This was another one of those shows where I was a fan first, and a photographer second. Agalloch's latest release, Marrow Of The Spirit, has been in my rotation pretty much non stop for the past month, and I was really looking forward to finally getting a chance to see them live.
To say that Agalloch more than lived up to the (well deserved) hype that has been surrounding them for the last few months or so would be a huge understatement, and they put on what was without a doubt one of the most intense sets of live music I have witnessed all year. Living in San Francisco I've known and seen first hand what a phenomenal drummer Aesop Dekker is, but I guess I really never grasped just how talented Jason Walton, Don Anderson, and John Haughm are as well. Together the four of them churned out a unique sound that is really unlike any other band out there today.
Of course the photographer in me knew that there was no way I was not going to at least try and document the show, so I arranged for a photo pass and hoped for the best. By the time they hit the stage I had managed to secure a spot stage right, so I whipped out the camera, twisted on a 28mm, cranked the ISO up to 4k, and did what I could. From a photographers stand point these photos are terrible, but after some heavy handed editing I think they pretty much capture the cold and distant sound that was in my brain while I was looking through the lens. At least I hope they do.