Did you see this photo I took of Light Years in the December 2014 issue of Alternative Press # 317? I've been happy to work with these guys many times over the years on a number of different projects like tee shirts, album artwork, and photos. I'm a lucky guy to be able to do work with so many talented bands. Be sure to pick up this issue while its still on the newsstands!
I recently had the chance to film my friends in Reverse The Curse as they performed a Live From Bad Racket session. Bad Racket is a recording studio in Cleveland and have worked on a bunch of great records by a number of bands. The Live From Bad Racket sessions have been a source of entertainment and inspiration for me since I began watching them with Signals Midwest almost four years ago. When I was asked to collaborate on helping to revive the sessions at the new studio space, I was happy to oblige. This, truthfully, is the first video I've ever truly spent time on. It's quite apparent that as a film-maker, I have a long way to go, however, I'm very happy with the progress that I made just because I wanted to learn something and try to do it. I look forward to learning more and producing better and better work as I go. Take a look at the video and enjoy the song. If you like the song, please consider picking up the record "Existent" from my friends over at Escapist-Records.com.
My friends at Bravo Artist booked the second year of Snowed In at The Grog Shop this past Friday. They brought the buds in Modern Baseball along with Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, Foxing, Somos, Knuckle Puck, Crying, Runaway Brother, Bygone Days, and more. After taking some time off from attending shows, it was great to be back and hanging out with some of my favorite people. I decided not to take photos of the show, but instead to make a recap video. I've been spending a bunch of time trying to learn more about video and so this was an exercise in the medium. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out! I can't wait to share the other video projects I have been working on. Check out the video below!
I'm a little late on posting these photos from August 13th when United Nations, Frameworks, and CityCop played together at the Beachland Tavern. I shot these photos on a disposable camera as an homage to the first time I saw Geoff Rickley perform with Thursday and took photos with a disposable camera; which was the first time I ever took photos of a show. I was 15 then. A lot has changed, but theres something magical about using a disposable camera to capture indisposable moments and memories.
Take a look at the photos here.
I was excited to see Xerxes because I had listened to the new record, Collision Blonde, a few times prior to the show and couldn't wait to hear the new songs live. They did not disappoint! The set was great. I bought the record and I've been flipping it repeatedly. I'd say it's a top ten contender for record of the year. Anyways, the show was a lot of fun. It was fun seeing Crookshanks again! I was happy to finally see Cleveland mega band Wasted Jaw who has members of Harvey Pekar and Two Hand Fools, among others. Peacekeeper, from Akron, have some solid jams so I was happy to finally see them as well. Hit the "Read More" button to check out the photos.
I was excited for this show. Lee Corey Oswald, who I had heard of but never listened to, were pretty great. I enjoyed their set. During their set I noticed an old friend, a roommate, was in town all the way from his Army base in Tennessee. That was the first time in some time that the four of us from that era of Kling Thing had been together in a while. We hung out, caught up, and drank a couple staple PBR tallboys. It was great. I hadn't seen the Signals Midwest guys since their return from Europe so I was especially excited to see them play. Their set was super tight–like a band who had been touring extensively. It was great to see Beach Slang do their thing again. It had been a little over a month since I was able to watch them every night on tour. Their set was a lot of fun, as usual. I missed a lot of Cheap Girls' set because I was talking to a friend, but when we went in for the last few songs of their set, they sounded good while I snapped a few photos. Check out the photos from the show after the break!
When Modern Baseball first played the basement of a house in Akron, Ohio that I lived in, I never would have imagined that in just a short amount of time that they would be going on a co-headlining tour with one of my long-time favorite bands, I Am The Avalanche. Even better, Beach Slang was on the tour too—Their first four songs had been on repeat in my car for weeks! When that day came and I was invited along to document the ride, I was absolutely stoked. It had been two years since my last tour and every bone in my body itched to travel and see the world outside of Cleveland, Ohio. I expedited my passport card, bought a plane ticket to Syracuse, and packed my bags.
Many many thanks to Modern Baseball, I Am The Avalanche, Beach Slang, Jess Flynn, Eric Osmand, Overholt, and everybody involved in making the trip a great one!
You may be wondering what Killing A Camera is. After all, this is still basically my personal portfolio. Over time, however, I seek to make it more than that. For the longest time people would ask me, "Andrew, where can I find these photos online?" and I would reply "Oh, you can find them on my website... www.andeewells.com. That's AndeeWells with two E's... W-W-W-DOT-A-N-D-E-E-W-E-L-L-S-DOT-C-O-M. The two E's aren't in the Wells part. Replace the Y with two E's. Did you get it? Would you like for me to say it again? You don't understand? Aren't you listening???" So I decided to drop my high-school nickname in place of something better...
My good friends in Light Years recently released their new record, "Temporary", through Animal Style Records. During their tour with Turnover and Malfunction, they stopped by their hometown here in Cleveland to release their record to the local crowd. Before the show I shot a few photos of Light Years for an upcoming publishing which I will share later. I'm really stiked on how the photos turned out! Opening up the show were the good buds in Dead Leaves, The Greater Gatsby, and I Love You, I Know. The show was tons of fun and the new Light Years EP is great. I highly suggest checking it out. You can see photos from the show after the break!
I made the crappy west to east trek out to the Grog Shop in order to see my pals in Citizen, You Blew It!, Slingshot Dakota, and Heart Attack Man. It was great seeing Citizen playing their first headlining gig after watching them work their butts off for so many years. As always, it was a fun time watching You Blew It! have so much fun while playing. Hearing Slingshot Dakota talk about dropping everything in order to make music their life was super inspiring to me. I love when people follow their passion and do what they love to do. Heart Attack Man, three guitars deep, melted the faces off of unsuspecting youngsters. I unfortunately missed True Love. I was really upset with myself over that...
Check out the photos after the break...