Melodic and moody, I’ve heard a lot about Empires around the local music scene, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen them perform. It was great to finally put a performance to the name. It was also a great end to a fantastic celebration of the JBTV Emmy win.
Their EP can be streamed on their website and is definitely worth a listen.
As I mentioned in the post discussing JBTV’s Emmy celebration, Angels and Kings is dark. Super dark. There is a spotlight center stage, which is helpful for capturing the singer and drummer, but not helpful in trying to take pictures of the rest of the band (up front apologies for the lack of photos of any bassist/guitarist/keyboardist in any band that I ever shoot at A&K).
Also, Angels & Kings has a TINY stage (which is forgivable because they are a bar, not a music venue), and the stage is raised about three feet off the floor. Since the bar itself is small, and always packed, to shoot, you have to be pressed against the front of the stage… which either gives you crotch shots, or up the nose shots. With a little creativity, it’s still possible to get some greats shots, but it is limiting.
Despite those limitations, Empires was a great band to take photos of. While not fast moving, they weren’t stagnant, and made some epic poses….even in just the first two songs (which is all I shot) Also worth mentioning is drummer Ryan Luciani, who was a blast to shoot; one of the more animated drummers I’ve seen in a while.
I used the Canon 24mm f/1.4 and Canon 50mm f/1.4 for the majority of these shots.