Nearly two years ago The Coathangers came to Total Drag and played an incredibly rad show that still gives me chills when I think about it. Last tuesday those badass babes came back to hang with us and fill Total Drag with super good femme power and punk music.
It hadn't felt like it had been two years since they last played again, but when I looked at the photos I took the last time they were here I knew it must have been, because those photos were... super mediocre. It felt good to be able to shoot them again with how much I've improved my craft, and I hope you enjoy these photos I captured of these rad cats!
The Coathangers brought along their friends The Residuels with some seriously solid rock and roll. Here are the photographs I captured of them during their set!
One of my favorite local bands has recently risen from the dead and their sound is stronger than ever with their return. With several newer songs that felt emotionally raw paired with a hypnotic stage presence, they set the perfect tone for the night.
Thanks for looking at my art.
Keep Sioux Falls Rad.
This is still one of my favorite shows I've experienced so far in 2017. I've been insanely busy lately with other projects so my show photography has had to take a backseat for a bit, but the photos almost always make it up eventually! So here's all the photos of Shana Falana from their show about a month ago. Definitely try to catch them live if you're able, it was spiritual. Woof.
Here's some photos from a rad show at TOTAL DRAG the other week
Up first was local babez, Bodega Sushi
The Coax came from Minneapolis as they kicked off a 60 day tour in support of their new album called "Total Drag".. And yeah. It's inspired by our rad lil' all ages venue here in Sioux Falls.
And Narco States, another killer Minneapolis band, finished off the night with some rad, fuzzy psych rock.
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This past weekend was crazy with the weather being in the 60's, (which is super weird for South Dakota this time of year) and to top it off my 50mm lens I normally shoot with died on me friday night. Unfortunately that means I wasn't able to get any shots of Trunkweed at Total Drag on friday, but they put on an incredibly rad show and you should definitely check them out if you're able. I bought a brand new 50mm lens saturday morning, though, and WOOF it is beautiful.
I was only able to make it to Total Drag right as Red Leaves was ending, but Spleen Diva and them are local so there will be more shows to capture of them. Lavender Daughter traveled from Minneapolis to play here, and it was their first time, so I'm glad I was able to capture all of their set.
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It was stupid cold outside last thursday, but that didn't stop Total Drag from filling up quick with all sorts of people drawn by the allure of an incredible folky, singer-songwriter kind of night. David Dondero is an incredibly talented and magical human and I'm so glad he came back to SIoux Falls to play some music for us. Seriously go check out his music!
Before David Dondero took the stage, we had a few local acts playing some beautiful music to tug on your heart strings, like Meriwether Raindelay. I would be lying if I said I've never cried during one of Troy's sets.
And opening the night was our friend Micah Kittelson with some lovely songs. This was the first time I've seen him perform with someone else and though he sounds great by himself, the percussion element added another level to his songs that felt more full and balanced. Great as always.
Keep Sioux Falls Rad and remember to always support your local art/music/whatever scene!
Another killer show to kick off the new year, this time featuring some of Sioux Falls' finest locals coming together to play a bunch of bangers. This show was at Total Drag (duh) my favorite lil venue ever, and it felt so good to be pressed in close enjoying these killer sets with so many other pals who are all an integral part of our local scene.
Russ Stedman started the night off with his experimental, indie rock sound.
Then Low Riding Moths played us some enchanting, weird, and magical songs.
And Androgynous Squash came in loud, fast and intense with a bunch of incredibly rad and catchy new songs that I can't wait to hear again.
Our local scene in 2017, raw, loud, and kinda weird.
Keep Sioux Falls Rad.
"Idle Worship and Ill Will Towards Man" the first EP released by locals GREEN ALTAR
Some of my photography has been used again for a killer local band's album cover, and it looks pretty awesome. If you haven't listened to Green Altar before, do your earholes a favor and check 'em out. Sludgy, heavy, melty stoner metal at its finest, locally grown in Sioux Falls, SD. The photo used for the album cover is from my "Cycles of Decay" series focusing on the documentation of the bodies of animals I found and how they went back into the earth once more..
The EP release show was on Nov. 26th, 2016 and some of Green Altar's pals came to help celebrate, like the gnarly dudes in Super Moon out of Omaha, NE who started the night off.
The heaviness continued with Naive Sense from Minneapolis, MN. and it was the fuzzy, in your face, angry punk music that I think we lack so much in Sioux Falls. They killed it.
And last, but of course, not least, GREEN ALTAR played an incredible, electric show that sent shivers down my spine. The good kind. It was heavy and intense and created an energy in the room that made you want to bow down before the altar....
Support your local music and art scene! Stay rad!
The other day I had the pleasure of taking some photographs of a local band by the name of Lemmons. Here's just a lil peek at what I've created so far..
Recently I was commissioned to do some art for our local pals Angie Hosh, whose new album "Solutions" is being released on Total Drag Records May 13th at Total Drag. Above is the main album art, which was created almost entirely in the dark room using a variety of different processes. I won't go into detail with how this final image came about in this post because I just don't have the time to go into the detail that would be necessary. Just assumed there's weird chemicals and witchcraft probably involved. However, I'll say that I did use the Mordancage process on this photo, as I've used on photos like in my Cycles of Decay series in the past, and it worked incredibly well with this photo.
Below is the portrait shots I took of each member of the band at the time. However, though these were shot on film and I made prints in the darkroom, I didn't do anything else to the physical prints themselves (except add a little sharpie). I've become very interested in glitch art this last year and got myself a scanner and decided to try a technique on these portraits by moving the prints around while they were being scanned. The result was very interesting.. and magical.
Very excited to have worked with some local musicians to create some art that described them, their sound, and the whole feel of this new album.
Come to Total Drag May 13th for the release of Angie Hosh's new tape as well as Meriweather Raindelay's new tape release!
February ended and with it came the much anticipated Twin Peaks double show at Total Drag. If you weren't there or have never heard of the band Twin Peaks, definitely check out their music. These Chicago dudes played at Total Drag last year and it was such an awesome show that this year they agreed to play two shows in one night, and it was one of my favorite shows so far this year.
This time they brought their Chicago pals Uh Bones along with them and each band played twice that night. I hung back and enjoyed the energy and sounds while browsing records for the early show which was packed and had been sold out for a while before the actual date of the show.
Though I did jump up front for a few songs to snag a few photos of our local lo-fi gang Th' Rattletrap:
The late show started with some of our other rad locals, Tenenbaums, and they opened the show with lots of energy and had everyone hyped for the rest of the bands.
The late sets of Uh Bones and especially Twin Peaks, had a goofy, crazy, and just a general loose feeling that all added up to an incredible show that felt unique to the space and the people involved at that moment. There was one point where a couple of the guys from Uh Bones came over near me in the crowd and got everybody to start dancing, and later when Twin Peaks finished their set a few mic stands and random junk from the stage was thrown all over and the crowd and the band all sort of merged together and everyone had cheesy grins plastered across their faces.
It was pretty rad.
Click on any of the above images to go to my blog where you can see all the photos from this show and others! And go support your local scene!