Episode 17: Jordan Klassen

I’ve seen Jordan Klassen perform on other Canadian sessions sites before like Southern Souls. Once I knew he was going to be in New York for a small show at Bowery Electric, I wanted to film him. The band just released their excellent new album Repentance, via Ingrooves. I’ve been listening to that album just about everyday it seems. Definitely recommend checking it out!

Before their set at Bowery Electric, I met up with Jordan and Jocelyn Price at Cooper Square. The small square is up the street from the venue and I filmed them performing “Sweet Chariot” and “Go To Me.” During “Go To Me,” Jordan ended up shouting the chorus in “Go To Me” and it got a bit loud; it kind of caught me off guard while filming them. Still, “Go To Me” is still probably my favorite track off his new album.

There always seems to be some sort of issue when filming in New York City. Bus noises, cops/ambulances driving by, mics not working, which I thought was happening this time. I thought I had to give up using the lav mics because I wasn’t getting a signal. Jordan looked at the lav mic and he said, “wait there’s a mute button on it.” DOH! Totally forgot there was a mute button on there and that was the reason why it wasn’t working.

I’m hoping I can film Jordan and Jocelyn again in the future since the audio was peaking a few times in the 2nd song. In any event, be sure to check them out on tour if they stop by your neck of the woods in Canada or in the States. If you want to see the photo gallery & a video from Jordan Klassen’s show at Bowery Electric, check out SkaPunkPhotos.com.

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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