What better way to spend a December Sunday morning than out shooting one of your favourite bands?
I've been keen to work with Menace Beach for quite some time. I've had the pleasure of shooting them on stage on numerous occasions (most recently opening for The Cribs at Millennium Square last summer), so when the guys over at Dork and Upset commissioned me to shoot some portraits with Ryan and Liza, and I was mega happy.
In my opinion, Menace Beach have been one of the best bands to come out of Leeds in recent years. Their brand of garage-grunge-pop is brilliantly addictive and considered - akin to the likes of Eels, Grandaddy, Weezer, Pixies, and so on. They really are a great band.
We started the shoot indoors, utilising a white wall in Liza's studio and a couple of lights to get a clean photostudio look, before mixing things up a bit by introducing some coloured gels. Then we headed outside to grab some quick natural portraits, before giving into the cold and calling it a day.
Being a fan of the band, it was good to chat with them about the experience of the Millennium Square show, and their unique live lineup. I've always been aware of the sense of community amongst Leeds' DIY music scene, but I think Menace Beach live show is probably the best current example: Rob from Pulled Apart By Horses, Ben from Bruising, MJ from Hookworms, Nestor from Sky Larkin and Nick from Seize The Chair are just some of the folk to have taken the stage alongside Liza and Ryan at some point.
Check out the feature on Menace Beach in the February editions of Dork Magazine and Upset Magazine online. Menace Beach's second album, 'Lemon Memory' was released on 20 Jan. Head over to their Facebook for more info on the guys, and where you can pick up the album.