Had an awesome day on Saturday. First, I shot up to Portsmouth to be the second photographer for a wedding. I didn’t recognize the name of the guy who hired me. I just saw an opportunity on Facebook and took it. Then, while we’re shooting portraits of the bridal party, it suddenly dawned on me that I went to Mass Art with the lead photographer. I remembered his night pictures and crazily lit portraits that he made. I remembered he was from Marshfield, and I remembered his review board! It was Erik Waddell! I hadn’t seen him in 20 years!
Then, during some downtime I looked at Facebook and realized my friends were playing a metal show 25 minutes away! So when Erik cut me loose, I boogied on down to the Dover Brick House and watched Swarm of Eyes and Death Ray Vision (now with Jeff Gard on vocals and this dude Chris on second guitar).
Mike was like, “Why are you dressed up? You look like you’re trying out to be the dancer of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.” (Don’t worry Ben, I’ll never try to steal your gig.) So, Mike bought me a beer and we chatted and I saw Pete and he laughed that I wore a suit and bow tie to a rock show.
Then, Swarm of Eyes played and in the middle of their set, Randy called me up to sing “Skulls” originally by the Misfits. While Randy growled, I did my best Danzig impression and rearranged the last chorus in an almost “singing in the round” kind of way. When the song ended the guitar player (sorry dude I don’t know your name) grabbed me and said, “We’re doing it that way from now on.” Meanwhile people were going, “the dude in the suit and bow tie just killed it? Huh?”
Death Ray Vision played and it was cool to hear Jeff sing the old songs and cool to hear the new stuff.
Their record drops on November 23, and I’m stoked to hear it.
So, a rad day. Thanks to Erik for the photo gig and thanks to Swarm of Eyes, and the Death Ray Vision for the metal gig.#bowtiesarethenewblack