Chain and the Gang @ Black Cat

WASHINGTON, DC - April 12th, 2012 -  Chain and the Gang, the latest musical act featuring Ian Svenonius (formerly of The Make-Up and Nation of Ulysses) perform at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C. The group released their sophomore album,  Music?s Not For Everyone, in February on K Records. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

It’s hard to believe, but after living in DC form the last 7+ years I had never seen Ian Svenonius perform until last week’s Chain and the Gang show at the Black Cat. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but i can say without reservation that I absolutely loved this show. 

WASHINGTON, DC - April 12th, 2012 -  Chain and the Gang, the latest musical act featuring Ian Svenonius (formerly of The Make-Up and Nation of Ulysses) perform at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C. The group released their sophomore album,  Music?s Not For Everyone, in February on K Records. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

WASHINGTON, DC - April 12th, 2012 -  Chain and the Gang, the latest musical act featuring Ian Svenonius (formerly of The Make-Up and Nation of Ulysses) perform at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C. The group released their sophomore album,  Music?s Not For Everyone, in February on K Records. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

The band’s stripped down, rowdy punk sound made a nondescript weekday gig seem like a genuine event.  Svenonius was in fine form, taking the piss out of all the development in DC that’s happened over the last few years. “What’s a guy have to do to find a bar with a flat screen TV so I can watch sports?” he asked the crowd, tongue firmly in cheek. “Why is it so hard to find a nice, Belgian import beer? I’m going to open a bar called Duke’s, for all the miscreants and non-conformists out there. I’m going to show all Duke sporting events, all the time. Particularly lacrosse.” 

WASHINGTON, DC - April 12th, 2012 -  Chain and the Gang, the latest musical act featuring Ian Svenonius (formerly of The Make-Up and Nation of Ulysses) perform at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C. The group released their sophomore album,  Music?s Not For Everyone, in February on K Records. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

WASHINGTON, DC - April 12th, 2012 -  Chain and the Gang, the latest musical act featuring Ian Svenonius (formerly of The Make-Up and Nation of Ulysses) perform at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C. The group released their sophomore album,  Music?s Not For Everyone, in February on K Records. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

Since this show was in the backstage of the Black cat, lighting was a bit dodgy outside of a few spots on stage where the lights were aimed. I actually like shooting in the backstage room, it’s a bit of a challenge, and I find it very satisfying when my photos turn out better than all other photogs there popping their flashes off every 5 seconds and bugging the shit out of the audience all the while. Yes, it’s pretty much impossible to get a proper action shot in these conditions, but it’s always good to shoot in conditions that keep you on your toes. 

WASHINGTON, DC - April 12th, 2012 -  Chain and the Gang, the latest musical act featuring Ian Svenonius (formerly of The Make-Up and Nation of Ulysses) perform at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C. The group released their sophomore album,  Music?s Not For Everyone, in February on K Records. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

WASHINGTON, DC - April 12th, 2012 -  Chain and the Gang, the latest musical act featuring Ian Svenonius (formerly of The Make-Up and Nation of Ulysses) perform at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C. The group released their sophomore album,  Music?s Not For Everyone, in February on K Records. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

If you haven’t checked out Chain and the Gang, I highly recommend you do so. They are on tour throughout the US through the end of April.
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Chain and the Gang @ Black Cat – Images by Kyle Gustafson

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