Cage The Elephant and Cold War Kids at Pops – December 20th, 2014

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Last Saturday I photographed my last show of 2014 and man I was stoked!  Cold War Kids are my favorite band at this point in time and Cage the Elephant will always have a place in my heart as my watermark is the silhouette of Matt Shultz, the bands vocalist.  Below are few things I experienced that evening.

  • Cold War Kids – They came to the stage swinging for the fences.  I had actually never seen them this intense and the set was very assertive, which included “All This Could Be Yours”, “First”, “Hospital Beds”, “Hang Me Out To Dry”, and “Miracle Mile”.  Basically all their radio singles and more rock influenced tunes.
  • The Crowd – Pop’s was packed, and very much sold out.  For Cold War Kids the crowd was participating with raised arms and sang along to their lyrics.  By the time Cage the Elephant took stage the crowd was then screaming their lyrics, note for note and were jumping back and forth in a rythmic motion in unison with every note Cage was jamming away on.  This band has really grown to have a following and deserve the success!
  • Lighting – Normally I don’t mention this and I just deal, but the lighting for Cold War Kids was so bad that it puzzled me.  At camera settings of ISO 6400, SPEED 1/80, and APERTURE f/2.8 there is not one usable image of vocalist Nathan Willet whom stayed at the front of the stage the entire performance.  This is where the lighting was the worst.  I could salvage some images of other band members (drummer Joe Plummer, bassist Matt Maust, and guitarist Dann Galluccith) as they kept more towards the back of the stage where the lighting was a little better.  This puzzled me because even from a crowd perspective it was hard to see the band through much of their set.
  • Matt Shultz – If you ever see Cage The Elephant live one thing is for sure, Matt will give you one hell of a performance every time.  The guy is a tremendous frontman with emotion, intensity, and a great appreciation for being able to have an audience to play for.  This type of sincerity in a live performance doesn’t happen with all bands and when you are lucky to witness a band that has this it makes you realize what writing music should always be about.
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