To paraphrase my mother, when it rains, it northern downpours. This morning as I groggily checked my newsfeed while still wearing boxer shorts and yesterday's (okay Saturday's) makeup, I was bombarded by Panic! At The Disco. Not a bad thing to be bombarded by.
While it was known that Panic! was in the studio, there was no word on a new album or any music, really, aside from their supporting role on the upcoming FOB arena tour.
Today, we get a new single and a new video, and the promise of a new album "Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!" on October 8th. They'll be doing a small club tour in the US and some European dates as well.
Here are my thoughts on the video, as well as what you actually care about, which is the real video without my commentary.
1. So this is why Brendon was vining from Vegas
2. Huh this is more than six seconds long #vineatthedisco
3. What's with all the FBR videos being blue filtered in high color contrast with fire starring as itself #mysongsknowwhatyoudidatthedisco
4. OH SWEET GRAVY THAT BEAT THAT HOOK SOMEBODY HOLD ME
5. Shit this song has to go in my musical
6. Dammit his voice sounds so good
7. That motherfucking exclamation point
8. Lolo is a perfect addition to this song hot damn
9. This album is going to be so good
Brendon also managed to do about five hundred interviews, including one with my favorite radio station 104.5 Philadelphia and MTV. Brendon described the album as somewhat of a response and homage to Las Vegas as he grew up with it and rediscovered it.
Random bands have started to follow me on twitter and tumblr, and it does amazing things for my ego. In this segment, we talk about the bands that have followed me this week.
Clay Gober of Polyphia
I don't listen to a lot of instrumental music. To be fair, I listen to exactly no instrumental music. But that's going to change as of right now. Polyphia's album "Inspire" is 22 minutes of sheer power and atmosphere. There's big dollops (dollops doesn't feel like the right word for this... too whipped cream-y... maybe smatterings?) of metal, punk, and prog rock influence in their music, which is especially evident in the fact that every song is a massive display of pure technical skill. But there's a feeling to back up the skill, and take it beyond technically good to just being generally good. This music doesn't need vocals because it creates a world without the help of words, something that isn't always appreciated in music.
Verdict: Very very good go download now
Yo I think they unfollowed me within like 24 hours of following me. Rude.
Anyway, I like that lead singer Savannah Van doesn't sound exactly like every pop punk girl singer out there. Because as a female, I tire of having to deal with how my gender ends up characterized in the scene. Anyway, They've got a good sound, a little huskier than I was expecting. The band bio on twitter says they like to dance, but I don't know how I'd dance to this. And I'm still deciding whether or not the music I listened to is just another dose of been there done that pop punk or if it's something more. I do this a lot. It can be hard to deal with that question when you're not authorized to make sweeping declarations. Visit their site and help me decide.
Verdict: Good music, not sure if I'm into it yet.
My best friend Andrea is a band photographer. She's also awesome so she got me a press pass for this year's Warped Tour. Here's an interview I did with her while we hung out after lunch:
EB: When was the first time you did band photography?
AI: Ninth grade... so... 2009.
EB: Who were you shooting?
AI: Bigger Lights and Anarbor.
EB: Did you have a pass or did you shoot from the audience?
AI: Yeah, I got a press pass by some miracle.
EB: So do you usually stick to shows or shoot bands one-on-one?
AI: I usually stick to shooting shows. It's hard to get one-on-one time with a band, especially as a girl, and especially as one who's 18 or 19 years old. Already being well known or being taken seriously is the only way to work one-on-one with bands.
EB: So how did you decide you wanted to do band photography?
AI: In 2008 I went to my first show, Bring Me The Horizon on October 3, and I brought a crappy point-and-shoot camera and managed to get some good pictures... looking back I realize they were shit, but that was my favorite concert. I felt so alive, and realized the effect of music, and I realized I wanted to get involved in this business. At Warped in 2009, at Devil Wears Prada, that was one of the best. I crowd surfed for the first time. I got good pictures with a crappy camera, and I realized I could really do something beyond the barricade.
EB: So are you usually invited to shows or do you request a press pass?
AI: There are so many band photographers that it's hard to get recognized. So I went straight to big shows so I could get into photographing them early. I do get invited to shows by random record labels who have my email, but it's usually for smaller unknown bands. I'd like to shoot them all, but I try to hit social media targets so I can get as far as possible as fast as possible.
EB: So how do you go about getting a press pass? Do you send people your portfolio?
AI: I'll send a bio about my media site, include the link with my signature and offer to send the band photos after the show.
EB: So do you work for a media site or have your own?
AI: I started independently, but I was looking for an outlet and found a media website. After working for a while, I took over the site. Since I look like I own a media website, I get press passes. After a while the site died, so I started a new site. And now I get to meet lot of photographers with common interests.
EB: So what band is your favorite to shoot?
AI: I really want to shoot One Direction but I don't know if that's ever going to happen.
EB: Who are you most excited to shoot today?
AI: I'm most excited to shoot Bring Me The Horizon today. I might get one good picture just because they move so much. And one band I always wanted to shoot was Suicide Silence, RIP Mitch Lucker... -Oh look, there's I See Stars!- Anyway, my favorite to shoot is probably Asking Alexandria. I don't know what happened to them
EB: Oh yeah, I meant to give you that Alt Press article... I'll bring it with your birthday present
AI: Aw thanks!
EB: Okay, so what's your biggest goal for the show today?
AI: I try to get as many different pictures as I can that are different from the rest of the photographers. I also try to meet at least one person at a show, but photographers can get into bitch mode, which makes it hard to meet people sometimes.
EB: What's your goal for the rest of 2013?
AI: I want to get published! I almost did but it didn't work out. A band wanted one of my photographs for an album cover.
EB: Wait that's so cool, can I ask which band?
AI: Motionless In White. But it didn't happen. So I'd like to get published on a magazine or website. And I want to get my name back out there. I climbed fast and didn't take it seriously, I goofed off with the bands instead of working, and I want to start taking this seriously again.
My best friend Andrea is a band photographer. She's also awesome so she got me a press pass for this year's Warped Tour. Here are the photos I took:
My best friend Andrea is a band photographer. She's also awesome so she got me a press pass for this year's Warped Tour. Here's what I learned:
1. Ear plugs don't look lame, they look professional. After one show in the photo pit, I realized ear plugs are awesome and also will keep you from wanting to cry under the stage.
2. Running back and forth between stages is sweaty business. I kept a wet bandana around my neck under my camera strap, and it kept me moving in the heat.
3. Auto focus is your friend
4. Even if you're not in the normal kind of pit, you can still get hit in the face. Stay well behind the security guards so you don't get hit by crowd surfers.
5. Other photographers will not respect your space. Be like a dog. Mark your territory.
6. Keep moving.
7. Anticipate how the band is going to be moving. Motion makes for great photos.
8. Photography is hard, and anybody who says otherwise is a giant weiner.