After finally being able to see Slowdive in concert, I started thinking about all the bands I have shot over time and how fortunate I was to go to many shows and drag my camera in tow.
One of the most memorable shows I photographed was Warpaint. At the time, I belive they only had a demo out, and a myspace page with a couple of songs on it. I saw they were going to tour a few shows and had my music editor reach out to set up a photo pass in Ohio.
My friend and I drunker than shit stumbled into the show and lined up in the front with cameras prepared. We had come up with an idea to film the event, and splice the footage to make a music video. (Which we quickly forgot about.) (Pro tip: Taking photos when you can only see out of one eye doesn’t help)
After the band had finished played a few songs, I headed back to the bar, when I noticed Theresa Wayman heading in my direction, I walked over and asked if I could buy her a beer. (I forgot bands get free drinks) She kindly smiled and shook my hand and walked off…destroyed I got my liquid courage back and walked over to the merch table to buy a CD and shirt.
While walking around the bar, I had somehow lost both items. I quickly returned to the merch table, only to find Emily Kokal manning the booth. I stood there chit-chatting with her for a while, laughing and trying to hold my slur’s back. I ended the conversation and bought another CD. About 20 mins later I realized I had lost another CD (Fallen out of my sweater) I hurried back to the merch table, where the crew was packed up.
The guy at the table was like wow, you lost both? I bought another and he felt bad and said wait here. He returned with the CD signed by the whole group. I was pretty happy and thought how I would protect this CD for sure.
We called a cab and ended up getting into a fight with the cabbie. I am sure he thought we were drunk and wouldn’t notice the high price, and his machine working fine. He ended up kicking us out of the cab after we refused to pay him in cash and he drove off. I started touching my sweater to see if I had the CD and it was gone. (Probably in the cab)
I was so pissed but nothing I could do…
But back to the topic, It’s nice to think back over some great times, watching incredible bands and seeing then grow into huge performers. Each time Warpaint comes out with a new record, or I see an article about them I always think back to the first show in Ohio. The next time my friend and I drove off to see Warpaint in Chicago. Which would, unfortunately, be the last show I would see with him, marking that a show, and Warpaint a true real memorable time. I can’t wait to see them play again.