I managed to fit in Kim Salmon And The Surrealistsâ€™ gig at the Step Inn whilst back in Brisbane for a few days, in between being in Far North Queensland and being down in Victoria. Although I have seen Kim Salmon with Darling Downs, his acoustic country/folk duo with Died Prettyâ€™s Ron Peno, this was the first time that Iâ€™d seen him play electric. Stupidly I missed The Scientists show at The Columbian a couple of years ago and disappointingly they didnâ€™t play in Brisbane earlier in 2008 as part of the Donâ€™t Look Back series, when they played their Blood Red River album in its entirety.
Iâ€™ve photographed a few gigs at The Step Inn before but itâ€™s not my favourite of venues. I donâ€™t like the layout â€“ itâ€™s a pub with a small stage in the corner as opposed to being what I would consider a bona fide live music venue â€“ and the lighting is really poor, easily rivalling that of the Troubadour. Apparently the capacity is 380, but I think only about a third of that number have any chance of getting into the room where the stage is. Somewhat surprisingly, The Bronx are playing there in December and whilst Iâ€™d love to photograph them, the thought of photographing them there just isnâ€™t doing it for me. It would be great to see them up close in such an intimate venue so maybe Iâ€™ll just have to leave the camera at homeâ€¦
A few more photos on flickr.