Sunday, March 13, 2011

the week of horses and bunnies

band of horses @ paradiso, 23 feb 2011

band of horses

busy gig week this one. first i got to see a band i have been wanting to see for years. ever since i heard the funeral back in 2006, i've been waiting to see them live. not sure why it took so long - did they never come to leeds? they did play leeds festival the first year i didn't go i think (2007?) and i remember watching them at home on the tv and being utterly disappointed by their performance (and i seem to remember discussing this fact with whiskas at the time). then, on this tour i had read a few reports from other photographers (by nick in particular) who didn't sound so thrilled at their gigs and so i wasn't really expecting much. having secured a photo pass for dis though, i certainly was intrigued to see what they'd be like. and it turned out to be my favourite gig in amsterdam to date!

it was my first gig proper in the big room at paradiso... sold out gig, tall stage, tall punters and other photographers (no pit)... i was a bit apprehensive to start with. but that all dissipated when they came on stage. not sure the photos are that great really (not sure any of mine have been that great recently), but i loved snapping away whilst singing along. and then came the song i had been waiting for, the last one before the encore. and boy what a rendition! (maybe i was swept along with it all too much and it wasn't that great... but the atmosphere was quite something.) didn't think they could top it, although the encore was not to be sniffed at. anyway, some photos from the night.

band of horses


band of horses


band of horses

my band of horses galleries: on flickr, on dis 

suuns + sleep party people @ occii, 25 feb 2011
a couple of nights later, it was the turn of suuns. this gig had been on my agenda since last november when my work pal mentioned it to me and asked me if i wanted to go along. a chance to check out a new venue in amsterdam too (occii). and to use my subbacultcha membership card for the first time. and also my first gig with bunnies. so, lots of firsts!

first up, sleep party people (with the bunnie masks). still don't know why they wear bunnie masks, but they do. and on the way home from the gig, i chatted to the only two people in the audience who were wearing home-made masks. apparently, the girl didn't know the band beforehand but wore the mask because the boy asked her to. cute.

sleep party people

sleep party people

full set on flickr here

and next up was suuns. and it was loud. i didn't mean to take any photos really, but i find it hard not to if i'm near the front. lights were red, and shots aren't up to much, but i thought i'd share a couple anyway... my fave of the set is this one featuring the drummer:

suuns


suuns


couple more here

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