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Monday Photo Blog: Pat Blashill and MLIW


July 13th, 2015 by

Doing a little something different for the  Monday Photo Blog this week. Instead of a few quick nothing lines from me, I thought it would be a good idea to let the photographer share some thoughts on their work.

Pat Blashill, who has been on here a couple times in the past, photographed Modern Life Is Warfare a few months back, and I thought it would be interesting to see what he has to say, considering he was shooting bands way back in the 1980s (check your Big Boys reissues, or check out your parents copies of Forced Exposure and Scratch Acid records, to name a smidgen of what he’s done). Without further ado…

 Back in the Pit

by Pat Blashill

I met John Eich, one of the guitarists for Modern Life is War, just before the band’s recent show here in Vienna, Austria. We were chatting about our day jobs when he pointed at my camera and asked, “So photography is sort of a hobby for you?”

Umm, sort of. Both of us were strangers in a strange land, but I was about to photograph his band, and I probably didn’t inspire a lot of confidence: a fifty-something gray-haired guy with an unspectacular Canon digital camera. Look out–old dude in the pit!

Both punk and punk photography were very different thirty years ago when I took pictures of bands like the Butthole Surfers and the Dicks in my hometown of Austin, Texas. Hardcore was new then, and only a handful of American bands were able to tour Europe like Modern Life is War can today. I shot black and white film with a 35mm Canon and a scuffed up Vivitar 283 flash. But that’s one reason I wanted to shoot a contemporary hardcore band like MLIW now: I wanted to know what has changed and what is still the same.

For one thing, I couldn’t find any 35mm film in time, so I had to go all digital. Once I got to the show, I had to pester club staff and the people at the merch table to find the band’s tour manager, and then keep insisting that I be onstage to get close enough for good shots—that was the same as it ever was.

John and bassist Chris Honeck and singer Jeffery Eton from MLIW were very friendly and professional fellas, which certainly can’t be said about all the Texas punks I photographed back in the day. And the Vienna audience were super sweet—nobody kicked me in the head or smashed into my camera—they were probably concerned for my safety.

The problems started when I began to shoot. My in-camera flash wasn’t powerful enough, and my Canon’s shutter lag meant that I missed a lot of shots. Eton is a skater, and when he leaps above the crowd, it looks incredible, but I simply wasn’t able to catch him airborne. Also, the stage at this venue, one of Vienna’s best, is at least five feet above the crowd, so it was tough to capture the interaction between the band and their audience. Eton made a comment about that between songs, so he may have been frustrated as well.

After all of my efforts to be able to shoot from the side of the stage, though, I finally had to jump down into the pit to get close enough to the action. Then I hoisted the camera over my head and shot without looking through the viewfinder. It worked. As the great (and doomed) war photographer Robert Capa once said, “If your pictures aren’t any good, get closer.”

Shooting my first hardcore show in years did not feel like old times–it wasn’t as violent, drunken or fun. I have probably become a more analytical photographer, especially because these days, I take a lot more pictures of non-human subjects, like buildings and trains. And I’m not sure how people mentally process images of punk rock these days. Most of the other photos I’ve seen of Modern Life Is War feature Jeffrey Eton mobbed by fans, or swimming through the crowd. Most of the concert photography I see on Facebook, Tumblr and Flickr is super colorful, technically impressive and very sharply focused. Like sports photography. I’ve never been a technically flashy photographer, but I’ve tried to make pictures that capture some of the sweat and electricity of a good show. I like these pictures of MLIW, but I have no idea what anyone under forty will think of them.

Two things happened after this show. Even before the band had finished playing, I resolved to shoot my next hardcore show with my old rig: a 35mm SLR and a flash mounted on the camera. But a few days later, when I found my old camera, I discovered that it was kaput. I’m not even sure if I’ll be able to find a repairperson to save this ancient contraption.

But a few days after the show, I got a nice e-mail from a stranger named Zaran. He explained that he’d been at the gig, found my MLIW photos on the web, and asked me to share more because he thinks they’re “awesome.” Even better, Zaran identified himself as one of the guys in my pictures. In one, he’s wearing a MLIW t-shirt and he’s inches away from Jeffrey Eton’s face. He looks like he wants to kiss the singer. And for me, the fact that Zaran experienced that moment, then found a picture of it, and then wrote me to say, ‘Thanks,’ is super awesome indeed.

