Larry Lewis carries his dark weight upon the canvas. Scattered throughout his paintings, you'll find historical symbols in relation to its imagery. A story is told both above and beneath the surface, one only need to look a little closer.
This Friday, I shot and covered Taking Back Sunday's show in Orange County, California for Laguna Beach’s KX 93.5.
Taking Back Sunday is back at it again, finishing up their third to last show of their Tidal Wave tour at the Santa Ana Observatory this past Friday, October 21. Tidal Wave, released on September 16, 2016, marks their seventh studio album, which peaked at number 36 on the Billboard 200. Though countless fans came to relive the nostalgia of iconic albums like, “Tell All Your Friends,” Taking Back Sunday has managed to stay relevant by producing a modern sound, all while remaining true to their alternative rock roots.
They started the night out by playing their new album “Tidal Wave” in its entirety. Seasoned fans were surprised to hear songs like, “You Can’t Look Back,” which could have been released alongside their first two studio albums. When the band walked off staged for intermission, the crowd looked for clues as to whether or not they would return to play any of the well-known throwbacks. Like a messenger sent from the almighty rock gods, they flew back on stage with their hit, “Cute without the E.” Although I was on assignment to shoot the band, the fan inside me stashed my camera behind the stage to join the mosh pit for a couple of songs. I immediately became part of the crowd that helped to lift a few brave souls among the sea of hands to crowd surf.
I swam my way out of the tide and managed to get back to my camera to shoot the rest of the show, drenched in what I am sure was salt water. I hope you enjoy the images I captured below as much as I enjoyed capturing them! Make sure to check out Tidal Wave on Spotify.
The Temper Trap, best known for their hit single “Sweet Disposition," rocked the Orange County observatory this past Monday, October 17 and I had the great opportunity to cover the event for Laguna Beach's sole radio station, KX 93.5. In contrast to the tiered levels of the disappearing Irvine amphitheater, where fans pay exorbitant prices to join bands up close in the pit, the observatory offers standing room general admission with a max capacity of around a thousand people. Fans had the chance to share this intimate setting both with the opening act, Coast Modern, and our Aussie headliners.
The Temper Trap kicked the night into gear with their new song, "Thick as Thieves," named after their recently released third studio album available for purchase on Spotify. Despite the song's lesser recognition, cheers and whistles erupted from the crowd. The room's energy burst into flames when “Love Lost,” a song from their debut album, rang through the near pitch black environment. Dougy Mandagi, the lead vocalist, had no reservations in switching between instruments and even borrowing a floor tom and ride from drummer Toby Dunas for a few crucial songs. Here are some images I was able to capture during their low light performance.
Francis Bauçan is an abstract artist from Montreal who blends various short strokes to create images hidden to the naked eye. Many viewers fail to recognize distinguishable figures in his imagery upon first glance. However, the more you view his work, the more that is revealed.