The Lost Year and a Little Rebirth

August 14, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

The latter half of 2018 and so far, 2019 has been a bit of an unusual year for me musically. I lost motivation to get out and see our locals in action for reasons that I am sure do not qualify as valid. Too much going on at work and at home would be a couple, and while they will certainly sap your strength, love for something should overcome. Mind you, I still am out at shows, just very picky nowadays. I do still pay attention, listen to everything I can and miss everyone terribly. 

A funny thing though about that, especially since I am a visual artist, I got tired of the fight. Two battles ensue every time one of us photo types hit up a show. The first is jockeying for position. Without an actual pit, real estate is fair game and to secure a spot normally entails arriving with the doors and staying put throughout the night. Where's my beer! The self conscious person in me says I should not be taking up that real estate for people who want to have a good time and see the show. Am I getting in their way? The selfish in me says I have a job to do and need that space to do it. Of course when there is room I find myself moving forward then moving back to stay clear of sight lines.  The second and most important is light.

I went through a string of shows where the light was horrible for capturing the performers and after that I said screw it, time for a break. I cannot spread the word if I cannot capture them. These were venues where good light is available, but to be awash in red and otherwise dark, well can't do it.  To me the best visual experience is when the light is steady up front, and mixed on the sides and in the back. A few sound/light people I interact with get that. I am an aficionado of light and if it ain't good it ain't worth my time. This is why I am very picky about where I shoot. 

So with that sob story now out there for everyone, what prompted this was the rebirth and remake of song from a different period, actually not too long ago. 2014 to be exact.  4.5 years ago.  While we may think of that time period as minimal, when your baby grows, it makes major gains in the beginning of their life. From crawling to baby steps, on to walking, running, carving out a territory, taking a trip to see the country and making titillating advancements, before taking on the world.  

Bang, Bang, Bang was a huge song Deal Casino put out back then off the HECK EP. An absolute incredible piece of work that told New Jersey - we are here and we are not going to be stopped.  As growth occurs, things change and Bang, Bang, Bang was put into suspended hibernation. Well, it is BACK! 

Revamped, retooled, and updated to reflect the current sound, all while retaining the base feel that made the song so popular when it was first released.   

Good shit man. I have always wanted the guys to bring back LA. I know of at least one other person who feels the same way! If you know which song I am referring to pepper the socials! See ya around. 

Phil


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