It is really funny to me that all the shows I have covered for Outburn have been at either The Whisky or 1720. At least I was prepared this time and remember to eat something before I left. I was very proud of myself.
This time, I decided to enjoy the journey to the venue and I took PCH through Santa Monica and the surrounding areas. The drive took almost 2 1/2 hours, but I knew it would before I chose this route. That's life in LA. It was still far less stressful than trying to deal with the 101, 405, or 10 freeways. A good chunk of that time, like 30 minutes of it, was my own fault. Despite the fact that my navigation app is really good about taking me down side streets and through residential areas to avoid traffic jams, I failed myself and missed a turn, leading me straight into the most frustrating traffic I have ever experienced. I am not sure on my exact location, but I ended up on this street with two lanes, but only one was open to cars, the other was bumpered off and reserved solely for busses. The only reason it was so frustrating is because I did not see a single bus going in either direction. Where were all the buses?? It was between 6 and 7 pm, a normal and reasonable time to expect multiple buses running in both directions. There were none. Stupid LA is stupid sometimes. New York really does some things better than us: street food venders and public transportation.
It was a relief when I finally got to 1720 because I just needed to stand at that point. I went out to the back outside area and chatted with one of the members of Take Offense, the opening act. After a few minutes, he needed to go to start getting ready for the show. I walked back inside and took my place at the front of the stage, the photo pit was not set up, to my chagrin. That's okay, if there's anything I have learned in all the years of shooting bands, it's that generally, most people who occupy the front stage area will happily allow you in front of them for a few minutes so that you can get some shots. (It's usually only other photographers that get possessive of their claimed spots, which is stupid because we can all get our shots and walk away happy.)
I was excited to cover Exhorder, as they were one of the most influential metal bands of the late 80's and 90's. Without them, we wouldn't have the sounds of metal that we have now come to know and love, such as Pantera, Lamb of God, and White Zombie. They are metal gods and should be worshiped for all of time.
You can read my full review here.