Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Dropkick Murphys in Seattle

One word can summarize the Dropkick Murphys and their fans: Rowdy!

The Dropkick Murphys took the stage at one of my favorite venues in Seattle the Paramount Theater. Some of you may not recognize them by name but the moment you hear one note from "I'm shipping up to Boston" you'll immediately go back to the last time you watched the movie The Departed.

I was taken back to my punk rock days at this show. The first three songs I was enabled to photograph came and went really fast so I made my way to the balcony to watch more of the show. From up there, I could see the pace was fast and the pit was fierce! It looked pretty aggressive so I wisely chose to get into it as thick as I could. There I was reminded that while intense mosh pits can be aggressive and perceived as violent there is also a sense of brotherhood. I made my way to the outer rim of the pit with my gear and almost immediately a guy was shoved to the ground at my feet. Before I could react, 3 guys were on him, scooped him up, shoved him back into the action and went about their merry way.

As for the band...they were fast, they were loud, they were intense and for lack of a better word...they were awesome. I was told they'd take the stage at 9:30 and almost to the second the curtain dropped and from moment #1 it was on!

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Naked and Famous End Session

New Zealand rock band Naked and Famous played and End Session in Seattle for 107.7 the End. There were less than 20 radio contest winners in the crowd. At one point the band literally asked the audience if they like it because they couldn't tell. It was a bit awkward but really a cool opportunity to see a very popular band in such an intimate setting. Here are a few pics from the show.