Fever Sleeves, By Sunlight, Manuok at Soda Bar, 5/21/10

I know it’s been a little while, but I was happy to come to a show where I was excited to shoot a full bill again. I met Scott Mercado last summer at the last By Sunlight/Fever Sleeves show, but it took almost a year before I had a chance to get Manuok in front of my lens.

As always, click on a photo to go to the full gallery for each band.

Manuok at Soda Bar 52110 © Michael Klayman-001

I didn’t know that Manuok was a full band, and just assumed that it was Scott’s solo project. He was quite nice when I said hi to him, and even remembered meeting me last year.

Manuok at Soda Bar 52110 © Michael Klayman-010

I found myself grooving to the sad songs which had an Americana twist to them, making me feel like trading in my beer for a whiskey. Scott complimented his bass player in between songs, so he gets points for that. And for giving me a free CD and T-shirt.

Manuok at Soda Bar 52110 © Michael Klayman-012

Manuok at Soda Bar 52110 © Michael Klayman-003

Manuok at Soda Bar 52110 © Michael Klayman-008

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I think I’ve seen By Sunlight every time they’ve come down to San Diego in the past two years. I’m a huge fan of their album, and they had a new Split 7″ with Silian Rail for me! Since I’ve shot them several times already, including at the Soda Bar, I used my Ultra-Wide-Angle lens exclusively for a different, if slightly murky look.

By Sunlight at Soda Bar 52110 © Michael Klayman-005

This is a very comforting and consistent band. If you like one song, you will like them all. They always set up in the same positions on stage and don’t pause in between songs. Even the new songs I heard still had a familiar ring to them.

By Sunlight at Soda Bar 52110 © Michael Klayman-007

By Sunlight at Soda Bar 52110 © Michael Klayman-009

I forgot to ask Jack, the bass player,  what book he was reading on this tour. Out of all the touring bands I’ve gotten to know, he seems like the only one I could spend 20 hours a day in a van with. That’s probably why I’ve never been all that keen on touring myself, I like home a little too much and don’t like being cooped up with any, um, fragrant men. 

By Sunlight at Soda Bar 52110 © Michael Klayman-012

By Sunlight at Soda Bar 52110 © Michael Klayman-010

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I’ve shot Fever Sleeves a bunch of times too, so I gave them the same Ultra-Wide treatment just to challenge myself.

Fever Sleeves at Soda Bar 52110 © Michael Klayman-001

Fever Sleeves at Soda Bar 52110 © Michael Klayman-003

Billy, the drummer, just celebrated his 26th birthday. Buy him a shot the next time you see him.

Fever Sleeves at Soda Bar 52110 © Michael Klayman-009

I have an issue with “event” photographers who shoot the people at a show instead of the performers. There’s actually more money in shooting the people at at certain clubs who are there to be seen, but I’ve always thought that if the music is the reason why you’re there, then that’s what you should shoot. Nevertheless, I did pull out my camera after the bands were done for just a couple minutes.

Fever Sleeves at Soda Bar 52110 © Michael Klayman-012 

I shoot Mr Weck so often these days, I should really call this blog “The Lain and the Eyebrow”.

Fever Sleeves at Soda Bar 52110 © Michael Klayman-011

Lauren is Tony’s girlfriend and it’s strange to not see her out at most of the rock shows I go to. She reminds me very much of SNL’s Kristen Wiig, not only for her looks, but also for being gifted with impeccable comedic timing. She might seem a little quiet at first, but she is just so naturally funny it’s hard to not giggle.

Fever Sleeves at Soda Bar 52110 © Michael Klayman-014

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