August Burns Red - Gramercy Theater

August Burns Red performs in support of their 2009 release Constellations at Gramercy Theater, NYC. October 18, 2009 (photo by Chris Owyoung)

Gramercy Theater nearly burst at the seams as New Yorkers piled into the oversold venue for a band that is arguably the authority in the Metalcore genre. Supporting their new album Constellations, August Burns Red brought the roof down with wave after wave of odd-meter riffs and skull crushing breakdowns.


August Burns Red - Gramercy Theater

August Burns Red performs in support of their 2009 release Constellations at Gramercy Theater, NYC. October 18, 2009 (photo by Chris Owyoung)


August Burns Red - Gramcery Theater

August Burns Red performs in support of their 2009 release Constellations at Gramercy Theater, NYC. October 18, 2009 (photo by Chris Owyoung)


August Burns Red - Gramercy Theater

August Burns Red performs in support of their 2009 release Constellations at Gramercy Theater, NYC. October 18, 2009 (photo by Chris Owyoung)


August Burns Red - Gramercy Theater

August Burns Red performs in support of their 2009 release Constellations at Gramercy Theater, NYC. October 18, 2009 (photo by Chris Owyoung)


August Burns Red - Gramercy Theater

August Burns Red performs in support of their 2009 release Constellations at Gramercy Theater, NYC. October 18, 2009 (photo by Chris Owyoung)


August Burns Red - Gramercy Theater

August Burns Red performs in support of their 2009 release Constellations at Gramercy Theater, NYC. October 18, 2009 (photo by Chris Owyoung)


August Burns Red - Gramercy Theater

August Burns Red performs in support of their 2009 release Constellations at Gramercy Theater, NYC. October 18, 2009 (photo by Chris Owyoung)


August Burns Red - Gramercy Theater

August Burns Red performs in support of their 2009 release Constellations at Gramercy Theater, NYC. October 18, 2009 (photo by Chris Owyoung)


August Burns Red - Gramercy Theater

August Burns Red performs in support of their 2009 release Constellations at Gramercy Theater, NYC. October 18, 2009 (photo by Chris Owyoung)


August Burns Red

August Burns Red performs in support of their 2009 release Constellations at Gramercy Theater, NYC. October 18, 2009 (photo by Chris Owyoung)


August Burns Red - Gramercy Theater

August Burns Red performs in support of their 2009 release Constellations at Gramercy Theater, NYC. October 18, 2009 (photo by Chris Owyoung)

Photographer’s Notes

Despite the fact that their music most certainly makes babies (and many adults) cry, you’ll be hard pressed to find a nicer or more genuine group of guys than August Burns Red. Having missed the chance to shoot their live show after their BrOwyoungs portrait session this summer, I was very excited to see what all the ABR hype was about. As you can see from the images, the guys did not disappoint.

I photographed the entire set with access to the pit and the stage. Other than dodging the surfers, I quickly learned that the hardest part of photographing an August Burns Red concert is deciding which band member to photograph at any giving moment – why? – because they’re all going completely nuts all the time.

In the end, I decided to chase frontman Jake Luhrs from one end of the stage to the other while grabbing shots of Brent (rhythm guitar), JB ( lead guitar) and Dustin (bass) as light and opportunity allowed. Given the feast-or-famine nature of lighting, this worked out fairly well.

I shot this set mainly with the Nikon 14-24mm zoom lens stopped down to f/4 at ISO 2000. I never thought I’d say this, but 14mm still isn’t enough to capture the brutality this band lays down. At 14mm on the full-frame Nikon D3, I regularly found myself cutting off arms, head stocks and fists (all of the stuff I love to leave in) simply because I didn’t have anywhere else to go.

A series of three speedlights were used throughout the set; an on-camera SB-900 in commander mode and two SB-600 remotes triggered by Nikon CLS. It’s a good thing speedlights can’t scream because I’m 100% sure that all three flash guns were just begging to be put down after this brutal set.

End Notes

Huge thanks to Josh, Matt, Jake, JB, Brent and Dustin. I hope you guys have as much fun looking at the photos as I had taking them.

  1. solid Chris

  2. Thanks Paul. This band is just so hard working. I'm glad I was able to do their live set some justice.

  3. (more) photos of August Burns Red at Gramercy Theater– http://bit.ly/yIehv — (@mattgreiner @JB_Burns_Red @dustinabr)

  4. Chris Owyoung

    (more) photos of August Burns Red at Gramercy Theater– http://bit.ly/yIehv — (@mattgreiner @JB_Burns_Red @dustinabr)

  5. Do metalcore and flip-flops go well together? Why yes. Yes they do. — http://bit.ly/yIehv

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