Prior to last Thursday night (April 17, 2014), I had never seen The Hold Steady or Deer Tick live. Hell, I had only ever heard a couple of their songs. But, I had the chance to photograph their show at the House of Blues Boston, so I took the opportunity and ran with it.
This was the first time I've photographed headlining bands (this was basically if not officially a co-headlining show) without knowing a decent amount of their work. This time, I knew that Deer Tick was local, and has quite the following around these parts; I knew that, according to their Facebook page, The Hold Steady is "straight up Rock&Roll." Nothing else. It was nerve
Providence natives Deer Tick opened the night. If I'm being completely honest, I wasn't impressed... at least not until the final three songs of their set. They killed it. The audience loved it, they were having a blast, and the songs themselves were the best of the set. They ended up being exactly what I expected; a solid, crowd-pleasing act.
Then it was time for The Hold Steady. Wow.
To be completely honest, I wasn't all too crazy about the songs that I had listened to prior to this show. The sound was good, but the vocals didn't quite click with me. Live, however, it all clicked. The energy, the attitude; it was all contagious and played brilliantly in the club environment. They killed it up there; a perfect punk'n'roll hybrid that was a complete blast watch/shoot.
Check out the slideshow for selected photos from the show. For more from the show in the coming days, follow my Tumblr over at Through Digital Eyes.