Le Butcherettes and The Melvins @ Showbox 10.18.14

October 19, 2014
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Saturday night at Showbox Market was the place to be in Seattle! 

Four days after the release of their 24th studio album ‘Hold It In’ iconic band The Melvins took the stage and rocked the face off of everyone in the room.  This was my first time seeing The Melvins and needless to say I was blown away.  I was hypnotized by their rythmic grooves interlaced with intense injections of pure rock (It could have been the eyeballs all over Buzz that hypnotized me but who knows?)  Buzz Osborne aka King Buzzo with Dale Crover on drums and Jeff Pi nkus from the Butthole Surfers had undeniable chemistry and seemed to feed off of each others energy all night.  It was an incredible show, one of the best I've seen in 2014.

Opening for the Melvins was Le Butcherettes which made me oh-so-happy.  Singer Teri Gender Bende r is truly one my favorite people to watch on stage.  I was first introduced to her music 2 years ago during City Arts Fest when she completely blew my mind with her other band Bosnian Rainbows.  Since she caught my attention back then she has kept it.  I am crazy about a band that gets crazy on stage and nobody does crazy better than Teri Gender Bender.  Her uninhibited, roaring energy is sometimes so intense it's scary.  Often running back and forth across the stage with her bare feet, wild eyes and intensely erratic fully body gyrations she throws 100% of herself onto the stage for the fans.  Jumping from mic to mic rocking the guitar and the keyboard all while singing, falling, hitting, dancing and more.  It's rare to see that kind of physical committment to a performance and she does it every time she is on stage.  Drummer Lia Braswell kept a ferocious beat from start to finish and ensured the pace never slowed during the 40 minute set. 

Before the show I had the amazing opportunity to shoot some portraits of The Melvins and Teri Gender Bender.  Some shots from those sessions are below.  I've been working on a series of portraits this past year with artists behind a window that hung in the basement of my Grandmothers house in Olympia for the better part of 60 years.  It's been a lot of fun incorporating a small piece of my families history into something I feel so passionate about.  Posing King Buzzo and Teri Gender Bender behind the window was a true privilege for me. 

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