I give credit to anyone who takes live music photos for a living, it is hard. It probably wasn't my smartest idea as it was my first time in doing so, and the fact I was shooting heavy pop-punk bands didn't equate to an easy ride. These lads know how to use every inch of their stage by jumping around and
Photographed - Vaults, Limiter, Tuskens.
Let's go back three weeks and talk about an event my friend Sophie put on at The Stag & Hounds in Bristol with some friends for their college course, which I'm sure they aced as the night was great. It was full of hardcore, male driven bands who look like they jumped straight off of their skate boards and onto the stage. I admit that the music wasn't my usual choice but anything made after the 90's usually isn't so no hard feelings there I hope.
The headliners (Tuskens) absolutely smashed their set and that's coming from someone who hasn't got a clue about this side of the music spectrum. The crowd knew the songs on the set list which I'm sure felt great to the boys in the band. I felt myself nodding along with the heavy guitar rifts and the sound of the lead singers Americanised vocals. It was a glorious throw back to when I fell in love with Blink 182 and Sum 41, both not as heavy as Tuskens but give off that old-school feel both Blink and Sum 41 do.
It was hard not to get into the spirit of things when you're surrounded by men and women who clearly have a passion for the bands they are there to see. We witnesses one young gentleman trying to start which I assume was a mosh pit but looked more like interpretive dance. I adore it when anyone gets so into the music that they just let it all go, if I were seeing a The Smiths tribute band I'd be getting my moves out too!
The venue was small but intimate, almost like we were in someones living room and the bands were playing purely for their friends (which was probably the case) and family. There's something about pop-punk that feels like a culture rather than a taste of music, a lot like rock and roll. These kids live and breath the bands they listen to, the way they dress and act reflects that. Snap back caps and over sized t-shirts with an intense quote plastered on the back seemed to be their version of the leather jacket and spray on skinnies.
I learnt a lot that evening like how to not take photos of bands, but also it was a reminder that music truly is a way of life. Thank you to Sophie for the good times, I hope you smash your course out the window like Keith Moon would a guitar!
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