This was a crazy weekend. T’was Father’s Day, my 15th anniversary with my wifey, the first day of summer, and YYJ Rocktographers’ Festival Season showcase.
Somewhere in there, though, I deked out of my regularly scheduled programming to catch a band I love: Isobel Trigger.
Here’s where it gets interesting: this was a small, free, mid-afternoon show in the parking lot of Long & McQuade, set against the chainlink-fence-which-prevents-you-from-falling-many-storeys-to-your-doom slash dumpster-and-loading-pallets background, with 3/4 of the band under a shady tent, and 1/4 of the band in direct sunlight.
But boy howdy, do I ever love a shooting challenge. =)
This . . . is the rockstar point. I’ve only ever received this from an artist once before (Vince Vaccaro at Rifflandia 2011) and, as a concert photographer, there’s a special aflutter your heart goes when you receive this.
Felicia totally played up to the three photographers in attendance for this show. Honestly, the last time I saw this amount of attention to the photographers was when I shot KISS.
Ariel, under the sun spotlight, was a focused, unstoppable ball of drumming energy. Also, go long-haired drummers. So great for badass photos.
Felicia shines with stage presence, and her comfort singing is obvious, leaving her free for little moments with the crowd like this.
The entire band is very exacting in their music, hitting one-note breaks with impressive precision before everyone kicks back just as strong and loud.
Brett, on guitar (and just as impressive on a pedal steel), has that rockstar vibe to him. He’s in to it.
Conversely, bassist Ryan seems completely chill about the whole situation.
It was a super-fun performance, and the second I’ve seen from them. Isobel Trigger has been my USS of late.
I attempted to be at the first seven performances USS had in Victoria, and was blocked at every turn by sickness, scheduling conflicts, miscommunication, alien attacks, etc. before I finally succeeded. A few times.
It took me a few tries to finally catch Isobel Trigger live at Rock the Royal! last year and, since then, I’ve managed to miss at least three of their shows. I SHALL PERSEVERE.
And can I just say that Felicia has the most amazing rings since Georgia Murray? So flippin’ cool.
It was just 30 or so of us in a back parking lot, but Isobel Trigger rocked it like they were headlining an arena stage which, by all rights of their talent, is the status I believe they deserve.