I’ve seen a lot of bands in my day, and that sounds ridiculous because I’m only 23 years old, but I have. If I tried to sit down and come up with all the artists I had photographed – let alone seen play – it would take me a lot of time and brainpower to do so.
So any time I get to see a band that I don’t know anything about – it’s a bit of a feat. That’s what it was like when I saw the Ocean Blue a couple weeks ago. Seriously, between bands I Googled the Ocean Blue to see if I did actually know who they were. And I call myself an indie music fan. Slap on the wrist for me.
I had missed the first band by the time I got there, but the second band I also knew nothing about – Math and Physics Club. Now I don’t know if it’s just me, but I was slightly underwhelmed. Not to say that Math and Physics Club was bad, but they seemed out of practice, and lacked a bit of stage presence. Like I said before, I see a lot of bands so I have a “learned palette” if you well.
The Ocean Blue, on the other hand – it seemed like old hat. And it kind of was, actually. The older crowd absolutely loved their set, and I – even knowing nothing of the band – enjoyed it as well.
As I was leaving the Tractor that night, I was a bit embarrassed that I hadn’t heard of this band that had been around since I was in utero, but it was pretty cool to know that I’d seen a band that had been around for that long. I have yet to photograph any other bands that have been playing music longer than I have been on this earth, so this was a good start.