Opeth graced us with their brilliant music and presence this past Sunday at The Riviera Theatre. The sold out show boasted dedicated fans and admirers of the band’s intricate melodies and beautiful blend of progressive rock, classical, jazz, and acoustic music. Lead vocalist and guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt was endearing and as always, made us all laugh with his silly banter, as if he was speaking among friends. After a particularly vocal-demanding song, Åkerfeldt goes, “I had a piece of hair stuck in my throat through that entire song.” A bit later on, when telling us about their new album Sorceress, he mentioned they recorded in a town he called “the anus of Sweden.” Opeth’s awe-inspiring performance was a true treat and one that will not be forgotten. Dates for Sorceress World Tour can be found on their website as well as their Facebook page. And if you haven’t already, go give Sorceress a listen!
Switchfoot | House of Blues Chicago | September 30, 2016
To say Switchfoot brought joy and happiness is a huge understatement. They lit up the room this night in Chicago at The House of Blues through and through with their contagious spirits, beautiful music and uplifting words. This was definitely one of the highlight shows of the year. They are currently on their Looking For America Tour with Relient K. Be sure to check out their tour dates and see them when they come through your town. This is a band that has transcended throughout the last few decades and remain strong as an original unit. They continue to come out with killer music and incredible performances that will leave lasting good memories. Take a look at the pictures below to relive the colorful, fantastic magic that is Switchfoot.
Conceptualized by: Arthur Zdrinc
Photographs by: Cindi Jean and Arthur Zdrinc
Edited by: Cindi Jean
We had the opportunity to sit down with Potty Mouth, a 90s-inspired alternative pop punk trio from Northampton, MA, before their set with CHVRCHES at The Riviera Theatre in Chicago. They played a two-night stint together and both nights sold out.
Keep an eye out for these ladies! They’ll be playing Lollapalooza this year in Chicago on July 30 and also Wrecking Ball in Atlanta August 13-14. Stay tuned this summer for news on their upcoming album to be released later this year.
Persistent Vision Media: We are here with Potty Mouth–
Potty Mouth: Hi!
PVM: Hey! –playing a sold out show with CHVRCHES on Night Two.
PVM: How’re you guys feeling?
Abby: Great! Yeah, I’m really excited.
Ally: Yeah, last night was awesome– so happy to do it again.
Abby: Yeah, yeah.
PVM: Nice. So, let’s pop into- so, your music, I feel like it’s really nostalgically 90s.
PVM: Is that intentional?
Abby: Oh, hell yeah!
PVM: [Laughs] Okay, nice! I mean I was watching your lyric video and like it just totally screamed 90s and like, I like am totally in love with that.
Abby: Yeah? Cool.
PVM: So, is that like– what’re your feelings towards the 90s?
Abby: I mean, that’s like pretty much all the kind of music that I listen to personally. Yeah, these guys have both introduced me to a lot of cool 90s stuff that has been really influential for me– like Juliana Hatfield and Veruca Salt are- are huge for us and Hole, Nirvana, so, yeah. At least personally, that has had like a huge- been a huge part of our evolution for songwriting and inspiration, yeah.
Ally: Yeah, I- same. I love 90s music. It’s some of my favorite music- 90s indie rock– I think it represents a time when like rock and roll was like the main, ki- more of like the mainstream thing you heard on the radio. And it was possible to be a grunge or alternative rock band and get commercial success. Not to say that’s like the ultimate goal, it’s just like, definitely like specific to that time so… [pause] like Nirvana.
PVM: Yeah, Nirvana, right? No other words necessary.
PVM: So, speaking of 90s, give me one memory that you feel growing up in the music scene in the 90s on the east coast that was like one of your, like favorites.
Ally: In the 90s?
PVM: Like growing up in the music scene in Massachusetts.
Abby: Well- I was born in 1993 so I don’t- [everyone laughs] I don’t really have any concept of what the scene was like then but, I mean I’m from Amherst where Dinosaur Jr. met and we still see them around which is cool. But- I don’t know about you guys [looks around].
