BANG! CAMERO!

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So it is official. I have a new favorite band to photograph.

There are a list of groups who have been my favorites in the past. The Weakerthans, Fall Out Boy, Midtown… these groups put on some of the most insane live shows I’ve ever seen, and have been a joy to shoot and work with.

However Bang Camero officially, as my friends like to say, pwn3d! them.

Bang Camero is an 18 piece metal rock band from Boston, and came screaming into Philadelphia with their choir of 13 lead singers (what?!?), three lead guitarists, killer bassist, and raging drummer. While one might think having 13 lead singers would be kinda lame, it was anything but. The sound was nothing short of epic.

The singers performed not only gang vocals, but intense, almost operatic, 13 part harmonies. It was an experience I won’t soon forget… and neither will my camera, since it was destroyed during Bang Camero’s set.

It’s okay though, I’ll be returning home to New Jersey this weekend to pick up another camera.

Thanks to the local Origivation Magazine for providing me with a guestlist spot for this amazing show. I won’t soon forget it. Photo galleries will be up soon, as thankfully my memory card made it out alive.

Ah, Sweet Sweet Poverty

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I found these two boy / girl mugs sitting outside my apartment this morning. I wondered to myself, is this a sign? Is God telling me that I should pick up these sad little coffee mugs, and take to the streets, just as the strange homeless man who sits outside Fado every night has done long before me?

Because Sweet Zombie Jesus I am so broke right now.

Maybe I’ll pick up these mugs and sell them on eBay.

Quick updates? My job is awesome, I move into my sweet new apartment next week, and my crew from New Jersey are coming to visit this weekend. I’ll have to cook one of the five recipes I know how to make, and right now, quesadillas are OUT. Last night I made some and I put so much cheese inside that it would have put a lactose intolerant person into a coma.

Is it considered rude to serve Ramen noodles to eight people?

I hope not.

Thieves & Villains

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Recently I had Thieves & Villains over to my apartment in Philadelphia for a quick, last minute press shoot, as they were (and currently are as of this post) going to be featured over on Purevolume. It’s a bit frustrating, as the photo on Purevolume is cropped and half the guys get cut out of the thumbnail, but oh well.

This is one band you need to keep your eye on.

Made up of former members of Southcott (Rust / Universal Records) a group that put out one of my favorite albums of last year, Flee The Scene, and the singer of New Jersey’s hometown heroes Always Rushing By, they have an incredibly catchy pop punk sound with hooks that just get stuck in your head for days. I took the jacket photo for Southcott’s album, and it was great seeing my work in stores for the first time.

A label is sure to snag these guys up quick, especially since they have some incredible touring experience under their belts, having spent time on the road with groups like Faulter (Abacus), The Arrival, Adelphi (Drive Thru Records), The Track Record (Rushmore Records), and way more. They’ll be on the road all spring and summer, some dates with Adelphi and current buzz band Between The Trees, with an EP due out soon.

Gallery coming soon. For now, go listen to their tunes on myspace.

Thieves & Villains @ Myspace

Corporate America Eric (With Karate Chop Action)

Be warned, the following images may shock and confuse you.

As you may or may not have already heard, I managed to score a pretty sweet full time job here in Philadelphia as an editor.

And unlike my photography / portfolio blog, I get a salary, benefits, vacation days, and a cute little cubicle.

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Outside of my building is a strange looking sculpture. There is a plaque that details what it is, however I’ve decided to ignore it and just pretend it’s something else everyday. Today, it was a toothbrush dipping into some multicolored toothpaste. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. It’s crazy!

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My office is on the 17th floor. OMG! This also reminds me of the cover of Just Surrender’s awesome full length CD, designed by my friend Mickey. What an awesome album.

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Lettering on the way inside the building. I got some amazing strange looks as I tried to take a photo of it while balancing my latte and bagel in one hand, and camera in the other. Skills.

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The view from my cubicle. And yeah, I drink lattes. I’m sure Helen will make fun of me for this later on.

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One of the first things I learned here, is that the area where I’m sitting used to be a conference room that people referred to as “the morgue”, due to how cold it was, and the coffin like file cabinets. Also, they used to store dead bodies in here. Hahah, just kidding. There were no file cabinets.

Right now it’s just me at my little desk, with lots of empty desks all around. I hope it fills up so I can have people to shoot paperclips at.

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Yep. Here I am. Note the dress shirt, purchased from Hot Topic.

For some reason, I get a barrage of questions pertaining to my photography, my writing, and my education. So let me lay down the facts real quick with this simple FAQ.

Q: OMG! What about grad school Eric?!?
A: I’m still doing that full time. Working 40 hours a week and taking three grad courses. I also plan on taking two summer classes. I’m not slowing down for any reason, and I’ll be finished with my masters degree in May of 2008.

Q: OMGGG! But what about your writing?
A: I work until 5pm. That means I have all night, and weekends, to work on my novel.

Q: BUT OMGGG!!!1! What about your photography?!?1?
A: I get an insane amount of paid vacation days. I’ll be heading out on tour with some huge bands and great friends during the summer. I’m also doing some live concert photography for a local print magazine here in Philadelphia called Origivation. Check them out.

I’m in the real world now baby.

And it’s pretty sweet.

support echo screen – they cure silence

So my good friends Echo Screen, easily one of the most talented pop punk bands to come out of New Jersey since Saves The Day, are competing for a spot on this year’s Smartpunk stage for Warped Tour. This band works extremely hard, and are currently on a full US tour with The Mile After, another fantastic band.

Support these guys and vote for them. They should be ASKED to play if you want my opinion, having an album in stores nationwide and in Japan, but oh well. I’m just a simple photographer, what do I know? *sigh*

The link is below. Takes a minute or two to sign up, but it is certainly worth it. Euphoria is a brilliant pop punk record that more people definitely need to hear. And besides, you’re not only supporting great music, you’re helping out some wonderful people.

Plus come on, Echo Screen? You know that potion saved your ass in Final Fantasy dozens of times.

Echo Screen @ Smartpunk – Vote Now!