Cold nights, warm booze and stolen souls
I ventured out into the cold all on my own Tuesday night to capture some images from the wonder that is Austin's Free Week. It was absolutely frigid, but the week of Austin's clubs offering free shows brought out a pretty good crowd. I got some great shots, had some warm booze, stole some souls and ran into some friends — not a bad way to start a new year.
I was at Swan Dive on assignment for OVRLD.com shooting Glitter Tribe's offering featuring Go Fever, TOMA, Big Coat, Tusk,Her and Pongo. It was a great lineup.
The bar was serving a warm cider drink and it was perfect. The poor door guys were bundled up in their best door-guy way — lots of hoodies, boots, beards and beanies. They would take turns running to the back of the bar and huddling their hulking frames over a small, white space heater.
The lighting in Swan Dive is tough, and they favor these deep color washes that befuddle the autofocus on my camera. But what is a night of photography without challenges.
First up, was Tusk,Her — a guitar and drums duo that has a quiet to loud dynamic.
I used the night to work some more on my "Soul Stealing" project. I'll write a more flushed out post about this soon, but I'm using my camera to capture the souls from the interesting characters I encounter. I got two more out of the night.
Next up on the bill was Big Coat, a classic rock and roll type outfit with lots of beardy guys. They kicked ass.
Headliners Go Fever took the stage at Midnight and even delighted the crowd with an early career No Doubt cover. I really want to say it was "Sunday Morning," but by this time I had imbibed a few alcoholic beverages, and I'm not comfortable trusting my memory entirely.
Go Fever is so stinkin' good live. They were the first band I saw/shot in 2017 for a free week show at Empire, and, man, they've only gotten more dynamic.
My good friends in Pongo took the stage last to close out the evening. I have known Trevor and Pat, the two guitarists in the band, since I was probably 12. We were in Boy Scouts and our first band together. I played bass — very poorly.
They have recently undergone a rebranding and just released an EP. They're a great up-and-coming indie rock band that are playing a lot right now. Check out their stuff and when you can see them next HERE