This was another great chance to broaden my photographic experience and try something new.
I heard call from the delightful Morv to come and take pictures of the band, I'm Sick, at Slouch in Glasgow. I had a quick listen to the tracks on their MySpace page and answered the call!
I can't deny a little trepidation, gig lighting is notoriously tricky with the venue being dark, often there's the flashing lights and lots of movement from the band. I figured though, it can't be any worse than DJ Disco lighting at a wedding for the first dance!
As it was a gig I made a few technical decisions in advance. My ISO was bumped up to the max. This process does add noise (speckling in the dark areas that is sometimes called grain, but isn't really) but I thought it would add to the mood a bit. I brought along a flash, just in case, though for some shots it did more harm than good, so most of the gig itself was shot without it.
As we had a while to wait we took a few shots in the cold and wet outside to kill some time. This one was in the lobby as you come into Slouch.
Their turn was supposed to start at 9:30, but some of the other bands had to be home before midnight, so I'm Sick became the crowning glory of the night around 11 p.m. The other "warm up" bands were mostly not that bad, in fact some were quite good, but I was pleasantly suprised that I'm Sick had a much more polished routine, some general silliness and lots of energy! Along with some great tunes of course!
Congratulations to Morv (singer), Chapman Grove (guitar), Sir Belvedere (bass) and Funky Bo1 (drums), for a truly excellent gig experience!
You can find the full set here on Flickr