It’s not very often that you are booked to shoot a show last minute, especially one you forgot you had asked for a pass for. Two weeks prior to the Cohered and Cambria show at The Pageant, a coworker of mine had offered up a free ticket to the show which I gracefully accepted as it had been a while since I had seen the band live. Now, usually this isn’t a problem, but I’ll get to that later on. On the day of the show, I had to work my day job and part way through the day I got the e-mail saying that I got the Photo Pass. Luckily I was still at work at the time of the e-mail, so I was able to borrow one of the lenses for the show like I had been wanting to do for a while!
So, upon arrival to the show I find out that I have two tickets waiting for me as well as the photo pass, I contacted all my friends that I knew would be interested in the show, but none were available. I didn’t really care since I was already at the show with another friend. When we got inside there wasn’t much of a crowd on the floor which I thought seemed odd for a Coheed and Cambria show. The first band, Thank You Scientist, took stage and I will be honest I had never heard of them before but people were excited about them, calling out songs and everything. From the first note of their set to the last I was hooked. They were mind blowing. On stage they had your standard musicians (vocals, guitar, drums, bass) but on top of that they also had less traditional musicians on stage with them (Trumpet, Violin, Saxophone). So full of energy and I hadn’t really had too many opportunities to photograph a violinist, hence so many pictures of him. I really wasn’t sure how well all those instruments were going to mesh but Damn they did an amazing job using their musical abilities to their fullest. Their songs were nice and lengthy allowing more time than expected to shoot, a bit Jazzy with an Indie Rock twist, overall very cool and worth checking out.
Next up was Cursive, I had at least heard of them, but I wasn’t sure if I had heard them before so another band I wasn’t sure what to expect. When they walked out and there was a cellist on stage with them, I knew we were in for a treat. Their set started off pretty slow, but as their set progressed the music got more and more intense to an almost haunting sound that you just wanted to listen to on repeat. Cursive was a definite crowd pleaser, and we have gotten many questions as to who the girl on the Cello was, we are on the hunt and as soon as we find out anything we will let you know!
Finally, the moment we were all waiting for Coheed and Cambria was about to take stage! Earlier I had mentioned that it had been a while since I’ve seen Coheed. Usually that isn’t a problem, especially with them. You see I had seen them at least six times prior to this and it was always a similar set. In fact the last time I had seen them was when they toured with Porcupine Tree (who completely blew them away) as the opening band and I felt like it should have been the other way around; give us a longer set of Porcupine Tree and less Coheed!! Since that show the band has come and gone and I passed on seeing them, I really didn’t need to keep seeing them if the set wasn’t going to change. So since about five years had passed since the last time I had seen them I figured it was finally time to catch them again. The magazine has been doing better, they have released a cd or two since I last saw them perform things were definitely looking up. Now the problem is, I guess in the down time I just hadn’t really listened to them either. . . OR they really changed up their set to go along with their new album “The Color Before The Sun” which is not a concept album. I knew about two, maybe three songs from their entire set. While impressed that the set had changed THAT MUCH in the five years since seeing them last, I was also kinda bummed that they didn’t play a wider variety of songs (I would like to think that just because I haven’t listened to a band I would still recognize the songs they play live). That being said, I was very excited the whole set as I knew what they were going to close with it was a given. . I would see one of my favorite songs for sure, but also I was rediscovering the band. I was able to get some amazing shots of all three bands, but especially some of my favorites that I have ever gotten of Coheed and Cambria. So please take a look, comment, share with whomever you want to share them with. . I really hope you enjoy them as much as I do!