I know it’s been a while since I’ve blogged, and since there are plenty of shows coming up, I promise to keep better tabs on updating events and topics. With that being said, Chicago natives Kill Hannah brought their dynamic stage presence and lasers to the stage at Pop’s just outside of downtown St. Louis last night as they. Opening for Australian rockers Jet, they came out blazing with their single,“Kennedy”, and closing with the well known “Lips Like Morphine”, with plenty of energy in between with both new material and old. They even treated the audience to their cover of Billy Idol’s Rebel Yell, which is quite awesome to witness live as the audience sang along! Lead singer Mat Devine expressed his affections for St. Louis, stating “This venue is legendary,” and that he’d saved his energy for post show fun specifically for the city at the expense of his native city the night before.
During their performance, the band sported plenty of visual eye candy with lasers and strobes. Thankfully, from a photographer’s point of view, they were able to display plenty of colorful lighting after a few songs, as strobe lighting can be quite a challenge for a concert photographer to work with. I packed up both my 50mm f/1.8 prime and 25-74mm f/2.8 mid range to versatility sake, and while I do favor the 50mm for crisp close ups, it’s the mid range 25-74mm that offered great wide angle shots of the lights and the action of their set. It is also becoming apparently clear to me I need to invest in a 30mm f/1.4 for specific low lighting situations, which can occur during the first few songs of a performance with certain bands. I also want to note a special thanks to the band and the security for letting me photograph their entire set, which is a rare circumstance given that there’s usually a standard 3-song policy. I truly appreciate that opportunity, Kill Hannah, and I look forward to photographing your show again in the future! All 37 photos of their set from last night can be found exclusively at my buzznet gallery. Here are a few of the highlights of the show captured below. As always, absolutely no reproduction or reposting is allowed and will result in legal action.