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I mostly couldn’t wait for this show to see how The Pack A.D. — the loudest pair of people I’ve ever met — would fit in such a typically calm and peaceful space (it was a once church sanctuary, y’know).
They did not disappoint. I swear I saw some plaster crack off the walls.
The Pack A.D. is guitarist Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller, and they make as much noise as bands more than twice their size.
Their performance got the audience to its feet, and a mosh pit in front of a 2′ high stage was born.
Next up was Said The Whale who, as I predicted, brought both the happy and the swoons.
Here, Tyler Bancroft steps over the monitors and right to the edge of the stage, where my position at the front of the crowd suddenly became much squishier owing to the crush of young girls clambouring for him.
Tyler came out a few times during the show. Look at those happy faces.
The light that night was a bit tough, being mostly coloured LEDs (please refer to Figure A: Sarah McLachlan) but, every now and then, some beautiful white light rained down on the performers like a torrent of concert photographers’ dreams coming true.
Tokyo Police Club headlined the night, and I’d forgotten how many of their songs I knew.
Light be darned, I still managed a few cool frames despite the situation (or, perhaps, I just like to envision rock stars as cop cars).
But my crown jewel of the night was the shot below. Much like my shot of Pigeon Park’s lead singer (see the Sam Roberts Band post), I was counting on some white light to make this otherwise unusable shot a thing of beauty.
Rather than random floods of white, however, I saw this one coming. It was just a matter of catching it.
During certain portions this song, most notably some musical breaks during the chorus, strobe lights from five points around the stage would flicker for a beat, only to leave unremarkable coloured spots in their place.
It took a couple of tries, but I was able to sync my camera’s shutter with one of these strobe blasts, and caught the room looking like . . . well, like angels were lighting the sucker up.