Live music galleries: Ride [2015]

(I got the idea for this series while sifting through the ‘piles’ of digital photos on my laptop. It occurred to me to share some of these great pics from some of my favourite concert sets from time to time. Like my ‘Vinyl love’ series, these posts will be more photos than words but that doesn’t mean I won’t welcome your thoughts and comments. And of course, until I get around to the next one, I invite you to peruse my ever-growing list of concerts of page.)

Ride performing in Toronto, 2015

Artist: Ride
When: June 2nd, 2015
Where: Danforth Music Hall, Toronto
Context: As soon as I heard that Ride were reforming, I notified my friend Tim that if their tour brought them to Toronto to get me ticket, no matter what day it was, I would figure out the logistics later. As it turned out, their show was mid-week so I flew in and out in a twenty-four hour period, crashing after the show at my friend’s place. I remember the excitement beforehand amongst our friends because this was one band that none of us had gotten a chance to see during their original run in the early nineties. And the shoegaze legends did not disappoint, performing pretty much everything we would’ve wished to hear, starting with the song below, roaring through classics like “Taste”, “Vapour trail”, and “Chelsea girl”, and finishing with an Iggy Pop cover: “I wanna be your dog”. Awesome.
Point of reference song:
Leave them all behind

Mark Gardener of Ride
Laurence ‘Loz’ Colbert of Ride
Andy Bell of Ride
Mark and Andy rocking out.
Steve Queralt of Ride
Andy Bell of Ride
Mark Gardener of Ride

Live music galleries: Of Monsters and Men [2012]

(I got the idea for this new series while sifting through the ‘piles’ of digital photos on my laptop*. It occurred to me to share some of these great pics from some of my favourite concert sets from time to time. Like my ‘Vinyl love’ series, these posts will be more photos than words but that doesn’t mean I won’t welcome your thoughts and comments. And of course, until I get around to the next week, I invite you to peruse my ever-growing list of concerts of page.)

Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir of Of Monsters and Men

Artist: Of Monsters and Men
When: August 3rd, 2012
Where: Green stage, Osheaga Music and Arts Festival, Montreal
Context: When festival organizers scheduled Of Monsters and Men for the relatively small Green stage in the middle of the afternoon, they hadn’t really broken yet. By the time the festival rolled around, though, “Little talks” was pretty huge and the Icelandic indie folk collective drew a massive crowd, probably bigger than should have fit in that space. I had already been at that stage for a couple of sets and so had a pretty prime spot right near the front. The band was still pretty green and they were still finding their stage feet but the energy from the both the crowd and band was just awesome.
Point of reference song:
“Little talks”

Of Monsters and Men at Osheaga 2012
The other half of the stage for Of Monsters and Men, Osheaga 2012
Ragnar Þórhallsson of Of Monsters and Men
Brynjar Leifsson of Of Monsters and Men
Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson of Of Monsters and Men
Ragnhildur Gunnarsdóttir and Árni Guðjónsson of Of Monsters and Men
Kristján Páll Kristjánsson of Of Monsters and Men
Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar Þórhallsson of Of Monsters and Men

*I started taking tons of photos at concerts in the days of my old blog, Music Insanity. I actually took down that blog in part because I was spending far too much time at shows taking pictures and jotting down notes for reviews and I wasn’t enjoying the music experience enough. Nowadays, I try to take to some good shots during the first few minutes and for the most part, put my camera and phone away for the rest of the set.