Front Row Pics: Heavy Montreal Day 2
Early on, when the schedule had been finalized and sent around to media who’d be onsite, the line-up for Day 2 of Heavy Montreal struck us as a very interesting mix in terms of the variety of styles, longevity in the business, our level of familiarity with the bands ~ either firsthand or, just like any other music fan ~ from their albums, consistency of career, stages to which they’d been assigned from amongst the four available, and popularity in the US vs in many other countries worldwide.
And we were indeed correct in thinking that it would be a day full of expanding our musical horizons (I’d never experienced BARF or The Swingin’ Utters before, and f*ck am I glad I finally got a chance to!), feeling that nostalgia combined with excitement at witnessing icons who were considered pioneers for music they’d unleashed on the world (and for their onstage and offstage shenanigans) decades ago, seeing bands we’ve had the pleasure of featuring in FlashWounds many times take the stage and give us a nod of recognition, and discovering bands (several quite literally in the woods, as Scène de la Forêt is smack dab in an area of the park full of enormous trees~ you think it’s hard to see the theater screen with a tall guy sitting in front of you who’s willing to lean a little to one side? Try shooting a band from a good distance ~ no photo pit in the forest ~ when there’s a 100 year old oak every two feet ~ never mind a crowd of fans ~ and always in your line of vision!) of whom we’d never heard before the HM press releases began coming out.
So here you go, some photos of the very eclectic collection of bands we got to shoot on a day of the festival we’re still talking about more than a week later ~ especially about a very…different… Faith No More who were Day 2’s headliners.
Enjoy…and we’ll have Day 3 and Day 0, as we’re calling it ~ the BTBAM/Animals As Leaders/The Contortionist show that was part of Grimposium, the extended period of “foreplay” events prior to the main festival) ~ coming soon, along with slideshows, a couple of our signature bordering-on-improper photorial pieces, and a few surprises as well…
Faith No More
Dig It Up
Rocket From The Crypt