Cavalry is a band I love and a band that I’ve been shooting for a while. They took a bit of a break a few months back as they changed a few members and wrote some new songs (which are on their Myspace), but they’re back! I missed their first few sets after their return, but I’m so glad I finally got a chance to catch up with them again.
This show was a bit different from the shows before their break since they’re down to a four-piece (lead Collin Patrick is vocalist/bassist now), but they still have the same vibe and sound, which is what I love about them. They’re the kind of band that will always give their best performance, regardless of where, when, or what type of audience. In fact, this set didn’t start until 1 a.m. and they still were rocking out, despite the late hour.
For those that don’t know, Durty Nellie’s is a bar in the suburbs of Chicago. It’s actually a bar with a real stage and real stage lighting. The stage is a bit higher up than many venues in the area (I would say that it’s around five feet), and it’s a venue that uses front and back lighting – an unusual thing for smaller venues around here. Unfortunately, there were crazy color washes for this set. I’ve shot at Durty Nellie’s before, but not for a while, and didn’t remember the light being so… wash-y. Maybe it was just the night. (For a look at just how bad the wash was, check out this post). I spent much of my brain power combating the changing light and trying to be spot on with my exposure (I find that trying to recover detail and proper later on works best when properly exposed)… luckily, Cavalry is such a great band to shoot that I didn’t have to work hard to make the shots interesting.
The other thing I had to work around? The Bud Light banner in the background… advertisements like that drive me nuts because they’re so distracting. I did the best I could to compose in such a way that it was cut out or mostly cut out in a lot of the shots.
A good? The lights were at such a level that I got some great flare and light patterns… which was also a negative, because it made it hard to focus at times…but I’ll take the challenge.