X + Sixfthick @ The Zoo

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Every time I see Sixfthick I make a conscious decision that I’m not going to photograph Gentle Ben as I’ve got a ridiculous amount of photos of him and would say he’s my most photographed person by a long, long way. By comparison I have hardly any photos of Dan, and even less of Tony and Fred, and always plan to spend my time concentrating on them. However, this decision, like tonight, usually lasts about 30 seconds before I’m adding more shots to the Gentle Ben archive, always aiming for that perfect image of him in full flight.

When you photograph a band a million times, like I have with Sixfthick, you start to wonder how you can get different looking photos and so with I played around with some of tonight’s photos using different actions in Photoshop, moving away from the standard editorial type photos. At first I really liked the effects in some of the finished photos but then on second thoughts decided they were a bit rubbish and not as good as I’d initially thought.

X are a disappointment tonight.  There’s no swagger, despite bassist Kevin McMahon and drummer Cathy Green’s efforts, and they seem very flat and tired, with much of this seeming to emanate from singer Steve Lucas, who, despite the very rock star attire, gives off the air of a man who doesn’t really want to be there.

After finally getting to see them play in Melbourne in 2008, really enjoying it and understanding why they;ve got the reputation they have in Australia, they don’t do justice to themselves tonight in front of a crowd that seems smaller than the one that was watching Sixfthick and which seems to empty the longer the night goes on. It’s a shame as they can do so much better.

A few more photos on Flickr.

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