The band was explosive from the first note to the last. Much to the credit of drummer Julian Dorio and the driving rifs of Tim Deaux, the band was able to pull off a performance that flew in the face of their early start time and short 30 minute set. Though the musical musical contributions of each member are easily recognizable, frontman Parker Gispert draws perhaps the most visual attention.
Learning hard into the mic, Gispert delivered the group’s punchy lyrics with intensity and flare. When not singing, he could be found traversing the entire area of the stage in a mixture of sprints, skips and jumps.
The Whigs are touring on their new release Mission Control out on ATO Records.
I see a ton of shows, many more than are written about here (though that will change). There are usually one to two opening acts on any given night. Most of these opener’s end up towing the line, a small handful fall short, and an even smaller number make the audience put down their drinks and say “whoa, these guys are good.” The Whigs fall into this last category.
The band blazed through their first three songs in about 8 minutes. This left me little time to get into the groove and get down to business. The band came out with such energy that I found myself racing around the pit in order to keep up.
Foreshadowing the atmosphere of the Drive By Truckers set, the lighting was significantly better than I am accustomed to at Terminal 5. Like at many venues, the lighting starts low and simple for the opening acts and peaks before the encore of the headlining band. Though The Whigs were backlit by white and orange washes, there was enough frontlighting to create fairly balanced images at reasonable exposures.
I shot the entire set with my one and only body, the Canon EOS-1D Mark III. The Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L stayed on the entire time I was in the pit. Though I took a few images with the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS from the wings, those shots were more of an afterthought.
My exposure hovered around ISO 2500 and 1/200 at f/3.5.
I have to apologize to Julian Dorio for taking a most unflattering photo. What can I say? People make funny faces when they’re rockin’out.