The stagefront is filled with teen goth kids fist pumping and crowd surfing with fans quite literally old enough to be their parents. Don’t adjust your TV sets boys and girls, KMFDM has been rocking the ultra-heavy beat for two and a half decades.
With their new album Blitz (the band’s SIXTEENTH studio release) in tow, Konietzko and crew performed the crushing riffs of the 25th anniversary tour under the dazzling lights of the Gramercy Theater.
As you’ll see from my exposure settings below, the lighting wasn’t quite as strong as I would have liked. The weaker than usual lighting at the Gramercy Theater was courtesy of people other than the house lighting designer whose work I absolutely adore; instead of the house genius, two men, I’m assuming KMFDM staffers were in charge of both the light and sound boards. Still, there is more than enough material to shoot at a KMFDM concert; in fact, if you didn’t get at least one rocked out shot by chance, there’s something seriously wrong with you. My only gripe was that so many of my photos has great content but no support from the lights; not enough backlighting to be dramatic and not enough frontlighting to really show off the band.
1/160 at f/2.8 and ISO 2000 using mainly the Nikon 24-70mm and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 zooms. The Nikon 14-24mm was used sparingly for a few wide shots.
KMFDM put on a great show. Thanks to Shannon for coordinating and a huge thanks to the Gramercy security staff who made sure I didn’t get clobbered by any surfers.