Monday, November 2, 2020


Hardcore Halloween


On a chilly Saturday, that also happened to be Halloween, Rebelmatic continued with the afternoon outdoor matinees they've been hosting in Bushwick the last several weeks. It's hard to feel good about anything these days, but that's what makes DIY punk and hardcore what it is, and so special, because if only for a few hours, it can make you feel like you're on top of the world....and we all need healing energy right now. Fear Is Dead and my dear friends Enziguri (who have a brand new video out which you should watch HERE) rounded out the lineup and everyone brought a high intensity urgency to the day. Unfortunately half way through Rebelmatic's set the ACAB's showed up and shut things down. It was a bummer but at least they didn't show up sooner and Rebelmatic was able to get through at least half their songs.

From a photographic perspective the lighting was a challenge with the shadows coming out a lot sooner and affecting my shots, but honestly, it was good for me to problem solve and stretch the brain out to decide how best to tackle it to get the images I wanted. I've been shooting so infrequently so the brain gets a little soft and I really relish when a little obstacle comes up so I can work through it to get where I want. I opted to use fill flash (which for non-photographers, I know it seems counter intuitive to shoot in daylight with a flash, but it can really help at times of tricky/shifting lighting) which made all the difference for me and I'm happy with how things came out. I've photographed Enziguri several times now and these are def among my favorite pics I've gotten of them. But you didn't come here for photo nerd techy stuff so I will stop while I'm ahead, ha!

Please continue to stay SAFE and if you're going to see bands or performing yourself, do it outdoors and MASKS UP for everyone not on stage. DIY can and always does find ways to survive be it this way or through livestreams, etc so make sure you're still showing up to support it in these really hard times and being smart when you do. As a reminder, Bandcamp day is coming up on Friday November 6th, so if you have some dollars to spare, throw em at these bands or some other DIY bands of your choice. WE are what makes this survive, WE are what makes this thrive. Do your part! 


ENZIGURI-  Bronx hardcore


FEAR IS DEAD- heavy AF mutant music 


REBELMATIC- sounds like James Brown in a moshpit



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1 comment:

  1. Such energy in these pics! Great, almost feel as if I'm there. I miss gigs...boohooooo