Intervals || The Troubadour

While it's currently called The Shape of Color Tour, its more accurate name would be closer to The Insanely Technical Shredding Guitar Gods of Metal Tour. Intervals is currently headlining this fantastic tour to promote their new album The Shape of Color. Plini, who is also the backup guitarist for Intervals, is also on the lineup with Angel Vivaldi and Save Us From The Archon. 

Having been a huge fan of these bands for a while, I showed up to The Troubadour super early to get the full experience. I got to watch the soundcheck where Aaron Marshall, the mastermind behind the Interval's face-melting music, joked around with the rest of the band. They played I'm Awake and Libra, the first and last songs on the album in front of their masterclass students. Following the performance Angel Vivaldi had a one on one lesson with a student while Aaron And Plini had about a dozen. 

Save Us From The Archon opened and unfortunately I can't say much about them because one of the security guards kicked me out for not having the right wristband. After a lot of hassling and scrambling for a silly wristband, I was finally let back in right before Angel Vivaldi went on stage. It's thanks to him that I was able to shoot in the first place so I absolutely HAD to photograph him. 

This was the second time I've seen Angel perform and he is absolutely nuts. He's constantly doing hilarious and fun things on stage like chugging water bottles, Snapchatting, and playing blindfolded, all while he's soloing hard! His music is a fantastic combination of tasty solos, melodic melodies, and heavy riffs. Along with being a superb musician, Angel is also a glorious human being. He’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met who is always giving hugs, taking selfies, and signing autographs with fans after his shows. If you haven’t listened to his music and met him, make it a priority in your life. 

Plini, a 23 year old Australian guitarist, and his band took to the stage next and got the crowd ready for Intervals. A bunch of teenagers were losing their minds to Plini’s music in the front row as if they were watching Guns N’ Roses (who played their legendary show at the Troubadour last week). Along with his stellar music, Plini told some hilarious stories filled with his typical dry humor that bridged the gaps between songs. What I found most impressive was that Plini was able to play back to back sets as he is the rhythm guitarist for Intervals.

As Intervals took to the stage, Aaron Marshall announced that they would be playing their new album The Shape of Color in its entirety. While hearing all of Intervals’ new material was awesome, nothing can possible compare to the encore. Most encores are pretty boring. The band leaves as fans chant for one more song. The band makes a “surprise” encore and plays its 2 most famous songs they happened to leave out of their set. Not Intervals. Aaron changed it up big time by just jamming with his bandmates for a few minutes. I could have watched that freestyle session for hours it was so good. Aaron and Plini traded riffs and solos like they were playing tennis… or ping pong… your choice of simile. The fans absolutely loved it too because they were absolutely silent, trying to absorb the beautiful music. This was my first time seeing Intervals and I promise it won’t be my last. 

It was so clear that Intervals (and the rest of the bands) truly loved their music and their jobs. They were constantly joking around with each other, both on stage and off. After the show, Aaron came up to me and whispered in my ear, "You know your in a room full of nerds when everyone after the show doesn't come to tell you good job but asks what DAW (digital audio workstation) you're using."  He was completely right and it was hilarious. 

Having photographed roughly 20 concerts this year, I can easily say that The Shape of Color Tour was my absolute favorite. Just a few miles down the street, guitar legends Tosin Abasi, Nuno Bettencourt, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Steve Vai performed at The Wiltern together in a concert called Generation Axe. There isn’t a sliver of doubt when I say if I had to choose between attending Generation Axe or The Shape of Color Tour, I would choose The Shape of Color Tour every single time. Yes… it was that good. If you’ve read this far I assume you’re either my mom (hi mom) or a fan of instruMETAL music. But either way, thank you. Please let me know what you think of the pictures. I love comments. They make me happy. Deuces.




Megadeth || The Hollywood Palladium

Smoke, stale beer, and sweat filled the air of the Hollywood Palladium as metal legends Megadeth took to the stage. With massive LED screens behind them, they put on a spectacular performance that could have rivaled most arena shows. A sea of smiling faces and screaming voices filled the sold out venue that Sunday night. The lighting was spectacular and the massive pillars of smoke that burst from the floor added to the intensity of the show. Water bottles, shirts and shoes flew through the air as wave of devil horns flew up to the sky. (One shoe even hit me in the back of the head).

American Thrash Metal band Megadeth is easily one of the biggest names in metal today, being credited as one of the “big four” bands of the genre with Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer. With 15 full length albums and their new album Dystopia which debuted at number three on the billboard 200 chart, they continue to reestablish their relevance even after all these years. 

Megadeth Setlist:

The Threat Is Real, Hangar 18, Kingmaker, Wake Up Dead, In My Darkest Hour, Sweating Bullets, Dystopia, Dawn Patrol, Poison Was the Cure, She-Wolf, Trust, Skin o’ My Teeth, Fatal Illusion, A Tout Le Monde, Symphony of Destruction, Peace Sells, Holy Wars… The Punishment Due

Our Last Night || The Viper Room

As a person who shoots a lot of bands, I've been able to tell when artists are putting on a performance. The first band to play, ZiBBZ, had one of the most genuine performances I've seen yet. Or maybe they're just the best at faking it! I'll never know. 

Stee of ZiBBZ

Every moment was filled with joy and excitement as they shared their music with the crowded room. The simplistic drummer (Stee) and vocalist (Coco) combo echoes other bands such as Twenty One Pilots and The White Stripes, but their music is entirely unique. One song was played entirely off of an iPhone synthesizer by drummer Stee which felt organic and original. The lighting setup was amazing for an opening band due to the fluorescent triangle positioned behind the drums. Almost minimalistic and tribal, ZiBBZ put on a fantastic performance and I definitely would like to see and shoot them again.

Finally the moment everyone was waiting for. Our Last Night took to the stage with a shorter set than usual, but the intensity and fun was all the same. A team of camera operators decked out with Canon C300's, 70-200's, and 24-70's (for all you camera nerds out there), filmed the entire performance which will be released at a later date. OLN played songs mostly off of their new album Younger Dreams which dropped in June of 2015. They even played an acoustic version of their Justin Bieber cover "Sorry". Their 7 song setlist consisted of Road To The Throne, Prisoners, Home, Younger Dreams, White Tiger, Sorry (acoustic), and Sunrise. All in all, it was a great show and what made it even better was that it was FREE! OLN killed it at the legendary venue, The Viper Room and I'm stoked to see what they do next!