything? SIGN ME UP FOR THAT! Though when I saw this show was coming up, I said to myself "snap out of it" and "get your ass to this because you love these bands and they're your friends, cold weather be damned!" That is just what I did on a rainy chilly ass night. And it was worth it, I love my friends and the music they make!

Keep scrolling for more pics and some words on each band. If you like my work and would like to make a donation or leave a "tip" that would be much pretty rad on your part and I would be super grateful! I'm going on tour soon so any help is greatly appreciated and very helpful! You can do that HERE and know that it will make me smile a lot as well : )

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Winter Wolf has been on my list for a while to shoot but every time I've seen them previously, I had also been playing so I didn't always bring my camera (and sometimes I just need a break so I stay only in the "performing" headspace) and I've just missed them a bunch of other times due to work and stuff coming up. One exception was at Punk Island 2018 where I did manage to quickly fire off a few shots and you can take a look HERE at pics of them as well as a bunch of rad pics from the fest by me and my pal Stephanie (who is also an amazing music photog)

This is a band with so much energy (and that bright green bass!) that I knew I had to get some long exposure jams of them. Unfortunately for me it was not to be at this particular show because I got my wires crossed and thought music started later than it actually did so I sadly missed almost their entire set, ugh! I got there for the very last song and quickly ran up to fire off some shots. I didn't really have time to assess and get into the LE vibe though so I just went for more standard shots. No matter, I was happy with what I got and hey, just an excuse to get back to a show when I can!

They may only have 2 members but they have a HUGE stage presence, both of them have sick chops, and they have a sound that is just as HUGE. I have always loved 2 piece bands (and have played in a few myself) and how wonderfully they work with the "limitations" (a matter of opinion that I do not agree with, obviously) of not having a full band. WW is no exception and singer/bassist Jehliel plays crunchy chords all while CRANKING the hell out of his amp (which is a guitar amp not a bass amp for even more high end and gain) and runs some sick distortion on top of all of that for a tonal nastiness (of the best variety) that will knock on your damn ass. This is the realest kind of punk rock to me, that takes risks, thinks outside the box, and doesn't let you ignore it even if you tried.

The very best way to experience this band is live and in your face but in the meantime, they have several tracks on their Soundcloud.










Sister Munch is the band I have seen and def photographed the most over the last few years; I've also toured with them AND played some really rad shows too in both of my bands (and my old band shared a drummer with them for a while too) So safe to say they are some of my favorite people in this here punk scene and on the entire planet. I've loved a lot of moments along the way- tour memories in particular and also when they opened for War On Women twice last year- but I think my favorite memory with them is when their singer and drummer- Mel and Emily- formed an all lady Minor Threat cover band with me and our friend Tasha for Halloween this past year, Salad Daze, and yes we all wore veggie themed costumes on stage! What a blast that was ripping those hardcore classics with those grrrls! One of my 2018 highlights for SURE.... perhaps we will do it again sometime.....

SM has a few EPs up on their Bandcamp and you already know I'm a fan with these jams in regular rotation.












Lady Bits are some of my fav grrrls and I've also played tons of shows with them over the last few years. This was their first show of 2019 and they were sporting some killer new tunes and a fresh lineup as well with the addition of a new bass player. I loved the new songs and am really excited for when they get in the studio and lay those tracks down. They also played plenty of my faves from their latest release as well, 2018's standout Quitter; I highly recommend you click that link and DL it for yourself (and you'll get an extra song vs streaming it on Spotify!)

And true story, I once played a cupcake in one of their music videos!











Necrotic Society aka even more rad friends were up next. They play fierce political hardcore, just the way I like it! And I am a sucker for any bands with lefty guitarists in them because well us lefties make everything better ha! Also another true story, I used to share a practice space with NS, LB, and SM so this night was a little punk family reunion of sorts, I only wish I could have played such a badass night, but it was rad supporting and getting to take pics too : )

NS has been working on new music and are in process of working on a new full length (though I'm not sure when it's going to be out yet but my hope is very soon!) In the meantime, they have their first LP up on their Bandcamp and I also highly recommend it. I had it on CD but wore it out listening to it so many times in my car!

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Please "like" and follow all of these bands since I was so nice and handily included links! Support them, go to their shows, buy their merch, and DL their music! This community only continues to thrive when we support it!

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All photos copyright Kate Hoos, thanks for taking a look! Please link back to me if you post these on social media and consider a "tip" or donation for use (link at top of piece) If you're interested in hiring me to shoot a live event, for press photos/portraits, or hi-res versions (or prints) of these or any of my existing photos to use for print material/albums etc, feel free to reach out via hoosatron@gmail.com


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