Episode 8: The Beards

The Beards, now here is a band that was a lot of fun to film! The Beardly bearded band from South Australia met up with me on one of their press days in Washington Square Park on Wednesday night. The band has been touring this Winter/Spring with dates in LA, Austin (SXSW), Toronto, and New York City. They will be hitting the festival circuit in Australia and Europe as well. The guys sang three hilarious songs about…well you guessed it…BEARDS!

When I arrived at the park after work, it wasn’t really hard to spot the band hanging out by the fountain. We decided to film off to the side since there was other people playing guitars. They performed three tunes (“Born with a Beard,” “Shaved Off His Beard,” and “If Your Dad Doesn’t Have A Beard, You’ve Got Two Mums”) off their Beards, Beards, Beards album. Their latest album Having a Beard is the New Not Having a Beard was released last year but is definitely worth picking up!

After the first song, a fan in the park recognized the band and came over to touch their beards. I didn’t realize until after that Nathaniel Beard was making the girl’s scarf into a beard. It was a great moment, which is all in the episode! It was tough trying to film these guys and not laugh while filming. I think I did well. Even when the camera wasn’t on, the guys were making Beard related puns and jokes. I had a big grin on my face after filming The Beards and they were definitely one of my favorites to film to date. Thanks to Mark Tyson for taking my picture with the band! I always seem to forget to take a picture with the bands and musicians that I film.

If you like YouTube better, you can watch the episode over at the Before The Concert channel.

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Episode 2: Larry and His Flask

Before The Concert’s 2nd episode features the excellent Bluegrass punk band Larry and His Flask! As soon as I heard of LATF, I knew they would be perfect for this series. Not only is their music awesome but they are one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen! Plus, they are also extremely nice guys!

Before they were set to play before Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, my friend Ray and I hung out while they did their soundcheck. They were running a bit late with things, so when it came time to filming the sessions, it felt like a race to get everything done. Or well, that’s how I felt anyway haha. We were trying to figure out where to film, either Union Square, Cooper Square or Washington Square Park. I felt Cooper Square might be the best option since it’s close by and might not be that many people.

We decided to set up around the rotating Cube thing in the middle of the road. Jamin, the drummer, didn’t play with the guys because he had to have the drums back at the club. As soon as the band started up, it seemed like a crowd of 40 or so surrounded us to watch them busk. Some of them were people going to the show who happen to just get off the subway stop, others were just passerbys. Good thing is the band had a nice crowd, and got some money out of it. The bad part was trying to move back to get the whole band in the shot, and couldn’t. So I had to work with what I could.

Larry and His Flask started with “Land of the F(r)ee” off their full-length album All That We Know, and then after that Ian’s guitar string broke. After a few minutes of fixing that, they played “Closed Doors” off their new EP Hobo’s Lament.

I wanted to interview the band more but it wasn’t really the place with 40 people around us haha. So I just had Ian plug the new EP real quick and I requested “Hobo’s Lament.” I love the new EP and love the dixieland style the band incorporates into their music. It reminds me of Mad Caddies a little bit.

After that, the band hurried back to the club so they could see Jenny Owens Young open up the show. I had a blast filming these guys, although I’m a little unhappy with the way my filming and audio turned out. It’s basically trial and error for me right now. I know what needs to be better so I can only learn from there. Maybe I’m being too hard on myself? I don’t know. Either way, this was a hoot to shoot!

Check out all my photos of their live set over at SkaPunkPhotos.com.

A BIG Thanks to Larry and His Flask, Talia at Another Reybee Production, and Ray Manuud (for helping out with the audio and holding my bag haha).

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