Brillobox has a reputation amongst concert photographers as the absolute worst place to shoot a show. Great venue, but terrible lighting. Pretty much the only option you have is to get home and Lightroom all the images into black and white, or sepia.
Imagine my surprise when Donora, a few songs into their set, kicked on a big bright multi-colored heart on the wall behind them. Why, a lazy writer could claim that a colorful, oversized heart is the perfect analogy for Donora! Their new album, Ha Ha Heart, is just as buoyant and exhilarating as anything they've released, if not more so.
The sort-of title track, "Take My Heart," starts off "I was meant to find you/I was meant to fall in love." It's too earnest to be pretentious, and too fun to disregard. The crowd at Brillo already knew the words to all the new songs, something lead singer Casey Hanner pointed out and was genuinely happy to notice.
The Nox Boys opened and they kicked ass. They played a new song, "Lost Your Head," perhaps an indication that LP #2 is in the works.
Kahli Abdu and VHS Safari opened for Donora with a set that lasted about 20 minutes too long. Those who liked his performance should check out Chancellor Warhol, who did the pretty much same set when he played the Warhol Museum last year, including the M83 sample, but with more fervor and in half the time.
Here are some photos from the evening:
Kahli Abdu and VHS Safari