May 24, 2011
Liverpool post-punk band Echo & the Bunnymen have been cranking out songs and tours years before I was even born. It was nice to catch them at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles, for a rather intimate set full of songs from several different albums, and an extended encore. Vocalist Ian McCulloch is going on strong, despite the fact that he seemed to be chain smoking nearly the entire set.
There was no end of the world as some religious fanatics predicted for May 21st 2011, but there was certainly a Killing Moon.
The lighting for this show was somewhat difficult, in keeping with Echo’s moody and isolationist vibe, giving a very shadow cast allure. Most of the stage was black and dark, with back rim lighting coming from behind the musicians, especially on singer Ian McCulloch. He was arguably the most silhouetted figure on the stage, making grabbing good shots of him a challenge. Nevertheless, there were occasional bursts of bright light during some of the set, and so exercising patience and good timing, I managed to get decent shots of everyone on the stage.