The Minneapolis-based quintet Quietdrive brought their high energy set to a full house at The Pageant in St. Louis.

Opening in support of A Very Ludo Christmas, the band had energy to burn and more than a few catchy pop punk hooks to get the crowd moving. Lead vocalist Kevin Truckenmiller’s animated performance lead the band through a short but moving set that pulled from the groups 2006 debut, When All That’s Left Is You on Epic Records.

Unlike many of their contemporaries, whose groups are dominated by the frontman, every member of Quitedrive brought the rock to the hole for their set.

While Truckenmiller laid down lyrics about loves won and lost in the Midwest, Brandon Lanier (drums), Matt Kirby (guitar/vocals), Justin Bonhiver (guitar), and Droo Hastings (bass) pulled out leaned-back, rocked out poses with plenty of head whips and pogo sticks to spare.

The band is currently working on their second album.


This was a rough shoot. The light was extremely low for Quietdrive’s set and every member of the band was in nearly constant motion. The stagefront was also obstructed with Christmas decorations in preparation for A Very Ludo Christmas.


During the band’s short set, the lighting remained almost completely atmospheric for all but a few moments. Orange, blue, and green backlighting dominated save a few bursts of more neutral lighting during a few key moments.


I shot the entire set with the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 and the EOS-1D Mark III. The band was in such constant motion, that I was mainly concerned with getting what shots I could rather than switching lenses or going in for tighter compositions (as seen in the The Hush Sound’s set that followed).


I shot the entire set at ISO 6400 at f/2.8 with shutter speeds that fell between 1/200 and 1/60. Many of the shots were still significantly underexposed. Though I’ve gone as low as 1/30 for some more stationery bands, this was not an option for Quietdrive.

End Notes

Processing this set drove home the idea that just because your camera can go to ISO 6400 doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Though ISO 6400 on the EOS-1D Mark III is usable if the shot is properly exposed, it does not stand up to exposure compensation in post. Positive exposure compensation, even after significant noise reduction, leaves behind an ugly and clearly visible mottled pattern in any smooth area of low contrast.

  1. It’s the second shot for me in this set. This performance was pretty much awful to photograph.

  2. chris

    Yeah, this was bad. There was potential for awesome, but the lights just didn’t cooperate. #2 and #3 are by far the ‘cleanest’ of the bunch. I love hearing your picks, keep ’em coming.