My favourite band of 2013 supporting my fave band of 2012? Go on then.
Ok, perhaps to say Peace were my favourite band of 2012 is a bit strong, but they are certainly up there. Definitely top 3. This gig had all the hallmarks of a bittersweet experience for me – photographing bands I really really like, but in tough lighting conditions.
I got to the venue in plenty of time to catch Drenge’s set, which was as awesome as I’d expected it to be. Equally as expected was the terrible light – I’ve never shot a support act at The Met who hasn’t been lit with solid red or blue light – which meant I came away with minimal shots from their set.
Peace, on the otherhand, were very much a surprise. Having shot them in near darkness on the last two occasions (Manchester Club Academy and Leeds Festival), I was chuffed to see quite a decent, dramatic lighting set up. There were still moments when it was pretty tough, but for the most part it was pretty much a breeze. On top of that, Harrison has lost the main of hair that had obscured his face for most of their set at Leeds Festival, which made my life a little easier.
All in all, pleasantly surprised. And Peace’s album is still amazing. If you like 90s guitar music, buy it.