Ally: Yeah I mean I, am a little older but still was a kid in the 90s and- but I- we were just talking about this in the van earlier how, like, 1995 was sorta the year that I really developed my own personal taste in music and heard songs on the radio and could be like “I like that, I want that CD” and I remember the first CDs I ever got were like Crazy, Sexy, Cool by TLC and Tragic Kingdom by No Doubt so, those were some of my first favorite groups, bands, whatever.
Victoria: Yeah, same. I just kinda listened to pop music. Cause I’m, born in the 90s so-
Victoria: Spice Girls… [Abby chuckles]
Ally: Spice Girls, yeah.
PVM: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I mean I’m on the same boat, I was born in ’89. So like, I mean- did you watch like- grow up watching like Disney Channel or like-
Ally: Like MTV back when they actually played more music-oriented stuff like TRL and, you know, just- I remember I have this distinct memory of seeing a Michael Jackson music video on MTV and I must’ve been really really young cause my brother just wanted to embarrass me cause he knew I didn’t know a lot about what was popular like pop culture and he’s like “Ally, who do you think this is?” and at that time the only artist I knew for some reason was Sheryl Crow [everyone laughs] and I was like, “Sheryl Crow?” and it was totally Michael Jackson so…
Abby: [Laughs] Oh my God, that’s hilarious!
Ally: Yeah… [chuckles] I’ll never forget that!
PVM: Well again, like, totally, going off the 90s, like what was one of your favorite things about the 90s?
PVM: Like Ring Pops or-
Abby: I don’t know, I always feel so young. I feel like I can’t really speak for that time-
Victoria: Skip It.
PVM: Skip it?
Ally: Skip It! Skip It was awesome.
Abby: What- what’s that?
Ally: That- [Victoria starts to speak; Ally gestures over at Victoria] That- you can—
Victoria: [Gestures back at Ally] Nah, there was- I don’t know it was like—
Off-camera: You thought they meant, skip it.
PVM: It took me like two seconds, and like, “Oh yeah!”
Ally: They like recalled those cause they were dangerous or something—
Ally: It’s like a ring you put around your ankle that has like a- a—
Ally: -ball coming out of it and—
Abby: Yeah I remember those.
Ally: –you skip around it, yeah.
Abby: Those ARE dangerous.
PVM: It had a counter, right?
PVM: Like, that little- did it have a counter?
Ally: It had a counter so you could count how many times you went around a full circle—
Off-camera: …how many times you skipped it?
Abby: Yeah. [Laughs]
Ally: Yeah, I don’t know I feel just like I probably am only saying this because it’s easy to romanticize how things used to be and take for granted all the technology we have now but, I just like, think it’s cool to, to think about a time in music when we didn’t have like smart phones and like all these—
Ally: –technological means to, like discover new music and identify it right away because that meant like, the way people discovered music was like, you know, through the radio and like making mixtapes and like hearing a song they like on the radio and recording it on a tape—
Abby: Yeah, or flyers—
Ally: –and all that.
Abby: — like going to a show cause like you see a flyer and, yeah.
PVM: Yeah totally.
Off-camera: No social media.
Potty Mouth: Yeah.
PVM: Nope, no it was all word of mouth.
PVM: Well, what was like the first show you ever went to?
Ally: I saw the Spice Girls [Abby laughs] and Hanson. I don’t know- I can’t remember which came first. Probably Spice Girls? But, I saw them in concert… I also saw Weird Al. [Everyone laughs]
PVM: Nice! Yeah, that’s pretty special.
Ally: Mmm hmm, yeah.
Abby: Yeah. I just grew up going to- or at least when I was in high school- a lot of my friends were in bands so, I would just go see them play at the local venues at the time.
Abby: Yeah. Victoria?
Victoria: I saw, I saw Cher in like 2001.
Abby: Oh wow!
Victoria: Yeah, she came out with a, like- she came back with her Believe—
PVM: Oh yeah.
Victoria: –Tour, yeah. [Everyone chuckles]
Off-camera: She’s still right now killin it—
Abby: Oh really? Wow.
Off-camera: –I saw her last year. I cried.
PVM: Amazing. So you said one of your favorite bands is Green Day.
