Work the hair product, don the leather pants and grab some salmiakki for the road – The 69 Eyes are on a US tour. I caught up with the Finnish goth rockers for a rare New York performance at Gramercy Theater. Full set and shooting notes after the jump.
After photographing KMFDM and August Burns Red at Gramercy Theater recently, I had a very good idea of what the lighting designer would throw up for industrial/goth metal – a bit of neutral front lighting punctuated by bust of color from above and white from the sides. My guess turned out to be spot on.
Metal bands are always sort of an mixed bag when it comes to stage presence; some performing stationary while others pace back and forth like caged animals. The 69 Eyes are mixture of the two with lead singer Jyrki dancing, spinning and playing to the crowd while the rest of the band rocks steady.
With a number of photographers in the pit, I was forced to replace freedom of movement with more lenses. I shot with 14-24mmm and 24-70mm and 70-200mm playing zone defense for the best spots for each focal length.
Sweet spots by focal length:
Just off center stage for atmospheric shots and dead under each guitarist for wide-angle hero shots.
Just stage right of center for hero shots of Jyrki, who tends to hold the mic with the left hand, giving a better view of his face to the stage right side.
Just stage right of center for closeups of Jyrki. Far stage right for the best angles on drummer, Jussi.