Eyes closed and wailing. (photo by Pat Blashill)

Stage swan diver. (photo by Pat Blashill)

Modern Life Is Warfare (photo by Pat Blashill)

Jeffrey lets them sing. (photo by Pat Blashill)

Send your tour photos, bands that have come through your town, the best of your local bands, etc. to: . Include your name, a link to your website (or flickr, Facebook, or whatever), and the band (or subject), date and location of each photo. Just send your best photos — edit tightly. Three to seven photos is plenty, and it’s best to send pictures of different bands. Please do not send watermarked photos. Please make your photos 72 dpi and about 600–800 pixels at the longest side. Not everything sent in will be posted, and a response is not guaranteed, but we do appreciate all of your contributions. Feel free to submit more than once. Thanks!



Monday Photo Blog: Pat Blashill and Texas punk!


July 21st, 2014 by

A few weeks ago we ran some stellar shots from Pat Blashill in the  Monday Photo Blog, and we’re running some more. This batch is from the mid 1980s Texas punk era. I’m personally stoked to see the Meat Joy photo, as they were a bit of mysterious band for me. I used to hear them on Dave Fallis’ radio show on KGOU out of Norman, OK in the early to mid 80s. Then heard them on a Damned mix tape I found in a parking lot in Moore, OK in 1986 before finally procuring a copy of their self-titled LP on ESR/Flesh & Blood (seek it out). For more from Pat, check out his site.

Biscuit strong man. Big Boys at Liberty Lunch, Austin 1984. (photo by Pat Blashill)

The Offenders in the studio, Austin, 1985. (photo by Pat Blashill)

Scratch Acid on the terlet, Austin 1986. (photo by Pat Blashill)

Meatjoy in Voltaire’s Basement, 1984. (photo by Pat Blashill)

Meredith, Dumplin Beth Danger and Tales of Terror at Woodshock, 1985. (photo by Pat Blashill)

Send your tour photos, bands that have come through your town, the best of your local bands, etc. to: . Include your name, a link to your website (or flickr, Facebook, or whatever), and the band (or subject), date and location of each photo. Just send your best photos — edit tightly. Three to seven photos is plenty, and it’s best to send pictures of different bands. Please do not send watermarked photos. Please make your photos 72 dpi and about 600–800 pixels at the longest side. Not everything sent in will be posted, and a response is not guaranteed, but we do appreciate all of your contributions. Feel free to submit more than once. Thanks!



Monday Photo Blog: Pat Blashill


May 19th, 2014 by

We have a particularly awesome Monday Photo Blog for you this week.Pat Blashill, who some of you may remember seeing his work in the classic zines, and on records from over the years, has sent over some killer photos of killer bands from killer times. Maybe you were around, maybe you were not. Either way, stare at these for a while, then head over to his page and spend a couple hours taking it all in. Or one of them new social media things. Spread the stoke!

The Dicks in Austin, TX, 1984 (photo by Pat Blashill)

Butthole Surfers, San Antonio, TX, 1984. (photo by Pat Blashill)

Sonic Youth, Austin, TX, 1985. (photo by Pat Blashill)

Joey Ramone, New York City, 1989. (photo by Pat Blashill)

Lynda and Rene, Austin, 1985. (photo by Pat Blashill)

Poison 13, Austin, 1985. (photo by Pat Blashill)

Send your tour photos, bands that have come through your town, the best of your local bands, etc. to: . Include your name, a link to your website (or flickr, Facebook, or whatever), and the band (or subject), date and location of each photo. Just send your best photos — edit tightly. Three to seven photos is plenty, and it’s best to send pictures of different bands. Please do not send watermarked photos. Please make your photos 72 dpi and about 600–800 pixels at the longest side. Not everything sent in will be posted, and a response is not guaranteed, but we do appreciate all of your contributions. Feel free to submit more than once. Thanks!