Last night I shot The Wonder Stuff at Islington Academy. To cut to the chase, the gig was great. First up was Erica’s band EN, not being familiar with her new album I was pleasantly surprised, fun quirky and very rock influenced, just look at Erica, it’s what you’d expect isn’t it.
I’ve seen Erica play with both Miles and The Wonder Stuff many times before and although an integral part of the band she is always in the shadow of Miles larger than life personality. It was great to see her stand up in her own right enjoying the moment getting into her music and letting go. We all found out the Erica has another talent too, she can play guitar pretty well as well as the violin.
After a brief respite it was time for The Wonder Stuff to take the stage. The band kicked off with a track from the new album Oh No It’s The Wonder Stuff, then straight back into the old favourites from the first three albums, Eight Legged Groove Machine, HUP and Never Loved Elvis. The crowd wasted no time in getting into the groove, it didn’t take long for the mosh pit to take shape, maybe not quite as energetically as first time round as most of the crowd are in their forties now.
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The band seemed to be enjoying themselves too, each having their own feature. New boy Stevie Wyatt doing an excellent job on lead guitar. I even saw Mark McCarthy smile more than once, there’s a sign if ever there was one that things were going well!
Photographically this was a fairly straight forward gig. Shot with the Canon 5d mkIII Tamron 24-70 and Canon 70-200 all at f2.8. One thing that I learnt was to always check that the camera is in autofocus, I must have knocked one of the switches on the Tamron when changing lenses. Consequently One of Erica’s songs is slightly out of focus.