Sunday, July 8, 2012
Before the band started, I saw people all around me yawning and falling asleep where they stood. As soon as the lights went down, everyone found their second wind and was singing and dancing along to "Worship and Tribute" in its entirety. The songs were flawless and definitely struck a chord with many folks. I actually spent a lot of the time watching people on the balcony passionately singing along instead of watching the band to be honest! That was probably because the tallest people were in front of me and made it impossible for me to even see the band BUT who cares?
Glassjaw played "Worship and Tribute," then left the stage but came back for a 2 song encore. The show ended a little after 2am with the band playing over an hour (a little short but still pretty standard for them). I heard a lot of cranky fans in the audience complain about this but I honestly couldn't complain. The show was solid, the band delivered on their promise to play the album in its entirety, and even had some treats thrown into the mix (like the extra songs at the end, unique merch to commemorate the anniversary, and screenshots on a projector screen prior to the set of what looked to be a new contract with their record label Warner Bros). And keep in mind...It was past 2am!
In true NYC post-show form, Anthony and I hit a diner up for some late night grub and then headed home. All in all, a unique experience that I feel lucky to have been part of!
Saturday, July 7, 2012
WOW! I disappear from this blog for a few months and the entire Blogger layout does a 180 on me! Apologies for being so distant, loyal readers. We at RO3 Audio have been extremely busy recording, photographing, and mastering away!
I (Gina) am writing this on a late Saturday night. When Anthony wakes up from his evening nap (that makes him sound like an elderly vampire, no?!), we'll be heading into NYC to see Glassjaw perform at MIDNIGHT! You see, Glassjaw is playing their legendary album "Worship and Tribute" in its entirety on its 10th anniversary. The original show (scheduled for tomorrow evening at 8pm) was sold out almost immediately. Ticket buyers also had some MAJOR issues buying tickets for this show due to Bruce Springsteen tickets going on sale at the same time (what an a-hole!). To make up for this crap, Glassjaw decided to add ANOTHER anniversary show into the mix on Sunday at 12:01am. And we were lucky enough to score a pair of tickets!
I just heard Anthony's alarm clock scream through the apartment so I can only assume we'll be heading out shortly. I'll try to post my thoughts on the show for you all soon.
In the meantime, what are your thoughts on late night shows? Do you think this is a new trend that we'll see emerge?
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Metalfest 2012 is more than just 3 days of music and photography for me. It's a chance for photo redemption.
This will be my 3rd time “professionally” shooting Metalfest. The first time, I casually shot some bands I liked on the main stage since I wasn't really sure if I was allowed to shoot with my pass. I was happy with the photos I got because it was my first time truly exploring my camera and shooting with the “pros” by the barricade.
The second time, I was much more serious about shooting as many bands as possible on every stage. I was really passionate about getting the perfect shot for every band and ran around like a fiend the entire time (which probably contributed to me getting bronchitis). I felt confident in my abilities and quickly filled up my memory card daily. However, when I got home and truly LOOKED at my photos, I was extremely unhappy with the results. Most were dark and/or blurry and VERY few stood out from the pack as “winners.” Granted, just getting 15+ good photos per show I shoot is considered a great thing to me (and many other photographers out there) but I don't think I even got 15+ solid photos for the entire FESTIVAL! This is why I haven't put my 2011 photos online yet. I'm not proud of them at all and know they could've been better if I was better prepared.
2012 will be different, though. Thanks to Anthony, I am armed with a brand new camera. I now own a beautiful Canon Rebel T2i with its standard 18-55mm lens and a 55-250mm lens, allowing me to retire (and sell) my ancient Canon Rebel XT.
I've been using my T2i a lot to learn its features and quirks, which something I should have done with my XT. When I got my XT (which was also my first DSLR), I assumed that it was magic; that amazing photos would just HAPPEN every time I clicked the shutter button. Turns out, it is even HARDER to get an amazing photo with a DSLR when you have NO CLUE how to use it correctly!
Buying new gear for my camera has always scared the crap out of me because it can be really intimidating (and expensive). Not anymore! I'm taking another step towards Metalfest awesomeness by researching (and potentially buying) new accessories for my camera, like another lens and a flash. I may go for a flash first, since the one that's attached to the camera isn't very versatile.
I'm also enrolled in a series of photography courses at my local camera store (Unique Photo in Fairfield, NJ), which are already helping me out so much. My instructor is great and doesn't make anyone feel dumb or inferior (unlike my art teachers of years past!). My last class will be the week of Metalfest, which will help keep me in the photography mindset and not lose the knowledge I gained over the past few weeks.
I can say with confidence that my photos at this year's Metalfest will be the best ones yet. I'm looking forward to shooting and sharing my work from the festival with you all later this month!