PHOTOS: Of Monsters and Men @ The TLA, Philly 4/3/12

Of Monsters and Men just had to celebrate when I saw them last month (back on Tuesday April 3rd), as it was their first album release show, their first show in here in and it was the first of two sellout shows at the TLA. None of which are small feats for this six piece Icelandic band. The band came out, lead by co-singers Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar “Raggi” Þórhallsson, and they seemed nervous, not knowing how to deal with the packed theatre. But quickly myself and the other attendees were reassured as to why this band won the Músíktilraunir (Icelandic Battle of the Bands) held every year in Reykjavík. More than half of the set was completely filled with new songs, from an album that happened to have been released that day. But thanks to NPR’s First Listen series and the internets, nearly every song they played was melodically chanted along with by the crowd, some with more tonal delight than others.

I have never felt like a artist or even a photographer, I feel more like a person who sees the need to photograph his life. Still Frames can be uniting forces of emotion, and I feel music photography can be almost a bigger voice than the actual arist. My love of music and a DSLR has brought me to some pretty amazing places. In my first year alone I found myself hanging out in a tent next to the Avett brothers, shaking hands with Chromeo and having Win Butlers sweat fly into my eyes while he belts out the opening lyrics to Wake up. But my true goal is not to have a almost famous moment, but to capture what I see in these artists hoping that future viewers can be inspired to listen and fall in love with the artist the same way as I did.