The Men will be your new favourite band. Just sayin’.
As a photographer, it’s rare that I shoot any bands that I don’t already know. Let alone get to shoot when I’m not ‘working’. Which is not a bad thing. I became a photographer for a reason. It just means that it’s really rare that I find myself at a gig just because I find myself there, and even rarer if I have my camera, and am inspired to pull it out.
As we know, I’ve been touring Europe with The Peep Tempel (who have just been nominated in the Best Hard Rock or Punk category for the 2012 AIR Awards) for the last month or so and their last show was at Incubate Festival in Tilburg, Holland. After their set when we went off to wander and check out other bands and found ourselves glued to The Men set. Holy crap. Just brain-melting, face-melting, awe inspiring rock.
I don’t remember a time where I walked into the gig, knowing nothing, and completely fell in love.
I also haven’t bought a band tee since The Peep Tempel released their first 7-inch three years ago but after The Men set I got a bit fan-girl and went straight for the merch to buy a tee and vinyl (which sold out after the show – Nice work guys!). I was left on a pretty incredible high post-set.
After getting beer soaked in circle-pits for a couple of other bands, we headed for the van where one half of The Peep Tempel were already there chatting to some stray festival-goers. I took my beer-sodden self into the van to put my precious new vinyl away safely and change from my beer-soaked Beatles tee into my conveniently purchased The Men tee and then joined the boys outside the van for chats with our new festival friends.
As it turns out, the guys were not chatting to just any stray music fans, they were chatting to The Men. As I’d just changed into their un-mistakable bright yellow tee, I died a horrible, painful, internal, fan-girl death of embarrassment.
Remind me to never again put on a new band tee within three days of the show it was purchased at.
Anyway, all embarrassing moments aside, the lads from The Men turned out not only to be a freaking stellar live show and so much fun to photograph, they’re genuinely nice humans too.
The following photos of The Men were shot at Incubate Festival in Holland and were shot just because I could and I wanted to.