PVM: That still hold true or—
Abby: I do still love Green Day. I’ve definitely branched out since then. I feel like that was the main thing I listened to in high school but- yeah, I still love Green Day. They were a huge part of learning how to write songs for me, yeah.
PVM: Are there any like, new bands that you’re like totally into at the moment, that you just discovered recently?
Ally: [Hums and nods along]
[A pause; everyone laughs]
Abby: What’s Dan’s noise project? [Laughs]
Ally: Yeah.. no, no this- well we just got back from our tour with Stove–
Abby: Oh, yeah.
Ally: –our friends had an album come out in November and it’s amazing. It’s called Stove, the album’s called Is Stupider–
Abby: Yeah. [chuckles]
Ally: –it was just so great playing with them for a week and a half–
Abby: Yeah, they’re the best–
Abby: –they’re some of our best friends. So, it was cool to hang out with them but they’re also a great band, so–
Abby: So, it was just awesome.
PVM: Best combo.
PVM: Yeah. I had a question, I totally just lost it… What is one of your favorite music videos?
Abby: Out of every music video ever?
PVM: I know it’s hard to pick. [Abby laughs] I won’t hold you to like, that’s your favorite one but like–
PVM: –one that comes to mind.
Abby: …I’m trying to think….
Ally: I would say like I’ve always really liked the video for Everlong by Foo Fighters.
Abby: Yeah, that’s a good one.
PVM: OH yeah.
Abby: …yeah… [a pause, turns to look at Victoria] I’m trying to think. [Another pause] What’s the- I can’t- why can’t I remember the song? The Green Day music video where–
Abby: –there’s a greenscreen behind them and it’s like, goes in a loop… of the same, of the same people go in and out through the background and do the same actions?
[Victoria starts humming]
Ally: Oh, damnit, I can’t remember…
PVM: Oh my gosh.
Abby: Yeah, what song is that? It’s off of Insomniac.
PVM: Yeah, I don’t know.
Abby: I can’t remember.
Ally: I like the video for Say My Name by Destiny’s Child.
PVM: Oh nice. Oh! You know what? It’s so weird- like on the way here, I was thinking like as a joke for signing off, be like- say your names- then be like, “…and we’re Destiny’s Child” [Everyone laughs]
Abby: Yeah, we could. [Laughter continues]
PVM: I have two more questions–
Abby: Okay, yeah.
PVM: One would be: when did you start playing music and what was the name of the group that you played with? Or was it solo?
Abby: I mean I started playing music for Potty Mouth, so that’s when I first started playing guitar was for this band. [chuckles]
PVM: Cool! That’s amazing!
Abby: Yeah! Yeah, [looks around] but I know you guys, didn’t, you- [looks at Ally] started out with, Outdates?
Ally: I played some instruments before.
Abby: I mean I played cello–
Abby: — growing up. And I, sort of, messed around with guitar before… but it was- I just learned like, three chords because there was an acoustic guitar at my house. But I never really written a song or anything until Potty Mouth started.
Ally: Yeah I started playing bass when I was like 21 and, that was basically because I had a friend who had a project where he wrote all the parts already and he needed a bassist and he gave me a tape with the songs on them. He’s like, “You wanna learn bass? Learn these songs” and, that was my first band. That was Outdates. And then like, a year and a half later, Potty Mouth started so, I was still pretty new to bass when Potty Mouth started.
Victoria: I guess I’ve been playing drums for- on and off for about 15, 16 years–
Victoria: –and, I didn’t actually like start playing with anyone else until I was already, in college I guess. And that band was called Chemical Peel. It’s like a punk, punk band, some friends of mine.
PVM: Alright, nice!
PVM: And, last but not least, are you guys currently working on new material or-
Abby: Oh yeah.
Abby: Yeah we have tons of songs. I mean, we’ve been writing for the last two years so–
PVM: Oh wow.
Abby: –we’re gonna record later- maybe like the early summer and hopefully have a record out by the end of summer, maybe in the fall–
PVM: Oh wow, okay.
Abby: That’s the plan. Well we have everything written, we just have to find the time to record–
PVM: That’s exciting.
