The Post rarely covers metal shows, so naturally I get very excited when I see a metal show pop up on their concert schedule. Deafheaven got a ton of buzz last year with their album Sunbather, which was on pretty much every year-end Best Of list on the internet. This show was at Empire down in Springfield, VA, a venue I had only shot at once, for a not very well attended hip-hop show. I knew this show would be much different and that’s an understatement. It was packed inside, shoulder to shoulder. The club was nice enough to let me shoot from the soundboard riser, but the lack of lights during Deafheaven’s set meant that wasn’t the best place for me to shoot from. I ended up shooting most of Deafheaven’s set from the top of the venue, from the club’s administrative office. At least there I could use the background lighting a bit to balance out my exposures. It’s frustrating to shoot such an energetic (and photogenic!!) show in such lousy conditions, but you can only work with the conditions that are presented to you.
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