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Riot Fest And The Murder City Devils

I was so STOKED to land a nail-bitingly-last-minute press pass for Riot Fest at Congress Theater. Truth be told, while there are some cool bands on the roster, I wasn’t too interested in shooting any of them aside from headliners Murder City Devils.

I remember catching them on their farewell tour in 2001, and after an ear-bleeding show, me and a couple friends vied to get a video interview with them as part of an art project. They agreed, and allowed us onto their tour van to sit and chat with singer Spencer Moody, and bassist Derek Fudesco.

My friends encouraged me to conduct the on-camera interview, and it was one of the nerdiest coolest thing I’d ever done to that point in life. That video I believe is since lost, but that night was the distinctive moment I knew I wanted to put to use all I had learned in my high school photo classes and pursue music journalism. I subsequently carried my Minolta film camera to all sorts of dive and basement shows, getting a little better each time.

And so, after all these years, I can get right up front and take photos I can be proud of:

Murder City Devils Concert at Congress Theater (Justin Gill)

Murder City Devils Concert at Congress Theater (Justin Gill)

Murder City Devils Concert at Congress Theater (Justin Gill)

Murder City Devils Concert at Congress Theater (Justin Gill)

Murder City Devils Concert at Congress Theater (Justin Gill)

Murder City Devils Concert at Congress Theater (Justin Gill)

Murder City Devils Concert at Congress Theater (Justin Gill)