PVM: What about– I know this is like, totally another question but… artwork. Are you guys- do you do that on your own?
Abby: We… Phoebe who used to play guitar for us has done- did the two first album artworks. Since then, we just had the self-titled EP and that’s a, that’s a picture of us taken by our friend Jesse Riggins. We haven’t really thought about it, the album artwork for the next record. We don’t even know what we’re gonna call it but–
Abby: Yeah, it’s fun to think about.
PVM: Well, thanks so much for your time–
Abby: Yeah, thank you.
Ally: Thank you.
Victoria: Thank you, yeah.
PVM: –again we’re here with Potty Mouth, or…
Victoria: Destiny’s Child!
Abby: Yeah, no you have to–
Victoria: I mean–
[Everyone erupts in laughter]
Abby: No you have to be like, say your name!
Victoria: Say My Name [chuckles]
Abby: Yeah [laughs]
PVM: Officially signing off is…
Victoria: …and we’re…
Potty Mouth: Potty Mouth!
[Interview ends with a laugh]
I simply get so much joy from seeing others happy, smiling, and laughing. I am fascinated by expression and reaction to the discovery of the contents of each new second. I am delighted by its infiniteness. Much of what I get to capture in my photography are beautiful moments that are otherwise gone within a matter of seconds. More often than not, a moment can happen and be over and done with in the time it takes to press down the shutter button. There are so many astronomically amazing moments rushing past us at any given point in time. Likewise, the different elements within the camera required to successfully capture these moments need to be in place. I love what I do and here’s how I’m able to produce such high-quality images.
I have that key ingredient of passion and love of others. I have that eye for the intricate and the interesting, no matter how minuscule; It’s all in the detail. I understand vision, light, and photography at a fundamental level. I am very particular in my framing and focus. After all, our own eyes can only focus sharply on a very small area at one time (the size of your thumbnail). Therefore, I am keenly aware of the crucial care required to handle the delicate focus of the camera and how it translates to the final product. On another foundational principle, light hits everything we’re able to see, and so anything deserves a shining spotlight and deserves to be celebrated whether it be a shred of dust that descends from its gathered habitat and falls unto the floor in a graceful manner or a moving moment shared between two people. To be able to catch and focus in on the beauty and even the ugliness of occurrences is truly humbling and rewarding.
Hii!!! This is my first post! I’m excited to get this off the ground and on my way to the limitless potential that awaits me. I would like to start by just sharing my thoughts about photography and why I do what I do. I’ll be introducing everyone to the other work that I do in my next post. For now, enjoy the read and take care.
I love photography. I have such a huge passion for capturing images. What I love about it is that they emit such life by just standing still to be gazed upon. It’s truly amazing that a single image, a single, specific arrangement of pixels and luminance and color, can reach out and be so alive. We live in a moving world where living organisms do not stay still; where even inanimate objects are provoked into movement. We have recorded moving images that fascinate and thrill us. We are enchanted by the mobility of it all.
Yet we create works of stillness. They are admired upon, just simply for what it is. We pull out thoughts, feelings, emotions, and ideas from them. They inspire. We interact with them. They have the amazing power to pull us in. We choose to stare into something that will never move yet they have the ability to say so much. And in return, they actually move us. It’s absolutely beautiful.
There will never be the same image. There is never another one like it, just as each passing moment is unique in itself. Each snap of a picture parallels the continuous moving of time, a documentation of that specific fleeting moment in time. The image is sealed, and then the world continues to move on. We have the power and ability to pause life and examine it. That is tremendously phenomenal. I am just extremely grateful for this advancement in discovery, of the capabilities of this world; In us as humans. That I have a camera at my disposal to use as a tool to go out and point out and share the infinite beauty of the world.
Photography is a showcase of the world from all sorts of lenses. When I step back and think of all the combinations of angles, distance, height, brightness, subject matter, the camera choice, the lens choice, the eye through which the camera lens extends from, the moment your finger presses down on the button… I think of one grounded, humbling word: limitless. My job is never done. I find that ironically very satisfying. It’s a great reminder of the unlimited potential we are presented with. Thank you God.