Snowsera asked me to take a few pictures at their holiday show a few weeks ago. I have worked with Snowsera before for promos a while back, and was able to grab just a few shots when they played the Metro recently, but this was the first time I was able to really watch a full show of theirs.
They opened the show with 24, which is my favorite song off of their recent EP, Fictions. It has a dancy beat to it, which the audience definitely responded to. In fact, the whole set was lively and upbeat. Singer Bill Arteaga was constantly moving around the stage (and playing a little keyboard here and there), and drummer Jeff Wagner breaking drum sticks all over the place. Guitarist Ian Erard and bassist Nate Christenson, despite both being on the edges of the small stage, also rocked it out.
The highlight of the set for me? I absolutely love their cover of “Billie Jean.” It’s hard to cover a popular and well-known 80s classic, but they really pull it off. It’s worth the cover charge just to hear them perform that song. Seriously.
For those curious, the setlist was as follows:
Sun Meets Sea
Come To Me
And, as a bonus – Snowsera offers their music for free. Just go to their blog and follow the directions to download both Fictions, as well as their EP from 2007.
Schubas is a small venue, so the lighting wasn’t anything special, but it wasn’t horrible. If anything, my major obstacle was the small stage. I have been gravitating toward wide shots lately, but since the stage was so small, if I went wide, I got the entire band in the shot – which is great for one or two pictures, but not for the whole set. It seemed that tighter shots worked best for me for this show.
I shot exclusively with the 5D Mk II so I could take advantage of its high ISO capabilities – I stayed around 5000-6400ISO. Since I was able to shoot the whole set, I mixed it up with a selection of lenses – the 16-35mm, the 24-70mm, and the 70-200mm all got some use. However, after going through the shots, I think my favorite shots came from the 70-200mm.
All the members of Snowsera were great photographic subjects. They all moved around the stage, and were passionate players. I tended to gravitate toward Arteaga because he was in the best light, but I would love to shoot them again in a venue where the lighting is a little more even.