As ever the NME Tour offers a great chance to see some bands I already know and some I’d never seen before. The first two bands, Peace and Palma Violets – the former a slightly psychadelic take on the Vaccines, the latter a Libertines-esque mix of fiery rock and roll and melody, were both pretty horrific to shoot, largely due to an near total use of red and blue wash lighting. Decent tunes, but not sure I’d rush to buy a ticket for either.
Miles Kane continues to grow in stature as a solo performer, although his set did seem to drag on a bit – not short of some great songs though.
The hardest shoot of the night turned out to be the headliners – their now trademark lighting providing suitably tricky. Having said that, there were a few great shots to be had, and I’m pretty pleased with what I managed, especially the Ian Curtis-esque black and white frame below. Plus, as one of my favourite records of 2012, a chance to see the band perform live for the first time – and with all the force of a band destined for big things, their intricate songs took on a much larger sound live – the LCD Soundsystem tracks playing as they went on an apt indicator of how big they could end up being.